Our far too infrequent trips down to Douglas County to see Jim and Carol.

Cats need glasses

Cats need glasses — and Morty agrees (sort of). Anything for a fluffy lap to sit on. +1

Ginger & Morty

Ginger & Morty — Morty has a particularly strong headbutt.

Cottage Still Life

Cottage Still Life – This photo started life as a joke picture for the girls, and then it took on a life of its own requiring a second ‘shoot’ just to put right a few of the details.

Cottage in the snow

Cottage in the snow – For the past couple of months Ginger has been working with her parents on a remodeling project, converting the one room with ensuite ‘Little House’ into a Writers/Get Away Cottage. It now has a living room/kitchenette, bedroom, HVAC and a wraparound deck out back. +1

Jim in the workshop

Jim in the workshop. +1

Damascus steel knife

Damascus steel knife – Jim tried his hand at making a Damascus steel knife blade.

Brass Canon

Brass canon – Yes, it works! +1

In a corner of the workshop

In a corner of the workshop.



Looking out

Looking out – past the forge.

New and Old

New and Old – New welding visors and old posters.

Rasp snake

Rasp snake.

Jim’s Workshop

Jim’s workshop – well, a large bit of it. You can’t see the anvils, forge, and lots of other tools that are behind me


Table. The legs are steel, not wood. It’s very heavy!

Old Tools

Old Tools. Detail from inside the tool chest.

Tool chest in the workshop

Tool chest in the workshop.

Globe lamp

Globe Lamp – sculpture by Jim Davis.


Butterfly – Mild steel and copper sculpture by Jim Davis. +1

On the workshop wall …

On the workshop wall … A baby elephant, fish lamp, and lots of other goodies. +2


Sunflower – Mild steel sculpture by Jim Davis.

Afternoon in the garden

Afternoon in the garden – Mild steel sculpture by Jim Davis.

Ozarks Mule

Ozarks Mule – Mild steel sculpture by Jim Davis.

Weekend target practice

Weekend target practice – There were two “must dos” this weekend. Take some pictures of Jim’s art, and put at least 50 rounds through my Sig P938.

Family Day

Family Day – Spent with Carol & Jim to celebrate Lanie’s Graduation. Katie was also with us but unfortunately, she left before we decided to take a picture.

Morty – Workshop Cat

Morty – Workshop Cat. +1