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06/25/2017:Completed a new Beaver and posted a set of images to the Gallery.
06/21/2017:Posted the latest commission (and the first project to incorporate work of another artist), a winged rat with bling, to the Gallery.
06/07/2017:Wrapped up the other creature started at the May 6 craft fair, Sugar Glider 6, and posted pictures to the Gallery.
05/31/2017:Completed an all-in-May project, Miss Chips – otherwise known as Chipmunk 27 – and posted her portrait to the Gallery.
05/26/2017:Posted photos of a new dog fox to the Gallery.
05/12/2017:Finished a loooong learning experience with a new Honey Badger and posted a set of pics to the Gallery.
05/01/2017:Posted a portrait of the new bat at home on her person’s hat.
04/27/2017:Completed the latest commission, a fantasy bat on her way to a hat of her own, and posted a variety of views to the Gallery.
04/05/2017:Finally finished the photography on a new engineering marvel: another miniature Gray Squirrel with an even silkier tail than his predecessor’s – and one that actually moves on its own, courtesy of a built-in spring.
03/24/2017:Posted pics of the Least Weasel that was also work-in-progress for the past three weeks, finally finished late on the 21st (after a bout of photography proved he wasn’t finished at all).
03/18/2017:Finished photography on the female Geelvink Pygmy Parrot that got set aside for Silktail Squirrel, and posted pics to the Gallery.
03/15/2017:Completed a miniature Gray Squirrel and posted pics to the Gallery... but not just another squirrel; this one reflects an experiment in the ongoing quest for a properly glittery squirrel tail, with pied silk sewn into the felted base.
02/26/2017:Posted a consolidated portrait of another walkabout Russian Dwarf Hamster to the Gallery.
02/25/2017:Posted a picture of Quicksilver Mouse at Stitches West.
02/10/2017:Further adventures in the psittacine realm: a Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot. He’s a bit longer than the pygmy variety and likes to sit head downward, though he doesn’t have to do so.
01/27/2017:Finally got around to finishing and posting a new Pygmy Parrot – the blue-purple-headed Geevlink species this time – to the Gallery. (He’d been finished enough to wear on birding expeditions all week but photography revealed a few last problems.)
01/14/2017:Set the parrots aside this year and completed an urgent commission for a pair of California Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, posting their portraits to the Gallery today. In the process, I learned enough about the species to realize that the little guy currently in the menagerie needed a serious update at the same time. See the new him at Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel 2 now.
12/31/2016:Continuing the new bird project, posted pics of a second Pygmy Parrot to the Gallery. Then added a new pic of the first one, incorporating some feather enhancements learned while working on the second. (It wasn’t necessary to do a complene repeat photo shoot, as the first set was inadvertently but cleverly arranged to minimize views of the wing primaries, which got most of the work.
12/19/2016:Posted pics of the project delayed pending chipmunkery, a life-sized Pygmy Parrot (completed on the 17th and worn for the Christmas Bird Count on the 18th), to the Gallery.
12/16/2016:Completed Chipmunk 26 and posted her portrait to the Gallery, replacing Chipmunk 25 for her waiting person. (The 10th was a big day in menagerie land, with both chipmunks, the fox, a couple of mice, and several other creatures scampering off to new homes.)
12/09/2016:Set aside a long-term project to complete and post Chipmunk 25 to the Gallery, ’cuz a magnet chipmunk just wouldn’t do.... (She’s listed as having a home already, because she’ll either get one on the 10th or have one next week.)
11/26/2016:Finally got the whiskers onto Chipmunk 24 (the latest addition to the magnet chipmunk clan) and posted pics to the Gallery.
11/15/2016:Bre’r Fox inspired someone to want a fox – but not that fox – to use as a holiday gift for a small granddaughter, so the Young Vixen was born. Posted pics to the Gallery today, after her person got a good look at her.
11/07/2016:Added pics of Bre’r Fox – a portrait of a fox seen patrolling part of his territory at a pond in Alaska – to the Gallery. Construction pics can be found on the Salamander Feltworks Facebook page.
10/29/2016:Finished another Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (the chipmunk-y guy with the plain face) and posted his portrait to the Gallery.
10/21/2016:A two-in-one day! After a solid week without access to the Internet, it was finally possible to add two new creatures to the Gallery: a hugely complicated Pygmy Marmoset, the first experiment in building a real (as opposed to fantasy) primate, and the latest Chipmunk, who populates the pin-creature niche in that section of the menagerie.
09/29/2016:Finally got around to photographing White-Ears, the newest walkabout magnet mouse, and posted his composite portrait to the Gallery. He’s in the same set but not called a “minie-mousie” like the others because the distinction doesn’t make a difference anymore.
09/20/2016:Finished the third creature begun on the train – a Baby California Ground Squirrel made up as a necklace – and posted a portrait to the Gallery.
09/16/2016:Finished the other creature mostly done on the train – Gray Tom, a cat with cattitude – and posted pics to the Gallery.
09/15/2016:Posted a new set of pics of the River Otter to the Gallery. The original chin whiskers were replaced twice in search of something silkier than horsehair – which flat doesn’t work at that length – that would be in proportion to the tiny figure....
