Friday, November 18, 2016

setting up...

Today, I have high school students in the morning and begin setting up for my 40th celebration in the afternoon. The event held at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, ESSA, on Sunday, November 20 from 2-5 pm in the metals building. Rising alongside now is the framing of the new woodworking studio which will be ready for classes beginning the summer of 2017.

We will have music, refreshments, new books to be sold and signed, and some of my work to sell with a portion of the proceeds going toward the purchase of equipment in the wood shop.

In addition, we will have a preview showing and tour of the new studio.

I realize that most of my readers are from far away, but I have a few close by. Join us if you can.

It appears that throughout the US, folks are awakening to the idea that not all scholars want to go to college. Some it seems would rather learn from their hands and from actual experience rather than become indebted to colleges and public institutions. Here in Arkansas, the newly passed medical marijuana law proceeds will be targeted in part to a renewal of career and technical education.

That is all well and good, but accompanying a renewal of interest in the trades and in the arts, must come also, a renewal of respect, and a rising of the sense of dignity that must accompany all labor. When a man (or woman) puts his hands an heart toward a rising sense of public good, we all rise likewise, and the blessings of community are widely shared.

Make, fix, create and inspire others to learn likewise


  1. Wish I could be there to help you celebrate.


  2. Hi Doug

    Congratulations on your anniversary.
    I hope that you will have a wonderful day.