Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fast World

I have teenagers. They seem to live on their screens. I do not. My wife, who happens to use social media on occasion, let me know that my blog was sorely out of date. I did not drop off the face of the earth. I did get a website for the bike racks which is www.revivalbikeracks.com. I try to keep that up to date.

I am still making green smoothies. In fact, since we moved off the farm and I don't have easy access to free weeds, I've had to plant more greens. I managed to keep kale over the winter with hoop houses and protection from the deer. I also grew corn salad in the early spring. In the meantime, I grew a lot of wheat grass on the kitchen counter in front of the window. You do what you have to do.

I think now that blogging is something you do when you travel. Short spurts of thought, and stories about interesting things. This will be my last post. I wanted to share ways to keep us healthy while keeping the earth healthy. I see a lot of people doing great work on this. I will continue to do my share.

Friday, 19 April 2013


The new bike racks are finished! Here is one of them, all powder-coated red and installed at the Uptown Askews. The "revival racks" took six months from beginning to end, the most time spent dismantling old bikes.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Up-cycling at its best...

Just testing the spacing and mounting with the half-finished frames on site.

One of the finished frames before powder coating.

All winter I've been pillaging bike parts from various sources to create two bike racks for the new Askew's grocery store. Old steel frames are best, brake rotors, handle bars, sprockets and chain rings are also good to use. A few kickstands and fenders have made their way in. Once complete, all will be powder coated, then installed in groups of four at either end of the Askew's entrance. Should be finished by beginning of April. The question is... who will be the first cyclist to use it?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Key to a Good Morning

I'm working on a few small metal wall sculptures for the Affordable Art Fair. A piece of an enamel wood stove came to me, and I'm using it as a background on a few of the works. It gives a lot more contrast between it and the mixed metal. The two keys were given to me by Lin Maxwell, what great additions. My wife already wants to keep it. But with only two weeks until delivery day, it's going in the exhibition.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Art and Tomatoes

Artist-wife and I have been having discussions about sculpture as fine art and sculpture as functional art. I seem to fall in between somewhere - being inspired occasionally to make something functional, being commissioned to make something functional, and being free to create something entirely artistic. It would be tough to make a decision to do just one all the time. Then I noticed that about a month ago when the tomatoes were leaning dangerously to the right after a wind storm, I used three garden sculptures to prop them up. They seem to work well, and I like how the tomatoes have warmed up to them. The decision was made for me in this case.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Too many greens?

How can it be? Can green smoothies be bad for you? Recently had to stop using swiss chard for the morning smoothie because T. can't tolerate the high levels of oxalic acid. Lambs quarters also high in that little irritant. It's good to rotate the crops, and I'm back to using dandelion and boring old lettuce.

Monday, 2 July 2012

It's Easy Being Green


After. See? Easy!

Ran into a friend in the produce aisle of Askews today. She asked what I've been putting in my green smoothies these days. The usual; spinach, lamb's quarters, a few younger dandelion leaves. What else? she asks. Good question. I like to use pineapple coconut juice, about a half cup. Place the huge handful of greens into the blender with that, then a whole banana, then fill up to the 3-cup mark with water. Makes two full glasses for me and my green wife. We don't add yogurt, because whizzing up yogurt breaks its fragile bonds.