09/14/2016:Posted pics of the newest froglet – Walkabout Froggie #11 – to the Gallery. This “Isla Colon” Strawberry Poison Dart Frog was begun and completed on the summer’s trip to Chicago.
08/26/2016:Added a third Russian Dwarf Hamster to the species’ page.
08/17/2016:Finished a River Otter – complete with chin whiskers – and added pics to the Gallery.
08/10/2016:Added another Gray Squirrel – a baby this time – to the Gallery.
07/31/2016:Posted another set of the latest batch of mice, picking up further tail corrections.
07/29/2016:Posted pics of the rest of the updated mice to their pages in the Gallery – locations to be discovered by those who really want to look at mouse tails....
07/28/2016:Posted updated pics of the latest batch of mice to the Gallery, reflecting the new attention to de tails.
07/25/2016:Posted pics of the latest batch of mice to the Gallery, along with a shot of their new approach to insides and outsides.
07/09/2016:Finished an actual Beaver for the Martinez Beaver Festival, where she’ll show up in the silent auction on August 6.
07/07/2016:Put up a pic of a third batch of Book Beavers & Buddies – featuring a few weasels and squirrels – and posed in something that may turn into their formal display.
06/30/2016:Added pics of yet another Momonga (Japanese Flying Squirrel) to the Gallery – this one with eyes built as domes rather than spheres so as to fit into the head at something closer to the size and curvature proper to this mind-boggling species.
06/24/2016:Added pics of the fourth Fox Squirrel to the Gallery.
06/17/2016:Completed another Japanese Flying Squirrel – otherwise known as a “Momonga” – to fill out the collection, and posted his portrait to the Gallery.
06/09/2016:Added five more Hedgehogs to the collection and posted their pics to the Gallery.
05/29/2016:Finished a new video of the Red Wyvern and posted it to YouTube as Big Red on the Move: The Remake. ’Samazing what goes into setting up a home office for do-it-yourself stop-motion video!
05/26/2016:Put up a pic of the next batch of Book Beavers & Buddies – not quite halfway to the planned inventory.
05/17/2016:Posted pics of the first set of the first new line in a while: Book Beavers & Buddies, woodland creatures intended for the Martinez Beaver Festival in August. More will appear in odd moments over the summer....
05/13/2016:Modified the Lesser Jerboa with the technique learned from the Kozlov’s Pygmy Jerboa and put up a revised set of pictures on his page, keeping one of the old ones for comparison.
05/10/2016:Another jerboa – this time a Kozlov’s Pygmy Jerboa – joins the menagerie.
05/09/2016:Responding to the sad tale of a vanishing squirrel, the new page Preventing Escapes details ways to keep adventurous creatures from striking out on their own in search of new homes.
05/08/2016:The Green Wyvern insisted on an updated portrait for the Gallery, showing off his fine emerald necklace. (The bling started out as part of the safety chain, which he wanted to keep instead of passing it along to the next new member of the menagerie. Fortunately, it was long enough to spare him a bit!)
04/22/2016:A big day! Finished another addition to the walkabout mini-mousie collection and posted a composite portrait to the Gallery. Then, having finished the much-delayed second member of a pair of hamsters I gave them their page in the Gallery too.
04/18/2016:Finished polishing the portraits of the latest entrant in the cutest-rodent stakes: a Lesser Jerboa. He’d really like to be the Featured Creature, but for now Big Red and his movie own that spot, so he’s stuck with his page in the Gallery.
04/17/2016:Completed a stop-mmotion video of the Red Wyvern and posted it to YouTube as Big Red on the Move.
03/28/2016:Returned to the Red Wyvern and posted a new photo essay to the “In the Workshop” section: Corrective Surgery, tracing the steps needed to let him stand on his own.
03/26/2016:Posted pictures of the Red Wyvern to the Gallery. He was started before his predecessor and then set aside on what turned out to be a well-founded suspicion that he was too big for his lack of britches. He seemed finished on March 21, then required two days of surgery and another two to develop a useful set of photographs.
03/09/2016:Finally finished the first creature since the convention that ate most of February – a Green Wyvern (four-limbed dragon) with pleated silk wings – and added a huge set of pictures to the Gallery.
02/06/2016:Posted pics to the Gallery of a frog that first appeared in a vision quest.
02/02/2016:Posted a pic of the Bernese Mountain Dog at home with his model and grinning at the world.
01/30/2016:Completed a new venture into big-canine-land – a Bernese Mountain Dog – and posted pictures of a series of poses to the Gallery, along with some construction details.
01/25/2016:Posted a pic of the beagle meeting her model to the Gallery.
01/18/2016:Added an at-home picture of the Teddy Bear Hamster to the Gallery.
01/09/2016:Added still images of the best desk toy ever – a foot-long purring cat – to the Gallery.
01/04/2016:Replaced the art on the “navmanders” – the little circles with arrows and creeping salamanders – that you can use to move through the Gallery pages. (Updated the old images so they can’t be shown here, but to the eye of 2016, they looked rather like hairy cockroaches....)
01/03/2016:Finished replacing the site banner (which had been through half a dozen updates over preceding days) with something more open and easier to read. Old banner:

12/11/2015:Posted pics of the next commission – a long-haired Teddy Bear Hamster – to the Gallery.
