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Following the Grain with Michael Singer (Mick)

Pulling up to Mick's house seems normal enough until you notice the garage door opening to an impressive and busy wood working shop- the tools, the timber, the organization- oh my! Mick has been honing his craft- literally- with exotic woods, gorgeous shapes, and pristine finishes all exposing his passion for nature's remarkable beauty. He loves his work- that's obvious. He loves his wife- that's adorable. [caption id="attachment_1206" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mick with his best gal, Sally. They are truly an inspiring couple."][/caption] And he's carved out a successful and balanced life in a beautiful mountain-side home in Felton, California- that's impressive! Over the years my visits with Mick and his wife, Sally, have always been warm, optimistic and friendly. He...

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The Beauty of Dirty Work: painting my bookshelves...again

Things are coming along in my living room and I'm starting to see the finish line! This weekend, I painted the rest of my bookshelves. My goal was to show off my book collection without distracting from the graphics I painted on the walls above them. Of course, I rarely just paint a piece. I also had to employ my handy dandy wood grain rocker to give these simple boxes some texture. Now, Faux Bois (fohw bwah) is the real art of creating wood grain finishes. They can be detailed and magnificent, and there are many tools that artists employ to achieve these effects. The rocker is definitely one of them, but I just use it when I want to...

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