When I was a young boy, I loved marbles. Â I really didnâ€™t play the traditional marble games, but was fascinated by the various colors and styles of different types of marbles. Â By the time I was 12 years old, I had a large Crisco can filled with my collection of marbles. Then they were gone. Â Our house burned completely to the ground, leaving our family with only the clothes we were wearing.
Sifting through the ashes and rubble, I found only these five melted marbles from my collection, which I have saved in an old film canister for the last 55 years.
Now in my woodworking, I think I love making marble runs and toys as much as anything. Â The recent marble trees are just one example. Â More to come!Â
I recently made several of these fun marble trees. Originally, I made a batch of four and published a video on Instagram and Facebook. Almost immediately, they were purchased and several more people expressed interest. I recently made a larger batch to cover those who first expressed interest and potentially more. It has been a fun project.Â
Friday, August 14, 2020, was my last day of employment with Oracle Corporation. Â That evening, our kids threw us a COVID StyleÂ drive-by retirement celebration party! Claudia and Eric had invited dozens of people. Many drove up and offered their congratulations. The grandkids handed out ice cream treats. It was wonderful!Â
Here are a few photos of the event:
This final photo was created by out oldest daughter, Heidi Bartle, offering a synopsis of my 43 year career!