11/Tit2015:Refilled the ornament tree for the holiday season and posted a new pic to the Gallery. LATER: Added another Russian Dwarf Hamster to the species’ page.
11/18/2015:Completed another complex creature – a Beagle this time – and posted pics to the Gallery.
10/31/2015:Posted pics of another new rodent – a Russian Dwarf Hamster – to the Gallery.
10/30/2015:Added a composite shot of the new mini-mousie to the Gallery.
10/27/2015:Posted pics of a Black and Red Salamander, this year’s second railroad amphibian, to the Gallery.
10/17/2015:The first members of the new Walkabout collection: more mini-mousies, mostly from the go-to-meeting kit, posted to the Gallery.
10/16/2015:Posted the first of the creatures from the latest cross-country train trip – another salamander – to the Gallery.
09/21/2015:Completed the first big creature in a long time – Ma Coyote – and posted pictures to the Gallery.
08/26/2015:Posted pics of another pair of Salt Marsh Harvest Mice to the Gallery – the southern subspecies this time – along with a bit of waxy habitat of their own.
08/17/2015:Posted pics of a pair of Salt Marsh Harvest Mice to the Gallery – along with a bit of waxy habitat.
08/12/2015:A new insight can turn the world on its head. The shrews (July 16) included a huge breakthrough in ear technology: in addition to its well-known properties, a dab of beeswax can turn wool into cartilage. This proved so useful to the mousies (August 3) and the new chipmunk (August 8), that every rodent, cat, or dog still in reach of the felting bench started to scream for attention. August 10 was Ear Day for everybody, and today the resulting photography was finished and added to the Gallery. See the results most vividly with the Momonga, but everyone still at home got the upgrade, and almost all have photos of it on their pages. And if your felted friend feels left out, get in touch! If you arrange the transportation both ways, the upgrade (along with any minor repairs that may be needed) is free!
08/08/2015:Added the newest pin-based Chipmunk to the Gallery.
08/03/2015:Posted yet more fuzzy prospects for the Walkabout series to the Gallery: six tiny mousies, including True, the mousest mouse ever to hop off the felting bench.
07/16/2015:Forget the waxmanders - we want fuzzy Walkabout creatures. Completed a set of likely prospects – three Pygmy Shrews – and added their portraits to the Gallery.
07/12/2015:At last – an at-home picwe waf the Owlet, at large in the world for almost four years, to post to the Gallery.
07/06/2015:Completed the next round of the waxmander experiment - an Orange Salamander this time – and posted the results to the Gallery. Definitely not Walkabout material, as it’s mostly waxwork and carving and not something to do on the bus, but interesting.
07/02/2015:Posted the results of a new experiment - a completely wax-soaked Red-cheeked Salamander – to the Gallery. Not the next Walkabout project after all....
06/26/2015:Completed Walkabout Froggie #10 – the first on a magnet fastener instead of a pin – and posted a composite portrait to the Gallery.
06/23/2015:Finished the Golden Hamster who was the work-in-progress at the last two art shows and put up her page in the Gallery.
06/22/2015:Returning to the world of living Pokemon, finished a second Momonga (Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel) and posted pics to the Gallery.
06/13/2015:For the first time in two years, posted a new photo essay to the “In the Workshop” section: Jerboa Taking Shape, a step-by-step history of the Long-eared Jerboa from concept to completion. LATER: Updated the rest of the photo essays with the newest (admittedly old-fashioned) html trick, which gets all the pictures to show up as large as feasible for the screen they’re on – and the same size, too.
06/05/2015:Completed a new excursion into the outer reaches of cute and posted pics of a Long-eared Jerboa to the Gallery.
05/26/2015:Refurbished the chipmunk necklace and posted revised and original pics to the Gallery.
05/23/2015:Added the latest batch of hedgehogs to the Gallery.
05/14/2015:Uploaded pics of a young California Red-legged Frog to the Gallery. This one insisted on a trip outside to enjoy some real grass instead of the usual studio background....
05/06/2015:Posted a new bunny to the Gallery. Built in a week, and no sign of RSI in the Salamander’s paws.... No, spoke too soon; suddenly they’re tired....
04/29/2015:First batch of pictures with the new camera (the black screen and white starburst that was all the old one would show really put a crimp in its usefulness!) and a new venture into the farther reaches of cute: a Momonga – a.k.a. Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel – posted to the Gallery.
04/18/2015:Added another Clown Frog – also begun in the intervals between stripes and spots on the Malayan Tapir – to the Gallery.
04/11/2015:Added a new cat – well begun in the intervals between stripes and spots on the Malayan Tapir – to the Gallery.
04/02/2015:The first new creature finished in over a month: a baby Malayan Tapir, and well worth the wait, joins the Gallery. (Wrist trouble reduces the amount of working time in a day, and this baby needed a lot of attention....)
02/27/2015:Uploaded the latest Walkabout Froggie to the Gallery.
02/08/2015:Posted pics of the new magnet-riding Wolfhound to the Gallery.
01/27/2015:Added the latest addition to the Chipmunk family to the Gallery.
01/21/2015:Replaced the Fox Squirrel pics the Gallery to show off his new tail.
