One of the other big projects has been getting more and better light in the studio. I painted two walls, and the ceiling white. That's helped a bunch. Added a couple of lights with Daylight bulbs in them too, which helps with seeing things at all with my aging eyes, and also seeing color and grain more accurately.
I also built some custom briar drawers/racks with wire mesh bottoms. These fit neatly under one of my work benches and hold 100 plus blocks of briar for easy access and selection. Most importantly, they provide maximum airflow for curing.
I should get a couple more pipes made by the end of the week, as well as a trip to Nashville for a pipe club meeting. I'm also going to sneak in taking my youngest son to a baseball game for his birthday, see my oldest in a concert, and I enjoyed a week long visit from my middle son (the pipe smoker), who helped me work out a couple ideas for the Volcano. In short, it's been a great vacation!