December 2013, The Month & the Year

HOuse IIBoth the weather bureau and the almanac predict a cold and snowy winter here in Maine.  so far, they’ve been proven correct.  We’ve had two big snowfalls, and an ice storm, with more snow on the way.  With winter just starting, it’s already been down to -14°F.  And windy.

5-drDecember is always busy in the shop, and this year was no exception.  I finished a 5-drawer chest, awaiting delivery to upstate NY.  This is one of my most practical pieces.  Every bedroom should have one.  Of course it is solid cherry throughout, even the web-frames and drawer bottoms.  The back is frame and paneled, the upper corners have exposed dovetails, and the molding rides on dovetail keys.

In addition, there were a lot of small projects: a toy table, picture frame, and a variety of candle holders.

Highlights of 2013 include the Fine Woodworking Live! event in New Haven, CT, the book With The Grain, and the accompanying DVD A Craftman’s Guide to Understanding Wood, and four DVDs, Making Through Dovetails, Making a Drawer, Build a Chisel Box, and Build a Shaker Bench.  Also a long overdue new catalog of my work.

Lest I forget, the Shaker raffle was a great success.  The small round stand raised over $4,000. toward improvements to the Shaker Library.  It was won by a woman from Milo, ME.

Best wishes to all my friends and clients, and looking forward to a healthy, happy  and successful 2014.   C. H. Becksvoort©2014

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