01/14/2015:Posted pics of a new magnet-riding Fox Squirrel to the Gallery.
01/06/2015:Added a fiesty little Fox to the Gallery. ALSO: Added a warning about leaping hat creatures to the Magnet Safety page.
12/19/2014:Replaced the pictures of Sugar Glider 4 to reflect a drastic revision of the creature – the first commission to bounce. She needed to look enough like a live sugar glider gripping a flat surface to serve as a stunt double in cage toy advertising, and she just didn’t. Although made to measure, her half-flying pose made her body seem huge by comparison, and her feet and tail really were way too wide. Since it seemed better to have two happy sugar gliders out in the world than one overweight and crabby one hiding on a shelf somewhere, I insisted on recalling her and building a replacement (see Sugar Glider 5). Then, even though it seemed likely that someone else who’d never seen the real thing would eventually fall in love with her just as she was, she refused to put up with knowing she was not true to life....
12/17/2014:Added a total bundle of joy – a Fennec (desert fox) – to the Gallery.
12/11/2014:Added another (and yet more realistic) Sugar Glider to the Gallery.
11/25/2014:Posted a dog named Sheep – the last addition to the menagerie before the weekend’s big show – to the Gallery.
11/22/2014:Posted the first specimens of a whole new (to the Salamander) species: a pair of Pikas to the Gallery.
11/21/2014:After making a firm resolution to keep the Salamander Feltworks page on Facebook up to date, added a link to it from the home page here. Now you can find out when someone new gets added....
11/15/2014:Added the new Sugar Glider to the Gallery.
11/03/2014:After much time figuring out how to photograph creatures who basically hate each other as a group, finally posted pix of a litter of carnivorous Grasshopper Mice to the Gallery.
10/28/2014:Posted a pic of the rebuilt sandpiper at home.
10/19/2014:Rebuilt the sandpiper – sans magnets – and uploaded a pic to the Gallery.
10/09/2014:Finished some revisions to Hedgehog 3 – an early and not totally successful experiment – and uploaded a portrait to the Gallery. LATER: Hedgehog 6 demanded a share of the action and a new portrait too.
10/07/2014:Added the latest commission – a pet hamster – to the Gallery.
10/04/2014:Uploaded pics of yet another Chipmunk – smaller and thus arguably cuter than her predecessors – to the Gallery.
09/30/2014:Uploaded a composite pic of the latest Walkabout Froggie to the Gallery.
09/22/2014:Replaced most of the Hedgehog pics with better ones – less background, more hedgehog.
09/20/2014:Added pics of a new batch of Hedgehogs to the Gallery. LATER: Repolished the toes on the latest Walkabout Froggie and got the pictures uploaded.
08/24/2014:Added the latest Chipmunk to the Gallery.
08/21/2014:Added the summer’s major work – a Tiger Wyvern – to the Gallery. He would have been a good candidate for a new photo essay, especially as he required the invention of a whole new process for producing thin wings, but the idea didn’t come up in time; few things are as inaccessible as a picture of the inside of a creature that already has an outside. But the page does have a couple of before-and-after images....
08/06/2014:Put up a pic and review of Chipmunk 16 en route to his new home.
07/17/2014:Posted the latest teeny tiny Walkabout Froggie to the Gallery.
07/04/2014:Returned to the avian world and posted a Fischer’s Lovebird – who insisted on pictures taken out in the world – to the Gallery.
06/23/2014:Lotsa website action: Added the latest batch of hedgehogs (two of them already adopted) to the Gallery, and posted a pic of a new and ultra-small Walkabout Froggie. Also noted the new-home status of the several creatures who left the Salamander’s hands over the preceding weekend.
06/15/2014:Wool to wool... completed my first felted sheep and added her pictures to the Gallery.
06/04/2014: Finished yet another litter of mice, including one who isn’t a sibling at all, and posted their portraits to the Gallery.
05/20/2014:Assembled the last few weeks of hedgehog experiments and posted them to the Gallery. With lots and lots of two kinds of teasel heads in hand, it seems likely that hedgehogs will become a staple of the menagerie – though they’ve a long way to go to pass the mice, now numbering well over a hundred.
05/10/2014: Revised the new Hamster to reduce the beady-eyed look, and added new pics to the Gallery. (Leaving the old full face to show the difference.)
05/09/2014:Added shots of the new latest Clipper Kitty, now with a name of her own – Lady Gray – to the Gallery. LATER: Added a commissioned Hamster to the Gallery.
04/29/2014:Added shots of the latest Clipper Kitty to the Gallery.
04/28/2014:Posted some hedgehog background: a picture of real teasels both dried and green from the collection now on hand and awaiting experiment.
04/17/2014:Posted pics of the latest experiment – a Hedgehog built on the seed head of a roadside teasel – to the gallery. Better Hedgehogs will probably follow, if another teasel stand comes to hand.
04/06/2014:Finished the next litter of mice, including one with a clip fastener and a bunch of wild and wacky but altogether real color combos.
03/25/2014:Tried out a variation on the Clipper Kitty design, with different type of clip replacing the other fastener options.
03/18/2014:Put up pictures of the newest kitty design, with an alligator clip replacing the other fastener options.
