Stellar Surroundings

In the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles lies Mount Wilson Observatory, an astronomical observatory founded by astronomer George Hale in 1904. The site is home to a 60-inch and 100-inch telescope, plus 150-foot and 60-foot solar towers. It’s an intersection of wonderful things: astronomy, optics, architecture, and a mountaintop setting.

A Wooden Retreat
 


RECENT WOODWORKING PROJECTS

Redwood Shelving Unit with Contrasting Shelves

Inspired by the warm wood accents of Terrace House in Karuizawa, Japan, this 8-foot tall wall-mounted shelf brings a cabin atmosphere to the bathroom. Redwood makes up the base and angled towel peg. Contrast shelving accentuates the highlights in the redwood. A clear oil-based finish brings out the natural wood tones and protects the surface.

Zebrawood Toothbrush Holder

A zebrawood block serves as a stable resting space for a pair of electric toothbrushes.


 
Bao Quang Temple


Thich Quang Thanh, founder of the Chua Bao Quang temple in Santa Ana, unleashed his artistry in the form of bonsai, painting, photography and construction to create this Buddhist haven.