Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Workshop

Warmer weather, at last! I can work outside and watch the dust float into my neighbours' yards.

["Everything is within easy reach outside the shop"]

["Four duplexes, from cedar and barn board, are underway"] 

["Stacked and ready for sanding"]

Some jobs, however, are still best done indoors.

["A seven-plex is ready for primer"]


Progress in the shop will be monitored daily. And photographed, and mentioned, and mentioned again...

Link to The Workshop

Photos GH

Gord's Journal

I like birds that keep an eye on things around here.

enemy sub, bombs away

swimming could get dicey

link to Gord's Journal

iPad GH

Gord's Journal

I like towns and cities on the horizon line. And sharks.

be careful out there

link to Gord's Journal

iPad GH

Bird Watching

Two females are wary of my camera.

["Must you watch while I eat?"]

["Must you watch me build a nest?"

I must. 'Cause you're pretty darn entertaining.

link to bird watching

Photos GH

Gord's Journal

finger painting 5

starry starry night in a city by the sea

link to Gord's journal

Illustrious iPadder GH

Birdhouse London: "one last little doodad"

I took photos of two duplexes recently and noticed one needed something extra on a bench/perch. 'One last little doodad' was all.

["I hope the purchaser likes blue cats"]

["Pots can hold a few seeds to entice birds to land"]

Second duplex was made chiefly from rescued lumber, a save from landfill. Thumbs up, I say.

link Birdhouse London

Photos by GH

Gord's Journal

A day late and more than a dollar short.


link Gord's Journal

Industrious iPad GH

The Workshop: shadow box treasure 5

This would be a good time to say the shadow box is finished. Because it's finished.

Twenty-four cubbies.


Support hardware attached.


And one stone, a souvenir from a past long voyage.


And now it's time to make three more shadow boxes for Gathering on the Green. So, busy times ahead in the workshop.

link shadow box treasure 4

Photos GH

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gord's Journal: Finger painting 4

Still finger painting, but it's time for a little change up!

large town by the sea


iPad GH

Port Bruce Revisited Finale

a wintry breeze cooled my face
my feet were rooted in their place,
and dazzling light from snow and ice
made sun's power more than twice.






Photos GH

Port Bruce Revisited 8

Three views from Port Bruce pier while doing a 180 degree turn.




The north shore is a beautiful place to stand still for a few minutes, even longer.

Coming up: My last and favourite photo in this photo series.

Link to Port Bruce Revisited 7

Photos GH

Bird Watching: "lone dove is back"

Doves usually travel in pairs, and this lone dove may be the one who lost its mate to a hungry cat last year.


I'll watch for it this week and see if it pairs up as the mating season unfolds.

Link to last bit of snow

Photo GH

"Canadian weather - two days later"

Canada is experiencing a funny time of year weather-wise. You'll hear me laughing. I'm used to it.





Snow-covered chalets on Wednesday. Then a detour, to cold beer on Thursday. In the same back yard.

Oh, it's knee-slapper season!

Link to free rent, good neighbours

Photos GH

The Workshop: shadow box treasure 4

Two coats of varnish on the front, dried nicely. Check.

Varnish on the back, dried nicely. Check.

["Nobody sees the back, but I feel it needs to shine anyway"]

["Even old plywood looks better w stain and varnish"]

["I think the back now looks pretty cool"]

Second to last job. Add support hardware, e.g., one very strong wire. Coming up.

Link to shadow box treasure 3

Photos GH

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Port Bruce Revisited 7

ice, geese, gosling, beach - and a 360 degree turn.





Link to Port Bruce Revisited 6

Photos GH

Gord's Journal: Finger painting 3

Grandson Oliver had questions about finger painting 2.

"Where is the city?"

I pointed at the rectangles hugging the shoreline.

"I know," he said. "But where is it?"

'yet again, city by the sea'

"It's beside a large sea, somewhere in Europe."

"Are we in the city?"

I thought for a sec.

"No. We're in a boat, about a mile from shore. Do you like the view?"

"I do."

And I like Ollie.

Finger painting 1

iPad GH

Port Bruce Revisited 6

Next week, when the weather is warmer, I'll tune up my bike and visit Port Bruce again.





I hope a bit of ice will still be hugging the beach.

Port Bruce Revisited 5

Photos GH

The Workshop: "odd jobs"

I might be onto something. And then again...

Shop Project Detour Number 1

While in Fenelon Falls last weekend I drove over to Handley Lumber to pick up 'gray-on-both-sides' barn board and was told to come back in an hour. They'd 'bin busy'.

No problem. I can handle free time. Off to a great flea market/antique store I did go - just blocks away -  and saw something weird, maybe wonderful. After a bit of thinking ("This could be something. This could be...") I bought a tall CD cabinet made from well-aged knotty pine, not because I saw it as a suitable place to store excess CDs but because, after sanding and painting, it could be a pretty groovy six-plex for small songbirds who like communal living on somebody's back deck. Maybe even mine. But we'll see.

[I took it apart; it's now ready to paint"]

So that's a future 'off the beaten path' shop project you'll hear more about in the future. CD Cabinet Commune.

Shop Project Detour Number 2

"I'll come over and check it out, after lunch on Monday," I said to Mrs. King.

She wanted either a birdhouse repair or a new model because a furry buzzhead of a squirrel had done significant damage to the four-plex I'd repaired two times in the past. And when I saw the damage I came to a quick conclusion.


["They ate the front door and went through the wall!"]

"I want to fix it. I could sell you another one but your squirrels might make quick work of it too."

I like odd jobs, fixer-uppers, challenges, and the possibility of defeating a squirrel, even a nasty gang of them, turns my crank.

This type of redo could very likely keep me busy (and motivated) in the shop until I'm 100 years old. Rebuild & Repel Rodents! 

Stay tuned.


Photos GH 

The Workshop: shadow box treasure 3

The stain is called 'Cabernet'. Rich.

The varnish is called 'varnish'. Satin.

["Stand back. Still wet"] 


I'll let it dry in a dust-free shop, then add hardware to the back. Cool.

Q: Gord, how do you get your shop dust-free?

A: I leave.

shadow box treasure 2

Photos GH

Birdhouse London: "I want another one"

"Heykel, you're duplex is ready," I said.

"I saw the photos. Fantastic. Build me a second one," he said.

I got right on it.



["There's space on the bench for one last little doodad"]

Almost done. Then, I'll make the call.

Heykel's tall boy ready to move

Photos GH