Saturday, November 21, 2009

Howdy, Y'all!

I recently painted some scenery for a cowboy-themed party. Kinda cute...

Just finished redoing the shelves in the Aquarium's main Gift Shop. They were made to look like stone but the rough surface kept tearing up the books the shelves were built to house. My assistant, Jim O'Donnell, and I spent hours sanding them down with belt-sanders, then palm-sanders, then applying a two-part epoxy-resin to the surface to level and smooth it out. I then repainted it to its faux-stone glory. Not the most glamorous of projects and certainly not the most photogenic, but I love working with power tools and discovering new materials. My recent experimentation with hard-coating carved styrofoam may be the start of a new foray into sculpting.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Now the
entrance is
with a
scene to set
the mood.
That's a Europlesaphalus front and center, with my daughter's favorite dino, a Parasauralaphus guarding her nest as another late-Cretacious creature swoops in from above. It was fun but I always wish I had more time to make it "perfectement"!