One-of-a-kind  turned wood bowl by Daniel Harris.

Mahogany lid, plum and walnut base.


About the artist:

Daniel Harris retired from the Hi-tech Electronics Industry and then lost his vision in the left eye due to a macular hole. Surgery did not recover his vision.  Depth perception and the ability to carve wood was lost.  A neighbor at the coast suggested wood turning.  Daniel mastered turning bowls and using lathe machinery.


Turning wood that has been cut down requires special care in order for the wood to end up in its intended state.  For bowls, the fresh green wood is rough turned to an approximate shape, leaving a wall thickness about 10% of the diameter.


The rough turned bowl is coated with a wax emulsion and left to dry for eight months to one year before final turning is done.  Bowls that end up with hidden voids or cracks are enhanced with gemstone filling.


Plum wood enhanced with turquoise.


Daniel’s latest skill is adding pattern to the rims and sides of the bowls.


“Today, as our homes fill with industrially produced items and products made out of the country, is it any wonder that businesses are once again investing on the appeal of the unique, the authentic, the handmade?  When “sustainability” is the watchword in everyone’s mind, these age-old practices promise if not salvation, then at least a balm for tired spirits, and remind us that the greatest luxury it time for creation.”  –Leslie Camhi






Books have been an integral part of Christine Trexel’s life since early childhood. She grew up on a farm in southeastern Colorado and spent many happy hours lost inside the pages of a book. She firmly believes a day without time set aside for reading is an incomplete day.


As an adult she began her journey in creating her own books, which led to boxes, and then to making paper while living in Oregon. She has been fortunate to have taken a wide variety of classes at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, as well as, with international known artists in book binding and papermaking.



People often say I couldn’t write in it your beautiful book; but on the contrary; the book’s life would be unfulfilled without their contribution.” –Christine



“I have a beautiful piece with a newly composed poem just for Fairweatrher’s”  Christine

Handmade book with handmade paper with a hand composed, hand scripted  poem by Chrisine Trexel.


Christine is married to Clark, a talented woodworker and a model ship builder. They live in Astoria on the sunny south slope with their menagerie of three dogs and three cats.




Christine Trexel  lived in Panama for years where she learned to harvest and process plants from her garden to make paper for the books and boxes she creates. The wealth of vegetation forested experimentations and a great love of learning.


Christine uses high quality materials in constructing her books and boxes believing that each individual piece deserves the best. The thought of someone writing on the blank pages pleases her. Perhaps her creation helps facilitate their creation; what kind of writings might there be—ideas, fancies, dreams, fears, hopes, despairs, comforts, musings, histories—anything could become part of it.



To read more, go to artists tab/ Christine Trexel


Christine Trexel also repairs and restores antiquarian books.

“White Wings.”

Common white egret by Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

November, 2018

Sunset Beach, Oregon


Read more about Herons and Egrets | Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

After a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, which is dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests. The photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Neal Maine focuses his imagery on exploring wildlife in the context of its habitat.


To view more of Neal Maine’s photography, please go to the  artists tab/ Neal Maine

100% of profits from Neal Maine’s photography  are donated to NCLC,  North Coast Land Conservancy.




Q: “Would it be possible to share the poem that Kim Stafford dedicated to NCLC as a story for the “All is Calm” Art Walk at Fairweather’s?”

A:  “We’re so glad you were touched and appreciate you wanting to share it with others,”  NCLC/North Coast Land Conservancy.

For more about NCLC go to North Coast Land Conservancy. Helping to conserve Oregon’s coastal lands, forever.

Mother Mountain
Heaven, the old proverb says, is at your mother’s feet—
and here we are at the forest hem watching fog climb
through trees toward the queen’s crown peak,
hidden harvester of rain, alpine realm of silence
and starlight, home to bear cave, elk wallow,
cougar range, rare flowers brimming from persistent
seeps, trees shaggy with centuries on their blue ridge
where sister peaks layer shadows far.
So close the gate, let the alders usher in young fir,
cedar, hemlock, spruce, let the road become a path
for pilgrims seeking myriad mysteries, magic
not yet known, the black petaltail dragonfly
born from fog-fed, moss-footed mud to soar
before our eyes from the time of legends.
Here we dwell at our mother’s feet, blessed
with bounty we protect, home to wild origin.
Kim Stafford


Kim Stafford named Oregon Poet Laureate | Oregon Cultural Trust


Please note another Fairweather blog post next week will present the entire back story to the poem created by Kim Stafford for NCLC with a letter by Katie Voelke, executive director.

Handmade turned wood egg with a kaleidoscope by Mike Brown.


Kaleidoscope eyepiece ever changing colorful detail.


