First, I hope to clear out a backlog of work before starting anything new. Here is my To Do list:
*Finish redressing the 17 hammer I won on ebay in late October. I have completed 10 and only have 7 more to go [one was a leather mallet so no work is required there]. Once the redressing is done the handles need a gentle refinishing to remove the dirt. Then I can put new wedges in the hammers as the handles are loose or separated from the heads.
*Complete the chasing and repousse on a trinket tray I have not worked on since May. I took it out of the small pitch pot for the 3 day with NMC and I never got back to it.
*Complete the chasing and repousse on the "Star Bowl". This is in the large pitch pot. I started it in September, set it aside and it is also waiting.
*Finish raising the vessel [with curves] that I was working on during the December open workshop at Deb's.
How to complete this To Do list? Here's how....
I spent yesterday redressing 3 of the smaller hammers and after this post is done I expect to finish two more of the hammers. Each hammer takes several hours to do despite the size because of the condition of the hammer faces. I also get rather dirty and I figure if I am going to get filthy working on one, you have to do several. They should all be done and good to use in another two or three weeks.
Then once the hammers are done, I will re-start the C&R projects and spend time working on them while I have metal in the pickle pot, between raising cycles.
I will also make progress on the vessel with curves next weekend as I have a two-day scheduled with Deb. I figure that with a focused two days I will finish it.
Speaking of Deb and the 2-day, we will also be discussing a learning plan based upon the goals I set down for myself in my last post. I have been thinking about this all week. I have been making lists; pondering what I enjoy and what I don't and what I want to experiment with.