Sunday, December 18, 2005

Here's The Pictures

Here's the pictures of the new display case in Italian Jim's Pizzeria @ 342 S. Mustang Road (Just south of the intersection of Reno on Mustang Rd on the south side of I-40 @ Yukon). I have posted pictures of the "Flaming Kisses" Oil Lamps. I will be doing alot of these around Valentines Day. Notice the Geo-Syncronis air bubbles and the do-dad in the center that looks like a H____ Kiss.

See the blue bowls with the yellow lip wrap. Micah and I made those. Micah, Linda, and I made the beautiful classic black with cream wrap bowl and vase as commission pieces for Lucia. Lucia is cool. I will post some more later. Family is giving me the countdown to go eat.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

I Finally Have A GBB (Glass Blowing Buddy)

Hello Everybody!

Micah my son is home from college as of Wed. this week. He is really great help! He has been helping me do lip wraps. Wednesday he got home and we worked for about 6 or so hours. Today we worked for about 3. My furnace and glory hole is outside and with the temp down to 25 degrees like is was tonight, it is hard to blow thin glass. The cold wind just sucks the heat out of the piece. We made two really good ones and lost the last 2 due to the cold. Live and learn. One day I'll have everything enclosed in a nice glass studio with a decent consistent temp.

The pieces are getting better. I have been selling a lot of glass at the pizza shop. I have sold about 10 or 12 pieces this week. Sure helps pay that gas bill. Thanks to all who buy.

I'm going to be giving demonstrations this Saturday for Micah's 20th birthday. Also busy blowing Christmas presents. I'll get some pictures posted one day soon I hope. I have started blowing some earth tones and marble like colors. Really Neat! There for a while I was liking (and still do) the bold bright contrasting colors. Last night and tonight I blew some art deco kind of colors. I really like them. They are classy and classic and timeless.

The restaurant (Italian Jim's Pizzeria)has been really busy. This week, M-F we have had 36 caterings. I haven't had a chance to work out in 2 weeks. Still doing my best to maintain that boyish figure. Had a great visit with my good friend Ross Hill today. He is opening a new branch for his bank (Bank 2) over by our property on Morgan Rd and SW 15th sometime in the first 2 or 3 months of next year. If you want to be treated like you are a important person and a valuable customer at a bank - Go to Bank 2. Ross, Ranell, Fran, Steve, Chanel, Mary, etc.. (I could go on and on) are truly awesome. Not getting paid for this just giving credit where credit is due. Ross thinks Italian Jim's has the best pizza! No brag . . . Just Fact!

Well, I got to go. My arm is tired from patting Ross and myself on the back so much.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Remember Me?

Hello! I bet some of you thought I forgot about my own website. I didn't. I have been burning the candle at both ends and in the middle it seems.

After the Christmas and New Years Holidays, I will be able to do better.

Andy boatman's show this past weekend was extreme! Extremely nice. Extremely well attended. Extremely good glass. Extremely exciting. There were so many people watching the demonstrations it was awesome. Andy even had me do a demo. It was fun!

I don't care what anybody else says, Andy Boatman IS a nice guy!

Andy offered me the opportunity of selling some of my glass @ his show. Big heapem thanks to owner of big fire in box! Me sellem heap much glass. Helpem pay heap big gas bill @ Bella Forte.

I sold about 3 times more than I would have guessed!

I have some more pictures - will post them later.

Micah came home from college during Thanksgiving and he helped me for the first time do a lip wrap. (No small chore!) He did great and we made some beautiful pieces - Will show those later also.

I plan on after the first of the year starting lessons in paper weight making and glassblowing. The classes will be limited to a maximum of 3.

If you have any interest in a class email me and let me know. There is a e-mail link on this website. My studio is in the Yukon area on the west side of OKC. - Real easy access off of I-40

I got a nice display case in our restaurant, Italian Jim's Pizzeria @ 342 S. Mustang Road.( Just South of Reno on Mustang Road). It is lit really well and you can come in and see some of the recent work. I also have blown pendant lamps over the booths.

Thanks to Carol Wilson and family for coming out to look at the glass, eating pizza and buying some! Thanks to the Moore men and their wives for coming to the show @ Andy's. Good to see Dr. Anderson @ the show.

Well I have to go. I have a early and busy day tomorrow.


