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Into the heart of woodworking!

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Perhaps after looking at the photos you may start to wonder why did I label this post as “Into the heart of woodworking!”, well the reason is because not too far from San Fransisco there is a beautiful town with many wonderful people and sights. “FORT BRAGG!” After taking a four hour drive from San Fransisco I found myself at the heart of my true destination!


College of the RED WOODS

Sorry that I do not have photos of this part of the visit, but you have to understand that when your in the heart of something as beautiful as students following their dreams and building masterpieces you get a little overwhelmed by it all. In addition to that I felt a little bad walking around asking them questions when they are all so busy trying to complete their final projects for the year! However, if you go to the link above you can see many of the current students pieces. I Can’t wait to see the final photos from this years students!

So bottom line is if you’re looking for a great furniture school I would highly recommend this place! While the school is isolated in a small town it is definitely a town that I for one would prefer to be isolated in! So even if your not into woodworking I would recommend taking a trip to see this town for breath taking views, great wineries, and sweet people!

What a wonderful trip, thanks Casey, Katie, the CR Students/ Staff, Xanadu Gallery Staff and the people of Fort Bragg!

Just wanted to give you a list of sites you can go to find further information about my photos above!

Muir Woods – The beautiful Redwoods

Xanadu Gallery – A Frank Lloyd Wright project

Golden Gate Bridge – Even more beautiful in person

Fort Bragg – A beautiful town with amazing people

Mission Murals – A Spanish tradition lives on

SF Art Work sculpture – Some sculpture is more than just looks!

Transamerica Pyramid – Iconic SF building

Mission Dolores – One of the oldest structures in SF today!


Portfolio for admissions

If you read my last post you will have noticed that I got excepted to Parsons (The New School), so in this post I wanted to share with you the portfolio that helped me to achieve this. Before I start I want to say thank you to my friends and family for your support, and I wanted to thank myself for staying true to my heart and following my dreams! To my friends, family and myself I love you!

Since I applied for the Product Design program my portfolio could consist of the following art pieces;

Photography, sketches, movies, 3 dimensional projects, and any other articles that display creativity

Here are my submissions:


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3D Projects-

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Sketches/ Writing/ Computer Design-

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This was not attached to my portfolio but I wanted to share it anyways because if you are planing on applying for Parson or know someone who is you may want to tell them about the scholarship challenge they have, which I truly enjoyed participating in. While I did not win, it was just so much fun playing around with different ideas and having fun creating something. This scholarship challenge is just one of the many reasons I am excited to attend Parsons, they encourage inspiration and individuality from their students! Hope you enjoy the show!

Round 2

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Life is so precious and amazing, as we make our journey through this world we have unlimited paths to unlimited destinations. With every new day we have the chance to start our life all over again and set out in a different direction. While returning to school may seem like a small event to some, it means the world to me, because 5 years ago I stood in front of my superior officers who told me that I was living a dream one that would not bare fruit if I separated from my path.

Scared of the unknown life ahead of me, I stepped out into my new life with only the dream that if I followed my heart to what I really wanted anything could be achieved. Often we are told that we won’t succeed by the people we are closest too, because our loved ones F.E.A.R that if they can’t do it you won’t be able to do it! Don’t let this deter you from your dreams, your friends and family while their hearts are in the right place they are missing one key factor love of what you want to do! If you love what you do, you will achieve heights no one else could have ever imagined.





This is your life, live it with passion and love and we will make a better world for one another through our great achievements. As an older man I have been told many disheartening advice, but I have proved them all to be false through pushing through with my dreams and I hope you will take my advice and live for what you desire! While we grow older, never forget that you once where a child who dreamed so many beautiful things, and the only thing stopping you from achieving those adolescent dreams is F.E.A.R.

Finally one last thing I wanted to share with you is a commercial I am sure you have all heard it’s the Folders Coffee commercial, “the best part of waking up, is __________!”, the real answer of course is waking up is the best part. When life gets hard I often remind myself your still alive and have a chance to change your life for what you want!

Best wishes


Dreaming of a Home

My WestEastern Home

Over the years I have been dreaming of my perfect future home and while these images are something that I think is close to what I would like to incorporate into my home they are still a little off. But trust me if someone offered me this home today I wouldn’t complain.

