I had the very fine fortune to meet up with Don Orr tonight. I'm in Albany for the week again for work, and after my last trip over here almost a month ago, Don invited me to visit if/when I got the chance to be in the area. The planets aligned and tonight after work the Prius GPS'd me over to chez Orr, where Don and his lovely wife and a friend of theirs and I had a delicious dinner. After lots of laughter and even a barley pop and some cheesecake (Yum!) I got the tour of his wife's pottery studio and then Don's 'Thanks Dad!' workshop.
Folks, he said it was 'messy', but I couldn't tell from where I was sitting. Great space, well laid out and lots of natural light. I'll let him do a shop tour one of these days, if he hasn't already, but suffice to say he's got a very nice shop.
He showed me several recent pieces which he was delivering soon: iirc there were two ash bowls and a spalted ambrosia maple HF which he rescued from a firewood pile.
three views of the maple HF
And then he brought out a gorgeous maple burl bowl which just blew me away.
Here's Don with the burl bowl:
Since we'd had some barley pop, no tools were turned on, but here's proof that I was there. And yes, I'm one step closer to the abyss.
Tomorrow evening I'm joining Don at the first meeting of a new turning club. Sounds like a fun time to me, I'll bring the big camera Don, so I hope the guys/gals don't mind photos.