The guys are working on the garage to get it organized and situated so that I can make myself a little studio of sorts in there, and then I can get my stuff organized and situated and start on ramping production. Until then, I work with what will fit on the kitchen table, which isn't much. I'm still compounding this damned incense that I can't seem to get where I want it, and I have to get some Kyphi brewing very soon as I'm almost completely out of the stuff. It's not a matter of motivation anymore, but a matter of time and space. I have no time to go digging about for raw materials, and I have no space to put the materials once I get them dug up from whatever never ending pit of aromatics they've been tossed into. Once I get a proper studio -- either in the garage or off site -- all of these issues will be resolved. And, for the record, I'm still keeping my eye on that off site space. So far, no movement. I persist.
This new incense I'm working on is giving me fits. The first compounding session left me with raging sinus inflammation because I forgot to wear my mask while grinding and mixing the powders, and I very nearly blew up my herb grinder by cleaning it with alcohol, as I have always done, except this time I didn't give it the requisite hour or two of drying time after the cleaning, and when I turned it on, a wee explosion shot soot from the inner workings of the grinder. I thought for sure it was a goner. A few hours later, I bravely plugged it into a socket and gently pressed the 'on' button and nothing terrible happened. It whirred away like it never had its a** on fire. The list of ingredients (thus far) for this new incense are, and in no particular order:
Makko (Japanese bay)
Balsamo wood (Tolu)
Bois d'Rose wood
Musk sage (Clevelandii)
Organic Thai Khao Ya (?) oud wood
|Hopefully, the new batch will look something like this, only with myrrh resins clinging to the outside|
The goal is something soothing and calm (as most of the incenses I create are themed upon -- notice a trend here?) and dark and animalic. There are a few other things I plan to add before either rolling the paste onto sticks, or making cones or incense chips, whichever works out best. I hope that by this evening I have the paste ready to roll, or at least by the end of the week -- incense isn't something that can be rushed or manipulated.