August is one of the best months of the summer. The Farmer’s Markets are overflowing with fruits, vegetable and other edibles. It is also a busy time in and around the shop. This year, especially was filled with a variety of happenings. The biggest event was Fine Woodworking Live! in New Paltz, NY. The magazine put on an amazing weekend of lectures, workshops, slides and discussions by the contributing editors and staff. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but the weekend was most enjoyable for all concerned.
It was also a good month for music. We had a chance to see the Cowboy Junkies three times in a week. I’ve enjoyed their music for a long time, and have seen them in Maine, NH, MA, NY, VA, and Canada. After a year of no touring and recording four albums in 18 months, we saw them in Waterville and Brownfield, ME and at Prescott Park in Portsmouth NH.
In the shop I’m just starting a cherry corner cupboard. More about that next month. The past two weekends I’ve had workshops at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community here in New Gloucester. The first workshop was learning to cut dovetails. It was well attended, and most of the participants returned the following weekend to build a Shaker two-stepper, a two level stool with dovetailed steps and braces. Everyone finished theirs in record time, and I must say, they turned out very well. Although the Shaker maintenance shop lacks the usual shop amenities, it is a favorite place to teach, and close to home. Well worth a visit. C. H. Becksvoort © 2012