Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

The Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club has finally taken things back outdoors for the spring. Through much of the colder months we've been riding to coffee every other week, but our meetups have been to one of many great coffee shops we have in Springfield. Temps got down into single digits a bunch and still a handful of us kept at it. Sometimes our numbers swelled to within a dozen, in spite of the frozen extremities and limited mummy-wrapped range of motion.

Just part of the adventure, right?

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lake Springfield Park

It's hard to believe with weather in the 60s and 70s the past week that just three weeks ago there was a decent amount of snow on the ground. I took a short hike at Lake Springfield Park while it was still here, this is a slightly late photo post of my afternoon.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

A snowy walk in the park on Sunday.

Recent Leathercraft

I've dabbled in leathercraft a bit in the past, making a few axe sheaths and knife sheaths. I decided to branch out slightly over the weekend. Having seen a ton of hipster posts on Instagram and various other places, I first made a leather sleeve for using a mason jar as a coffee cup. It was an easy project involving a rectangle of leather and some waxed thread similar to artificial sinew used on my kayak projects, only round instead of flat.

Lunchtime project - leather mason jar sleeve.

Lunchtime project - leather mason jar sleeve.

Next, the more complicated project - a new wallet! I used leather and waxed thread here again, but this time made an inert of canvas from a packaging sack for a biscuit mix a coworker brought me back from Natchez, MS last year. I kept it to put a camera in or some other suck thing when camping, but decided it would add character to my project and it went under the knife. Here is the resulting wallet. My design and whatnot.

Since I had some leather, waxed thread of various sizes and a small canvas bag from a biscuit mix laying around, I made a wallet.

Since I had some leather, waxed thread of various sizes and a small canvas bag from a biscuit mix laying around, I made a wallet.

Since I had some leather, waxed thread of various sizes and a small canvas bag from a biscuit mix laying around, I made a wallet.

Since I had some leather, waxed thread of various sizes and a small canvas bag from a biscuit mix laying around, I made a wallet.

Since I had some leather, waxed thread of various sizes and a small canvas bag from a biscuit mix laying around, I made a wallet.

Dave Gentry Lanui Standup Paddle Boards, So Far

My friend Brian and I are working on a couple of Lanui SUPs designed by Dave Gentry of gentrycustomboats.com. We've started making some decent progress on them. Figured I'd post.

Dave Gentry Lanui SUP Board

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Dave Gentry Lanui SUP Board

Cutting all of the long bits for two SUPs - chines, gunwales, keels and deck stringers.

Lanui skin-on-frame stand up paddle boards in the making.

Lanui skin-on-frame stand up paddle boards in the making.

Lanui skin-on-frame stand up paddle boards in the making.

Lanui skin-on-frame stand up paddle boards in the making.

These will be a blast to take to the lake this summer. I'm hoping they give my wife and kiddo something easy and confidence instilling to use close to shore and something I can get out and use as a fishing platform on occasion.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A few more watercolors.

Hebrews Coffee Cappuccino

Hebrews Coffee Cappuccino

The Vienie Vagon Polish Sausage

Polish sausage from The Vienie Vagon food truck. Painted from a pic I took just before they closed for winter.

1946 Vespa 98 Model

1946 Vespa 98 Model

1946 Vespa 98 Model

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Some Artwork

Here's some more artwork to add to my "Do Over!" post.

Coffee at Dancing Mule Coffee Co.

Coffee at Dancing Mule Coffee Co.

The meat counter at City Butcher & BBQ.

The meat counter at City Butcher.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do Over!

I am planning to go through my entire blog in the near future and repair all of the dead links. Bare with me if you still follow me. In the meantime, I'll just start posting like I didn't kill my blog with privacy settings a couple of weeks ago. Here is some recent ink and watercolor artwork. I've been sketching like mad and really enjoying it. It's been quite a while since I liked much of anything I have produced on paper. But I'm happy here.

From a pic I took at Baker Creek Seed Co. in Mansfield, Missouri a couple years ago.

Watercolor hand planes

a quick ink and watercolor sketch before work this morning

A sketch from one of the Carthage, Missouri pics I took last weekend.

Watercolor door knocker

Carl Schlieper German Eye 3-blade Pocket Knife

Trail markers.

watercolor rainbow trout 2.0

Lunchtime fortune cookies watercolor sketch

Peasant bread

Watercolor Rusticob Corncob Pipe  Missouri Meerschaum Aristocob

Banana

Tomatoes

The Coffee Ethic cappuccino watercolor.

Dancing Mule Coffee Co. Cappuccino.

Coffee beans

Cafe Bustelo Espresso Watercolor

Cafe Du Monde Chicory Coffee

I started these boat sketches a couple of years ago. I didn't like them and stopped working on them. Tonight I tried to salvage what I had started.

standing lug sketch 2.0

My kiddo at three with a balloon.

Red oak firewood and hatchet