2017

Forged banner for Flanagan's Irish Pub

First off Happy St. Patricks day! 
This Irish banner / flag  may very well be my favorite build yet--I got to really work on developing a lot of new skills here, namely scroll work, forging vines, leafs, etc., and It just so happens that my buddy Jason owns Flanagan's Irish Pub in Dunedin, so I knew just the right place for it!

Tools used:
Dewalt 20V Reciprocating Saw
Fastcap Gluebot
Titebond ii Wood glue
Whitlox Homestead Wood Forge
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt XR 20V Drill
Dewalt 20V Circular saw
Iwata Eclipse HP-CS (Airbrush)
Wiss Aviation snips

Finishes used:
Generic latex paint(Green, white and orange)
General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain
Sculpt Nouveau Black Magic Patina
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Sculpt Nouvea Solvent Dyes (Airbrush)
Lacuqer clear coat

Track list:

1. Sláinte - Julia Delaney
2. Hell creature - Amazing Grace

Well, the holidays have been crazy for me this year. It seems like the older you get the more stressful things become around this time of year; travel, families, children, more traveling, more families and more children. I don't meant to place a negative spin on it, it's just--well you know what I'm talking about.

So, although 2017 is slated to be a big year for me, it's going to be hard to top 2016. 
2016 involved moving across the country from Portland, Oregon, to New Port Richey, Florida,  setting up a fully functioning workshop and the first taste of being 100% self-employed.  
But, the future appears to be equally bright as I get to focus on developing all aspects of my business. And I'll finally get to spend more time with my wife now that my schedule is in my hands.

This is a slight departure from my typical ramblings, but I have big plans for 2017 (including at least 1 blog entry per week--for real, I promise!), but I felt the need to cast some light upon the past and future of my.--umm, life.

One last thought, if you were to tell me one year ago what I would be doing this very moment, I would not have believed it, it's incredible how fast your life can change. So whatever it is you want--stick with it, make it happen!