Sunday, November 13, 2005

New Work

Here are some photos of the new work I've done. Krista has helped me do some of the lip wraps and wraps around the body of some of the pieces.

Note the matching gumballs with the colors on the vase.

I plan on posting again later this week with an offer for PHARMACEUTICAL REPS and DOCTOR'S OFFICE PERSON. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Still Going!

Wow time flies! I have been so busy with catering @ the restaurant and blowing glass a little here and there, plus working out a little more trying to keep that extra weight from finding it's way back. 2 or 3 nights a week for the last 2 or 3 weeks I have been only getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep. Other nights, 4 - 6 hours. Also, I'm trying to tweak my studio a little bit. The interior and the outside has still just a little bit to do, and I have been working on that in addition to trying to find a place to go with a decent amount of clutter(restaurant equipment, tools, construction supplies, & junk) that has found it's way into the studio. It's sometimes difficult to find that balance between doing everything in the correct proportion.

Also, Andy Boatman has offered me to participate in Blue Sage Studio's Home Show Dec. 2 and 3rd. I will post more info and a map later. Andy, Brent and the fine folks at Blue Sage Studios do really good work! You would enjoy seeing their stuff.

See ya for now!

pharmaceutical Reps and Doctors office staff pay attention. Another free glass offer will find it's way to this website in the not too distant future.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My First Show!

I got a call from Andy Boatman this afternoon(Wednesday) and received an invitation to participate in the show @ the State Fair Grounds in the International Building. That's the building that used to have the inflatable roof on it but now just has a conventional roof. I have my stuff in the Blue Sage Studio Booth about halfway down the building on the South(I think) side. (It's the side by the big aircraft outside). Andy, Brent, Callie, and Drew will also have their stuff there. The show starts Thursday night @ 5:00 pm for a special Corporate showing and then Friday and Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm.

Come down and buy lots of stuff!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

New Pictures & New Stuff

We enjoyed having my dad and his wife over to watch glass blowing for the first time. I can't believe he took me serious! He got 3rd degree burns on his hands. After getting out of the emergency room he said. . . (Never mind what he said)

My dad likes John Deere tractors. I blew him a oil lamp complete with refigerator magnets to complement the John Deere green and yellow color scheme.

On a more uplifting note, I like the system 96 nuggets better. It seems like the glass comes out more clear than the spruce pine batch. Krista helped me lip wrap the purple pieces with the green lip wrap. That was only our second time. We will get better with more practice. I really like the purple with the green lip wrap combination. I am going to expand on that series. I also blew some purple and black and really like that color combination.

I also added some more pieces to the Tiger Stripe Series. If you see something you like and you want to buy, let me know what piece you are interested in and I will price it for you. Also, many are on display at Italian Jim's Pizzeria @ 342 S. Mustang Rd in the Yukon area. I now have so much glass that I bought another display case. I need to tweak it a little bit with some track lighting and should have it installed @ Italian Jim's PIzzeria in a couple of weeks.

Just wanted to use this last paragraph to say hi to my #1 boy! Hello Micah! Look forward to seeing you this weekend at your homecoming game!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Few Changes - Comments Settings - Email - Lucia

Friday night I blew glass until a little after 1:00 am because I am switching glass batch from "Spruce Pine Batch" to "System 96 Nuggets". I wanted to get all the spruce pine batch cleaned out so I wouldn't contaminate the new System 96. The reason why I am switching is because when I "charged" the furnace (That's glass blowerese for putting more glass batch in the furnace) with the Spruce Pine Batch it would take about 2 1/2 days to get to temperature, 1 day to cook, a night to squeeze, and 1/2 day to get up to temp again. That means when I ran out of glass, it would take 4 days before I was going again. With System 96 I put glass in tonight and tomorrow afternoon I am ready to go. It's more expensive, but easier. Beside that the resident glass blowing god, Andy Boatman recommended it. Good enough for me. Plus it saves on the gas bill. Speaking of such, I got my first gas bill for a full month with the furnace running 24 - 7 @ 2100 - 2200 degrees. Ouch! My glass pieces that used to sell for $2,000.00 now have to sell for $2,500.00 And that's all I'm gonna say about that!

