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bronze Castings (and Brass)
raining!
03/18/2009, Made in Little Harbour

I attach a photo of two of the cast belt buckles from Little Harbour's Bronze Foundry.

The rear piece is cast in brass, and is one of their "bread and butter" pieces which helps pay for the operations of the foundry.

The foreground piece (the Dolphin) is cast in Bronze and was a gift from Richard, the wonderful man who has operating the foundry for the past 13 years. The bronze piece is quite unusual and no longer available normally.

The foundry accepts "apprenticies" every year to work and learn the lost wax casing methodology, and undertakes specific artistic commissions on a world wide basis.

The setting is ideal with the blue water and palm trees....

You can get in touch with the Foundry at: www.petespubandgallery.com

Between Louise's sore back (she could not walk for 4 days), my cracked tooth (fortunately no pain, but a root canal will be needed upon return), and today my sister is in the hospital with a perforated colon,
it is a good thing we're doing this sailing thing while we're still ambulatory.

never a dull moment!

glen

03/20/2009 | Keith
I checked out the foundry plus a few tutorials on lost-wax casting .... I can see the attraction. I also can relate to your dental situation having also been forced to pay out $4,000+!

It is David Black's birthday today (Friday lunch celebration) so we shall raise a glass to your families on-going good health as well as to his b'day!

best wishes .......... Keith
03/20/2009 | Michelle
Nice buckles, does he have lots of designs, what about plants like a water lily or something, that would be really nice...
More manjack Tales
raining hard.... a welcome change!
03/18/2009, manJack Cay, Abacos

Well, the north winds have brought rain, and lots of it.

The forecast suggests it should last for 4-5 days, which is wonderful for the locals who are generally out of water in their cisterns.

On most of the out islands, the only source of water is rain collected in large 12,000 gallon cisterns under the buildings. It hasn't rained here in the Abacos since August, so lots of folks have run out of water.

We visited a Marina yesterday (Other Side Marina in Black sound) who had run out of water, gas, and diesel........the marina is for sale!

It is now impossible to find a place to do laundry, as no-one wants to provide the precious fresh water.

Some wealth folks have water delivered (ie: HopeTown Harbour Lodge) at $1.00 per gallon to keep the toilets flushing (although almost all of the toilets use salt water).

If the rain lets up, we'll work on the beach adding to our collection of brain coral.

I found a freighter this morning offering West Palm Beach to Green Turtle Cay passage every week of the year for $150/person. I'm seriously considering the overnight ride for next year when we return.

As I update this blog, Louise is outside scrubbing the deck with the fresh rain water!

With lots of fresh water on board (thanks to the watermaker) and a frig/freezer full of food, we can relax and read and wait for the weather front to pass over the next 4-5 days.

more to follow!

glen
ps. the photo is of the Hope Town Public School (grades 1-6)


Alive and well! at anchor
Starting to blow hard from the north
03/18/2009, Manjack Cay

We watched a lovely sunrise in a deserted cove with the wind blowing from the north east and we're tucked in out of the heavy weather with a lovely set anchor and not a worry in the world.

With the excellent internet access here, , I find I can carry on my Perth activities without much trouble and the satellite phone let's Louise keep in touch with her family.

It's getting more tempting to stay on board year round, although I suspect the hot summers and high humidity might change the decision making...

We'll spend the next couple of days exploring the beaches and relaxing.

Keep well!

glen

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