Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Frustration du jour
When Dorothy Caldwell was here conducting workshops we had a wonderful day playing outside, burning holes in things with incense sticks. Because the incense smolders rather than actually burns, you can poke it through paper or fabric, burning a nice neat little hole with charred edges. I had do much fun with this method that I was determined to try it on a larger scale.
So yesterday I set up shop with an elaborate apparatus to hold the fabric relatively taut and started burning holes. And almost immediately ran into frustration. Let me count the ways, meanwhile observing that NONE of these problems occurred at the workshop. Apparently the incense I bought this week is a different kind than what we had at the workshop. And I have no idea who brought the kind I liked to ask her
The incense didn't want to stay lit. Well, sometimes it did, but sometimes after three or four holes it would go out. So I had to keep a candle burning and frequently re-ignite the stick.
It created a lot of smoke and of course it smelled sickly sweet -- kinda like incense, you know. So after I first started working in the kitchen, I realized this was not an indoor sport, even with windows open and ceiling fan on high. So I moved my entire setup outside onto the deck.
Sometimes I would get a good burn going and could do fifteen or twenty holes before I had to put the stick back in the flame. I had a lot of fun during those brief moments. But other times I only got two holes out of one ignition.
Today is Plan B, for which I have high hopes. I'll report back soon.