Archive for January, 2010

New Painting: Three Peaks

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

24″ x 24″
house paint, modeling paste, oil stick, pencil, and tar on canvas

Bookcase and Storage Unit

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I designed and built this piece to hold miscellaneous toys, books, etc. in the little one’s bedroom. I love using 3DS Max to model these things before I even pick up a single tool – it makes doing the real work that much easier (and enjoyable).

Basic stuff here… 1/2″ plywood for the main carcass. And I ripped down some pine into 1×2′s and 1×3′s for the face frame, putting it together with pocket screws first, then tacking it to the front of the piece.

The initial sketch:

A clay rendering in Max:

The finished piece:

And in use:

Easy to Make Bread

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Over the weekend I came across a posting for a very easy to follow recipe and technique on “how to make the best bread ever” and it inspired me once again to give it a shot. I used a combination of Eirik’s method of folding over the dough while still in the original bowl and the information that he linked to at the NY Times, and indeed, the bread turned out quite good.

Here’s what I did:

I combined 3 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon yeast, 1 & 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of cornmeal in a large bowl. I added about 1 5/8 cups of water. After spending about two minutes or so mixing it all up with a spoon, you end up with a sticky mess in the bowl. I covered that with plastic wrap and set it out on the counter overnight. I let it sit for 16 hours in total before touching it again. After the 16 hours I unwrapped the bowl and used a wide spatula to fold the dough over itself (while still in the bowl). I did this for a few minutes working my way around the bowl. I may try it again, using the original method explained in the NYTimes article but this sufficed. I let the dough sit another two hours with a kitchen towel covering the bowl, again just left sitting out on the counter. At this point I turned the oven on at 450. We have a set of ceramic Corningware pots with lids so I used a large, round 2.5 Liter one and placed it in the oven as suggested. When it reached 450, I took the hot pot out, dusted the bottom of the pot with flour, dusted the top of the dough with flour and cornmeal, and flipped the dough into the pot. Place the lid back on and then into the oven with it all for half an hour. After the 30 minutes, take the lid off, and I let it bake for another 15 minutes before taking it out and placing it on a cooling rack.

We had some tonight with dinner, dipping it on olive oil, and it was quite delicious!

First Painting of 2010

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Here’s another small painting I completed over the weekend:

modeling paste, house paint, oil stick, and roofing tar on canvas

Coopersburg Barn

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

An old barn on Chestnut Hill Church Rd. in Coopersburg.