My dad is coming up from Ardmore Ok tomorrow and watch me blow glass for the first time. I'm gonna hand him the piece of the end of the punty and say, "Here dad, hold this". He's never seen anybody blow glass before.

Greg and Patricia got their oil lamps on Friday. They liked them. Phil hasn't gotten his yet. I'm making him wait and see how much patience he has. If Phil reads this I may not get anymore catering jobs from him. Just joking Phil.

I now have 200 lbs of System 96 in the furnace waiting for tomorrow. I'm trying to streamline Bella Forte Glass Studio a little bit. It has a tendency to get cluttered. I'm sure it's Bush's fault (I said that for Andy Pappas' benefit)


Thanks to Andy P., Jim(who I see at Norman on regular basis), and 2 or 3 others I found out that you can't leave comments on my website unless you're registered with Blogger. Sorry about that. I spent some time tonight and FIXED THE FREAKING PROBLEM. (you should know by now that I have a sense of humor). I didn't realize that a setting had gotten changed. It's fixed now. Thanks again for letting me know.

Thanks to the great and magnificent Andy Boatman for showing me how to do the html code thang so I could add a link for emailing me. A few folks mentioned that also.

Many thanks to Lucia for the nice comments on the vaze(that's the way you pronouce a vase that costs over $500.00) and all the promotion she did with it for me.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

3 Winners!

Congrats to Patricia, Greg & Phil on claiming the oil lamps. They will be in your possession shortly.

Monday, October 03, 2005

New Color Series & PHARMACEUTICAL REPS Notice (2 Winners So Far)

The second photo shows the new color series that I am working to develop. I call it the "Tiger Stripe Series". The inside color in the vessel looks similar to what I think the yellowish orange on a tiger looks like. I am going to make an "Artifacts Series" in the Tiger Stripe and also matching bowls and platters. The other photos show some different things I have made.

Congratulations to Patrica & Greg! Patricia & Greg are pharmaceutical reps whho saw the website and mentioned the offer. We have had over 25 caterings booked this past week and Patricia is the only one who mentioned the free oil lamp offer in the first week. Greg started this week off by mentioning it. I now have 1 (ONE) free blown glass oil lamp that I will make for you if you are the next drug rep to call and book a catering of 20 or more and mention the FREE OIL LAMP OFFER! I've got a number of colors you can choose from for me to incorporate into your oil lamp. (only 1 lamp per person)

To book your catering and claim your oil lamp, call:


When the catering is completed, I will then within a relatively short amount of time blow you a lamp with the colors you desire from the colors that I have in stock (which are considerable).

Over time I have had a number of people at the restaurant (Italian Jim's Pizzeria @ 342 S. Mustang Rd in the Yukon, OK area) ask about prices for the items that I have blown and put on display. Until now, I have been reluctant to sell any because I wanted to get my studio up and running first. Now that I am up and running, I am selling my glass. It is now priced in the front counter at the restaurant. I invite you come in and take a look at the glass and purchase if you wish. I also take special orders for certain colors you want incorporated into the glass. Also, if you had a question about pricing for something that I have put on this website, just let me know.

Andy brought by a small square of granite that he had left over from a house for me to display some items on. It looks classy! Thanks!

On Tuesday evening, Oct. 18th I am speaking to Kappa Kappa Ota Club (An organization for teachers or spouses and others involved in education) in Weatherford Ok about glassblowing @ The Mark Restaurant @ 6:00 pm. Just thought I would mention it.


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Photo groupings & PHARMACEUTICAL REPS Notice

I am posting some photos of some of the glass that I have blown recently. A couple of pieces I blew @ Blue Sage Studios under the tutelage of the great and magnificent Andy Boatman.

I have been trying to blow "sets" of things. Things that go together based on color or type or both.

Here they are. I have them on display and for sale at our restaurant, Italian Jim's Pizzeria @ 342 S. Mustang Road in the the Yukon area. We are located just south of the intersection of Reno and Mustang Road on the south side of I-40. Be sure and click on each picture so you can get a better look at it. It's kind've hard to get a sense of scale for some of the pieces. In the one with the blue and green pieces, the tallest one in the back is about 16 or 17 inches tall. To me, they look smaller in the photos than what they really are.


