well, with the weather being so nice, how could i not resist jumping head first in my personal outdoor spinny zone? some of the items i'll be making for the web site will be from visits to the zone, and these are the start. i started at around 9 this morning (after dropping the wife off at school), and kept going (with stops only to pick the wife up from school, bathroom breaks, a quick swig here and there, you know the drill), and stopped some several hours later. the end result was a dozen spurtles, the top six are hickory, and the bottom six are maple. they are just a touch over 11 inches long. that new face shield i bought a while back was just nice! with it on, i had such good over all vision, that it was almost like it wasn't there.