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GLAM 2018 poster

GLAM Craft Show, Dec. 2

The GLAM Craft Show is a great way to find holiday gifts made by local artisans and crafters. This year’s GLAM event on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be held at First Magnitude Brewery. Admission is free. I’ll be selling several sizes of my fun pen, ink & watercolors. My […]

Art display at the Vine

I have always enjoyed checking out the art on the walls at a local restaurant The Vine. Each month a different artist’s work is on display – from acrylic paintings to abstract photography. I view the art while having lunch — a roasted beet sandwich on The Vine’s wonderful cranberry and walnut bread.  After eating, […]

Chris Thile

Mandolin and Chris Thile in Gainesville

Chris Thile — mandolin player, composer, songwriter and singer. Playing the mandolin for and hour and a half…with no break. His performance in Gainesville at the Phillips Performing Arts Center was amazing. For the first hour, I watched with my inner jaw hanging open. The mandolin was an extension of him as he played. He […]

Art display at Satchel’s Pizza

It’s been fun to work with two friends to cover all the walls at Satchel’s Pizza, with our watercolor art, urban sketches and photography.  Satchel is great at supporting local artists and providing a festive venue for art while patrons get to enjoy tasty pizza. Our work includes more than 80 pen, ink and watercolor […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

sweetgum carved spoons

Carving sweetgum spoons

I’ve been carving spoons from sweetgum this week. The wood was given to me friend who collected a couple of sweetgum branches while out running. The sweetgum tree was being taken down as part of a homeowner’s efforts to clear trees in anticipation of hurricane season. My friend knew I like to “rescue” parts of […]

Judy plays flute at Leesburg Arts Festival 2018

WrenSong flutes at Leesburg Festival

The Leesburg Arts Festival provided me the opportunity to do two activities I enjoy — play my flutes for listeners and sell my flutes to people who are drawn to the sound of the flute. My WrenSong Woods tent was just a few yards from the east stage of the festival. (You can see my […]

Leesburg Art Festival logo

Leesburg Arts Festival, Saturday, March 10

I’m looking forward to being part of the Leesburg Art Festival on Saturday, March 10. I will be a vendor selling my WrenSong flutes and other wood art items. The art festival will be held along the streets of Historic Downtown Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. I’ll be one of more […]

Tom, playing an electronic flute with Deb on a low C wood Native American style flute.

Visiting Leesburg Flute Gathering

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Leesburg Flute and Drum Gathering held in the Leesburg Center for the Arts. My friend Deb, who I’d met at Flute Haven a few years ago, has always been ready to pick up a flute and jam.  With Deb’s Leesburg friends and my Gainesville friends […]

Chestnut branch flute

Chestnut Branch Flutes

Creating a flute from a branch is exciting and rewarding, as I see how the wood guides me and listen to what the flute’s voice will be. Here’s a video with the four Chestnut branch flutes that I just finished making. In the video, I play two of the flutes to let you hear their […]

Earthskills Arts of the Coconut

Florida Earthskills Gathering 2017

The Florida Earthskills Gathering provided me with a great opportunity to practice my woodworking skills along with the many who were interested in learning sustainable living skills. Little Orange Creek Nature Park, outside of Hawthorne, provided a scenic location, with the event held amidst massive live oaks. I participated in Barron Brown’s Bowl Carving workshop. During the day-long workshop, […]

Arts Festival: Thornebrook, Oct. 1-2, 2016

Join me at the Arts Festival at Thornebrook, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2. Both days the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’ll be located in space 49, selling handcrafted items made from wood. I’ll have my WrenSong Native American style flutes. I’ve created a new book on playing the flute that comes free with […]