If you are a pharmaceutical Rep and you read this and if you book a catering for at least 20 people and mention this offer and are 1 of the first 3 to mention this I will blow you a hand blown oil lamp with a couple of colors of your choosing out of the colors I have in stock. I'll give it to you within a few days after the catering is completed. There is a picture of a green and orange oil lamp in front of the pieces in the top photo. Again, be sure and click on each photo for a better look.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Productive day

Hello everybody!

I started blowing glass today @ about 1:30 pm or so. It's a challenge to blow by yourself when you're not any better than I am. However, blowing without an assistant is certainly making me get better. Everything I blew today, I boxed! (That means it didn't fall off or break during the process and it made it into the annealer) However, one piece had a small hole in it where the punty was and I knocked a piece over in the annealer while I was putting another piece up and chipped the top. It was a $2000 piece too! That's my story and I'm sticking with it! (For a while at least) Anyway I blew for about 5 - 6 hours. I will post pictures of a couple of the things if they turn out. I won't know until after noon tomorrow.

See ya!

Monday, September 19, 2005

New Stuff!

Been extremely busy last week and already this week. Last week, we had 37 caterings at the restaurant. Here's some stuff I blew. Thanks to Brent for the assist.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Blowing and Going!

I've appreciated the calls and notes from friends that have congratulated me on the opening of the studio. I blew last night until midnight. Krista and I "pulled cane" last night. That was our first experience pulling cane. The experts make it look easy but it's not that easy. However we did great for our first time. As a matter of fact we did great even if we had done it a few times.

For the benefit of you folks who don't know what "pulling cane" is; "Cane" is colored glass encased in clear in a cylinder shape about the size of a 12oz coke can. You have a punty rod on each end and when the cylinder is good and hot, one person is stationary while the other person "pulls". You pull the cane and it stretches and stretches and stretches until it becomes about the size of a pencil (give or take). You then break it into manageable lengths and use it to put stripes in the glass work. If I make a good looking piece, I will take a picture and put it on the website.

I made a color bar chopper on Tuesday. I am posting a photo of it today. I am also posting some of the things we blew on that first day. I also am posting a picture of the color bars I have on hand at this time.

Micah is coming home today for the first time since August 10th! Looking forward to having "boy" around again for a little while.

We are going to be going to the OCCC art show and see Andy Boatman, Brent, and Drew at that show and their work. I encourage everyone to stop by "Blue Sage Studios' " booth there.

Monday, August 29, 2005

More Pics

Here's some pictures from the Day of Christening at Bella Forte.

Christening For Bella Forte

It is done! Bella Forte is now a fully functioning hot glass studio.

Heap big thanks to Andy and Angela Boatman and Brent Hickenbotham of Blue Sage Studios for coming down to the Christening of Bella Forte! Andy programmed my annealer. We made 4 or 5 pieces and "boxed" them (that's glass blowing talk for sticking your glasswork in the annealer) and finished at about 1 am Sunday morning. Andy even brought us a "studio warming" gift (a big jar of powdered frit) I don't care what everybody else says, I think he's a very thoughtfuland nice guy. (just kidding about the part of what everybody else says)

Linda and I also had our I two daughters, Kim and Krista, Krista's boyfriend, Carson, Kim's friend Crystal, Micah's girlfriend and pretty much member of the family, Anna - Micah couldn't make it in person because he was on his way back to NEO (after which he played in his first college game and did well - and NEO beat UCO) but he was there in spirit and on the phone.

I put 25 pounds of glass in the furnace about 1:30am, 9:00 am, 1:00pm, & 3:00 pm Sunday for a total of 100 pounds and am cooking it and will probably be able to blow on Wednesday.

Looking forward to many flawless excursions into glassblowing excellence.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Look Ma! Hot Glass!

The glass in the furnace finally got hot enough. However, there were very small micro-bubbles in the glass. Brent @ Blue Sage Studios said that comes from some of the fine grains of sand holding on to a tiny bubble. He said that's normal, just turn the furnace down about 200 - 300 degrees for about 12 hours and it would squeeze the bubbles out. I did, it did. The glass is awesome. Andy, Angela, Brent, and Drew from Blue Sage Studio are going to come out on Saturday after Micah's first college football game (N.E.O. @ U.C.O. in Edmond), and program my annealer and blow the first glass @ Bella Forte. That means next week I should be blowing consistently and get my touch back. I have really only blown once (I think) since last Christmas. My how time flies! Today's the 25th, it's only 4 months until Christmas. WOW!

