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Dust, dust, and more dust and Glass Bowl 2

June 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Attempt #2

You’re probably tired of hearing about the kitchen cabinets.  But they are alot of work and taking forever.  If RJ was doing the blog, he would be writing about mowing because it is also alot of work and takes alot of time.  I got all the molding on the doors and drawers.  I did not like doing the small drawers because the piece of molding was only 8 inches long.  It is too unsafe to cut it and hold it with your fingers.  I figured that out when the wood I was cutting kicked back and hit my finger.  It is hard to hold a small piece with a wood pushing stick, but that’s what I had to do.  But they’re done and I have all 10 fingers and thumbs.  But to the dust.  I have never seen so much dust as when I started sanding the kitchen cabinets inside and out.  after on 30 minutes of sanding, there was 1/4″ of dust on every horizontal surface.  My eyes, ears and nose along with my clothes were full of dust.  Dirty job for sure.  I started painting some of the cabinets and just to give my nose and eyes a break.  I definately need to use a roller instead of a brush.  And I have called in reinforcements because this will take me forever by myself.

Sunday, RJ and I spent the day at Dave Johnson’s glass blowing studio.  He had a bunch of glass blowing friends from all over the world because of a recent convention.  He wanted to tackle our bowl again while he had “young” help.  The first one looked like it would be perfect until it fell off the rod.  It didn’t break but it was ruined none-the-less.  Within a half hour, it shattered because it cooled too fast.  The picture is what was left.  (Something is wrong with WordPress so picture will be added when possible).  We saved a scrap for prosperity.  But Dave was not going to be overcome by this, so he took another stab and I think we have a bowl.  We’ll know today after it cools.  In addition to Dave, I want to thank Evan, Evan and Evan (yes, 3 Evans), Sara and Dan for all their hard and hot work.  These are some of Dave’s glass blowing friends, most from Hawaii.

Sore Muscles and Tired Mind

June 9, 2008 Leave a comment

I struggle to write a blog update for this weekend.  We worked all weekend at the winery, but it’s tough to report progress.  RJ finished getting the lights up after a trip to Sherwood to get the two missing sets.  I decided to attach a picture, but please do not judge the look from the picture.  The white ceiling overshadows the lights in the picture, but not in real life.  The “boys”, RJ and Henry, worked on clean up.  They managed to fill an entire dump truck full of trash, e.g. building materials, demolished stuff, broken concrete and bricks.  They also burned a significant amount as well.  While they worked for 2 days, it is hard to show progress because it looks like what it’s supposed to.  Joyce worked on the yard.  She got all the bushes pruned and dead-headed and then got what we call the “burm” weeded and bark dusted.  It looks terrific!  I helped with yardwork and the clean-up, but mostly worked on the kitchen cabinets which are going to take forever.  Let me explain the steps.  First, all the doors and drawers have to come off/out.  Then each one has to be thoroughly cleaned to get what I think is 50+ years of grime off.  The cabinets also need to be cleaned and all the various gadgets detached.  All the hardware, nail and thumbtack holes as well as gouges need to be filled in with wood putty.  Each cabinet, door and drawer need to be sanded.  Then the $100 worth of molding (136+ feet) have to be cut and tacked on.  This will add architecture but will not be easy because figuring the inside measures of the molding is hard to do since there is nothing to measure against.  RJ thinks I should do a template, but how do you do a template where every pair is a different size.  Anyway, then everything has to be painted, resanded to distress, and lightly stained.  I have gotten all th doors and drawers cleaned and puttied and have started the sanding.  I have also begun cleaning the cabinets and everywhere I turn, there is another nail, thumbtack or weird plastic device that has to come off leaving more holes to fill.  Here is a before picture.

Today, I got to participate in Kramer Vineyards’ barrel tasting to see the characteristics of each of the 2007 red wines, including our Plum Hill Pinot Noir.  The wines are coming along and I will in all honestly and no bias (ha!) tell you our pinot is tasting quite nice.