Komen Arkansas

Move. Be Moved.

Working at Thoma Thoma full-time, I'm blessed with opportunities to work for an array of clients. One of my favorite clients is Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure. It's easy to create inspiring work when there are inspiring people and an inspiring cause involved.

Working with Wade McCune, Chach Bursey and Komen Arkansas, we created a poster series centered around the theme, "Move. Be Moved." We elected to share cancer survivor, supporter and sponsor stories through powerful portraits (donated by Dero Sanford) and letting them tell their own story.

Mount Magazine {Photo Essay}

Best View in Arkansas

Hosting the highest point in Arkansas and, in my opinion, the best view in the state, Mount Magazine is my new favorite spot in the state. Temperatures are ten degrees cooler on the mountain, making beautiful September hikes. Looking forward to getting back on the mountain in a few weeks once the leaves start changing colors.

The Natural State {Photo Essay}

What an adventure.

Every summer I try to get out on the river for a proper float trip.

I had not taken on the Buffalo National River in Arkansas yet, so a small group of us set out to canoe down the river despite the chance of storms. About halfway through the 10 mile trip, the storm hit. We had to take cover under a tree and hope it was just a flash storm. It wasn't just a flash. The storm was there to stay, so we loaded the canoes back up and powered through the storm for the next two hours.

We encountered a nutria, a group of deer, a pair of wild turkey, and best of all, a bald eagle. We weren't able to grab a quality picture of America's national bird, but seeing a bald eagle in the wild was definitely a bucket list item.

I capped the weekend off with a hike up Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock with my Little from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. 

 Friendly cavalry stopped by our makeshift shelter during the storm.

Friendly cavalry stopped by our makeshift shelter during the storm.

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New Desk

I wanted a new desk. So I built one.

I would die a happy man if I never had to buy another piece of furniture or clothing. I would live a happy life constantly building and creating tables, chairs, pants or just about anything. While I don't have all the necessary skills, time or money for that lifestyle, I occasionally like to gallivant as if it were the case.

My latest foray into woodworking was one of my simpler projects. I used wire shelving as legs for the desk and built a top out of only five pieces of wood.

I bought a 2'x4' piece of cedar from the lumber yard and 1"x1.5" slats of pine. The thin slats of pine were used to create a trim around the edges of the piece of cedar.

All in all, I spent about six hours of time over four days to sand and stain the wood then put it all together.

 Wood pre-stain

Wood pre-stain

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Stain #1

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 Finished product (with a cameo by Frank Lloyd Wright)

Finished product (with a cameo by Frank Lloyd Wright)

 Looking forward to learning and creating with my new desk!

Looking forward to learning and creating with my new desk!


Petit Jean {Photo Essay}

Sometimes you need to sleep outside.

About an hour and a half before sunset on Friday evening, Kelley and I decided we needed to camp. So we drove to Petit Jean State Park and set up a campsite all under the moonlight.

In the morning, after a feast at the Mather Lodge, we took a short hike down to Cedar Falls. The slight crisp in the air encouraged us to keep meandering down the trail. All in all, it was a marvelous day to spend outside.

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