My latest Big Stripey Board, now featuring Zebrawood. I love what the zebrawood adds, I’ll be doing that again for sure. Species from the outside edges are Purpleheart, Quilted Maple, Walnut, Zebrawood, then Purpleheart again, then Maple in the middle.
The board measures 10″ x 15″ by 1.25″. Usual features include finger grip recesses for easy lifting, and little rubber feet to keep the wood up off the wet counter. Finished with plain old mineral oil for ultimate food safety.
We just made our first visit to our newly opened LCBO, which promised increased space compared to the old store, affording a bigger selection of Ontario microbrews. It did not disappoint.
The Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale is a regular favourite, and the Kawartha Lakes Raspberry Wheat Beer is also one I believe I’ve enjoyed in the past. But the other four — the Witchwood Hobgoblin ("Legendary Ruby Beer"), the Amsterdam Oranje Weisse, the Trafalgar Cherry Ale, and the Hop City Barking Squirrel Lager — are all new to us.
A collection of all my YouTube videos that feature the animals of Barkwhistle, from a baby bunny who was only with us for a couple of days, to the dogs who share (or shared) our lives, to the fish who barely know what’s going on, because they’re fish.
A while ago I built a footstool with an upholstered top. This time around it was pretty much the same design, except this time a hardwood top was requested. The lid is made of bookmatched walnut with a zebrawood feature stripe. The top opens on two brass hinges, with room inside for a few magazines or a pair of slippers.
Lynda feeds our resident chippie some organic local peanuts. Chipmunk is some kind of health nut snob apparently. Although he did let me scritch on his little teeny head, so I shouldn’t mock him. Or her. The music is from my CD “Gravitas” (available on iTunes etc., see www.rgdaniel.com/gravitas for info).
I just made five of these beauties. One has gone to my wife, who is sophisticated enough to actually use it properly, I expect. Two are going off in the mail to my sister, who has a buyer for one already. Leaving two to have for sale here. I won’t be using one myself, I’m not optimistic I would manage it without making a big mess.
I”ve just learned that you can install either the cartridge, for the self-contained thing, or else this little pumpy thing, which draws up ink from an inkwell, for that traditional writing experience.
The wood is Bethlehem Holy Land olive wood (certificate of authenticity included), the pen style is "Sedona" (same as the Rollerball pens I’m so fond of) and it’s gold plating.
Our dogs are accustomed to only the finest things in life. Here they are delaying their gratification of enjoying some delicious Angus Roast Beef. Although this is a smaller portion than they would probably have preferred, it does bear mentioning that they had just enjoyed their usual lunchtime helping of kibble. This is basically dessert.
This fellow was apparently offended by me on a couple of levels. When he sent the first message on Facebook (he’s not among my Friends) it was during atheist week, and he apparently took exception to me based on my icon being the official Atheist Week “A” that was going around. I hadn’t really POSTED anything inflammatory, just the notification of it BEING Atheist Week. He was worried for my soul, I guess. Just looking out for me.
By the time I noticed his message, I had changed my icon to the dog, a reference to my new “Signed, The Dog” Twitter account ( twitter.com/SignedTheDog ). Well this too was a problem for him, apparently.