Stephanie and I spent yesterday at the Florida State Fair. It is a grand fair! Much bigger than the Ventura County California fair of our childhood!
I worked in the woodturning booth in the fine arts building. The fair lets the turning clubs setup a small lathe so that fair goers can see what wonderful creations turners can make with a scrap of wood and a bit of imagination. I turned 6 pens and a few finials for that I will use in my sea urchin ornaments for next year.
I talked to close to a hundred people (many more walked by with a smile but were too shy to stop and get a closer look). I talked to an older gentlemen, a Vietnam War Veteran (thank you for your service sir!), who had been turning for years but just did not have the skill or drive to move up from the simple slimline pens and weed pots he had grown used to turning. Another man just bought his first lathe last month and was so excited to meet another turner and watch (and take lots of photos) of my work.
After turning we did the normal fair thing: corn dogs, live stock, ice cream, a trip through the commercial building, more corn dogs…you get the idea! It was a great day.
And the big bonus for the weekend was of the four items I entered into the fair this year I got a second place for the box pictured here and three honorable mentions. Not too bad!