Again, the last month of the years. My sixth year of shop blogs, having missed only three months in all that time. I try to keep up to date. Like every year, it’s had its ups and downs. We lost a few very close friends, I managed to keep the business afloat for the 34th year, and got the new, yet untitled book off to the Lost Art Press. Designed a few new pieces, and made a load of old favorites.
Winter came early to Maine this year. It snowed for real on December 9. In all we’ve had close to 24″ (61 cm) this month. The landing in the front of the shop is about 30″ (76 cm) off the ground. And it’s been beastly cold, so far down to -18° F (-28°C), and likely to remain that way well into 2018. Just as a side note, the heat pump in the shop has worked admirably for several years. However, it will only extract heat from the air to about -13°F (-25°C), so on the last several mornings it’s been right chilly. Once the temperature rises, it kicks in again and works overtime. I still have the wood stove.
The Weekend at Tandem Glass was a real thrill and a success. I set up in the corner between to the window, and Peg’s display of cards, and photos.Notice the big white lamp shade. Charlie Jenkins blew a similar one for the next lamp. Terrill outdid him with a bright red shade with little orange spots. Now I’ll have to make two more arms for their showroom. The first lamp found a home this week.
I also made another adjustable music stand. It was promised, and completed before Christmas, but missed the last delivery to DC, so it will show up first thing in 2018. Some things I have no control over. The upper section slides on a full length dovetail groove, adjustable by means of an ebony violin peg, with machine screw epoxied into the knob.
That’s it for this year. Looking forward to the new book next summer, and hopefully the Lie-Nielsen DVD we shot in August 2016.