One of the things Don and I find most valuable is the opportunity to connect with others who are excited about their work and anxious to share ideas and techniques. On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, we met with two such artists and came home inspired to approach our work with fresh perspectives.
If you want to see what has been so motivating for us, have a look at the work being done by Joe Apodaca, a jeweler and sculptor for over 40 years, who is such a master. Have you ever seen anything like this? It's amazing.
Or, for a completely different experience, check out Jo Scheer's work with bamboo at the Bamboo Craftsman Company and Tropical-Treehouse. We've known Jo for years, and every year he surprises us with something new. If you're interested in working with bamboo -- his book is a must.
Indeed, creativity abounds -- and we feel lucky. Our lives are so much richer because of it.