I could not post this on Saturday because I was out of town. I know I'm not required to write every day; it's just something I like to do.
I spent the weekend in the Hill Country with Bayou City Outdoors. The morning started with a visit to Wimberly Glassworks to watch a glass blowing demonstration. This picture from the website shows some of the beatiful pieces they create.
They give free demonstrations Wednesday through Saturday. There was a problem with the oven they use to bring the glass down slowly to room temperature so that it won't shatter from cooling too quickly. He created a small drinking mug with a handle instead of something large and complicated because he said it costs 500 dollars an hour to keep his work studio up and running. If he spent an hour making something large and lost it because the oven wasn't working properly, that would be a loss of 500 dollars.
He showed us all the different tools and explained how and why they were used. He even gave us a little history. Did you know the Romans created glass in much the same way we do it now? They used hollow metal rods similar to the one below:
Hot glass falls off unless the steel rod is continually rotated:
Work in progress. He repeatedly heated the glass in the furnace:
Here is a video from YouTube of the team creating a vase:
After lunch, we went on a tour of Canyon Lake Gorge:
I was on my knees trying to get a good shot of the dinosaur prints when I turned my head and saw this guy's camera three inches from my face.
He was shooting footage for an episode of Texas Parks and Wildlife to air on PBS in April. He's doing a story on outdoor groups like us (Bayou City Outdoors). It would probably be more likely that my ultra closeup be aired if I had granted him an interview. He said he "wanted to talk to as many people as were willing to talk to him" and even said "please" as I was leaving. There were a lot of people and I thought it would take a long time. I should have stayed...but I was so hungry...and tired...it was a 3 hour hike.