Traditionalists here are missing the old animated history calendar for the month of December. We are, too.
There is good news to report, though. A group of programmers has been working to build a Flash emulator to play old Flash-based content. The Internet Archive is using their work to preserve old Flash files, and they are also making it available to the rest of us.
There is still room in several of HatchSpace’s holiday gift making classes. These classes are suitable for beginners and are a great way to learn some basic woodworking skills. Register now before classes fill up.
All these classes are suitable for beginners.
Craft a holiday gift for someone you love. Workshops available for sign up include, Cutting Board Workshop, *Resin Edge Bowl Turning, Make a Frame, Build a Flower Press, Make a Gift Box, Design and Carve Key Holder, Tile Top Charcuterie Board, Turned Gifts (bottle stopper, opener and more). Open to beginners, no woodworking experience required. Space is limited. Sign up today! Go to www.hatchspace.org for details and registration. *Bowl turning experience required for the Resin Bowl workshop.
Come to HatchSpace’s new woodworking shop, get some tablesaw practice and leave with an elegant little box! In this workshop we will use the tablesaw to cut dados, rabbets, and some raised panels, and the router table for a little bit of detailing. You’ll learn how to accurately fit small pieces together, and work with some lovely local hardwoods to make a simple box for keepsakes, tea, tiny spice jars, or even recipe cards! Whether you’re brand new to the woodshop, or have experience and want some practice on the tablesaw, this workshop will guide you safely through some simple techniques for working with small parts accurately. No woodworking experience required.
Classes for beginners and experienced woodworkers. Financial aid may be available – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
More details, more classes and registration at https://www.hatchspace.org/ClassCalendar
Refresher for Woodworkers: Build a Cutting Board, with Doug Finkel
Yes! This hands-on workshop is designed high school students and adults to learn the basics of design for the X-Carve, a computer numerical controlled machine (CNC) for carving on wood, plastic and other materials. No woodworking experience required. Learn more at Digital Design for the X-Carve with Gail Fletcher, at HatchSpace, Saturday, October 16, 9 am – noon; $60
Learn something new and have fun in HatchSpace’s introduction to working classes.
Introduction to Woodworking: Build a Side Table
Through the creation of a side table, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of building furniture, the safe use of power tools such as the jointer, planer and table saw, a wide range of hand tools and techniques, and numerous design possibilities. Instructor Doug Finkel has many years of experience teaching in schools and at craft centers. Tuesdays, September 21 – November 9 (8 sessions); 6-9 pm.
It IS silly, but it DOES make you laugh.
Buddy Hackett’s Duck Joke on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show 08/27/1987
The Rosefire Writing Circle has been offering community and support for writers of all ages and abilities since 2016. Award-winning writer and veteran teacher Deborah Lee Luskin facilitates.
Deborah creates a safe and welcoming space where participants write to prompts designed to prime the creative pump. Writers focus and fly, spilling their words onto the page. Those who wish then read this new work, while others bear witness to these remarkable stories. The entire process enhances creativity; participants invariably write more, write better, and write with greater confidence.
HatchSpace is offering several woodworking classes for both beginners and experienced woodworkers.
Mastering the Card Scraper with Tom Bodett: In this 2.5-hour workshop, Tom Bodett shares his passion for woodworking and especially the Card Scraper – a simple and effective tool for creating a beautiful finish on wood. Tom will cover how to use the Card Scraper and how to keep it sharp. Each participant will receive a card scraper and the tools to keep it sharp – a diamond stone and burnisher. Offered on July 17 and August 14.
Intermediate Lathe Techniques: An introduction to face-turning techniques on the lathe, with master wood turner Jeff Bower. This 3-hour direct learning experience focuses on tools and techniques to create a wide-variety of simple forms. Includes safety, setup, design, and tool selection to take the mystery out of turning and inspire your creativity. Previous lathe experience is required. Offered on July 25 and August 1.
HatchSpace, a non-profit 501(c)(3) community organization, re-opens in its new location at 22 High Street in Brattleboro, Vermont starting in early June. Summer classes and workshops will include an intensive beginning woodworking course with Gail Grycel, along with workshops on making a tile top end table, a Shaker Bench with guest instructor Tim Clark, intermediate woodturning with guest instructor Jeff Bower, carving with Noriko Isogai, bending wood with steam with Blake Johnson, intro to CNC with Gail Fletcher, designing your vision, using a card scraper with HatchSpace founder Tom Bodett, along with many others. For more info, see the complete course list at hatchspace.org or email email@example.com
Blog88.org is my last dance, for which death must stop and wait.
On May 29, 2021, at about the same time that my mother gave birth to me 76 years ago, my wish to give birth to my new baby, Blog88.org, was fulfilled. As promised, 4 new stories appeared, not previously included in the earlier “Sneak Preview” version:
1. Remembering Wally White and Faith Ministries, originally published in the Religion Section of the December 19-20 Weekend Brattleboro Reformer is our lead story.
There’s a project in Vermont this summer to re-create the film Jurassic Park, and you can be a part of it.
Crowdsourced Cinema VT is looking for Vermont filmmakers, videographers, artists, animators, musicians, and more to volunteer to re-make a scene from the dinosaur park movie. It’s a state-wide project and regional collaboration among media access centers.
See all those piles of snow all over Brattleboro? Those are really the heads of giant happy monsters, waiting for you to carve out.
This year, thanks to a grant from the Town Arts Fund, there are three $100 prizes available for the top three Snow Heads, Judged for 1) Goofiness, 2) Artistry, or 3) The level of delight that it causes.
Beginning in January 2021, the Rosefire Writing Circle will meet virtually on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 in addition to Fridays from 1-3. Writers of any ability are welcome to join us. The writing circle allows writers to overcome the fear and loneliness of facing a blank page by providing the support of writing to the same prompt with others. This proven format creates a kind of writing magic from which everyone benefits. We write, we read, we have fun.
Did you every awaken from a dream, which inspires a poem?
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Leafing through an old notebook, I found this poem by myself called Petitioning. It was written a long time ago in 2005 but despite the issues being 15 years out of date, it still made me laugh. If you’ve ever petitioned, you might get a chuckle too….
Someday, all will be forgiven. We will be dead then.
Changed, Transformed, In Heaven.
We won’t have to social distance any more. How many lovers who just want to hug each other have become stuck… one in Spain, the other in Georgia unable to fly?
Class of 2020, welcome to your virtual commencement address. Please mute your microphones.
You don’t need me to tell you that the Class of 2020 is like no other. A world locked down over a virus caused your senior year to go off the rails.
Some of you were probably happy to get out of classes and in-person tests, but you were denied the reward that every other senior before you received for faithfully attending school for so many years – the joy of the final countdown to graduation.
For the good of all…
We ride together
But first, we must agree on the vehicle.