I’m busy working on the box. I called it the Zen box earlier, but that’s not entirely what it’s about. I have to come up with a title soon.





It isn’t exactly fine art, but it’s functional. P. says he can now meditate without his legs falling asleep.

BenchP Meditating

Now I have to get to work on my Zen box which I would like to exhibit at the UM School of Art & Design Annual Staff Show. Submissions are due in two weeks, yikes!

All week I’ve been working on what was supposed to be such a simple little woodworking project. P. asked me to build him this mediation bench. It looked like something I could accomplish with my limited skill set and tool set. Looking at the plans I figured I could whip it off in a couple of hours – max. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get the beginners luck that usually comes with being a novice. Here’s just a few of the things I’ve learned with this little project so far:

  • How to saw straight with a skill saw – (a.k.a. table saw envy)
  • How to plane not-so-straight cuts made by a skill saw
  • How to plan ahead and buy more wood than I need so that when I don’t saw straight I can start over
  • How to read directions and believe them – even when they tell you to use a countersink drill bit and Lowes doesn’t carry countersink drill bits
  • How to order tools online and wait . . .
  • How to use a countersink drill bit – you have to drill down further than you think
  • How hard it is to clamp something without it slipping, getting in the way of the drill, or denting the wood (this took 30 minutes to figure out)
  • How, even when the holes are in the right place I can still have trouble screwing in the screws and never really learn why

So there it is and I’m not done yet, but hope to be soon. I’m thinking maybe another couple of hours – so maybe I’ll have something finished to show in another week or so!

Bench pieces

It’s hard to believe I haven’t journaled since January. I just got back from the Art Librarians conference in Atlanta. I’m exhausted, yet too over-stimulated to sleep. Feels good to be home knowing that normalcy has returned and that my body will soon recognize that and relax.

When I went to my studio to retrieve this journal I spotted the wood I had purchased for P’s meditation stool.
I’m looking forward to making that and to finishing my Zen shrine. I saw a few inspirational pieced in Atlanta including books by Maryann Riker . I also saw some Jospeh Cornell pieces at the High Museum.