The past few days have been filled with clouds and rain… and me suffering through a summer cold.
One of my entertaining moments while vegging on the couch… was a telemarketer who called my number and asked politely to speak with “Mr. Ranch”. Oh, sweetie, this is Greet Ranch, but you might want to look up the definition and use of company names…
I’ve been spending some time out in my studio. I recently received a mattress for the queen bed frame that’s been out there. Of course, I just had to buy some new mint green sheets to fit the pillow top style… and add that crazy quilt I had hanging around. There was plenty of cleaning to do as well… winter mud, dead bugs, cobwebs, and, excuse me if you’re a cat lover… but if I ever decide to let a cat live in my studio again… just shoot me.
No matter that they had a litter box and access to the outside, they still pooped back behind every shelf I have out there. I have to attack it with “Nature’s Miracle” and a scrub brush and it’s just yuck. Thankfully it’s working and I will be able to start painting my floor at some point. All my rugs are having to go to the dump as well. Cats are banned except for when I’m out there!
This is my newest kitten. If it can stay away from the dogs, and live long enough, it may get visiting rights to the studio… just to keep the mice nervous! Right now, it just wants to play with the dogs…
I was asked how I did my wood burned spoons…
It’s pretty straightforward.
First comes the design. I wander around the internet, finding t-shirt slogans or signs or anything that happens to jump out at me. I try to find subjects that might apply to my customers… western patterns like my tooled leather look, outdoor/camping ideas, cooking (of course), Wyoming symbols like buffalo and jackalope… You get the idea.
I just try to use the ideas and then expand on them and make them mine.
The idea is then lightly pencilled onto the spoon, and I get my woodburners heating. I usually have a wide tool and a finer one for more detail.
Here is a time lapse video of a simple design.
I put the main pattern on the back of the spoon, and a smaller one on both the handle and front.