Sunday, April 26, 2015


Nice big spears!

And a shot of the raised bed with daffodils

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beauty in wood

You might think that by late April it would be ok to be out in the garden, but no. Cold snap, into the thirties tonight.

So this then is a woodworking post.

You make think you can see beauty in a piece of wood, but until you have stood over it for hours, pouring yourself into working it, watching your plane reveal the grain.. Then you begin to understand the beauty of wood.

This slab is 21 1/2 inches wide by 39 long...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fourth flat

20 cells of colewort. Three plants survived the winter.

20. Basil sown on may3


The sweet pea sprouted
And lupine too
The first daffodils are opening
Winter is finally through

Use age of pollard

So the pillar des tree makes nice bundle of straight sticks. Hundreds of household uses!


Time to trim the pollard...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New baseboard

So here we see some new base board, this will provide a nice finished look, and defense against the machine.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Context of texture

Woodworking posts will be winding down now that warm weather waxes once again. But this is one. The goblet box I just finished recently has three different textures, the top is very smooth, the sides have some shallow scoopings from the plane, and the bottom is fairly rough.

Christopher Schwarz has been making some medieval furniture lately, including a fairly common trestle table (which I wasn't aware of when making mine, which is a slightly different type). And he has this post about the textures of finished surfaces:

So this gives a context to texture that I rather agree with. There is more alliteration here though.

New raised bed edging

Made of old split-rail fence

Outside has plastic wood deckin to defend against the string timers if the landscapers

The sloped ends of the rails are removed with two cuts offset from eac other then a blow if the commander. This then meets the end of the previous rail, and the cutoff then can be kept as a glut or used by driving into the earth as a support

Saturday, April 4, 2015


so, i finally got to sowing some seeds.  two trays so far.  the number is how many compartments in the tray.  this was this week, though i don't remember exactly.  wednesday perhaps?
first tray:
10  charentais melon
5  skirrits
15  round tomato
10  lupine
4  sweet pea
6  petit gris melon

second tray:
6  'flower2008'
6  'b flower'
12 lucy flower (larkspur)
6 foxglove
6 'a flower'
6 unknown, tiny round, like radish but smaller
6 black currant
12 pole bean
12 chard

Third tray(today)
10. Dyers turnsole
20. Sugar snap peas
10. Nivison acorn squash

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Snow yesterday

Snow yesterday
Didn't stick
Though northerly cars are covered
More I cannot say