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Robin Wade

Locker Farm to Table

Amazing example of what can be accomplished celebrating local produce and friends.  Last weekend city farmer John Locker's "farm to table" dinner was just perfect.   

Farm to Table fun.  Beautiful example of just what local produce (and local friends). 

Farm to Table fun.  Beautiful example of just what local produce (and local friends). 

The moon this weekend

Using the bulk of the 60x zoom on this new fairly inexpensive panasonic camera this weekend.

Reflecting our gallaxy 10/13/13

Apple Store Visit last Week

Sassafras joined me for a visit to the Huntsville Apple store last week.  Happy to replace at&t for verizon, plus a new iphone, ios7, tethering and more.  Oh, in the trade, I gave up my grandfathered unlimited data with at&t. 

Locals on Letterman last week

I'm way behind on blog posts - the next few will be catching up. 

Here's a pick of a few of our many super talented musicians on Letterman last week.

Local Muscle Shoals area musicians perform on Letterman last week. 

Local Muscle Shoals area musicians perform on Letterman last week. 

Still on the huge Museum Bench project

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Although this one has been in the works for months, we've done almost nothing other than these 35 benches for the Museum of Alabama - phase II for the past month.  Tons more work to do.  All these angles, tight specs, and pro Museum design firm (PRD) overseeing the project has helped make things more than exciting here in our typically more laid back studio atmosphere.  

Can't wait to see these finished and installed.  Looking like another full month before we'll be there. 

After that we've got plenty more projects lined up.  For now, we can't take new orders that are needed before early January. 

Some of the areas's best musicians to be on Letterman this week

A passel of local creatives, including David Hood of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios performing this week on Letterman.

A passel of local creatives, including David Hood of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios performing this week on Letterman.

We cross paths with David and Judy Hood, usually every couple of weeks during one of our weekly lunch visits to the Rice Box Restaurant.  They are (or David is?) heading to NY to be on Letterman  - Thursday or Friday.  Really cool to see the world (and Letterman) - even if after all these years - appreciating our wonderful community as much as we do.

Looks like an entourage of some of our many musical genius' might be performing - probably one of the hits from the new soundtrack to the just released movie - Muscle Shoals.  --What a fun time it is now for these guys and all of us in the area.

Interesting to see how the seeds that these guys planted back in the 60's and 70's seem to be sprouting everywhere we look;  the movie, the music, the soundtrack, the city, the university. 

Woodwork - Jessie - and Breaking Bad

The Box Jessie Pinkman (breaking bad) might have made had he chosen a different "path". 

The Box Jessie Pinkman (breaking bad) might have made had he chosen a different "path". 

After five years, one of the only shows we follow has come to an end.  What a ride it's been.  Last night was the last episode.  And I think if it's summed up, or if the entire series is summed up in one word it would be "woodworking".  Jessie could have followed a different path and found at least some degree of peace from "woodworking". 

The "daydreaming" of being a woodworker (instead of . . .) kinda hit home.  And, I can say from experience, it might have just worked. 

The box.  The beautiful little box (in his daydream) looked like wormy maple. The trim could have been walnut - obviously not sure.   

Muscle Shoals - Perhaps the best movie soundtrack ever

The Soundtrack to the soon to be released movie - Muscle Shoals was relased on itunes today! 

The Soundtrack to the soon to be released movie - Muscle Shoals was relased on itunes today! 

Muscle Shoals - The Soundtrack.  You'd probably have to be an oldie like me to come close to agreeing, but I'm crazy over this new soundtrack that was just released on ITunes today.   And the Movie should be following soon behind (and it might just be even better than the soundtrack!)

Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Jimmy Cliff, Traffic, Paul Simon - and that's not even the start of it.  Really amazing that all these guys and so many more recorded right here in our small community.

Available on itunes now.  btw:  I just found an even larger soundtrack to Muscle Shoals on Spotify.

a few photos from the back this morning

Lots going on around here.  Really great to have (lots) more business than ever.  My new problem is working to ensure meeting all deadlines.  Below are a few pics that i took in the studio during this morning's first walk-thru at 7

 

Sassafras coffee table- the before pic

The before the finish photo of a new super awesome super unique sassafras coffee table

The before the finish photo of a new super awesome super unique sassafras coffee table

The before the finish photo of a new super awesome super unique sassafras coffee table

Two new new tables in finishing room

This morning, we moved the completed tables out of the finishing room, moved these two in, and placed the first coat.

