Monday, September 24, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

the story of the cross

When I was in the hospital with my broken leg, I had one nurse that became my favorite.  What I liked most about her was the fact that she had a small crocheted cross on her cart.  The two weeks I was there, we never spoke of our faith but I still found it to be a great comfort.  When I got home, I started working on casting a silver cross that I could give to her someday - this was my first attempt from years ago but I decided it was too small.  By the time I got it figured out, she had moved on to another hospital and I have yet to be able to track her down.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Ran into a couple of German tourists at The Little Burros Store and invited them out to meet Ben.  Ben approved of meeting Daniel and Dominik.  70,75,65,0,B

Friday, September 21, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Field Lab Demographic

When I first started TFL, I was sure that it would attract a lot of hot young hippy chicks.  Turns out I seem to only attract 55 to 75 year old men.  I'm not complaining though.  My demographic is pretty harmless and I have a feeling that hot young hippy chicks would be nothing but trouble...72,89,69, .08",B

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

afflictions of the gospel...

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Checking the tracking, I see that the crosses are finding their new homes.  If you feel so inclined - send me a photo of you and your cross that I can post on the blog.  There is still heavy demand for them so I will keep melting and casting for the time being.  The next batch ships out Wednesday.  Cheers!  75,85,67,0,B

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


I took a shower today... 81,86,62,0,B

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


The shipping envelopes finally arrived and the cross orders are going out.  All orders will be shipped by Friday.  You will receive email confirmation along with a tracking number once your shipping label is printed.  Thanks again...  78,84,63,0,B

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Thank You!

I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed by the response to the silver crosses.  I am just about done with all the casting and finishing (10 more crosses to go).  The crosses along with a few custom orders will all ship out starting next Tuesday in the order payment was received.  Thanks for supporting TFL!   73,78,66, .14",B

Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Support TFL

Please help support The Field Lab.  1.26 pounds of hand made silver crosses ready for finishing and shipping.  85,90,67,0,B

Monday, September 3, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018


In Christianity, the cross is the intersection of God’s love and His justice. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God points back to the institution of the Jewish Passover. The Israelites were commanded to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and smear the blood of that lamb on the doorposts of their homes. The blood would be the sign for the Angel of Death to “pass over” that house, leaving those covered by blood in safety. When Jesus came to John to be baptized, John recognized Him and cried, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”, thereby identifying Him and God’s plan for Him to be sacrificed for sin.

One might ask why Jesus had to die in the first place. This is the over-arching message of the Bible—the story of redemption. God created the heavens and the earth, and He created man and woman in His image and placed them in the Garden of Eden to be His stewards on the earth. However, due to the temptations of Satan (the serpent), Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God’s grace. Furthermore, they have passed the curse of sin on to their children so that everyone inherits their sin and guilt. God the Father sent his one and only Son into the world to take on human flesh and to be the Savior of His people. Born of a virgin, Jesus avoided the curse of the fall that infects all other human beings. As the sinless Son of God, He could provide the unblemished sacrifice that God requires. God’s justice demanded judgment and punishment for sin; God’s love moved Him to send His one and only Son to be the propitiation for sin.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

That lion...

Wasn't planning on selling these 2 oz. lion medallions but ended up getting 11 orders so if anyone else is interested...for a limited time there is a buy now button for them on the home page of the blog.  93,98,75,0,B

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Aunt Linda...

Ben had a visit from his aunt Linda today - on the sixth anniversary of their first meeting.  Ben may go to live on her ranch in Fredericksburg, TX in the fall.  She has 125 fenced acres of grass and trees and streams...and 3 young longhorn steers.  We are trying to work out the logistics of getting him there.  As much as I would like to keep him, his feed is just too expensive and I think he would have a much better life there with some buddies to hang out with and lots of room to roam.  93,99,69,T,B  

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Romans 5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

perfecting the lion...

A busy Saturday.   Baked 2 batches of Field Lab Solar Oven Super Cookies this morning, some local friends stopped by for a visit to pick up 2 skulls they ordered (they got a free super cookie with their skulls), prepped a batch of Chupa Bread to bake tomorrow, and did 3 silver casting tests.  I have a pending order for six of these 2 oz. lion "coins" so I tried out the delft clay with the lion push mold today.  It works much better than the (cheaper) petrobond clay.  The mold holds great detail even after 1800° silver has been poured into it.  95,100,77,0,B

Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Buy a goof...