03/08/2014:Replaced all the pictures of the Western Gray Squirrel with new ones that do a better job of showing off her proper grayness.
03/06/2014:Took rodent realism to a new level with a Western Gray Squirrel and added a pic to the Gallery.
02/25/2014:Returned to the Walkabout Froggies with a new Blue Jeans morph Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, and posted a composite picture to the Gallery.
02/24/2014:Uploaded a new version of In the Workshop to show how the felting bench has changed over the years.
02/10/2014:Back in the flying hexapod biz, with a Pygmy Wasp Darter in the Gallery on flexible silken wings.
02/09/2014:Made the charming discovery that wall corners have enough steel in them to support a small magnet creature, and added a pic of the magnet-equipped members of the latest litter of mice enjoying the freedom of the house.
01/30/2014:Rebuilt the Waspoid, as the Wasp Darter wasn’t pleased with it, and added a pic to the Gallery.
01/28/2014:Added a new and strange hexapod, the Cerulean Wasp Darter, to the Gallery.
01/15/2014:Posted an outdoor pic of a couple of the latest mice to the Gallery.
01/15/2014:Added the latest litter of mice, somewhat belatedly, to the Gallery.
12/12/2013:Posted a pic of Sylvester the Magneticat and a dangerous friend to the Gallery.
12/10/2013:Posted at-home pictures of the Clown Frog, Cousin Watermouse, and Buttercrunch Mouse to their pages in the Gallery.
12/03/2013:Added a runaway fantasy creation – the I dunno what it is so I’m calling it a Black-beaked Lizird – to the Gallery.
11/30/2013:Added another magnet chipmunk to the Gallery.
11/20/2013:Added the latest batch of holiday ornaments to the Gallery.
11/17/2013:Double day! Posted a picture of Ears the mouse and her person to the Gallery, and added a new commissioned Cat as well.
10/27/2013:Posted a picture of the Sable Ferret at home to the Gallery.
10/10/2013:Put up at-home pictures of Chipmunk 15 and Moon Mouse.
10/10/2013:And another pin Chipmunk added to the Gallery.
10/06/2013:Added yet another magnet-based Chipmunk to the Gallery.
10/03/2013:Back to the super-tiny with a new concept: Walkabout Froggies, a collection designed to be enlarged in the future without adding inventory numbers, added to the Gallery.
09/10/2013:Added a young Large-spotted Genetmuch more than a week in the making (the tail was more than a week all by itself) – to the Gallery.
09/02/2013:Added a new magnet Chipmunk to the Gallery.
08/20/2013:Put up the first entirely new page in a couple of years – Magnet Safety – expanding the notes that go on the “care and feeding” cards for the creatures with magnetic fasteners.
08/14/2013:Yet more mice – small enough this time, and possibly with enough control to do it again, posted to the Gallery.
08/03/2013:Added the latest equine creations, a pair of Shetland Fillies to the Gallery.
07/10/2013:Continuing the frog theme, posted some life-sized (or almost down to life-sized) Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs to the Gallery.
06/29/2013:Posted pics of the latest experiment, a life-sized Red-eyed Tree Frog, to the Gallery.
06/25/2013:Added a trio of Hamsters to the Gallery.
06/16/2013:Added a new Siamese Cat to the Gallery.
06/06/2013:Posted pics of the latest magnet-based Chipmunk to the Gallery.
05/26/2013:Added a new Clown Frog to the Gallery. The pictures are from the fifth set of images; for some reason, this little jewel just didn’t take to photography.
05/22/2013:Put up new pictures of the White-fronted Amazon Parrot – showing off the completely rebuilt beak. The original was so much work that it was possible to suppress the sneaking thought that the beak was way too big while construction was in progress, but afterwards there was no living with the results.
05/14/2013:Another major work – a life-sized (or perhaps a bit more than life-sized) White-fronted Amazon Parrot – added to the Gallery. Working bigger, they just don’t get done so quickly....
04/17/2013:Added a new photo essay, this one detailing the construction of Butch: see New Ivory-billed Woodpecker (also linked from In the Workshop).
04/15/2013:Added a long-term dream – a life-sized baby Ivory-billed Woodpecker – to the Gallery.
03/22/2013:Posted a new litter of mice to the Gallery.
01/28/2013:Emerged from a truly dreadful cold to post another bunny-furred bunny to the Gallery.
01/09/2013:Added a mallard duckling to the Gallery.
01/07/2013:Posted pics of the extensively rebuilt Sylvester the Magneticat to the Gallery. (He got tired of people asking whether he was a skunk....)
12/30/2012:Added a white rabbit to the Gallery. Later: Put up a pic of the sugar gliders with their newly acquired humans....
12/20/2012:Added www.salfelt.com as an alternate URL for the Salamander Feltworks site. And hilary@salfelt.com works as an e-mail address, too – no more writing too many letters in too little space for moi!
12/18/2012:Added a pair of only somewhat imaginary Baby Duckysauruses to the Gallery.
12/09/2012:Posted the season’ crowning achievement, a magnetronic Sandpiper to the Gallery.
12/06/2012:Added a slightly oversized pair of Cedar Waxwings to the Gallery.
