Friday, May 30, 2014


And recovery.

When digging out like this you find a lot of hidden gems, like the first pink, reseeded from last year

Iris, sedum, wormwood chives and collards all in bloom

Monday, May 26, 2014

Six-board chest

This weekend I taught a class on making a chest of six boards. Four people engaged to make the box, and three managed to complete. Here is two of mine, to demonstrate two different ways of putting it together.

Here also are some of the results

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


The blooms are bluebells, the phlox is in flower

The peonies are not yet out

Though the rhododendron is opening

Stained glass

Glasspainting really. Took a class with Ken Leap at Glencairn. Used three different techniques.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New horizon plant farm

One of my favorite places to pick up plants. Tony is a great guy, I'm happy to give him my money, and his flowers seem to last forever.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Merlinias rose

Growth up top and down below. I'm worried that this spot might be too wet, but we will see

The cloisters

A wonderful trip to the Cloisters in NYC. Stained glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral. The unicorn tapestries. The gardens in bloom. The treasury. Wow.

Friday, May 9, 2014


They do a pretty good job of turning over the mulch, so I like to get them into my beds. I made a run out of welded-wire fence, and a simple slat gate to close off certain areas. The key to making the gate is to put the bottom support on the opposite side from the too support. When the gate is up it lies flat on the run.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dutch tool chest

Last details coming together. The undercarriage, plane dividers and hasp.

The dolly is removable, but held in place by cleats.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

New toolbox

In the Dutch style.

Made mostly with what is lying around. Not nearly done but I just had to get a look at it with some tools in it!

These curls are the evidence if hand-tool woodworking.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


A good portion of our understanding of woodworking technique comes from the offcuts and remains rather than the actual
Pieces. It was interesting when carving the bowl, the different shavings produced not
With the different tools, but
With differing technique of the same tools.

Hedging my bets

With privet propegated by Joanne shaver. Extending the hedge along the road a bit

Unfurling ferns

Glass painting

Took an intro class with Ken Leap

This is the results. Some removal around metal stencil, and freehand attempt to copy a bishop from the Glencairn collection, then fired in a kiln.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April and may

Sure enough April's showers, the last two days worth, bring forth may flowers, the tulips are opening