I have created a couple of shallow relief carvings from photographs taken at the Tales From the Tavern series in Santa Ynez, California. The first was of personal favorite, Sam Baker.
Next up was Dave Alvin. At his Fall 2016 show, producer, Ron Colone, showed the carving to Dave prior to going on. Dave was smitten by it, so it was his. I met him after the show and signed the piece, which was carved in Mahogany (as was the Sam Baker carving).
Carving is my go-to rainy day activity. Hopefully, a wet winter will give me the opportunity to expand this series.
Friends and family gathered to celebrate Janet Gastil’s 80th birthday on the rainy evening of December 22, 2016.
Stories, music, food and friendships were shared. Many hands made the setup a party in itself.
Nan Couts Cottage, part of the La Mesa Community Recreation Center, was a perfect setting for the special occasion.
Over the years, Janet has performed and taught music, been active in politics, real estate and with Friends (Quakers) – all while raising a family. Children Garth, Gastil, George and John were with her on this evening.
A driveway designer and woodworker sharing thoughts, experiences and impressions of the journey.