Developing My Personal Responsibility

Writing is a form of self actualization. I often don’t know what I think till I write about it. Writing flushes out ideas, molds goals, and adds meaning. I write primarily for me. A form of expression to self, a way for my better self to address my developing self. Even at 61 I'm developing. Hope to not stop any time soon.

My Rakusu Ring Project is in full swing. What is a rakusu ring you say? Well I usually explain it as a small wooden ring sewn in to a garment the is worn by some Zen practitioners during meditation. This is a project I’ve not been vocal about. Something I can do that most can not. A way to give gratitude to my tribe of Zennists. It is sometimes busy, I try not to let it overwhelm, and it helps motivate me get to the shop. 

Right now I’m considering changing methods. Till now, I’ve usually worked with the individual and through discussion found a wood species that worked or spoke to the individual. Then I made the ring. Usually not have any made in advance. Lately more groups have approached me for a batch of rings. This is less satisfying than knowing and conversing with individuals. I think my methods might be putting some off. So I’m thinking I’ll of creating some rings and posting them as what is currently available and offering the chance to choose a wood species. 

Here is a link to the Rakusu Ring Project

Here is a picture of rakusu with a ring. (I did not this make ring.)


Here is a picture of one of my current rakusu rings.


“… let’s dust off this bloggy blog.”


Latest woodworking exploration. Kumiko. Walnut and Linden set in a Quarter Sawn Sycamore box. 5"square, 3" tall.


Following Cal Newport has helped cement the notion that I want my content not to be used and sold through Facebook and Pinterest. I don’t feel so good about being marketed to by some algorithm or having my content used to steer others attention with the goal of "marketing”. I like to share what is happening in my life and to practice my social skills, gratitude skills and writing skills. I’d like to interact with you. My email -

Wind Lakes - Graves Peak

Bill, Mike and Will
Wind Lakes and Graves Peak
Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness
Sept, 9 - 12

We had planned a five night trip but the smoke and fire situation had us trim our trip by two nights. Still a super awesome trip, thanks Bill. We had about half the time very clear conditions and otherwise fair to poor visibility and air quality. First and third nights I hammock camped without a tarp, under the stars and it was wonderful. Bill brought directions for setup of his hammock and they were different from my method. Counterintuitively the foot end of the hammock wants to be higher by about 12-16" then the head. This promoted a flatter lay. Lesson learned!

Bagged Graves Peak. And I thought my peak bagging day were behind me. Nice. We found a laminated card in the lookout. Interersting.

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Skitswish Monuments

Bill, Mike and Will
Reeds Baldy
Aug, 11th

We had planned a two night trip but our better selves took inventory of the hazards of the terrain, the lack of water, the poor camping situation, the lateness of the hour and we aborted the trip at marker on map. Smoky and hot.