Ha, well, maybe not so weekly this summer. My hiking partner and I have both been traveling and I have been ill on occasion, always because of my lungs, now I have pneumonia and probably I won’t hike again this Wednesday, but I really miss the hike and the renewal I feel each time I do it. Even though this is a hot time of the year, the mornings have been cool and cloudy and would have made great hiking weather.
This year, I took a class from Joanna Gollberg called Soldering Big and Little and in the class we used only the small Smith Torch, which was acetylene/oxygen, a torch that burns hot and allows you to focus on one area of a piece rather than heating the whole piece like is done with an atmospheric torch. Joanna was extremely generous with her information and very patient with all of her students and the result was some fabulous work that was done by her students.
In class, I got to sit by my friend Wendy, who moved to San Francisco and I don’t get to see her very much anymore and I miss her very much. It was great the way she called me a “skank ho”, just like the old days in class when she still lived in San Diego. Oh, how I miss her. ( I don’t have a “grandma” name really, even though I don’t mind being just “Grandma”, but my daughter suggested “Grandma Skank Ho”, what do you think?)
I really missed my friend, Tracy, because she didn’t go to Metals Week this year, she went to a wedding instead. I always stayed with her in years past, but this year I stayed by myself and some nights, I didn’t sleep that well because of that. If Tracy had been there I wouldn’t have been scared because I know that had someone broken in, she would have pelted them with all of the shoes that she would have brought with her and the intruder would have been incapacitated under the pile.
Somehow I failed to get pictures of everyone’s work before it got sent over to the exhibition of work display.
More art from the campus:
The last day when we display all of our work that we made during the week:
The other teachers that were teaching at Metals Week were Tom McCarthy: Blacksmithing Techniques for the Jeweler; Elise Preiss: Melt It…Cast It…Wear It; THE Victoria Lansford: High Relief Eastern Repousse and Chasing; and Sara Doremus (at the very least, check out her Kinetic Jewelry): The Stories We Tell, The Jewelry We Make.
I have been working with my little Smith Torch since I got home from Idyllwild and I love it. Deb Jemmott helped me get it up and running and figured out some issues that I was having because my little torch is propane/oxygen instead of acetylene/oxygen. My torch burns a little cooler, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t melted some things, it’s plenty hot for me. I also like that there is no black soot from the propane like there is with the acetylene, trade-offs.