2019- A great year!

The last week of December is a fine time to look forward to a new year, but this quiet morning, coffee nearby, I choose to look back. 2019 will go down as a landmark year in my life with the big headline- Jim and Dorothy marry!

We had an outdoor ceremony here at our home along the shore of Unity Pond. Friends and family came from all over to help us celebrate Maine-style with a huge potluck offering, free-flowing drink, and lots of live music created by some very talented people who ranged from jamming buddies to former bandmates, to new brothers-in-law.

We were wed on the balmy evening of this Fall’s full Harvest Moon and I truly couldn’t have had a better time nor a more beautiful bride.

September 14th, 2019 Harvest Moon wedding

Learn a new skill!

I’m happy to have been invited to teach at these well respected craft centers this year after teaching a week-long marquetry course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2018.

Thoughts on my new marquetry art guitar in the works- 1966

It’s a cool experience to take a shimmer of an idea for a guitar design to the studio and begin creating. This picture shows a detail of one of three guitars I have in the works. I’m crafting a series of guitars that look at the counterculture literature of the ’60’s and ’70’s- the mind-bending stuff that you didn’t get from your teachers. The Boy Scout Handbook serves in this design as a counterpoint, as the expected path for a young man. Coupling this with imagery of Mad Magazine and the Beatles’ Revolver album is making for a guitar design that is on its way to becoming one of my favorites. 

Marquetry is a way of painting with wood