And here I thought yesterday was a long day…. Four 1.5 hour sessions today, lunch was provided, more wishful thinking at the vendor area, another glance at the instant gallery, dinner banquet, auction, a quick g’night call with the wife and kid and all of a sudden it is 11pm! Given the long drive tomorrow, I’m going to get some rest and do pics, etc. sometime next week.
I saw 3 demos by Jimmy Clewes today, and he has great turning skills as well as demonstration skills. His demos were Coloring, a Natural Edge End-Grain Vase, and an Oriental Box. His last demo ended early (a first for him!) so I was able to peek in at Allan Batty working the skew chisel for a few minutes. Hopefully I will get to see more of Allan tomorrow. The other demo I saw was Nick Cook on pepper mills — partly because someone asked me recently if I had done any, and I haven’t yet. Probably soon though. 🙂 Nick gave an excellent demonstration as well.
The auction was impressive. The main goal of the auction is to raise money for charity, so folks are willing to open their wallets a bit. (Don’t worry, Lanie, I got a deal on the tool I bought at auction… I swear I got it for under retail.) They auctioned off tools, wood, demo pieces, and finished pieces. The most expensive piece was one by Stuart Mortimer (see yesterday’s post for link) that went for around $1600! Several items went for over $100. After the auction, they gave away several weeks at Arrowmont and John C. Campbell. I think that they may have mispronounced my name when they gave them away though, it sounded like they spell ‘Bill’ with a ‘T’, ‘o’, ‘d’, and ‘d’. Go figure….