Sunday, March 5, 2017


DA KANI KRITTAS

This past weekend, after a long snowy winter, 
Tom and Margaret were finally able
 to get to Seattle to install the sculpture 
Tom made for our dear friend Jean.

Tom and Jean share a similar sense of humor.
They had great fun collaborating on the design
which depicts a typical 
Kanikapila session at Jean's house 
(in this case, performed by cats and mice).  

I think the hula dancers are pretty and 
the mice look mighty tasty! 

Hawaiian Ipu (percussion gourd) 
and Kapu (drum)


 Practicing hand placement
 for the mouse's Ipu



Ready to make mouse knees

Welding on site

DA KANI KRITTAS


I think she likes it!

Time for another nap
in my fleece blanket from Aunty Jean.
Aloha!
JUNIOR BOY

Saturday, January 14, 2017


KA MEA HOE WA'A

Tom's most recent work has been accepted 
for inclusion in the
2017 BIG ART 
outdoor sculpture exhibition in Hood River.

KA MEA HOE WA'A
(The Paddler) 
was inspired by ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs.

In this case, The Paddler
takes on the contemporary sport of
standup paddle boarding,  
popular in The Columbia River Gorge.

Testing stances for
The Paddler 

KEA MEA HOE WA'A 
will soon be transported to Hood River for installation.
Until then, he is practicing his winter kayaking technique.
KA MEA HOE WA'A

It's been very cold and snowy here this past month. 
From my window bed, I watch chickadees, finches,
quail, blue jays and hummingbirds at the feeders.

Recently, a wiley coyote has been lurking in the shadows 
along the nearly frozen creek.
I think he is hungry.
I must be careful. 
 
Stay safe and warm,
 JUNIOR BOY

 

Friday, November 4, 2016


'O'

Friends up the valley
commissioned Tom to create
a unique home address marker
for their driveway. 

Tom sketched several designs for their 
consideration but when he discovered
several large, partial circles of
recycled 2x2 inch steel square bar 
at his favorite salvage yard,
Tom redesigned the piece to incorporate 
these unique curved pieces. 


 partial circles welded together

When Kathy and John returned to see Tom's
new idea, they realized how perfect it was. 
Their last name begins with 'O'.  
  
The numbers & fused glass are framed 
and ready to be set into the circle.

John and Kathy helped Tom...


and had some fun, too!





Fused glass by Jess Caudill

John O. and his 'O'. 

Maybe Oprah would like one, too.
Doing my best 'O' pose,
JUNIOR BOY

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

SOCKSAPHONE


MR. SOCKSAPHONE

Several years ago, part of an old saxophone 
made its way to Tom's 'inventory pile'.

That shiny swoop of polished brass
has been patiently waiting for Tom 
to begin making his gift for a special friend
who plays the saxophone with
incredible beauty and grace.

Michael is an amazing musician and a poet 
who always plays in his stocking feet.

He used to just wear everyday 
black 'gold toe' socks.

The first time Margaret heard him play, she knew 
that this extraordinary man needed 
some extraordinary socks
to compliment his inspiring jazz melodies.  

And, so, commenced the search
for the perfect attire for those special toes.  

When Tom finally finished 
Michael's birthday surprise sculpture, 
it, of course, included a pair of
extra special, extra flashy jazzy socks.       



Mr. Socksaphone and Michael

Saxophone Fantasy

When the old man wore his cream-colored suit,
his crocodile shoes and cockatoo-green silk tie
(cinch for the collar of his freshly minted shirt),

the shop girls swirled around like parasols
on a sunny boulevard, and smiled. A subtle
cologne he bought put lights in their eyes,

but they were surprised on leaving the store
to find him there on the corner, giving breath
to the golden instrument-the tenor it was,

the horn that speaks to a passionate heart.
Who was the one who called it obscene,
that swerve of the horn curved upward  

with daisies she put in the bell like a vase?
Who was that dark one leaning against 
the brick wall, smoothing her skirt as she

held up the building? And was there yet
a third one joining this chorus of sighs?
"Old man, old man", she cried. (What was

her name? Can't we make that our refrain?)
Who was this merry one wearing his hat?
"Old man," she sighed, "my sweet old darling,

where'd you learn to play like that?"    
                                    --Michael Stillman 
 
Spring pollen on my back

Thank you for sharing your poem, Michael.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
 
Yours Truly,  
JUNIOR BOY   


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015
We hope that you are enjoying
a wonderful holiday season!
 
  
JUNIOR
BOY

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween and Garden Harvest
 
  
I love Halloween!
It is a special day in our house!
Tom shares whipped cream with me
 from his pumpkin pie
and always gives me extra pets, too.
 
Today, Margaret harvested butternut and acorn squash.
Tom's 'Dobby' pushed the wheelbarrow for her.
He is pretty slow, though. In fact,
I'm not sure I ever actually saw him move.

Dobby
It's been dry here in northcentral Oregon
 but we received lots of rain these past three days
 so all of the trees and the plants are happy.
 
I'm happy, too. I'm with my best buddy!
Yours Truly,
JUNIOR BOY

Monday, August 3, 2015

MUSIC in the GARDEN
 
Yesterday, we were honored to have Mele'uhane
perform in our garden.
Keikilani Lindsey and his son Leokani,
from the big island of Hawaii,
shared their music
 and stories with us and our guests.


LEO and KEIKI
They performed many songs from their new album
THE GARDEN.
www.meleuhane.com

KEIKILANI
Such a sweet voice!
LINDSEY
Keikilani's wife Lindsey performed a beautiful hula.

ROB
Local musician and friend Rob Neuberger set up the sound and played bass.
LEO, SHONNAH, KEIKI 
Wahine 'Ilikea, composed by the late Reverend Dennis Kamakahi,
was performed by our friend Shonnah and Mele'uhane.
LEO and Niho Iki
My new friend Leo played original songs
 later that evening on Margaret's ukulele.
He liked it so much that he asked
if he could name it.
Leo also fed me fish for dinner.
I love fish!
I hope my friend Leo comes back soon.
Your's Truly,
JUNIOR BOY