Every February a rare phenomenon makes Horsetail Fall in California’s Yosemite National Park glow like fire. The sun has to hit the water just right, clouds can’t get in the way, and the photographer’s position must be in the right place at the right time. Photo taken Saturday, 2/11/17 by Ray Lee. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior 2/13/17.
Yosemite National Park
A Double Rainbow And The Half Dome
Low Fog & Bright Stars
Right Place, Right Time
Sentinel Dome’s View
Sunrise + Milky Way
The Serenity Of Yosemite
Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
Upper Cathedral Lake
Yosemite In The Snow
A green aurora borealis over Denali National Park. Photo by Carl Johnson. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 3/17/17.
Lightning strikes the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From the blog of the US Department of the Interior.
A pair of falling stars and the Milky Way over Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Evan Kokoska. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 2/12/17.
Sky Light 2 (May 30, 2016)
Sky Light 1 (March 21, 2016)
I love making big cutting boards.
I make them for 2 reasons:
- They are really good – essential – kitchen tools. They are made to be of use.
- I find pretty when I make them
Like all good things, they do not come quickly nor cheaply. When I’m making then out of quality hardwoods (which is always), then my costs are significant. I have to go through a lot of wood to choose the pieces that belong in these cutting boards. Not every board makes the grade.
Some of these boards required over 30 minutes just in the sanding & smoothing process. That’s a lot of sandpaper, at 60 cents a sheet, yaknowhatImean?
Another interesting aspect of these large cutting boards is that I don’t make them in large quantities. I only keep a few on hand, and then make more as the need arises. At our last event, I sold 3 large cutting boards (very unusual!), so it was good that I had this batch in the shop and very close to the finish line. However, of these 4 boards, 1 is already sold … so I’m really just keeping my inventory even.
I have to make more large cutting boards in the near future to get ready for our Spring Fling.
Another odd thing is that I show large cutting boards at every event, but I often sell more custom pieces than I sell the actual large cutting boards on display. The first large Hickory board that I put on display sold 4 other boards before it finally sold itself. And, no, none of these boards are Hickory. That’s on my never ending to do list.
On that board that is already sold (the 4th one shown), please note the very unusual grain pattern on the Black Walnut. I take what the wood gives me, and in this case I had a large plank that allowed me to make a very unusual sweeping curve, book matched, across the face of the board. It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that, and I’m quite happy with that board. It will soon be winging its way to Florida.
These boards are intended to be generational purchases. With minimal care, they will last for decades. They are made from very good hardwood, both domestic and international. All have routed handholds and non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws. All of these boards also have juice grooves. Here are the 4 all-new designs that made it out of the shop today:
Cutting Board 17 – 424. Bubinga, Cherry, Purpleheart & Hard Maple. End Grain, Juice Groove. 17″ x 21-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
Cutting Board 17 – 425. Cherry, Jatoba, Canarywood & Hard Maple. End Grain, Juice Groove. 16″ x 21″ x 1-1/2″.
Cutting Board 17 – 423. Cherry, Hard Maple & Purpleheart. End Grain, Juice Groove. 16″ x 21-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
Cutting Board 17 – 422. Black Walnut & Cherry. End Grain, Juice Groove. 18″ x 20″ x 1-1/2″. Commissioned Piece.
White Tailed Jackrabbit on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS. Posted on Flickr by the US Department of the Interior,
A lavender sunrise reveals the marbled and cracked surface of Dream Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. If not for the chill, this would be the most beautiful floor in the world. Photo by Eric Schuette. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 3/18/17.
A Mazama pocket gopher, a burrowing rodent native to the Northwest, shows off his bite — and a distinctive anatomical trick — at Wolf Haven International Sanctuary in Washington. Mazama pocket gophers can close their throats behind their front teeth, so they don’t swallow dirt and debris when they dig or hold plant parts in their fur-lined cheek pouches. Photo by Kim Flotlin/USFWS. From the US Fish & Wildlife website.