Thanksgiving

Yep, that’s a movie poster, but have no fear, you haven’t accidentally wandered into our “other” blog, Kentucky Fried Popcorn – Instead, it’s a reference to what I want to write about today, which is not pipes but the pipe community and our community of fellow humans in general.  I Read more…

Finishing up

What a long, strange…. and often horrifying… trip it has been.  I write this today having just completed the setup of the last workshop lathe that we need for pipemaking, making this our semi-official “Workshop Finished” day.  There are still things lacking (workstation lighting being the main one, as I Read more…

Memories of Brittany

Since I’ve been on a roll with the comic-style posts, here is a little cross-post from our “Life in America” blog, just to show a somewhat different look and feel. I’ve been trying to find some way to sum up our seven years in Brittany, and here’s a start. It’s Read more…

Talbert Workshop 3.0

We live! Or, at least our workshop chairs do. To the left is the first published pic of our new workshop-under-construction in North Carolina. It’s an odd experience, building one all over again from the ground up. On the one hand, it’s great to finally be able to lay out Read more…

About to go offline

Today is our last full day in Brittany. Outside this morning it is grey, overcast, occasionally raining in cold drizzles, and about 50 degrees. Tomorrow at noon we depart by TGV to Paris, where we will stay overnight and then fly back to the US on Friday. I am likely Read more…

Keeping up to date

I doubt I will have time to post much (if anything) during this coming week as we rapidly approach our departure date from France. I hope to have a little time to collate and write my thoughts and reflections on the adventure once we’ve arrived, but for the immediate future Read more…

No Friction Required

Just a very quick note on our progress – We are buried in moving prep. Our own meager personal possessions are mostly packed, but the packing and transport of the business stock remains. Movers arrive next Monday, so between now and then we probably will not sleep. Oh joy. I Read more…

Falling towards home

Today we had the big meeting at the mairie, and it was quite a gathering – the mayor of Herbignac himself was there, along with the head of town project planning, translators, etc. I made our displeasure known from the start. Naturally, all parties involved denied any responsibility and put Read more…

The Plot Thickens

A quick update for today – The head of the realty agency has hit the ceiling over this, and we all have a meeting with the Herbignac mayor on Monday. It turns out that the office of the mairie (town hall, essentially) is behind our disaster – Our buyer himself Read more…