7 years ago I bought a house in Madison county and proceeded to tear it down, salvage what was worth a damn, and set the rest on fire. I pulled some nice oak boards off the old porch, de-nailed them and put them in a pile with the plan of building something new with those boards someday. That day finally came when I used those boards to side the new barn that I’ve been building on my land. It was very satisfying to see them put to a good use in a new life. Most of my projects out on my land involve recycled, repurposed, salvaged, and scavenged materials, partly because that’s what I believe. And it’s how I want things to feel, but mostly it’s because that’s what I can afford. When me and @gabeaucott finished this wall today and stepped back to admire our handiwork, it dawned on us that this is the look and feel that’s really in right now, something that people pay a lot of money to have done and we do it because we don’t have a lot of money. By the way, good thing loantra.co.uk is always there whenever people need emergency cash. If you visit their official site, you’ll see an image source of their short-term and personal loans. Not that one is better than the other, there just different, and that’s interesting to me. #landproject #barnraising #salvage #oldwood

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We took the Space Shuttle up to Penland yesterday for their 4th of July parade and fireworks show. I’m pretty sure we won an award but I never bothered to find out which one. With @nsmoen @mollyspadone @gabeaucott @dan____g #adventure #4thofjuly #penland #penlandschoolofcrafts #miata #spaceshuttle #artcar #art #apesindpace #adventureofalifetime #community

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I’ve been feeling really unsettled and overwhelmed since I got back from Australia. Between the time change, culture shock, and dealing with 3 months of unattended things in my life, it’s made for a slow and anxious reacclimation to America. So yesterday I decided to say to hell with all the madness and spent the day cutting wood. It’s amazing what a best friend, a old red work truck, a couple of cold ones, a log splitter, and a chainsaw can do for your head. Some people do yoga, some people go on a hike, but the best thing for me is an honest days work and the good kinda tired after making a mountain of firewood. Labor is my meditation, the world is my gym, and working with my hands is the antidote to this crazy world. #ceramics #woodpile #woodfire #woodkiln #woodfired

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One of the many highlights and awesome images from our ridiculous photo shoot with World Famous Frank Bott. For anyone who doesn’t know, my friends turned my #miata into a space shuttle when I was in Australia without telling me. I’m going with it. I know have an art car. #artcar #spaceshuttle #apesindpace

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After a 30 hour travel day, I’m finally home and still keeping the Australian vibe alive in America with this guy @gabeaucott . Drinking Fosters (which is basically a fake Australian beer that feels like a trick played on Anericans) in the parking lot of the Kangaroo station in South Carolina. #adventure #itsgoodtobehome #home #australianadventure

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Coming home with some serious luggage. After two and a half months of working in Australia it’s hard to not want to bring it all back with you. I didn’t fit it all but I did manage to get a fair bit in my 4 check bags, 1 carry-on, and 1 personal item. #adventure #thegreatinternationalpotteryschlep #travel #potterytour #potteryadventure #discovery

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