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  1. musket

    Great TV Theme Songs.

    The Angel theme is cool. Good show, for a spin off, but Whedon abandoned Buffy for it, too bad.
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    What are you reading now? (books, authors)

    I wouldn't recommend Mankell, or for that matter any Scanda-crime novelist, to somebody who doesn't like dark.
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    What are you reading now? (books, authors)

    Crais has two phases. The early work is basically "Spenser Goes to LA," very much like Robert B. Parker. Same routine, wise guy PI and badass sidekick. Later on the work turns quite dark. I wouldn't recommend Minette Walters--she is very much in the mold of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Very dark...
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    What are you reading now? (books, authors)

    Ian Rankin. The Inspector Rebus series. Not as lighthearted as Parker and early Crais, but not overly dark and the possibly the best written procedurals ever. Set in Edinburgh and environs. And of course, there's always Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
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    Great Sculptors Of the Past And Present.

    I also like Andy Goldsworthy.
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    Some work by my father

    Thanks everyone. He never returned to Cooper to finish his degree. After the Korean War he became the art director for a pattern company called Advance Patterns, similar to Butterick, for awhile. But he spent most of his working life as a book designer. When he retired he was finally able to...
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    Some work by my father

    These are pages from a book my father made by hand in 1941, when he was a soph at Cooper Union. Here's the kicker-- he was a lefty, and there was no such thing as lefty calligraphy nibs. So all the penwork, modified Roman caps and the italic, he did with his right, even though he wasn't truly...
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    Great Sculptors Of the Past And Present.

    Very fine relief. I've always been partial to Louise Nevelson, Brancusi (of course), and Ernst Trova.
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    Waste Not, Want Not - The Sculpture Edition

    Way cool.
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    How do you all feel about the art market these days?

    Oh, sorry, didn't see it.
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    How do you all feel about the art market these days?

    Lichtenstein stole most of his stuff from comic book artists who as I understand it got no credit or compensation. Complete plagiarism.
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    Instagram

    Have any of you ever sold anything off social media, or even had any inquiries? I had a site from 1997-2002 that won all kinds of awards (it was as much an educational site for carvers as a sales site for me) and had plenty of traffic, but I never got a single inquiry off it. Administered and...
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    Greater Kudu

    Way cool.
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    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Thanks again, everybody. It was nice, for a change, to use only three elements, bird, support and base, and only four materials. Unfortunately, pieces like this, regardless of how satisfactory, aren't easy to sell for enough money to recompense the labor. I was a working artist, I knew I would...
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    Rustoleum Auto Primer

    Everclear is the best solvent for shellac. It does make a difference.
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    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Thanks. I wanted to do a red-breasted too but ran outta time. I really like those little guys. My faves. They are fearless. You can get within six inches of them and they will blithely ignore you.
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    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Thanks everybody. A fun piece to do--it all just fell into place.
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    Rustoleum Auto Primer

    To the best of my knowledge, shellac has never been used for any kind of oil-based varnish or sealer. But I have heard of people who have added walnut oil to a shellac solution--these are guitar builders who claim it makes for a stronger finish for use on necks.
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    White-breasted Nuthatch

    I cheated a little on this little guy. The real birds have almond shaped eyelids. I opened them to round, more like a titmouse's eyes, because he looks cuter that way. Artistic liberty. My only songbird, and one of only two pieces with driftwood (the other was a classroom saw whet owl). The...
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    Rustoleum Auto Primer

    If I recall correctly, aluminum panels for painting are available ready to go from Blick, or maybe Jerry's. From what I understand, some of the best preserved old oil paintings were painted on copper. Since copper doesn't react to changes in humidity, unlike wood panels or canvas, there's little...
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