March 2013

We never know what to expect in March.  The temperature can vary from the mid 50s to near zero.  The maple buckets and tubes are out and the snow is receding, although there is more on the way.  book

Saturday March 30 from 1-4 pm, I had  an Open House at my shop.  The new book With the Grain: A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood , was well received.   Also a few prototype tables, chairs and even a small cabinet were for sale at reduced prices.  Plus the ever popular Elise cookies and cider. Friends, acquaintances, and clients all had a good time visiting

It’s been busy in the shop.  The bookcase and four Haystack chairs went to Washington, DC.  The DVD which is to accompany the book is getting the finishing touches.  Robin, from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks was here to photograph a few still shots, for clarity.  While shooting, we heard noises in BecksvoortOwl1the chimney, and discovered another visitor.  A barred owl had found its way down the chimney and couldn’t get out.  With my heavy duty work gloves I managed to get the big bird out of the ash clean-out door.  Robin got a few great pictures.  None the worse for wear, it flew into a nearby sugar maple, and shook its feathers to clear the soot.  After a bit more shaking, preening and regaining its dignity, it quietly took off into the woods.

You never know who, or what, will stop by the shop.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2013

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