December 22, 2000 I woke up this morning, looked out the window and was dazzled and delighted. It looked like Christmas time, all magical and sparkling. When I went to bed I had left a world of grays and browns and thought I would wake up to one.

On Tuesday I went to the Paul King Foundry to do the work out the patinas for my bronzes. Below is a new tree form I made this year. I've been playing around with the idea of a three sided trunk and seeing where it goes. I liked this one and thought it would look good in bronze. Now that it has been made into bronze I like it, though I don't really know why. My job is to make things, not to judge them by standards other than those of my own making. Often that means working out an idea and then fixing the parts that bother me. I often figure a piece is done when nothing in it bothers me and demands to be worked on.

I had three cast. One is on the coffee table made from a 4" thick slab of native Vineyard fir that I got from Ken at the Run of the Mill sawmill in North Tisbury. The bronze abstract nude is Taka.

I love the Swinging Jenny bronze in any weather.

The M 50 is another piece I made working with the form of the triangular trunk.

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