June Around the Shop

June is an amazing month in Maine.  Just about everything is in bloom: clover, daisies, peonies, Siberian iris, and lemon day lilies.  the best part is the light.  We get almost twice as much daylight at the summer solstice as we get in December.

This summer, for the fourth year, I had a chance to teach at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid, ME.  The shop is amazing, a huge three story post and beam building with a fully stocked machine room and finishing shop downstairs, benchroom on the second floor, and a gathering room and library upstairs.  Add to that wonderful people, great food, and sailing after class, it’s easy to see why I enjoy teaching there.

In the shop, the highlight of the month was a replacement gate for the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake.  I replaced the one in front of the meeting house some years ago, but this summer the gate in front of the Ministry shop fell apart.  I made the frame out of seasoned pine, pickets out of white cedar, stainless steel nails and screws and white paint.   All of the original hand-wrought hardware was salvaged, cleaned and re-painted.  Hanging it was a real chore, but it was finished and touched up in time for the American Music Festival with the Portland String Quartet on June 30.

Lastly, June is the traditional time for Strawberry Festivals in Maine.  We’ve been to several, but I wasn’t sure about this Benefit.  Seems to me that there is lots of room on the second line for one or two more letters… leaves you wondering.                       C. H. Becksvoort © 2012

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