The 12' solid walnut conference table will be shipped to Master Architect Phil Kean's, this is the first of two conference tables that'll be used in their new office/showroom.  We,ll spray finish 5 coats of our super earth friendly water based urethane before they are ready to ship.  The top won't be attached to the legs/stretcher piece until we complete the spray finish.

The coffee table was made from perhaps the worlds largest??  sassafras tree.  Joe Mcphail, friend and local arborist lost the tree to typical tree crew "topping", which kills every single tree that's topped. 

First coat of super earth friendly waterbased finish applied to two tables we just completed.

First coat of super earth friendly waterbased finish applied to two tables we just completed.

Here's a good one from around 1980 Raft Race days

Great fun finding this one this morning.  It was sitting on top of the pile of raft race memorabilia in my closet, that I meant to get thru, but didn't even notice all weekend.

I believe I remember these guys "singing"? this song in the park after the race.  This poem/song captures most of the "raft racers" views of the race, and the fun and the dam at the time.  

Any locals remember these guys? 

Great Cypress Creek Raft Race song/poem from late 70's /early 80s.

Great Cypress Creek Raft Race song/poem from late 70's /early 80s.

Brought the camera for saturday's swim

Finishing room today

The slow studio has not been living up to it's moniker.  We are cranking, and can't take on any more custom orders this year. 

Here are a few pics of our finishing room today.  It's all walnut.  Huge walnut bench, walnut side table, another beautiful small modern walnut table going to Phil Kean, and a couple of walnut tabletops that haven't been sold yet.

Walnut furniture in finishing room today. 
Walnut side table in finishing room today. 
A photo of our finishing room today. 

Shark Diving/whale watching in Cape Town

Just received pics from our friend and international do gooder, Paul Makepeace.  Paul is from Brisbon Aus, but spent several years here with IFDC.  Now, I think he's based in Johannesburg, although it seems that many of his updates are from Nairobi.  I suppose I can classify this blog post as one more adventure I haven't experienced yet.

A few photos of Sarah and my trip to Cape Town last week end. It was fortunate that Sarah was in Johannesburg for the week with work so I went down from Nairobi and caught up with her for the weekend. we went Shark diving on the Sunday and the bay was full of Southern right Whales--great weekend
Hope you are well
Take care
paul

First 25 (1980) Raft Race slide scans back from Walgreens.

Just received the first 25 scanned slides back from the local Walgreens.  Although it's great to see these ole '80's pics, the quality of the results was less than impressive.  Low res, washed out pics, and obviously I was/am much better looking than then.  I'm seeing lots of friends in here.  -- Jogging any 30+ year memories?

Looks like we'll be sending the entire lot of 250 or so slides to ScanCafe, which seems to be the scanning service getting the best reviews.  If you have slide scanning experience, please share!

Museum of Alabama - meeting yesterday.

We packed up our first set of three benches for the exciting new Museum of Alabama project in the back of the truck yesterday and carried them to Montgomery for inspection.  Vicky Lewis, the project lead Architect with the  supercool Museum design group, PRD out of DC flew in for a couple of days of fast paced inspection, design, and whatever else she does to ensure that the construction of this project flows right along.

Vicky had a couple of great suggestions of rounding the top inside edge of the back to be more comfortable.  And round the outside edges of each section for comfort as well.

The Museum board of directions was meeting yesterday, walked thru this stage of the entire project, and seemed quite happy with their first viewing of the benches as well as the rest of the project. 

I love this project, but it's certainly out of our norm of "one of a kind" pieces of furniture.  Also the quantity of 35 benches and stools is just a bit daunting (at this time).  Hopefully by this time next week, after we've had a chance to move through several existing large dining table projects, I'll have a better handle (and confidence) on this one.

The Museum (this phase II) should be open well before the end of the year.  As you can see, there's more than a little work to be accomplished in the mean time. 

Museum of Alabama - Montgomery

Museum of Alabama - Montgomery

Museum of Alabama Phase II

Museum of Alabama Phase II

Vicky Lewis (PRD Group - Washington DC) on site at Museum of Alabama project in Montgomery.

Vicky Lewis (PRD Group - Washington DC) on site at Museum of Alabama project in Montgomery.

Museum of Alabama, in the History and Archives building in Montgomery walk thru of current progress of Phase II construction. 

Museum of Alabama, in the History and Archives building in Montgomery walk thru of current progress of Phase II construction.