Thursday, August 25, 2005

More pics from summer in the booming metropolis of Valdosta

In addition to working like a madman at IPG Architects, Inc. this summer, I also did some blacksmithing. The main project that I worked on was a fireplace set as a piece for the furniture class at SPSU. I guess I pioneered the "south campus" of SPSU, since I did all of my metalwork down in Valdosta. Why do I have an interest in blacksmithing? 1) It's something that my dad and I can both get into and enjoy, 2) It gives me an excuse to hit things. (Stress relief is a good thing, no?)

Below: Me at the forge, drawing out some bar stock.

Below: Overall shot of the finished set.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Cumberland Island

One of my summer trips included a visit to Cumberland Island, near St. Marys, GA. There's a ruin of an old "summer cottage" that is still pretty impressive, even in its advanced state of decay. I'd recommend taking a day trip to the island with either St. Marys, GA or Fernandina Beach, FL as a starting point. The beach on the ocean side of the island is pristine, and the trails that wind under the canopy of the maritime forest are great. The island also has wild horses, which are a holdover from the plantations and summer retreats that used to exist there. Below are some pictures I took while I was there.

Above: The approach path to the Dungeness ruin

Below: Evidence of the horses

Monday, August 22, 2005

Test Post

Testing, testing...1...2...3...