My Pretty Peach #1: -or- What Peach Looks Like When It's Polished Up

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 11-30-2015 12:20 AM 1349 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started this Peach Bowl a couple weeks ago (today is November 29, 2015). I roughed it out, and settled on the shape I wanted. Then, yesterday, I began ruminating over the cracks. I did my ruminating in front of the video camera. If I can get my video editing program to stop clowning around, I may share the video with you. In case anyone can help, here’s a brief explanation of the tomfoolery in the program:

The program: Windows Movie Maker.
I combined a group of short clips into an eighteen-and-a-half minute presintatin’ of the ruminatin’.
I loaded the combined video into MM, and began adding pithy captions.
About five minutes in, the program started making faces at me and I determined that I’d better save it, incomplete, and return after a computer restart.
Once rebooted, I decided that, before going on, I would check my fan mail. I opened my browser (Chrome), and found, to my dismay, that my browser wasn’t responding to my keyboard. I tried an incognito window. Still, nothing. Just sat there, looking at me with its mouth hanging open.
I opened IE. It worked fine, though I’m decidedly unfond of IE. I typed in the search bar, “My laptop’s keyboard isn’t working in Chrome.” I then sifted through many, many Q&As that came up (evidently, I’m not the only one). Answers included everything from using an incognito window (tried that – it didn’t work) to doing something called a “clean reboot,” to messing around with msconfig stuff. That’s too much, said the Voice in my head.
I closed everything down, and enacted another routine restart, after which my computer’s keyboard came to speaking terms, once again with Chrome.
Later (much later – my head hurt, and it was dinner time), I opened Movie Maker and loaded the incomplete video. This is where I noticed that, oddly, the pithy captions were there, but not where I left them. They were out-of-joint. This must be fixed.

So, fix it.

The program locked up, so I closed it, re-opened it, and went to reload the video. This time, though the program opened quite well, when I loaded the video, some evil Thing, as yet unknown to me, caused my computer to restart. This happened repeatedly. I gave up, and found something else to do.
This morning, I woke up with the thought that I would leave the cracks unaddressed (leave them alone, in all their glory). So I began sanding and Micromeshing. Then I took pictures, in the sunshine, the Thing still in the chuck, sitting on a Peach log, and went about the business of sharing those photos with you, for what they’re worth. I’m not done with the inside, and I haven’t gone beyond the polishing of the outside.
I now present you with the photos, arranged in four montages.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 12:41 AM

I feel your pain, Mark!!

I have been working on a few new videos lately and the technology to turn raw camera footage into a presentation that won’t embarrass me can be frustrating at times. Layer that on top of cable internet problems that drag on for weeks and it is down right crazy-making fun!

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 12:59 AM

Technology is great, except when it ain’t…. Best of luck finishing that

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 01:15 AM

Effort will prevail. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 01:50 AM

Nice Bowl!

As for the Windows problem, run Malware and virus scans (update both first). If that checks out OK, restore the computer to an earlier date (update malware/virus again). If you don’t want to do the restore, try unistalling the Windows Essentials suite, do a reg clean (Advanced Uninstaller Pro will do this for you) then download and reinstall the Windows Essentials.

I’ve used Movie Maker. Sometimes mine displays split screens in the preview but it works OK in other players. Another free piece of software is It’s a little more involved than MM but you can easily do pic-in-pic.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 01:57 AM

Wow Mark, I just got some peach from a mate a week or so ago, just ready to start roughing up … hope it don’t go toooo much like yours, they’re pretty big checks, keep us up to date with progress

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 02:03 AM

So, were the cracks there before you started, or did they form after you turned it? How long has the tree been down? Is the pith in the piece? Inquiring minds want to know. Fruit woods are tough in terms of cracking. Beautiful, but apt to crack. Like Icarus, flying too close to the sun.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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Darrell Feltmate

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 02:48 AM

Sometimes it is how you use the cracks that makes the piece.
Was it not Bil Gates who said that if I out cars were as dependable as our computers, we would never take them out of the garage? Been there and done that. I am in the process of rewriting my web page and you do not want to hear what the server is doing with perfectly good code. Aaaahhhh! I feel for you.

-- Darrell, Nova Scotia, Canada,

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 05:00 AM

Lew: My first though was to uninstall/install. I went to do that, and I got the option to “repair”, which I clicked. The result was that there’ was nothing wrong with it. I’ll try again and see if it works in a little while. Andm if it doesn’t, mebees I’ll do the uninstall. I also scanned all the video clips, and found nothing wrong. At one point in the process before the problem presented, I go a message saying that one of the clips was “corrupted.” I ran them all, watching them, and that went off without a hitch. I have that link open in another tab now. I’ll check it out when I’m done with my fan mail. Thanks.
Bob: This Peach has been lying around, drying, for the better part of a year. It’s very dry. The cracks were all present and accounted for when I started. That’s why I decided not to fill/fix them. (I’d much rather have cracks in a piece than cracks that look like they’ve been filled. Fixing is another matter. If I get the computer problem worked out, you’ll see my filling efforts, or experiments thereunto.)
Darrell: In some pieces, I think cracks add to the ambiance. In point of fact, the second Peach bowl I turned wound up looking more like a basket than a bowl, it was so pith-cracked. It hangs on a wall in the living room now. I’ll be putting it in my Gallery shortly. There’s another piece in my Gallery where I left the cracks alone. Zuppa de Cippole.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 06:04 PM


Maybe it’s my connection to this site, but I have gotten a lot of Malware hits, and it’s frustrating when it should be a click. Whatever happened to transistor radios? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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