11/27/2012:Added another big boy – a Bald Eagle – to the Gallery.
11/26/2012:Added a pair of Kingfishers to the Gallery.
11/07/2012:Posted another red frog to the Gallery.
10/30/2012:Added the latest batch of creatures, a trio of sugar gliders to the Gallery.
10/12/2012:Posted pics of the cougar cub begun at Steamstock to the Gallery.
10/06/2012:Posted a pic of the wolf cub’s new person – and enlarged the rest of her pics in the Gallery.
10/04/2012:Revisited the ornament collection to add some new steampunk models, plus a few of the regular cats and frogs and whatnot. LATER: Added yet another litter of mice to the Gallery.
09/25/2012:Added another chipmunk – a necklace this time – to the Gallery.
09/21/2012:Posted the latest cat to the Gallery.
09/17/2012:Added a yellow-eyed wolf cub to the Gallery. LATER: Posted pics of two newly costumed steampunk dragons to their page.
09/11/2012:Added another tree frog to the Gallery.
09/10/2012:Added a real Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel to the Gallery.
09/07/2012:Added another pin-backed Chipmunk to the Gallery.
09/05/2012:Posted new pix of Chipmunk 10, who now has a new face courtesy of the Salamander’s continuing education.
08/29/2012:Added a dachshund, to the Gallery – revealing some glitches to the new site coding (well on their way to being fixed as of 8/30).
08/26/2012:Big news: Rebuilt the Gallery itself so you can see just the kind of creature that interests you most. The historical record is still there too, of course, so you can also see everyone in the order of creation.
08/22/2012:Added the third creature from the summer’s train trip: Sylvester the Magneticat, the first to require two magnet sets, to the Gallery.
08/21/2012:Added two of the creatures from the summer’s train trip – a magnet-based chipmunk and a green lizard necklace – to the Gallery.
08/01/2012:Finished a young tuxedo cat and added her to the Gallery.
07/30/2012:Added yet another litter of mice to the Gallery, half on the traditional pins and the other half on magnets.
07/22/2012:Posted pics of the first magnetic froggie – a Strawberry Poison Dart Frog – to the gallery.
07/20/2012:Added the latest major project – Centaur Bill – to the gallery, including three pictures of the work in progress.
07/15/2012:Completed yet another new chipmunk – they’re almost impossible to keep around the house – and added him to the gallery.
07/09/2012:Posted pictures of a new discovery – Stegosaurus fibula (a dinosaur small enough to wear on a hat) – to the gallery.
07/07/2012:Added the next litter of mice, all with built-in magnets and keeper buttons, to the Gallery. (One looks remarkably like a baby rat – but odd things happen....)
06/21/2012:Added the other creature started at the SF Free Folk Festival, a wooly gray dog to the Gallery.
06/20/2012:Unveiled the latest technical achievement – Miss Magnet Mouse, complete with no-pins fastener – in the Gallery.
06/14/2012:Added a new hamster to the Gallery.
06/10/2012:Added a working pic of the hat squirrel – on a hat – to the Gallery.
06/07/2012:Added a another cat hat brooch – a female this time – to the Gallery. ALSO: Replaced pictures of the very first lizard with some in better focus. (Not that a truly sharply focused look is possible, given that what’s really out of focus is the wool....)
06/03/2012:Added a cat hat brooch to the Gallery.
05/29/2012:Added another squirrel hat brooch – a red-tailed black one this time – to the Gallery.
05/25/2012:Finished the black otter hat brooch from a recent trip, and added pics to the Gallery.
05/24/2012:Added a portrait of a lounging cat designed for an Asian doll to the Gallery.
05/21/2012:Posted at-home pix for the boxer family, the vixen, and the Clown Tree Frog to the Gallery.
05/19/2012:Added another little cat to the Gallery.
05/05/2012:Finished another travel-kit special, a chipmunk again, and added the pics to the Gallery.
04/30/2012:Finished a gray tomcat after three sessions in the traveling kit, and added the pics to the Gallery.
04/27/2012:Turned the singleton Least Weasel into a pair, with pics of both in the Gallery.
04/22/2012:Added a life-sized Least Weasel to the Gallery, with a set of pics replaced on the 27th.
04/14/2012:Posted lots of pics of the newest creature, a foot-long Beluga Whale, to the Gallery.
04/10/2012:Added the latest and most realistic California ground squirrel yet to the Gallery.
04/09/2012:Posted a snapshot of Terezz the cat – lurking by the sales cage – to the Gallery.
04/05/2012:Added another baby squirrel to the Gallery.
04/03/2012:Brand new! A photo essay of the construction of Draco Magnus: see Birth of a Dragon (also linked from In the Workshop).
04/01/2012:Added three new creatures to the Gallery: a Red-eyed Tree Frog that was almost finished a week ago, a new chipmunk that had been hanging fire in the traveling kit since February, and a Short-tailed Shrew, something not tried before.
03/31/2012:Added a portrait of the dog fox at home to the Gallery.
03/22/2012:Added the tenth litter of mice to the Gallery.
03/11/2012:Added a brooch-sized Siamese cat to the Gallery.
03/09/2012:Added another of the nifty finger froggies to the Gallery.
