Monthly Archives: April 2010

So, it is Friday – Glass Day

Today we visited Blue Heron Glass.  It was a full house – BR, RL, JV and AV.  It was RL’s first day visiting the Glass Guy, Mike.  RL thinks very graphically and after understanding the limitations of the glass settled in to create an alligator.  He learned nipping skills, glass choosing skills, and safety.

We learned a valuable lesson today.  Hot glass looks like cold glass.  BR had a spontaneous moment which resulted in a thin 2nd degree burn.  But every lesson is a valuable lesson.

JV is still trudging through the tedium of the work.  His project is again looking like a hill that rises straight to the sky.  He will be hitting a downward slope again next week but right now he is wanting this to stop.

Here are a few photos of our work today:

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Gorillas – RL

Gorillas live in tropical rain forests in Africa. They live in small groups.  They are omnivores. Adult males weigh 400 pounds (180 kg). Poachers kill them and cut their hands off.

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Wolves – RL

Wolves live in five contents:  North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. They do not live at the South Pole (Antarctic)  or Australia. They are in the dog family.  Foxes are in the dog family, too. But foxes are different than wolves. Some wolves hunt in packs. Wolves have different hunting technics than wild cats. Wolves have good hind legs for jumping and running.

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The Elephant – RL

Elephants are in the family Proboscidea. There are two groups of elephants: African elephants and Asian elephants. African elephants travel thousands of miles to get water. Some young african elephants get lost or separated from their families and can catch up by smelling their family’s track. Elephants are herbivores. Elephants can swim in water. They have no natural predators.

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Grinding a Round Nosed Turning Tool

1.  Hold your object at a 100* angle to the grinding stone.

2.  Reverse the angle to the opposite side of the tool holding it it an a 100* angle to the grinding stone.

3.  Work the object back and forth across the stone to a 70* angle both ways.

4.  Grind the top at a slit angle.

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The Basics of Grinding a Tool – JV

1.  Make sure that the tool rest is in the right position.

2.  Put on eye protection.

3. Turn on the grinder.

4.  Hold the piece in your right hand and steady with the left hand.

5.  Cool work down in water and continue.

6.  Check work with measuring tools.

7.  Stop the grinder.

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Otters – BR

The most successful mammal aquatic carnivores next to seals are otters. They have webbed feet and tuft whiskers. They spend of their time in the water.  They even sleep  on the surface of the water. They forage for food in the water. They feed on invertebrates.  Sea otters use tools like a flat rock to break open mollusks. They grow to about 85 to 140 inches from head to the end of their body. The otters use their tails to propel them through the water.

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