Photo Gallery: The Smoky Mountains in October

This photo gallery post is long overdue. If this year end finds you freezing and snowbound, it’s my hope that this taste of October will warm you up a bit—maybe 30° or so. :)

Happy new year!


DIY Bluetooth Speaker in Spalted Cherry

I took some time off from work the week of Thanksgiving to spend that time enjoying my family and building this cool project.

I designed and built this self-powered, Bluetooth speaker from 5/4 spalted cherry. It is powered by a Dayton Audio KAB-250 amp board (2 x 50 watts) with integrated Bluetooth chip delivered to a pair of Dayton Audio RS100-4 full range drivers. It was really fun and relatively simple to build. The most challenging part was of this project was creating the large volume control, and flush mounting the drivers. I also learned how to cut dovetailed corner keys out of mahogany to strengthen the miter joints at the corners.

I hope you enjoy the photo gallery. You can also hear how it sounds in this video demo on my facebook page (you may need to adjust the volume of the video.)

Photo Friday: Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine

Happy Friday!

I have been busy at home all week working on our new kitchen, but I have a moment to share this gorgeous sight with you. I took this picture of wild Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine on Easter Sunday. It was growing wild along the road near my church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It’s amazing what we see when we keep our eyes open on God’s world. Enjoy!

photo of Wild Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine in bloom

Wild Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine in bloom