On windy days, the northern flicker who hangs out in our neighborhood will fly up to the corner of our portale, and cling to the stucco wall, right near the roof, getting out of the wind. He seems to like the spot, as he’ll spend hours there.
It can be disconcerting if one of us heads outside, though. He gets frightened and takes off, and we almost always get surprised by the sudden movement. Sorry, buddy.
This is the third bowl I turned, and the second made of birch. I managed to get the sides a little thinner, and the bottom thinner as well. I almost avoided tear-out on the end-grain sides of the bowl, only using the bowl gouge, but there was a little, so I sanded to clean things up.
Turned this one in a single session in the shop. Maybe three hours total, including cutting it octagonal on the bandsaw, mounting it on the plate, cutting it free, and using the belt-sander to take off the last nubbin on the bottom.
It’s a little over 5 inches in diameter, and about 1-¼ inches tall.
Six coats of shellac, with some light sanding with 400 grit between the fourth and fifth coats. I’m trying to decide if I should pull out my French polishing kit and try to really put a nice finish on it, or whether this is good enough.
I had mentioned before that chollas turn purple in the winter around here. There’s one on the way to the mailbox that is more purple than any other I’ve seen, so I grabbed a picture of it this morning. Should’ve reached past it to get the other weed out of the picture, but I didn’t want to get footprints in the snow. Maybe tomorrow.
While waking up this morning, we heard a knocking on the roof. There were a couple ravens doing something up there.
One of them flew over to the top of the post holding the birdhouse and proceeded to eat something. Not sure what it was.
Then a couple other ravens started flying around, and the one from the birdhouse flew to the ground to finish his meal in peace.
Once he was done, he flew to the juniper in our yard, where he was joined by another raven. And then a bird one flew up and there was a bit of a scuffle before all three of them flew off to somewhere else. It was fun to watch them.