Another coin casting fail on my sixth try.  Everything went perfectly until I flinched during the pour (the moment of truth).  If anyone is interested, this goof is for sale as is - sprue and all.  36 grams of 999 fine silver fail.  Make me an offer in the comments.  The good news is my delft clay and smaller mold forms arrived today so I will give it another shot tomorrow.  91,97,72,0,B

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

the persnickety shekel...

I have been wanting to cast one of these biblical coins in silver for years and now that I am finally experimenting with casting sand - I have my chance.  Turns out casting a coin is pretty tricky.  Thanks to a couple of YouTube videos, I almost have the technique nailed down.  I have tried 5 times and getting a little closer each time.  I have been casting in petrobond and just bit the bullet and ordered some (more expensive) delft clay which is a much finer casting media.  This was my last test that was tumbled for two hours then "antiqued" with liver of sulfur.   The pewter copy I am using to cast from is on the left.  The reverse (tails side) came out almost perfectly, but the obverse (heads side) didn't quite make it.  89,95,76,0,B

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Tyrian shekel...

Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,  15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16  And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

just made it...

Had a bread and cookie order today and was able to just squeak by getting them all done in the solar oven this afternoon.   Every time a cloud comes by, the solar oven loses temperature that is critical to my baking times.  Had a little extra bread dough left over so what did I do?  Cheese muffins...  Cheese always saves the day.  85,96,71,0,B

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New Nest

Got a new nesting dove in the greenhouse.  The last time they tried this nest, the hatchlings ended up falling out after about a week.  Lets hope they beefed up the nest and this round will work out better... 85,96,73,0,B

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

time for a new torch

My Bernzomatic TS8000 is finally shitting the bed after melting almost 200 ounces of silver over the past 3 years.  First the trigger lock went out and now it can't keep a nice high temperature flow.  Was trying to do a test casting today for some crosses that have been ordered and ended up with an ounce and a half of silver stuck in my ceramic crucible.  A replacement torch is coming tomorrow and the good news is it was 25 bucks cheaper than when I got the first one in 2015.  84,90,68,0,C  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I recently got this in a daily devotional that I subscribe to.  I think this was an odd combination to include together.  I am not a big fan of fear scriptures...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

a little water...

It has been almost a year since I got enough rain at once for the arroyo to run'n'pump. My creek tanks are pretty low after all that time. Just bagged 2,900 gallons.  Video coming Monday.  68,74,69, .65",C

Friday, August 10, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

back to basics...

Took a break from baking silver today for a batch of solar oven croissants for a local customer.  Note: silver skull orders start going out in the mail tomorrow... 92,98,75,0,C

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Casting a silver ring...

First try at ring making.  Casting it is the (relatively) easy part.  Finishing and polishing it is quite another story.  Video of the casting coming Friday.  89,96,71,0,B

Monday, August 6, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

the length of days...

Job 12:9  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?  10  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11  Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?  12  With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13  With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.  

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

the silver bug...

Got a great 2fer deal off ebay.  Ordered a skull mold and got a hobo nickel mold instead.  The seller told me to keep the wrong mold (even though I offered to return it) and he would send out the correct skull mold right away.  The skull mold will cast with one troy ounce of silver.  The hobo nickel will be 2 - 3 ounces.  It is an enlarged replica of a famous design.   As soon as I find out how well these castings work out using 999 fine silver, I will be offering them for sale in limited/numbered editions.  92,97,64,0,B    

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Been posting my 18' trailer for sale on Facebook the past couple of weeks and nobody responded.  Made some old school flyers late last week and tacked them up at the post office and the Motor Inn CafĂ©.  At the last minute, I decided to also put one in the laundromat as well.  Got a call from someone in the laundromat on Sunday afternoon and they came out and bought the trailer yesterday.  77,82,73,0,W

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

bearing false witness...