Following are pictures of the furnace and glory hole set-up showing the rolling heat shield I made and also the propane hand torch cart I made. I have a picture of the pipe hanger also, but it's so thin that it's hard to see really good with everything else in the back ground. More pictures inside the studio coming later.

Also. . . Special thanks to Dr. Siler, Michelle, Kelley and Tammy for all your kindness today.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Hotter Than H. . .

Or at least it seems that way. I'm talking about the furnace. I don't have a temp gauge yet. I am trying to procure one from Federal Corp. I threw some glass canning jars I had asked my mom to save for me in the furnace so I could get an idea of hot it was getting in my furnace. After the third day, they had melted but upon trying to get a gather it became apparent that something was different than what I was used to. They glass wasn't nearly "liquid" enough. So I took the glob of glass on my blowpipe and stuck in my glory hole for what seemed like a long time and it never got dripping hot. My glory hole seemed as hot as I was used to a glory hole being but the glass didn't respond. I then theorized that the glass jars might be made out of different kind of glass that responds differently than what I was used to. So I cleaned out the glass of the furnace and dumped about 25 pounds of my "batch" glass in and am now waiting the 2 or so days for it to heat up. If that doesn't do the trick, then I my have to search for another blower that blows at a higher velocity than what I have. Still waiting for that elusive "hot glass"!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

"...And On The Third Day. . . "

3 Days and about 2 hours and the furnace is still heating up slowly. Cheri said it could take about 4 days to get it hot enough. Looking forward to hot glass.

Today I fabricated some more small but handy equipment. I made a blowpipe holder. A blowpipe holder is what you use when you are blowing glass solo. After you have blown the piece and you are ready to "transfer" it, you hang the piece in the blowpipe holder while you grab a "punty" (it's like a blowpipe except it doesn't have a mouth piece and the hole running all the way through the length of the pipe) and get a "gather" of fresh glass out of the furnace (that's so the punty will stick to the other end of the piece you are working on). You then grab the blowpipe, lay it on your glass blowers bench across the supports and stick the punty to the other end of the piece and knock off the blowpipe. The piece is then "Transfered". If you are familar with the process, you probably understand what I just said, if not, it may not make sense to you yet. Maybe later I can take pictures and explain each step a little better.

I also finished fabricating my hand torch caddy and my glory hole door opener rod and the place to hang it. Small, time consuming stuff, but kinda needful.

Now all I have to do while I'm waiting for the heat to come up is:
• Get rid of the the construction clutter that has accumulated in and around the studio. (It's hard to imagine that I'm so messy.)
• Hang some more sheetrock
• Hang some more slat wall paneling
• Hang some shelves
• Get everything organized

Then I will be ready for Andy Boatman and his crew to come and blow the first offical pieces @ Bella Forte. Once again, Andy and the folks at Blue Sage Studios have been really good to me. I am blessed to have them as friends.

Micah, if your reading this we miss you alot. You're where you are supposed to be, so stay dedicated and work hard and put those running backs and quaterbacks on their A's in a fierce and sudden manner.

Remember the Four C's of Leadership:
• Competence
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

• Commitment
The only real measure of commitment is test by action. Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serous promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.

• Character
Action is the real indicator of character.
We DO choose our character.
We create it every time we make a choice.

• Courage
“When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are
stiffened.” Billy Graham.
“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” Roman historian Tacitus
“A ship in the harbor is safe,
but that’s not what ships are built for.”

Looking forward to Hot Glass!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Getting Hotter!

It's Tuesday night and the glass jars I threw in the furnace yesterday are now slumped together. Good sign! Even though they were soft enough to slump, when I tapped them with the blow pipe they were still solid. Not hot enough yet, but for sure still moving in the right direction. Hopefully it will continue to get hot enough. I will keep you posted.

Tuesday Morning And All's Well

The furnace stayed lit all night. A good sign. Seems to be headed in the right direction.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Hopefully . . .

After talking with Cheri up in Wichita Kansas, I went back out to the furnace, did what she suggested and it seems to be working. According to Cheri it might take 4 days to heat up. I will be checking it every couple hours throughout the night. Hopefully it is now doing what it's supposed to be doing.
Hopefully . . .

