My Summer Vacation
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Spent 5 days on vacation. Learned how to use a lathe and make wooden bowls. Exciting stuff. It was at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ which is part of the Delaware Gap National Recreational Area. The room was supposed to be air conditioned. It did have a unit but I don't think it had a drop of freon left in it. The first night was awful. The room was 84 deg and I finally went downstairs and slept on the couch in the living room. They switched the unit out the next day and that fixed that problem.
The area was gorgeous. The wood studio was a mile and a half down a dirt road. Here are some photos.
This one is of a lake that had flooded some forest land and the trees had died.
Here are some closeups from around the lake:
The buildings are all old and rehabilitated to varying degrees.
Here is the craft store as it looked in 1900 and how it is now.
Here's a shot of the blacksmith shop with the sun streaming through the smoke.
Here's a totally un-rehabilitated barn:
And finally here's the wood shop:
And here we are: Dick (the other student), Buster (the instructor) and me:
And here are the bowls I made - 2 are maple, 1 is cherry and the rest are walnut including one that includes the bark:
I think I probably won't take any more woodturning class. The lathe is somewhat intimidating. I found that the pace and the need for continuous concentration to be a bit much.
It was an interesting time. I enjoyed the class but didn't really connect with a lot of people there. I didn't have access to food between meals. I did bring one dark chocolate bar that I didn't touch. I ate a lot at meals. Ended up not losing weight and not gaining weight which is fine.