Do This Today: Andy Warhol: Gotti on Trial

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Today all you off-in-the-middle-of-the-dayers should hit up Revolver between 10a-3pm to see their collection of Warhol pieces in their current exhibit “Gotti on Trial”. Since you’re already in the Hills to see this exhibit, why not visit nearby Rodeo Drive and window shop.. then maybe Diddy Riese for an afternoon treat? #amazingday

Event: Andy Warhol: Gotti on Trial (event link)
Location: Revolver Gallery, 9459 Charleville Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Wednesday July 30, 10a-3p
Cost: Free to visit!

Do This Today: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth

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I know what you’re thinking: who’s free at 1pm for a movie at the LACMA? Well if you’re funemployed and looking for cheap midday fun, hit up the LACMA today! $4 (in addition to admission to the museum) lets you see a screening of the AWESOME movie Labyrinth. You know you want to see David Bowie in those pants!

Event: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth (event link)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday July 29, 2014, 1pm
Cost: $4 for general admission

Do This Today: Outstanding Art of TV Costume Design

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Today visit the FIDM Museum downtown to see the opening of their exhibit Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design. Mary Rose (President of the Costume Designers Guild) is curating the exhibit. Expect to see costumes from your favorite nominated programs.

Event: Outstanding Art of TV Costume Design (event link)
Location: FIDM Museum & Galleries, 919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday July 22, 2014, 10a – 4pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: Jason Priestley Book Signing

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Who didn’t have a crush on 90’s fav Brandon Walsh?! If you didn’t watch the original 90210, then you are missing out. Jason Priestley just released his memoir and is doing a book signing in Pasadena at Vroman’s tonight at 7pm. Buy the book there and he’ll sign it!

Event: Jason Priestley Book Signing (link)
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101
Time: Monday May 19, 2014, 7pm
Cost: FREE!

On The Chopping Block

In lue of a Font Friday post or a Weekend Guide, I’m sharing a piece I’ve been working on every morning for the past week. I don’t recommend using power tools earlier than 7am due to sleepiness levels, but sometimes it’s the best way to start the day!

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To start this project, I began with lots of different types of scrap wood. Always save your scarp wood, as cutting boards don’t require much wood and it’s a great way to save the scrap from ending up in a landfill. After planning the wood, cutting down and cleaning it up a bit I was able to play with the color/grain variations and create the design I wanted. For this project I wanted it to look like controlled-randomness. With the dark and light pieces mixed among each other.

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After a lot of very speedy gluing (it dries so fast!) I clamped the wood (in a level way) and then wiped the access glue. Because this will be used for food preparation, I used a special waterproof glue meant to withstand the food and washing of it after. You don’t want gaps where bacteria can get trapped and make you sick over time.

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After the glue dries (allow several hours) it’s ready to be planned and sanded down to perfection. It’s starting to look like a board now!

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This was my first time routering the edge of wood. I’ll admit, I was so sure I was going to ruin it, so I practiced a lot on some scrap wood. Thankfully burn marks and errors can be pretty easily sanded away afterword.

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Here it is above, with a smooth edge and sanded to perfection. No more burn marks, just gorgeous wood. Once the dust is wiped/blown away, it’s time for oil!

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Look at the difference the oil makes! The goal with the oil is to get the wood fully saturated, because if it’s full of oil it won’t absorb any food bacteria. It really brings out the colors of the piece too and it’s super fun to apply. You can see from the reflection above, I put a lot of oil on which is good. Keep reapplying the oil every 2 hours until it’s no longer absorbing the oil (because it’s reached its saturation point), wipe away the excess oil and you’re done!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Happy Weekend Everybody! This image is from a short building session yesterday very early morning. It’s going to be 1 (or even 2) great cutting boards when I’m done with this. Today Im focusing on a few other projects and hopefully this weekend will cross a couple items off the list. Get out there and do what you’re passionate about!

UPDATE:

Here’s one project that’s been in the works for a few weekends and is finished today. It feels good to cross something off the list, so I can make room for more projects!

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Here’s a detail shot:

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I love the shadows 🙂 It’ll be making it’s way over to the shop soon!