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Author: John Collicott

I am the Associate Pastor of Ministries at PassageWay Church in Blair, NE. A few years back, I left a position as Director of Software Development. 25 years in the technical field provided many good moments, and a great living for our family. Over the years, I have been in construction, retail, software development, and a variety of other careers. Wikipedia defines Patina as: "... a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure." I can easily see age and wear on my body; let's call it patina. These are some of my musings as I turn back to a first love of working with tools on wood projects, and the effect of life experiences on why and how I approach things.

Walnut And Curly Maple Bowl 2

The third bowl made from the remnant of a soft curly maple board acquired in St. Joseph, MO.  The walnut lip on this bowl is 1/2 of the thickness from a piece of walnut that was used on the lip […]

Walnut And Curly Maple Bowl

Combining the soft curly maple mentioned in the previous posting with a bit of walnut trim on this bowl gave it a nice banding to set off the curl of the maple.  This particular view is rich as it shows […]

Paduk and Curly Maple Bowl

A business trip several years ago to St. Joseph, MO ended with a personal trip to a local sawmill.  There I saw several two inch thick slabs of soft curly maple, each between 9 and 10 inches wide.  As I […]

Printer Cabinet

Last fall I had some extra time on my hands.  My office has an older, but functional color laser printer that sat on an small plant stand drafted to get the printer up off the floor.  Every purposeful reflection on […]

Birdseye Mantle Box

This birdseye maple box came from a board that I purchased locally several years ago.  It contained a lot of heart wood and sap wood.  Normally, such a board is a bit difficult to use in a piece of furniture […]