Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ten years on and a giveaway

©2019 Barry Smith - A set of Daily Word Leaves similar to the above is my giveaway 
It is hard to comprehend that today, 16 June, Fiona and I have been blogging on our art for 10 years. I also realise that I have now done over 1500 posts.

My blogging started on 16 June 2009 with a report on our art adventure in Japan.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Sculptural collaboration in Japan
Twelve months (2010) I was reflecting on the metal letters V & W that I made for A Letter a Week.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Tubular bells made with my alphabet 
Going back through the posts does make one smile - on this day in 2011 it was all about recycling - buffalos horns - which I'm still using today.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Buffalo horn pendant
iPhoneograpy has obviously has been part of my art world for some time as this post from 2012 shows.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Exquisite beauty of nature
It is probably appropriate that my giveaway is about Daily Leaf Words as this post in 2013 was about that.

©2019 Barry Smith  - This Daily Leaf Word set is now in a new home
We had open studio events a little more regularly in the past as the June 2014 post shows.

©2019 Barry Smith  - The elegance of rust - our studio sign
Metal still finds its way into my life as seen in this June 2015 post - in fact I had a couple drop in this morning to drop off a few rusty bits

©2019 Barry Smith  - Even today I still hunt for silver-plated trays to use in my metal work
 Others are fascinated by metal as you can see from this blog on women doing a workshop with me in June 2016

©2019 Barry Smith  - A friend enjoying the pleasure of forming a bowl
Not all my work is small - this big buttress root still stands proud - installed in June 2017.

©2019 Judy Bandidt - Recent photo of the buttress root - someone camped nearby.
 Product is still an enjoyable part of my life - small pieces that can bring joy - some of which make their way into my shop which apparently I updated in June 2018.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Fire caught in melted metal

If you leave a comment on this blog by way of celebrating the past 10 years of blogging with me you will go into the draw for the set of Daily Leaf Words. The giveaway will be drawn next Sunday.


  1. Wow 10 years of blogging, your Tubular Bells is so elegant, went back and looked at how you formed the letters, that forged & folded steel bowl with brass inclusions from back then is such a beauty!

  2. congratulations! I love that buffalo horn pendant. And its really very special you and Fiona both share so much in your posts. thank you.

  3. Congratulations on 10 years! It’s so wonderful to have the written and visual record of your creative journey. That’s why I love blogging still even though it’s not like what it used to be, and why I’ll never stop! I enjoy reading your blog and visiting your corner of the world.

  4. Ten years! 1500+ posts!

    I just wandered through your extensive list of labels, stopping from time to time to take a peek. In one titled "The gift of giving" I found this:

    "what an amazing thing to do - to gift something that was so full of thought and meaning"

    Over and over you have sent your art out into the world in the name of peace ... your words and iPhonegraphy have likewise rippled through a grateful blog community.

    Thank you ...

  5. So good that you have kept it up, Barry! When I look at the sidebar and see RavenWood Forest and see that I have not posted for 2 years, I get a bit sad! Not sure where the time went that I used to spend a few hours a week doing a blog post. Thanks for staying with it and for all the inspiration!

  6. I've been a fan from the first hammered and folded bowls you made. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary of blogging. I look forward to your documented progress over the next ten years.

  7. Congratulations on ten years, here’s to the next ten!!
    I love your daily leaves!

  8. Congratulations on your 10 years, I can't remember how long I have been blogging, must look it up but I do know I was much fitter then.

  9. I have been inspired & impressed by the artworks produced by you & Fiona for a few years. Not the full 10 years unfortunately. I have probably missed a few wonderful posts from back then. I love that you recycle & reuse & that you both pursue & contribute to the good things in the world & often add your efforts to social need causes. Bravo & hope I can follow you both for many years to come.


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