The egg and stand stand about 3. 5 inches high and comes with a gift box. Signed by the artist. From $40.


And, too, limited edition signed and dated turned wood ornaments by Mike Brown. From $40.


Segmented nautilus shells by Mike Brown.

The shells range from 35 to 170 wedges of wood and each one takes up to 40 hours to make.

Signed and dated.

From $250. to $550.



Mike Brown won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his nautilus shells.



Mike Brown, master wood sculptor.

Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods.






“All is Calm”

Fairweather’s December Exhibition.



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

“All is Calm”, an exhibition featuring the art of Susan Romersa, among others.


The Seaside artist paints in oil celebrating the beauty in portraits and figure paintings.

Susan was ordained as a Minister of Religious Science after many years of study.


Fairweather’s  fourth annual harp petting zoo features  a beautiful Limerick harp by NW wood artisan  Duane Bolster.





Naturalist and wildlife photographer Neal Maine lectured during the opening reception of “Expanding Horizons”   at Fairweather’s on Nov. 3rd.


Take away notes:


Q: What is Natural History?

A:  Natural history tells the story of our living earth. It comprises the systematic observation, classification, interpretation, and description of the biosphere and its inhabitants.

Natural history is a primary component of culture. Every society develops some system for classifying, interpreting, and valuing animals, plants, and other natural phenomena. These systems shape our understanding of the world and our place in it.

Natural history is field-based. It begins with direct observation and study of organisms in the conditions under which they actually live.

Natural history is interdisciplinary. While grounded in the natural sciences, it engages the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and it informs technical fields such as medicine, agriculture, forestry, and environmental management.




Q: What is the difference being a scientist or a naturalist, you ask?


A: “Lots of scientists never leave the lab. You can just see them in white coats, crunching numbers on computers, pouring stuff in and out of test tubes, torturing animals, etc. Naturalists are people who actually go outside, learn about, and appreciate nature. And although there is some overlap, there is a huge difference, and it is very disappointing that there aren’t many naturalists out there any more. I guess there is no money and academic prestige associated with being a naturalist any more. That’s why Neal Maine is such a special person to have around.”  –Sara Vickerman-Gage


Through November

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway Street

Expanding Horizons, an exhibition, featuring artists turning to nature seeking to express its evocative power on personal level.

Painters and photographers included in this exhibit are Linda Fenton-Mendenhall,  Lee Munsell, Ron Nicolaides, Judy Horning Shaw,  Jim Young and Russell Young, as well as Neal Maine.

Introducing Michael Fox, Jeni Lee and Barbara Folawn.



Q; Why Does Natural History Matter?

A: Natural history helps to shape communities and individuals. It gives us deeper insights into our relationships with other beings and places we inhabit.

Natural history promotes sound environmental practice. It grounds policy in ecological reality, guides decision-making, and inspires conservation efforts at all levels.

Natural history informs and energizes environmental education. It connects students with natures, creates synergy across fields, and draws strength from all major divisions of a community. It prepares people to live honors and responsibly in a sustainable world.



 “Best book to read ever on naturalist writing.” D. Fairweather


Save the date and time.

Next Neal Maine lecture at Fairweather’s.

December 1, 6:pm.


To view photographs  by naturalist  Neal Maine, go to …artists/ …Neal Maine


“Power of Flight”  by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

Pacific Flyway

Snow Geese



Snow geese fly along the Pacific Flyway  in narrow corridors, more than 3,000 miles from traditional nesting areas in the Arctic tundra to wintering areas along the coast. They visit traditional stopover habitats in spectacular numbers.


Q: What is the Pacific Flyway, you ask?

A: The Pacific Flyway is a major north-south flyway for migratory birds in America, extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Naturalists can often predict to the day when a particular species will show up in their area.




Neal Maine habitat lectures every First Saturday at 6:pm. Fairweather House and Gallery.


After a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images. His photographs center around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.

Neal focuses his imagery on exploring wildlife in the context of its habitat. PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. 100% profits are donated to NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy, to help further this goal

To read more about the naturalist, please go to artists tab … Neal Maine at


Fun facts about Snow Geese:

SIZE: 27 to 33 in; wingspan, 4.5 ft

Snow Geese stay with the same mate for life.

The oldest Snow Goose on record was 27 and a half.

Snow Geese make epic journeys by air, but they are impressive on foot, too. Within the first three weeks of hatching, goslings may walk up to 50 miles with their parents.

The Snow Goose breeds north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia. They fly high as far as 5,000 feet about the ground.

The Snow Goose has two color plumage morphs, white (snow) or gray/blue (blue), thus the common description as “snow goose” and “blue goose.”