03/03/2012:Added a new squirrel to the Gallery: neat and petit and designed for riding on a hat.
03/01/2012:Added a honey badger – a creature completely new to the Salamander – to the Gallery.
02/14/2012:Added Draco Magnus – the biggest dragon to date – to the Gallery.
02/07/2012:Added a tiny otter – designed as a hat brooch – to the Gallery.
02/03/2012:Revised the red holiday frog to highlight his eyes with dark eye-liner, and added the new portrait to the Gallery.
01/30/2012:Succumbed to second thoughts and revised the blue wyvern, replacing most of the Gallery pics.
01/29/2012:Added another dragon – a blue wyvern – to the Gallery.
01/26/2012:Posted 13 pics of a whole new dimension in felted fancy: the Hexapod Wasp Darter, a wearable action figure, to the Gallery.
01/19/2012:Posted pics of three more baby dragons – hatchlings belonging to Sparkithrax, the mascot of DunDraCon – to the Gallery.
01/11/2012:Posted pics of three baby dragons – the first of a group intended for DunDraCon – to the Gallery. LATER: Updated the page for the worm to include the name bestowed after a composters’ contest.
01/03/2012:Added two more tree frogs to the Gallery.
12/26/2011:Added the latest equine adventure to the Gallery.
12/23/2011:Posted pics of a new chipmunk – mostly built on the 22nd, en route to see a grand-niece in the Nutcracker – to the Gallery.
12/20/2011:Added a new mare to the Gallery.
12/19/2011:One of the mice in Litter 9 demanded a new coat, and emerged wearing a fox suit....
12/14/2011:Added another kid toy – a moderately fantastic turtle – to the Gallery, along with pictures of the engineering that makes it possible to get him to stick his neck (and legs) out and push them in.
12/12/2011:Added another froggie to the Gallery.
12/09/2011:Added the first of a whole new concept – a wool ball shaped like a drowsy raccoon – to the Gallery.
12/06/2011:Added a clown tree frog to the Gallery.
12/02/2011:Added a baby squirrel to the Gallery.
11/29/2011:A busy day! Added a new litter of mice to the Gallery, plus new batches of Book Beasties and ornaments. All part of getting ready for the December Oakland Art Murmur.
11/26/2011:Added the latest engineering project, a free-swimming platypus to the Gallery, along with a couple of pictures of its innards.
11/15/2011:Added a tiny dog fox to the Gallery.
11/13/2011:Added a giraffe – a year in the planning – to the Gallery.
11/11/2011:Added another baby boxer to the Gallery.
11/04/2011:Went through the Gallery and edited each creature’s main page to show how you can go about adopting it – or commissioning a cousin for yourself if it already has a home.
11/01/2011:Added a young chocolate poodle to the Gallery.
10/29/2011:Replaced most of the pictures for the fifth chipmunk yet again, without the original scowl. (But there's one shot to show how she started out.)
10/23/2011:Put up a pic of the next dress mouse – and a cute little devil he is, too.
10/19/2011:Added a new frog to the Gallery – the first with proper toes.
10/15/2011:Added the Tennessee Stud to the Gallery, along with a couple of construction pix.
10/04/2011:Added another salamander necklace to the Gallery, in time to have at least one salamander to show at the next sales event (at the Oakland Art Murmur this Friday).
10/02/2011:Added a vixen to the Gallery.
09/26/2011:Added an owlet to the Gallery, along with some photos of the work in progress.
09/13/2011:Added another gerbil to the Gallery. This one has to be about the longest work-in-progress; she was started on the train home from Chicago in July, then set aside for lack of the right wool to finish.
09/10/2011:Modifications to the Gray Mare (#42) turned her into what is essentially a new creature, added to the Gallery as #106.
09/05/2011:Added the first batch of holiday ornaments to the Gallery.
09/01/2011:Added a chameleon to the Gallery.
08/31/2011:Added two pictures of the Super-Worm – at work and at play – to the Gallery.
08/28/2011:Added a figure of Pan to the Gallery.
08/19/2011:Added yet another litter of mice to the Gallery – all pale this time, as the lightest-colored mice seem to have the easiest time finding homes.
08/17/2011:Posted an at-home picture of the Kakapo – now named “Charlie” – to the Gallery.
08/08/2011:Added the Super-Worm to the Gallery.
07/30/2011:Added Creature #100, a googly-eyed frog, to the Gallery.
07/29/2011:Added the second train creation, a cream-colored gerbil, to the Gallery. LATER: Put up a pic of the latest dress mouse, a fine lady this time.
07/28/2011:Just home from a train vacation around North America, I gave the fifth chipmunk a tail haircut and ear job and replaced the pictures in the Gallery. LATER: Finised a golden ground squirrel (like a chipmunk with a plain face), mostly done on the train, and added him to the gallery.
07/05/2011:Added a tiny furry cat to the Gallery.
07/01/2011:Added a little sketch of a fox to the Gallery.
06/28/2011:Added the froggie built at the SF Free Folk Festival to the Gallery.
06/26/2011:Added a photo of one of the new mice peering out of the sales cage.
06/24/2011:Added another litter of mice to the Gallery. LATER: Added a new chipmunk to the Gallery.