So I am torn today...  I noticed this morning that my YouTube channel was suddenly getting a lot of new subscribers.  It wasn't until this afternoon that I learned why.  One of my "Facebook friends" notified me she saw my video "the birthday brushing" on a wackjob conspiracy website she subscribes to.   I went to their YouTube channel and there was my video with over 4,000 views and over 100 comments so far today.  I also noticed that while they had given me credit for the video, they had monetized the views it gets for their channel.  Their wackjob conspiracy site has almost 400,000 subscribers (there are A LOT of conspiracy nuts out there).  I sent them a message that while I appreciated the share - I did not appreciate the fact that they did not contact me first and that they were getting income from views of my video on their channel.  So here is the dilemma.  Do I allow them to make money off my video in return for more subscribers?  The problem is - wackjobs are not really my target audience and most of their channel content is complete bullshit conspiracy nonsense.  What I decided to do was notify them that they are welcome to share my video, but they have to remove monetization.  If I don't get a response within 24 hours, I will file a copyright infringement notification with YouTube to have it removed from their channel.

Proverbs 19:5  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape  

Saturday, July 28, 2018


My latest silver work brought it a couple of ring commissions.  Details and video soon...   92,97,70,0,B

Friday, July 27, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

a little melting...

It has been awhile since I have melted down any sterling silver.  Just got a local gig to turn five pieces of sterling silver flatware into seven 1 ounce ingots.  Will have to mill a few new graphite molds for the effort.  Video coming Friday.  94,100,75,0,B  

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

perfectly seasoned...

Mark 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.  50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and have peace on with another.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

a day in the archives

Finally came across the illusive VHS tape that had everything I was looking for.  This is a still from a film I shot in Russia in 1988.  Got plenty of throwback thursdays coming up on my YouTube channel.  96,102,74,0,B

Friday, July 20, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

archive access...

Finally got my hands on a good VCR so I can start posting some of my old video work from my NYC days.  Bought a little video converter years ago and luckily I was able to find it and successfully fire it up.  I was pleasantly surprised that 30+ year old VHS tapes still play.  Tune in tomorrow for throwback thursday.  97,102,77,0,B

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Done with Hankook tires...

Just over a year ago I bought 4 new tires for my truck.  Since then I have had a flat on every one of them - the latest happening on Sunday.  I recently replaced two of them and had yet another flat on one of the brand new tires - for which I got a free replacement.  I am switching out all of the Hankooks this week with Cooper Discoverer AT3 LTs.  The are load rated E1 which is comparable to what used to be known as 10 ply (FYI - tires no longer have that many actual plies) and have a light truck rating which is a beefier tire than Ron Mahan's beloved standard load highway Michelin LTX M/S.  The two newest Hankooks will become my two new spare tires - one of my spares is 2 years old and the other is 6 years old.  I ordered the Coopers through Oasis Tire in Alpine because their price including mounting and balancing is only 10 bucks more than the online price (plus I still get a $70 rebate from Cooper).  If I bought them online, Oasis would charge me $25 each for mounting and balancing.  91,96,74,0,B

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

watch and pray

We are all prisoners of earthly desire...
Matthew 26:41  
Watch and pray, 
that ye enter not into temptation: 
the spirit indeed is willing, 
  but the flesh is weak.    

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Solar Oven Day

Baked 6 loaves of Chupa bread and 4 Super Cookies for customers today...and dinner for me as long as the oven was all heated up - chicken, carrots, taters.  94,98,73,0,B

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

curb appeal...

Tired of looking at this mess every time I drive up.  The years old clutter will soon be gone.  91,95,70,0,B

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

some problem spots...

Video Friday

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

the watershed...

Big storm just grazed TFL with .03" of rain but it hammered the watershed area east of me - white water rapids flowing through my canyon now.  I have a feeling the part of my road closer to the highway is in pretty bad condition.  Drone road check in the morning.  Good news is no more rain in the forecast for the next 10 days.   71,88,69, .03",B

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Don't be a lost sheep...

Psalms 119  173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.  174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.  175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.  176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

jinxed it...

It has been almost a year since I have had enough rain at once to suck water out of the arroyo.  Prepped to pump this afternoon but the storm pooped out.  67,88,71, .15",B