|The Henry's Creek Fire roaring in the hills behind our property|
August was not the most productive for us in the Studio, as we had many other things on our mind, including the largest range fire our region of Idaho has ever experienced. It started just a few miles from our neighborhood, and ended up consuming over 53,000 acres, in just one week's time. At one point, we were on alert for evacuations. As I write, I believe it is still not completely out, the paper says it's 81% contained. The devastation will have far-reaching ill effects, especially for the wildlife. Their winter feeding grounds have been destroyed in the blink of an eye. They are saying it is human caused, which is really a red-hot-angry-button topic for me, but I will spare you, and not get into that can of worms on this blog. Suffice it to say, we had a lot to think about this past month besides our own torch fires burning.
|Smoke has filled the air the whole month of August|
Before the nasty fires started up, the month actually started out on the right note with a family reunion that was a long time in the making. It was especially poignant to have everyone attend on Russ' side of the family, as our parents (in-laws) have been dealing with many medical issues this past year. It was nice to see so many family members come out and support them. And also, now that our sons are spread far and wide all over the country, it was nice to get a few moments of alone time with them after the reunion wrapped up. We managed a game of mini-golf at the same course they went to when they were young. Nothing makes us happier than spending time with our adult children.
|Our sons enjoying mini golf|
We also started and ended a few new projects this month, including these fun white water rafting ornaments.
|A variety of white water rafting ornaments|
And customers are already ordering a variety of other ornaments, I suppose to beat the rush that will soon be upon us in the coming months.
|Shipping out a variety of ornaments|
For the first part of the month, the kiln was filled with these bulbs, as they annealed alongside some of our lustered hummingbirds. They were a special order for a customer who wants to incorporate them into a unique chandelier.
|A custom order of bulbs and birds getting annealed in the kiln|
Now that August and summer are drawing to a close, we are hoping the only "heat" we have to deal with from now on, comes from our own torches and kilns cranking out new projects. A controlled environment is the best place for fires. Signing off for now, we hope you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend.
|Firing a new project in the kiln|