Summer is brief in Maine. The vacations of the self-employed are even briefer, fewer and farther between. For the first time in 12 years, I took a week off and we rented a cabin on a lake.
Not a bad place to spend a week. Of course I can’t spend seven days doing nothing, so between reading and kayaking, I commuted to the shop a few times and did a variety of other chores. I planned ahead and bought a 1″ x 6″ x 10′ piece of basswood, and printed out a 4″ alphabet, which I transferred onto the basswood. It’s the first time I’ve ever worked with basswood, and what a treat it was, carving through such soft and consistent grain. It only took me two days, off and on.
I coated the whole thing with urethane, painted the letters black, belt-sanded the face, and added a cherry frame. It is now at home in a library, all 10′ of it.
C. H. Becksvoort © 2014