Persevering bookmarks

These days, we could all use a little more encouragement than usual, perhaps. So I'm revisiting our barnyard friend, Percy the Persevering Rooster. I'm working on a few more of the sculptures, which will be in the shop soon (so if you missed the last one, stay tuned). Percy was one of the most popular pieces I've made recently. You can read my original post here. The sculptures take a little time, so I decided to make something that everyone can get immediately (who doesn't like a...

Last Leaves

Magnificent palette The leaves may have mostly fallen and we're well into winter, but Patti's latest work, Last Leaves with it's warm, comforting colors and gentle, quiet presence, ushers us into the days of autumn. Her wood burned and hand-painted gourd imagines the last oak leaves clinging to their stems. They've worked all spring and summer to provide so much for so many. Designed to convert sunlight into food, they've spent their entire lives harvesting light and feeding their tree. They've offered shelter and camouflage to countless insects and...

Art that connects with The Creator

Kristi Nash Harrison says she's an attention deficit artist. "I jump from one thing to the next," she told me when I caught up with her this week as she was preparing for what's become known as "the most anticipated little craft show in Mechanicsville." That would be The Three Whine Oh’s and Friends Holiday Open House at my Inspiring Handmade partner in art, Patti Jones' home and studio: 8352 Devil's Den Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23111, in Battlefield Green. This year (the show's 17th) the fun begins...

True colors

I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. Most of our family birthdays, along with our wedding anniversary, are in the fall. But in addition to all that, one of the things I love the most is the changing of the leaves. And I’m not alone. Every fall thousands of people trek up to the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains of Virginia, enjoying Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, and other areas. When we go, we’re hoping for that perfect day, when the air is crisp, the clouds are few,...

Inner beauty

Use the slider to see inside the geode. The rock you see above is a geode. Geodes are hollow formations, often roughly spherical, that become filled with mineral deposits through water flow and other natural processes. This geode was given to me by a good friend of mine from California. He and his family used to camp out west where they collected these rocks, which don't look like much on the outside. But once he was back home, he would cut them open to reveal the amazing crystals...

Percy, the persevering rooster is hand-carved from wood and crows at the impending day. Acrylic painted accents.

A “fowl” lesson for quitters like me

A few years ago my family and I traveled to Costa Rica to visit my wife’s sister, Nancy, where she and her husband, Sean, serve with Cru in Central and South America. It was my first trip south of the U.S., and Costa Rica was full of new sights and sounds. But one familiar sound greeted me every morning—a rooster. Without fail, that Costa Rican bird crowed around the same time early each day just before it was getting light. I’m not a morning person, but I...