Day 36: Go Phillies!

ITE day 36, July 7, 2013. Heather Lineberry, the ITE visiting scholar from Arizona State University, arrived over the weekend and spends the day on the studio meeting everyone and learning about their work. The group gets back to work after visiting the Nakashima studios in New Hope on Saturday.

Our Open Studio day looms this coming Saturday, July 13, and it’s not long until the ITE exhibition. Abruptly this summerlong experience begins to feel like it’s more than half over, though not quite into the home stretch.

On Monday evening we downed tools and headed south on the Broad Street subway line to enjoy the Phillies versus the Washington Nationals, first exposure to major league baseball for the Brits and Aussies, and an all-American summertime pleasure for me and Ben. We all had a fine time.

Malcolm Martin shows paper models to Heather Lineberry, the 2013 visiting scholar

Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling show paper models to Heather Lineberry, the 2013 visiting scholar.

Heather Lineberry, the 2013 ITE visiting scholar, meets Gaynor Dowling and discusses her work.

Heather Lineberry, the 2013 ITE visiting scholar, meets Gaynor Dowling and discusses her work.

Malcolm Martin teases wet poplar veneer around a hot pipe bending apparatus. The hot-pipe method is commonly used by luthiers for instrument sides.

Malcolm Martin teases wet poplar veneer around a hot pipe bending apparatus. Luthiers use the hot-pipe method for instrument sides.

Malcolm Martin tries soaking poplar veneers, then sews them into a vessel shape. Inserting a bottom might be problematic.

Malcolm Martin tries soaking poplar veneers, then sews them into a vessel shape. Inserting a bottom might be problematic.

Gaynor Dowling drills tiny holes into the much-carved oak monolith. She pl;ans to dye the wood black, and stitch red-orange thread into the holes.

Gaynor Dowling drills tiny holes into the much-carved oak monolith. She plans to dye the wood black, then stitch red-orange thread into the holes.

Ben Carpenter sketches on the blackboard. Ben doesn't use a drawing pad, he likes the blackboard's erasable expanse.

Ben Carpenter sketches on the blackboard. Ben likes the blackboard’s erasable expanse. He also likes his new straw hat. 

Ben sits to carve an osage orange sculpture. We all wish the yellow color would persist even as we know it will go brown soon.

Ben Carpenter sits to carve an osage orange sculpture. We all wish the yellow color would persist even as we know it will go brown soon.

Ben Carpenter turns a sushi platter from a plank of maple. The plankwise piece is like an airplane propeller on the lathe.

Ben Carpenter turns a sushi platter from a plank of maple. The plankwise piece is an airplane propeller on the lathe.

Ben's sushi platter, turned like an airplane propeller.

Ben Carpenter’s sushi platter.Ben Carpenter is surprised by how quickly this green-turned plate begins to warp and distort.

Ben Carpenter is surprised by how quickly this green-turned plate begins to warp and distort.
Neil Turner's ash vessel has been turned and sawn, but not yet bent. The short grain might make it difficult.

Neil Turner’s ash vessel has been turned and sawn, and now he plans to bend it. The short grain might make that difficult.

Neil Turner inserts spacers to force the ash wood to bend in the steamer.

Neil Turner inserts spacers to force the ash wood to bend in the steamer.

neil's steam-bending setup. The piece is in the galvanized bucket, with steam entering via the black hose. It doesn't take a long time to soften the ash wood.

Neil Turner’s steam-bending setup. The piece is in the galvanized bucket, with steam entering via the black hose. The lid is a loose fit. It doesn’t take long to soften the green-turned ash wood.

Neil Turner wipes polyurethane varnish onto three turned-and-carved vessels.

Neil Turner wipes polyurethane varnish onto three turned-and-carved vessels. We all want some finished work to show at Saturday’s open house.

Phillies pummel the Washington Nationals 3-2. Not exactly pummel: they built an early lead, then the game bumbled along until the ninth when a Washington rallied. But the home team prevailed in the end.

Phillies pummel the Washington Nationals 3-2. Not exactly pummel: they built an early lead, then the game bumbled along until the ninth when Washington rallied. But the home team prevailed.

At the Phillies game shooting a selfie with a wide-angle lens. From left, John Kelsey, Malcolm Martin, Gaynor Dowling, Ben Carpenter, Suellen Turner, Neil Turner.

At the Phillies game shooting a selfie with a wide-angle lens. From left, John Kelsey, Malcolm Martin, Gaynor Dowling, Ben Carpenter, Suellen Turner, Neil Turner.

One thought on “Day 36: Go Phillies!

  1. Just a little background on Ben Carpenter. Growing up in northern Idaho, Ben and his pal, Ryan, spent countless hours in Ben’s dad’s wood shop building rock climbing walls, turning yo-yo’s, enticing Ryan’s grand dad over to teach them metal working, crafting potato guns, building tree forts and the list goes on. Seems like you folks found a way to re-create those great years for everyone.

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