06/18/2011:Added a kakapo (a flightless New Zealand parrot, about half life-size) to the Gallery.
06/03/2011:Added another chipmunk to the Gallery.
05/11/2011:Added a sixth litter of mice to the Gallery – along with a lone mousely experiment with an armature of heavy aluminum wire instead of pipe cleaners. LATER: Posted a pic of another dressed-up mouse to the fifth litter.
05/03/2011:Added a satyr to the Gallery – first venture with a creature possessing human hands and face.
04/29/2011:Waiting overnight did no good for the out-of-order pics problem this time, so I sent a “SQL-ing for Help” message to my webmaster, who fixed the code at once. The revised third eyas now has a full suite of pictures, with captions that follow the intended sequence.
04/28/2011:Started replacing the pics for the third eyas yet again; watching this year’s nestlings mature revealed too many deficiencies in even the corrected version posted April 4, so it wound up almost completely rebuilt. But the pics can’t be replaced all at once, because they wind up out of order until the site has time to refresh itself.
04/10/2011:Added a running puppy to the Gallery. LATER: Put up an at-home pic of the Boxer Family, with their real-world model.
04/07/2011:Added the Flower Kitty to the Gallery.
04/05/2011:Added a Frisian stallion to the Gallery.
04/04/2011:Replaced the pics for another eyas, who’d been added to the Gallery on the 3rd. This one is old enough to band – and strong enough to stand up on his own two legs.
03/18/2011:Added E-Chup, a new eyas (baby falcon) to the Gallery.
03/06/2011:Added Rosanewt to the Gallery.
02/17/2011:Posted a new picture of the second Chipmunk, out for a ride with her person.
02/16/2011:Added an at-home picture for the Abyssinian Cat – keeping watch, like so many of her fellows, over her person’s computer.
02/14/2011:Added another Chipmunk to the Gallery.
02/05/2011:Added the Hexapod Lizard to the Gallery.
01/29/2011:Posted a pic of the white mouse from Litter 5, dressed for an evening on the town. A glorious destiny awaits him....
01/28/2011:Added the Sable Ferret to the Gallery.
01/20/2011:Added Building the Lindsay Raccoon to the site. Find out what was happening in the two weeks she took to build!
01/19/2011:Added the Lindsay Raccoon Kit to the Gallery. Work started January 5; she's the biggest and in some ways the most complex project to date.
01/03/2011:Added the Pine Marten to the Gallery.
12/29/2010:Added an at-home image for the Polar Bear. LATER: Added another Chipmunk—livelier than ever—to the Gallery.
12/23/2010:Added an at-home image for Get-Outta-My-Way Jack. LATER: Added Sparkithrax the Dragon to the Gallery, happily combining two of the Salamander’s lives.
12/15/2010:Added the Ring-tailed Cat to the Gallery.
12/13/2010:Added the latest Frog to the Gallery.
12/08/2010:Added the Guanaco to the Gallery.
12/05/2010:Added an at-home (well, at-work) image for the Wyvern.
11/28/2010:Added the Pride of Lions to the Galllery — a second experiment in building a set at the same time, so they interact with each other and make sense as a group as well as one by one.
11/26/2010:The second day of the second year of my felting life.... Another Thanksgiving with nephew and family allowed me to get pictures of the first pouches I made (never turned in to the school); see them at “Meet the Salamander.” I also collected an at-home image for the first Teen Unicorn, who happens to stand beside one of the early ceramic pieces.
11/23/2010:A busy day! Added the Ground Squirrel — the latest Amtrak special — plus an at-home image for Tilly the Chihuahua. Also adjusted “In the Workshop” to show the portable felting bench actually in use on the train.
11/11/2010:Added the Boxer Family to the site — three figures built together, so they play together.
11/03/2010:Updated Making Murphy with extra notes that pop up on mouseover.
11/02/2010:Added the fifth Mouse Litter to the site, plus two more images to the Yale’s page.
10/28/2010:Added Puff (an homage to the Magic Dragon) to the site. Meanwhile, the expanded back stories are up through #37 in the Gallery.
10/25/2010:Expanded the back stories on the first ten creatures in the Gallery.
10/21/2010:Added Murphy Kitten to the site, and put up a brand-new feature: Making Murphy, a photo-essay on the construction process.
10/20/2010:Replaced the Gallery shot and main image of the Shoulder Hamster, who’d been suffering from a serious case of lack-of-cute around the nose and teeth. The Salamander hates to go back to anyone who’s been declared finished, but made an exception this time.
10/19/2010:What’s new is this What’s New page — watch it for news of new features on the site, new creatures in the Gallery, and new pictures of the places creatures get into when they leave the Salamander's paws....
* A lot of nifty pictures have come in in the last couple of weeks, too: the Purple Bear, the Blue Frog, the Friendly Bear, and the third and fourth litters of mice, for starters.
* Ancient history: The Salamander Feltworks site went live on July 26, 2010, with Gallery entries through #46, the Salamander itself. The collection actually ran through #52, the Lioness, at that point, but an impending cross-country train trip got in the way of the rest of the job. (That was before Roderick finished the nifty do-it-yourself upload forms the site offers these days....)