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Mr. Wildcard can make more than guitars.  For those book makers out there who are interested in having a press clamp, here’s a honey-do the Wildcard recently did for me.

Press clamp
Press clamp

We bought a “delux press clamp” from Grizzly Industrial for $70.  The Wildcard scrounged up the off-fall from a maple butcher block counter top and some scrap walnut which he had stored and moved for the past several years.  I found the perfect breadboard of Black Acacia at our local big box store for $20.  Some nuts and bolts. Y voila!  A press for the book construction process, something I had always wanted but not put high on the list because I thought them too expensive.

He found he had to make a couple of small modifications: 1) sand the oil off the breadboard, and 2) add a cross piece near the center of the breadboard to keep it from spinning.

No more “heavy” art books to weigh down projects.  Maybe I can jettison Janson.

Thanks, hunny.

Fine Craft Show at the San Luis Obispo Art Center

When you are next in San Luis Obispo, stop in at the SLO Art Center. There is nearly always a great exhibition there. I saw a wonderful show of fine craft that will be open until Jan 10.  It was juried by Scarlet Ching, and I was particularly impressed by the meticulous wood working. A sampling of works on exhibit –

Set of Drawers
A set of drawers by David Blackburn, Ventura County.

A dreamlike crate of very special eggs:

sculpture: rowboat with porcelain inserts
"Loaded with Potential" Katherine McBride, Soquel
sculpture: moon and container
"Luna 1" Bill Hrnjak, Nipomo

If there still remains a hierarchy in anyone’s mind concerning “Fine Art” and “the crafts”, the intuitive and evocative works in this show tear those distinctions to messy shreds.