>Glorify in your personal geekness.

>I have a sign over my workshop that I bought at the first big city trade show that I exhibited in, about 12 or 13 years ago. It was made by a fellow in Kentucky back before all the Chinese knockoffs of these signs started pouring in. I have lost his name unfortunately. It always makes me smile.

OK, a seemingly unrelated thing is that I think Bill Engvall is the funniest thing walking. A while back he did a story about a "Dork Fish" which slayed me.

Finally. We had been saving beer caps in an old crock for quite a while and it was full. A recent conversation with some artist friends (Hi Jim and Mary) gave me a idea of using mashed beer caps to simulate water.

I cannot draw. That is a sad fact, but I can't. There is a serious disconnect between brain and pencil going on when I try. So I pulled out Folk Art Weather Vanes for a fish pattern and adapted it to my dork fish.

From here I made a rustic wood frame and background from some poplar that was given to me. I also cut out the fish shape and roughly carved the blank into a fish body of sorts. The fins will be added later.

The new thing I tried for this was to flatten beer caps with a hammer and burn the finish off the caps. They came out in various stages of burned. Next I nailed the caps to the background to try to simulate water and waves. It looks pretty cool to me at this point. I will have to decide later on if I want to add any paint.

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