We figured out that I've known him for about 20 years now. He's doing some wonderful things with custom lighting fixtures - very nice. He also showed me his larger equipment that I'm welcome to rent time on - his large flat grinder...oh, the possibilities :-) I now have the pieces scattered across the top of my clothes washer and I hope that tonight I can spend some time with my grinder and do the final shaping so that I can set the kiln to start cooking again. If all works smoothly I will be able to start beading next week. At least on some parts. I still have drilling to do also, and that, potentially, can cause the entire thing to crack open, so it has to be done very carefully.
I got my author assignment for the LOTR Big Bang and was contacted by him last night. I think we'll be able to work very well together. I've never done story illustration before in my life - I only have to produce a single picture, but who knows? I need some clarification from the organizers on the deadlines, but once I receive those and do a bit more thinking about what I want to portray, I'll be ready to start work on this. How fun! Have a great Thursday!