Everything is green. Summer is finally here, and the weather has been most cooperative. A few rainy days, but mostly clear, dry and temps in the 70’s. The sun is up at 4:58 am. Peonies, lupines, lemon lilies, and Siberian irises are in full bloom.
This year for the 16th or 18th year in a row, I got accepted into the Early American Life magazine’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts. For the first time in all those years, they actually featured one of my pieces: a Shaker style work counter. I had submitted 3 pieces, one of which had a bone escutcheon plate. The bright lights at the magazine changed that to bone pulls on the piece below. Do those cherry pulls look like bone to you?
I was recruited to do some instant housework on a small house in South Portland: baseboards, trim, and a few new stair treads. In the shop there were a variety of small projects. I finally finished the Shaker sewing desk that I started in April. I don’t think I’ve ever taken that long on any single project. On the other hand, the parts sat idle for over a month, and there were lots of other time-eating projects. This particular desk is a smaller version of the usual Shaker sewing desk, only 27″ wide with 4 drawers and a pull out work surface. I had the original (below, with a birch frame with pine panels and drawers) in my shop back in 2008.
At the end of June I was privileged to teach a two-day workshop at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren Maine. The classroom is gorgeous, with a high 4-sided ceiling and skylight, 15 magnificent workbenches and all the hand tools your heart could desire.
We made a modified Shaker bench, sturdy and beautiful: four wedged through tenons seated in a shallow dado, and four dovetailed braces. All 15 participants managed to complete their benches, although not planed or oiled. Everyone had a great time, and hopefully learned a lot. Looking forward to the Lie-Nielsen Open House July 11 & 12. Make an effort to stop by and chat. With demos, tours, and as lobster dinner, it’s worth the drive. Hope to see you!
C. H. Becksvoort © 2014