For the last 2 weeks, I have been taking an artist's blacksmith course at the Haliburton School of the Arts with Sandra Dunn. We have been learning how to work steel in forges and cut, bend and shape it to make a variety of tools and decorative elements. Here is my first project - a coat rack. I am looking forawrd to the next 2 weeks with Pierre Bedard. I definitely got the bug and have plans to set up a small hobby forge!
We are planning a pario overhaul this spring with flagstone patio done by John Smith and the guys. I will also be building a pizza oven.... can't wait. (Inspiration from Leah Kitler at Magnificent Hill - she makes the best pizza). There will also be a little Hobbit's roof cellar into the bank.
This is the home of the the Maple Leaf Chocolate Company. This off-grid home features double stud walls and rafters filled with sheeps wool insulation, hand applied lime plasters, a rubble trench foundation, earth block floors, with perlite insulation below.... and it makes the best chocolate in the world!!!
This is a home that Sherri and I wandered by in Colbato, Spain. It is truly one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen and I couldn't resist the opportunity to paint such an inspiring home. I wish I had designed and built it, but not being alive a few hundred years ago means I missed out!