Emma International Collaboration 2014: Part 4

Welcome to installment four of Emma International 2014!

Whenever you get 100 creative thinkers together without an agenda, the agenda becomes staggering! Presented here are just a small cross-section of the activities. I think you will agree, the atmosphere was something else…

Copper vessel

Basket Making


CT18 on Bench Seat

forming copper


ready to weld


shaping leather 2

shaping leather


sign 2

sign letters



table shaping

table top



Much of what was made during the week was from recycled “stuff”. There was an old piano and watching the vultures attack the carcass was fascinating…harvesting parts

More part harvesting

Watching a master like Michael Cooper work was just so cool…





Michael Cooper detailing 1

Michael Cooper detailing

And speaking of masters, Michael Hosaluk worked his ass off making turned parts for anybody who wanted to collaborate with him…
Michael Hosaluk Turning

Watching the metal smiths work was so interesting…

axe shaping

shaping up

And we had lots of dragon flies, who eat mosquitoes!
Dragon Fly

Here is a rare pic of the supervisor for the jewelry makers…

This is not a very good picture, but it is of Ness Creek…
Ness Creek

I found the isolation a welcome experience. No cell service and the internet was available in the bar for those who needed it. I have never seen so many birch trees…

Random Sign


6 comments on this post:

  1. What a wonderful suite of pictures – thanks! That bent lamination is just crazy! I’d love to have seen how he shapes the curve and keeps it under control during the glue up (with twine!). There must have been a lot of interesting sounds at the camp – the people, the tools, the mosquitoes. Sights and smells, too. That looks like a beautiful little creek. You’re lucky to have participated.

    Looks like the CT-18 was working well planing against the grain!

  2. Yes, the CT-18 is incredible, so you can say it just like all of us are saying it.

    How were projects chosen, was any direction given or anyone officially leading the making?


  3. There was zero direction nor any leadership. Lots of mutual respect and lots of opportunities to work with anybody at any time. For example, I wanted to learn gilding, so I sought out an expert and there ya go!

    No rules except the defined meal hours. All “noisy”‘ops supposedly were to end at 11 each night. Lots of the younger folks worked until 3-4 am. I was not one of those…


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