tod has a little video camera and saturday he got clips of me cutting this pipe as well as all the other steps i go through to get the finished product. once i saw what it is i do to make these i realized i have invented my own little process and thats pretty cool. i worry of course that a 'real metal worker' will see that video clip once tod gets it uploaded and think good god why is she doing all THAT?!?! i think these pipes are bringing out some deep yearning to do more with metal. i have no idea how that is ever going to happen, seems pretty far off but ya never know. i got quite a compliment from a metal worker woman i met from etsy, she said these vases were 'simple and brilliant' and she wished she would have thought of it. that blew my mind considering i really admire her work and she obviously knows a helluva lot more than i do about metal. she lives in louisiana and said if i ever come by she'd teach me some things. i'm on the fence about learning cuz if i dont do it i forget it immediately. as usual, i always want more than i have. always want to have the skills that seem beyond my reach. constantly pushing and butting up against the limit of what i can do. its a good thing but it also makes me feel like a wild fenced in animal that is always pushing against the wire straining to get out. all those big pieces of metal i see at the scrap yard...those pieces i can't haul off let alone store...I WANT THEM. i want to do things to them even if i have no way of doing them or knowing how. i guess it is the dangling carrot that keeps me trotting down a path.