So from right to left as you would do it if you reading a magazine from Japan. The first picture of the library and stair well, not sure about you guys but I love books, to read to look at and just their class that they bring to any environment. Bottom right hand picture, is very simple clean modern kitchen area which feels cozy to me and sterile just like I would want my kitchen to be. Top middle picture: Sitting area that offers maximum viewing of nature while keeping the outdoors elements at bay if you desire. Bottom middle: Formal dinning area this would be although it is taking from a traditional Japanese home having the combination of ultra modern and traditional is my greatest joy. In addition to the traditional setting Ive always wanted a home surrounded by nature and that is one this I absolutely love about this dinning area. Top left hand: Very simple Danish modern style with neutral colors really plays to my likes since I want to go wild inside with adding such an array of styles for interior design that I think it would be nice to keep outside humble and sleek. Bottom left: Engawa off the bedroom is a real dream come true I would love to wake up and see nature first thing in the morning. And this room you could relax with the doors open and take in the fresh air or take in some nice sun either way it’s a must have for me! Finally main picture: I picked this picture because I ultimately desire a place in the mountain area and although this home in the picture isn’t my ideal house I do love its architecture ambiance, just prefer the Danish style in the upper left hand corner more!

Hope you enjoyed my future home layout!

The New School


So I am applying to Parsons also known as The New School for Product Design and the more I find out about this school I fall more in love! The offer full ride scholarships to students who make the best videos explaining why they want to go to Parsons! So what the heck I made one and it was so much fun! Hope you all get a kick out of my crazy ideas!

Best wishes,


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 530 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Well it was fun making the blogs in 2014, but I am looking forward to even greater success in 2015 the year of Back to the Future’s future! Great luck to us all!

More than just Aesthetics!

Once I started working in the commercial setting I picked up a habit of looking at drop ceilings in a different perspective! For instance drop ceilings were now proving a much larger scale of necessity as apposed to residential housing! The main difference to me, you might be wondering, is this; commercial drop ceilings provide a dust barrier and because commercial structures are designed differently you will typically always locate all utilities are there, while in residential typically used because not enough space to put a hard sheet rock ceiling and or trying to hide frame work or other disasters (not in all cases)!

So okay what effect has this played on me well for starters everywhere I go now I constantly look at how a ceiling is installed and or not installed properly and how dirty/ broken the ceiling tiles are! Nothing says yummy at a restaurant like a moldy broken ceiling tile!

So that’s why I felt today I would share a couple of pics and simple suggestions to help anyone out who doesn’t want to get ripped off by a local non-carpenter worker! (Want to clear something up while I’m on a rant! A real carpenter is someone who takes pride in their work and is enthusiastic about the trade!) I am a carpenter!

First off their are hundred of types of ceiling tiles so that decision is up to you if you want to change them all out or if you just want to replace the damaged ones.


Look what I found today! Normally this occurs from leaking pipes, rain getting in somewhere or from air conditioners not being properly wrapped! So if you know that there was a toilet problem upstairs you should probably wear a dust mask and gloves!


Here are all the tools you will need! A pencil, straight edge, tape measure, utility knife, and a ladder. And if you want some more awesome tools like I always do you can buy a few since you fixed the ceiling yourself and didn’t have to pay triple to have someone else do it!


Open up the ceiling carefully because it’s possible luggage may have shifted during takeoff! Well okay seriously though do take your time as you never know what could be up there! I’ve seen metal pipes, old tools, mice droppings, dirty underwear and many more, but because I follow my own advice I have never had any of those things fall on me!


Take this time to inspect where the leak is coming from! If it’s still wet let the area dryout before replacing with new tiles! From the above photo you can see the concrete is damp and from further investigating I discovered that the bathroom floor tiles above is causing the problem! Okay next step!


Place your starting point of your tape (also known as the tang) all the way to the back of the track and stretch your tape to the first outside edge of the opposite side! Now normally if it’s a straight wall you will probably be okay only measuring length and width! However, in this case the wall is angled so I measured from both corners to get my widths and both corners to get my lengths! I don’t really remember the original lengths but was something like 9-1/4″ wide and 8-3/4 wide” by a length of 22-1/2″!





Now that we have our overall dimensions for our ceiling tiles time to make our cuts! One way is using the old tile as a template, but if the tile is too damaged you will have to make your width and length marks and then cutout using your straight edge! If your comfortable using a tape measure you can use the tang to make your line or marks (most professionals will do this way because it’s so much quicker and easier once you get the hang of it!


Maybe this should have been above the cutting portion but I just wanted to for warn you if you ceiling tile has a pattern make sure your match it before you cut or otherwise it will not match the rest and stick out like a sore thumb!




Put your tiles in and your done! Yeah right no matter what never just that easy if you stuff making it difficult for your tile to go in try and place one edge in first and on the opposite side push on the track that will normally allow your tile to get enough room to drop in! Now your done except for clean-up😩!




Why is all this important, well your house is just like a car they require maintenance! As you can see from the above photos this has been an ongoing problem in the past and has caused the wood door to start splitting and caused the base cove to fall off as well as staining the floor tiles! Water and fire are both equally dangerous to any structure so best way to prevent them is to stop them before they spread!

Hope this was helpful to you all and as always feel free to ask questions or post feedback if you have any other suggestions!