Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Today, a white Christmas
It has been many a long year since we have had this, it always enhances the sense of wonder, and the magic and joy of the holiday for me.

All the more so, with it having been over 65 degrees here two days ago. It is less than an inch, but enough to be a "mantle of white"

A merry Christmas and a happy new year to you

Friday, December 13, 2013


Low of 7 at 4am

Up to a balmy 12 by 6. Sundays snow melted by Monday, Tuesdays snow is still on the ground

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Collapsible furniture

If you have been reading this you know my interest in collapsible furniture. Here Chris Schwarz is getting into the act.



Sundays snow was quickly gone
Turned to rain Monday morning

Yesterday's stayed
Twenty point three degrees this morn

Sunday, December 8, 2013


This is primarily a gardening blog, and the first seed catalog arrived on Friday so it's time to start planning for next year, but in the mean time I'm keeping occupied with woody works.

Tonight we see the first significant snowfall of the season

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Improvised large dividers.

Two yardsticks held tightly at one end with a clamp allowed me to mark off 44" into even thirds, with no math and no measuring! Easy-peasy

The smaller dividers for transferring dimensions (at least in this case)

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Here we see the broad axe used in a freshly riven surface, to smooth the work and prepare it for the plane

And how the axe brings down the high spots

Thus we trade our riven surface for a hewn one.

And as an added bonus, a free side of chips!