Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eric Lofstrom Workshop

I had a great time participating in a hands on workshop with Eric Lofstrom! Eric flew in from near Seattle, WA to do some demonstrations for the Georgia Association of Woodturners and a couple of related clubs as well as conduct our workshop. It is never too late to learn and I picked up some great tips on sharpening tools to a razer sharp edge. Eric has a strong background in physical healthe and provided tips on the bio-mechanics of the "turners dance". You can learn more about Eric at his webiste http://ericlofstrom.com/
If you have an opportunity to get some instruction from him, you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cremation Urn

Brian David Peace, age 41, of Marietta, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was born April 23, 1976, in Birmingham, AL, to Michael and Barbara (Smith) Peace. He was a 1994 graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School and a 1999 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a degree in Theater & Communications. He married Heather Caughman on May 19, 2002, in St. John, U.S.V.I. and later created two amazing children. Brian worked at several restaurants in the North Atlanta area and was known by many as the best bartender around. He brought countless people joy while ‘performing’ behind his ‘stage’, mixing the best margaritas, telling the best stories and, most of all, being a good listener. He was also a musician, able to play a variety of instruments, and could cover Bob Dylan better than anyone. But his oldest friends know him best as an amazing stage actor with a talent and spirit that couldn’t be contained.

He is survived by his wife, Heather; his two daughters, Pepper Lily and Poet Annabelle; his parents, Mike and Barbara; his grandmother, Thelma Smith; his brother Jason (Grace) Peace and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

I turned this cremation urn several years ago while getting some instruction on hollow forms from Wes Jones. I kept it in my office joking it would be my cremation urn if I did not get around to turning a better one. Sadly, it now holds Brian's ashes. He had gone into the emergancy room at Northside Forsyth and we were told he would need a kidney transplant. We were so blessed that he was accepted into Emory where he got world class care from a dedicated, caring group of specialists at the Transplant ICU. Despite all of their efforts, Brian had picked up an infection that they were unable to overcome.

We had a Celebration of Life for him at the clubhouse in my neighborhood. It was wonderful to have some many family members, neighbors and close friends of Brian's attend. He was  a special man and touched so many lives. We miss you Brian.