Tuesday, November 15, 2016


I've been on Instagram a few years but just within the past year or so I started posting much more.  Here I am:


What I have been doing

It's been a while since I posted.  I didn't have much to say and eventually pretty much stopped even thinking about posting here.  All I did in Korea was CAD work, and that's not really something I have any interest writing about.

Right now I'll just briefly write what has been going on in my life...

At the end of February I finished teaching in Korea and went back to the US.  I spent a total of 5 years teaching English there.  It was a great experience.  I was really sad to leave, but I was just feeling it was time to move on and get back to my metalwork.

After going to the US I traveled a bit there, to San Diego, New York and Washington DC.  April 19th I went to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago, Via de la Plata route.  I walked about 1000 km (620 miles?), from Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela.  It took about 2 months.  After that I kept traveling... Portugal, Morocco, Turkey, Dubai, Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan, Japan, and now, as I write this, Korea.  November 28th I'll go back to the US.  If everything goes as planned I will be working at my friends jewelry store in Iowa.

I have a lot more to write about these things I've been doing, and a lot of photos I want to post. I also have a lot of drafts I never finished which I plant to post eventually.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

cat earrings

I was looking through this blog yesterday and today and realized there are a lot of things I never got around to posting.  Below are some cat earrings I made around the end of last year.  I had Shapeways print them in wax and my friend in the US cast them in silver and finished them.  I also had them print some in plastic and in steel as a pendant. 

Zbrush pearl pendant

This is a pendant I made in Zbrush earlier this year.  The sphere in the middle is a pearl.  I will definitely make this one once I am back in the US.  This design has a slight problem I don't like, but other than that, it is one of those designs I made and didn't think much about it at the time, then I looked at it months later and realized I really liked it. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

January lock pick

I forgot to post this one.  This is the lock pick I made in the US in January.  Handle is ebony.  This is the only one I finished during my trip.  I was very busy and tired during the trip and I just didn't want to spend my time in the studio. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

More travel

Friday I'm going to Taiwan for 6 days.  About 2 weeks ago I found out I would have May 1st-6th off, so I decided I should go some place.  If I was in the US and had 6 days off I probably wouldn't go anywhere.  But while I'm in Korea it's so easy to travel to another country I want to travel every opportunity I have. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CAD toys

I got two new toys to use with Rhino while I was in the US.  I got a Logitech G600 mouse with 14 extra buttons so I can program them with the commands I use most often.  Today is only about the 3rd time I have used it, so I'm still learning the buttons.  The button functions are what's on paper between the keyboard and the screen.  I like it so far, except for the cord.  It's been years since I have used a mouse with a cord.  I can't stand cords, I don't even know why they still make them with cords.

 I also got a 3d mouse, the Spacemouse Pro Wireless.  It is for moving the model around while you work.  The knob in the middle moves in all direction so you can move, rotate and zoom any way you want.  So you would work with the normal mouse in your right hand and the space mouse in your left hand.  It's much more difficult to use than I expected.  It's probably overkill for the simple CAD work I do, but I don't care. 

The space mouse can also be used with Google Earth to fly around.  It's pretty cool.  

I got them at the same time, set them both up and tried to work but it was too confused having an unfamiliar tool in each hand.  So I decided to put the space mouse away till I am more familiar with the new normal mouse.