Soap Drying Rack   3 comments

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeA family dinner was in the offing. It was an all-too-rare gathering of the clan, complete with the Intern. Velda was all atwitter with house preparation … and there was a problem.

The dining room table was full of drying soap and it had to go somewhere. And somehow, for that matter, since many of the bars were just sitting on butcher paper.

No problem: we’d been talking about me making her a Soap Drying Rack for, uh, months, and now I was on a clock. I had agreed to suspend my dislike of doing one-off projects in order to survive the paradigm, “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” Cutting board construction would have to wait.

That meant she had to commit to dimensions, as I can’t build what I can’t measure. The rack is 24″ square and 5′-10″ tall. It’s on locking casters to move (or not) as needed.

The 14 removable shelves each have slat bottoms with 3/4″ gaps between the slats to help with air movement.  The unit is encased in screen cloth to help keep air-borne schmutz off the soap as it is drying. Since drying will take 6-8 weeks per batch, the bars will be sitting in the open air for a long time!

The rack will hold more than 1,000 bars of soap. Mrs M needs to get busy.

This is a tool: it’s not a piece of furniture. Therefore, I built it with utility in mind much more than aesthetics. One of the implications of that is that the wood selected was based on 1) what was on hand, 2) what was the right size for minimal milling, and 3) what was cost effective. Extremely cost effective = no trip to the lumber yard to build the project. Therefore, the woods are several species from deep in the lumber rack. I used redwood, pine, red oak and oak-veneered plywood.

Sunset Beauty   Leave a comment

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The Majesty Of Devil’s Tower   Leave a comment

Wyoming's Devil's Tower National Monument. Photo by Gary Stone. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 2/1/16.

Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower National Monument. Can anyone of my generation see this and not think of a giant pile of mashed potatoes (built by Richard Dreyfuss in “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”)? Photo by Gary Stone. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 2/1/16.

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Beauty   Leave a comment

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Hawaii’s Getting Bigger   Leave a comment

In May I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii for a week long vacation and there were 2 things I was most looking forward to: scuba diving with the Manta Rays and seeing hot scalding lava. The trip delivered everything and more! A lot of back and forth decisions finally led my friends and I to sign up for an evening lava tour with Kalapani Cultural Tours.  The hike out to the lava wasn't too bad -- about 2 miles along mostly flat lava. Our guides LOVED to talk about the lava but unfortunately they couldn't seem to do it while we walked. We spent so much time stopped 'resting' that our arrival time started getting dangerously close to the best light. At first we came upon the surface flow -- where some of the lava had bubbled over and began to creep along the surface. After taking my picture 2 feet away from 2,000 degree lava I decided I wanted to go see the ocean flow.  The lava conditions change every day. A lava bench that was around yesterday may have fallen off and will be completely gone the next morning. When I arrived there was no safe viewing spot close up to the lava. I had to stay far back, high on a cliff, and used the 80-200mm telephoto to get nice and intimate with the lava. On this evening the lava was flowing so fast that there was a TON of steam everywhere. More steam than I would have liked. As we watched 2 new streams of lava broke through the tube and made their way down into the ocean (you can see them on the far right of the photo). Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and slowly makes the Big Island even bigger. The glowing rocks, roiling waves and clouds of steam create one of nature’s most fascinating sights. You can’t visit Hawaii without seeing it. Photo by Aaron Meyers. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/28/16.

In May I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii for a week long vacation and there were 2 things I was most looking forward to: scuba diving with the Manta Rays and seeing hot scalding lava. The trip delivered everything and more! A lot of back and forth decisions finally led my friends and I to sign up for an evening lava tour with Kalapani Cultural Tours.
The hike out to the lava wasn’t too bad — about 2 miles along mostly flat lava. Our guides LOVED to talk about the lava but unfortunately they couldn’t seem to do it while we walked. We spent so much time stopped ‘resting’ that our arrival time started getting dangerously close to the best light. At first we came upon the surface flow — where some of the lava had bubbled over and began to creep along the surface. After taking my picture 2 feet away from 2,000 degree lava I decided I wanted to go see the ocean flow.
The lava conditions change every day. A lava bench that was around yesterday may have fallen off and will be completely gone the next morning. When I arrived there was no safe viewing spot close up to the lava. I had to stay far back, high on a cliff, and used the 80-200mm telephoto to get nice and intimate with the lava. On this evening the lava was flowing so fast that there was a TON of steam everywhere. More steam than I would have liked. As we watched 2 new streams of lava broke through the tube and made their way down into the ocean (you can see them on the far right of the photo).
Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and slowly makes the Big Island even bigger. The glowing rocks, roiling waves and clouds of steam create one of nature’s most fascinating sights. You can’t visit Hawaii without seeing it. Photo by Aaron Meyers. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/28/16.

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At Long Last: Mrs M’s Handmade   Leave a comment

It became a joke.

We would be at an event, and Mrs M would be asked, “Do you have a website?”

The inevitable reply: “Yes, but it’s under construction right now. I may have to fire that webmaster if he doesn’t get it updated.”

I am, of course, the webmaster. And I was standing right there.

And that was the sorry state of Mrs M’s website for nearly 12 months. I have a few excuses, all very reasonable, of course:

  1. The software auto-updated and locked up.
  2. I ran out of gas.
  3. It was a dark and stormy night.
  4. My dog ate it.
  5. I was playing golf with a client.
  6. My allergies flared up.
  7. I had guests from out of town.
  8. My cat had to go to the vet.
  9. The flight got canceled.
  10. It’s a 24-hour thing. I hope.
  11. We had rolling power outages.
  12. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies, Miss Grace.
  13. I’ve had the most awful time of it. What was your question?

But, GOOD NEWS. I finally got it together, didn’t go into the garage woodshop for a few days, and put together the new & improved Mr’s M’s Handmade website, powered by Shopify. It now has all of Mrs M’s products & current scents featured (which wasn’t possible on the old site: the proximate cause of the original problem).

Please, visit Mrs M’s site. If you happen to find a typo or experience a glitch, please let me know! You can sign up for Mrs M’s rarely-published newsletter, and we’ve even got a discount code for you: “FINALLY”, which is valid through Valentine’s Day. That discount is good for $10 off any order of $30 or more. Just click on the picture below, and enjoy!

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The Golden Hour   Leave a comment

The hour before sunset is called “the golden hour” by photographers, because the sun’s light is just extraordinary at that time. Here’s some proof.

Plowing   Leave a comment

Walking in the deep snow can be difficult. Bison use their strong necks to push forward and make a path, their shaggy faces keep them from getting too cold and they take turns leading the way. These adaptations allow them to thrive in the harsh winter conditions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photo by Jim Peaco, National Park Service. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/23/16.

Walking in the deep snow can be difficult. Bison use their strong necks to push forward and make a path, their shaggy faces keep them from getting too cold and they take turns leading the way. These adaptations allow them to thrive in the harsh winter conditions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photo by Jim Peaco, National Park Service. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/23/16.

Posted January 31, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Ruby Beach   Leave a comment

Sunset at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park. Photo by William Brinkman. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/29/16.

Sunset at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park. Photo by William Brinkman. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/29/16.

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Posted January 30, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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