2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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4 responses to “2011 in review

  1. What you are doing is marvelous. I am in Portland working on a smaller scale with reclaimed / salvaged hardwood and I am looking for ideas on a better way to mark my pieces – other than the usual burning or branding.
    What are your thoughts on letter punch or laser etch? Want to keep it low fi though and not need some super machine all the time. Thanks!

    Dirk
    Block &
    Sons C.

  2. Robert Apodaca

    Thanks for the comment! You may want to look at some of William Stranger’s pieces which have poetic sayings on them made with a letter punch to very beautiful effect. Laser etching, while definitely not very lo fi allows for some very intricate markings but also are limited as to the size of material you can fit into the machine. I’ve also seen some very nice maker’s marks made with just a few deftly placed chisel points.

    -Robert Apodaca

  3. Thanks for writing back. I don’t see a link to comments on their page of this site, though. I wonder if one letter punches before a clear finish versus after, etc. Lots of people who make country kitsch seem to use the woodburned look and the laser etch doesn’t go with my efforts in trying to do it all by hand so I though the punch might be a cool look. Precise and solid yet imperfect. If you can link to some photos or contact info that would be much appreciated.

  4. Here’s a link to one of William Stranger’s posts here on the blog: http://laboxcollective.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/set-fire-to-my-own-life/
    The second image has some of the text. If I had to guess I think he finishes after punching. Good luck!

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