Furnace problems

I spent about 4 hours trying to tweak the furnace. No Good. I called the lady I bought it from and she encouraged me that it was possible to make it work. They used it everyday in Colorado. She seems to think I'm trying to have too big a fire. Hope still springs eternal and hopefully I will get it tomorrow. Getting anxious to blow glass.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Furnace

Friday night I hooked up the furnace shortly after hooking up the glory hole. The glory hole worked great! The Furnace did not. I thought I would look at it in the daylight. I had better luck on Saturday with the furnace; however, I am having trouble getting the right air/fuel mixture. After more inspection it looks as though I may not have the correct blower. Looks like I'm back to Grainger to get another blower.

Saturday night I got impatient to blow glass. I busted up some old used glass jars my mom had given me. I turned on the glory hole, heated up a blowpipe and finally got a shard of glass to stick to the blowpipe. Finally after going through that process a number of times I got enough glass on the end of the blowpipe that was equal to a real small "gather" and blocked it with my blocks, blew a bubble in the glass and jacked it with the jacks. What an impressive start! WOW!

I'm going to call Andy and see if he thinks the problem is the wrong blower. Andy can fix anything.

The cooler weather and the rain is nice. It seems like fall.

Friday, August 12, 2005


The gas line is in! The glory hole is hooked up to gas. The glory hole is working! WOW!

Now to hook up the gas to the furnace.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

More Accomplished - Getting closer

Yesterday and today I made significant progress on hooking up my furnace and glory hole. It's looking like somebody could make some glass here one of these days. Andy came out Tuesday and is helping me program the annealer. I don't know what I would do without him! I did some welding on "Scriv" (the furnace) and got my gas line braced up. I fabricated the blower assembly for the furnace - (I hope it works). I've made what seems like 274 trips to Lowes, Home Depot, Locke Supply, and the 2 Westlake Hardware stores getting connection and parts. If I could start working on stuff in the morning and get a full day in, it sure would make it easier. By the time I take breakfast caterings and lunch caterings for the restaurant and unload everything it's usually around 4 or 5 or later. By then, its still hot and my body tells me I need to sit down in the chair for just a little bit (yeah, right!) Next thing I know it's 1 or 2 hours later and I think I better do something even if it's wrong. Anyway . . .

Linda and I took Boy up to N.E.O. on Tuesday and Wednesday to get him in college. Apparently he has the biggest refrigerator in the Athletic dorms. That's cool when you need to eat like he does. We really miss him. That's all I'm gonna say about that.

Once I get a little more order to the place I will post some pictures.

Looking forward to ignition.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Hope Springs Eternal

A new week and new hope of lighting the fire in the furnace in this new week. Last week was really busy. The restaurant business has picked up and I have been really burning the candle at both ends. Micah is moving to N.E.O. @ Miami (That's Mi Am AAAA) according to the folks up there. Please!! Anyway Micah is moving to college and is starting 2-a-days on August 10th for football. Man I'm gonna miss him big time! At least I won't have to be running all those sprints with him in the 97 degree heat. I would rather be running the sprints and him still here. Time moves on and things change and kids grow up. Kinda sad . . . But thats the way it is and there's nothing I can do to make time stand still. Been listening to Christopher Cross' song "All Right" a bunch. I will keep you posted.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

All-State Game

Linda and I and our family unhooked over the weekend to attend the All-State Football game in Tulsa. Our son, Micah started and played extremely well as Linebacker #44. He played on the "West" team and the "West" team defeated the "East" team 23 to 10. Everybody there played well, but we of course were extemely proud of Micah. He's 5'11" and 220 pounds of solid muscle.... Just like his dad... more or less, kinda / sorta.

Linda had found on the internet some months ago a glass studio in Tulsa called, Tulsa Gathering Place, so we stopped by there on Saturday and were warmly greeted by Jody and Sharon. They have a very nice place there and we look forward to going back and visiting again. We told them we came out of Andy Boatman's Blue Sage Studio. They were familiar with it and spoke well of Andy and his crew there.

We had a good time in Tulsa. Many thanks to Ryan, Jeremy, Adam, & Daniel for filling in and helping while we were gone. It's great to have great friends!

It's possible I could light the fire sometime toward the end of the week or the first of next week. Looking forward to making my first $8,295.00 piece!