Liz and I are very excited to be in Boone. I has been a busy four weeks. We have already had a visitor/visits (Jen Wells and Amy Tavern). I am happy to report that four out of five rooms in our house are unpacked and "finished". My office at school needs some help. It is kind of a wreck. I did get the makerbot up and running which is great. Our personal studio is in full swing but it has been hard to work there. My main work station crashed so I had to build a new computer. It has been a long time since I had to build a PC from parts so it was a lot of fun but also frustrating. The laser cutter is installed and fully vented. I can cut almost anything now without fear of choking myself. The cats are settling in. Our neighbor's dog keeps them in check for the most part. We have also discovered some local BBQ and TACOS! We have only tried one BBQ place so far but it was great! The tacos at the local Taqueria put all of the tacos in Kingston NY to shame. It is also about a quarter mile from our studio so most of our diet lately has consisted of tacos.
Yesterday we took a trip to hike Grandfather mountain which was epic. We saw the largest amethyst found in the US! They also had an impressive display of hand carved/painted birds which were kind of amazing. I am proud of myself. I actually concurred my fear of heights and crossed the swinging bridge (almost a mile up in the air). I almost stopped in the middle if it were not for liz pushing me across they would have had to call in the choppers. Grandfather mountain was so close to Penland we decided to pop in on Amy Tavern and in Penland tradition we took her out for pizza and then had ice cream sandwiches! Soooooooo good. I am proud to say that my sticker installation in lower metals is still there!
I am about to start my third week of school. In metals we started sandcasting in pewter. The students are really enjoying it. I also have been working hard to make improvements to the studio. Bit by bit I am whipping this place into shape. Hopefully soon I will be able to take a break. Maybe around Thanksgiving I can relax a bit.