Yes, it takes some serious grit to keep plugging away at the shop in the evenings...it's very tempting to stay warm at home. But rest assured my friends, I've been busy. Here you see almost all the major bits and pieces for TWO complete sets of casting patterns. I decided to do an extra set just in case. I may also try two different foundries to compare quality. There is still work left- some more small pieces, gluing things together, double and triple checking everything to ensure nothing's missing. But the bulk of the work is here.
Any encouraging thoughts and warm messages appreciated in the comments section- they'll surely help me deal with the cold!
Thank you all again for your support!