April 3, 2011

I am waiting for inspiration because some how the craziness of  February has resulted in me loosing my muse, if I ever had one.  Is there such a thing as smithing block? This would in lieu of writers block because I am not a writer but a smith.I use to find myself “seeing” vessels and other ideas in my head while I was taking my walk at lunch; while driving home. Now I don’t have these ideas popping into my head. […]

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What does "Teenie Weenie Hammer" mean to you?

March 26, 2011

With all the overtime I worked over the past 6 weeks, the money has started to appear on my paycheck.Here is the email thread in order…(I was at work, which is why this happened via email)To: Laurie KFrom Erich KSent: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:30Subject: Big payday todayIt was $800. more than usual. Pay down the cards. We salute your undaunted spirit and hard wor […]

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We now return to our regularly scheduled program

March 20, 2011

When we last saw our Adventurous Silversmith………..  On March 19, I had a class with Deb and because I was still having some problems with stretching and thinning of the metal this session was to focus on resolving what ever bad habit was causing this and why.  To be honest we thought we had figure it out during the session in January and yet I was still thinning the walls of my pieces.  A f […]

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And it continues…

March 8, 2011

As we start week 3 of this big push at work I find that using the term “BRAIN DEAD” is a bit of an understatement. I feel more like a zombie. I …wake up at 5:45 am leave the house by 6:15 amarrive at work by 7:00 amwork work work until they lock up the building usually before 7:00 pmarrive home 45 minutes later.eat dinner, talk to my sweetie pi, watch a l […]

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And the Overtime Continues…

March 7, 2011

As we start week 3 of this big push at work I find that using the term “BRAIN DEAD” is a bit of an understatement. I feel more like a zombie. I … wake up at 5:45 am leave the house by 6:15 am arrive at work by 7:00 am work work work until they […]

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From Looking to Moving Forward

January 9, 2011

After a nice break between Christmas and New Years with lots of  reflection and pondering it is now time to actually do something. First, I hope to clear out a backlog of work before starting anything new. Here is my To Do list: …Read the rest over at the adventurous silversmith and of course you can […]

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Looking Back – Looking Forward

January 2, 2011

Let me start by looking backwards. In 2010 I…. ● …refined my sinking skills and sunk 8 bowls. ● …learned how to raise vessels and raised 6 of them. ● …learned how to add curves to the walls of raised vessels and completed one, smashed one, and another is still in progress. ● …Read the […]

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Fascination with Fold Forming

December 27, 2010

A year ago, I took a class where we did some fold forming and learned to use a hydraulic press. The folding forming was a basic T-fold and then we used the press to deform the T-fold. We used the folded metal with a semi-circular die, to spread the fold open and to create depth […]

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Mid-Course Correction

December 19, 2010

Last weekend was another “2nd Saturday” with Deb. I took down my silver dish to solder the base on to it and to work on a piece with curves. Before we got started, I showed Deb the smashed vessel from the “Put The Hammer Down…” event. We discussed what I was doing….. Read the rest […]

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You have to stay on top of these things

December 12, 2010

I have spent most of today catching up on photographing my work. I find that I take pictures as I work but I don’t take “good” pictures when I am done. What do I consider a good picture? 1) High Resolution: Preferably in Camera Raw so it can be cleaned up later but you have […]

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