Family Trees

 Commission included the request to have the roots of the trees intertwined.





Hospice Family Tree, 15" tall - completed 9.5.2021

 From time to time I create a tree for one of our hospice families if I have a really specific reason.  I won't post there reason for this one so that I don't even flirt with a HIPPA violation, but I will note that the silver (the bulk of the tree) represents our patient, and that the various colors represent specific family and friends.  















Updated Allina Hospice Trees - J.A. Wedum Hospice Home

Due to Covid-19, the location of the Allina Hospice Trees has changed from the former Allina Hospice office to J.A. Wedum Hospice Home in Brooklyn Park, MN.  The trees are still under construction (the second half of the summer tree and the fall tree's glass leaves are being created) but these photos show the new location and the current progress. The order of the trees from left to right is summer, fall, winter, spring.  These photos will be updated when the glass leaves have all been added. 






 

St. Paul Street Light, 5.18.2021

 

Lens Lamp

 A friend of mine was getting rid of about 20 used/broken cameras, and so I disassembled them and decided to make the weirdest thing I've ever made - a lens lamp.  I don't even know what it means, but it took a long time to make.  The second photo shows the panel that opens to change the inner bulb.  





Lego Crown Graphic Prototype

 Lego "Ideas" are sets that are created by non-Lego employees, which I just recently found out.  Being a life-long Lego fan (mostly space Legos) I wanted to give it a shot, and I went with a 4x5 view camera since I loved doing 4x5 photography for so many years.  I based the prototype off of my camera, so it's to exact scale as can be seen in the photos.  An employee at the Lego store at the Mall of America by us said that the 4x5 camera was a good idea for the Lego Ideas as most people try to submit D/SLRs.  We'll see what happens.  Next I need to order the correct color parts to make a color-correct prototype and count the pieces, etc., to then submit to Lego Ideas.  





Thorwood Mansion, Hastings, MN - 5.5.2021

 Historic Thorwood Mansion was devastated by a fire in 2017 - see news link here.