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Closer and Closer

Tuesday was tax day, and my mother stayed home to do her taxes. I kept her company while making a mock-up of her mother’s day present. It’s going to be a nice necklace. I made a second mock-up last week, just to be sure I knew what I was doing. Yesterday I started on the real thing and I have the short strand completed.

Wednesday I was feeling very tired and dragged out. I only got a little torching done, but I came up with a fairly nice tree and a couple of floral beads that I’m happy with. That was an accomplishment. Then, I had bell choir and Wednesday night supper.

I didn’t get any torching done Thursday because I was waiting for the propane man to come by and look at the yard. He made a very expensive estimate. So my mother called a plumber who said that they could hook up the natural gas line to the torch. The plumbers arrived on Friday (the air conditioning people came on Friday too), and once he figured out what was wanted explained that to get the appropriate pressure from the natural gas we would need a split meter or something. So, my mother called the gas company and arranged for someone to come out and set that up. Meanwhile, the air conditioning and ventilation people were banging holes in the house to set up my hood and ventilation. It was a little stressful.

We went to Flame Tree Glass on Saturday to buy the torch and hoses and connectors and things. Maureen was extremely helpful. She suggested that we get a standard barbecue tank of propane. After the ups and downs of trying to figure out how to supply fuel to my torch, this sounded like a great idea, so that is where we’re headed now. When we got home, we found that the hose was not long enough. So, I called Flame Tree back and they are going to send me another hose and a connector dohicky. That was a bit of a let down because we were going to do a test fire, but we couldn’t because the hose wasn’t long enough.

Today I read the call to worship in church. I was nervous, but apparently I did a fairly good job because a lot of people said so afterward. After church my mother and I set about painting my studio. I painted the table top and stained the legs while my mother did all the cutting in work in the studio. Then, I did all the roller work in the studio. We don’t have much more to do as far as painting goes, but we have to move a lot of stuff first. Maybe next weekend. The table looks real sharp now. I’m very happy with how it came out.

So, it has been another busy week without much torching. Hopefully I’ll get the torch up and running sometime this week – once the hose gets here. I’m looking forward to it!


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