March 2015

Usually there is a hint of spring by mid March.  Not this year.  Maple Sunday was a bust, with little or no sap running yet.  There is still about 2′ of snow in the woods, and our first snowdrops appeared on March 27, in the receding snow on the east side of the house.  On the bright side, we actually had 6 days of above freezing daytime temps during the last week .

Things went much better in the shop.  The big project was a 2-door, 2-drawer side chest, with carved doors.  I really enjoy carving.  It’s quiet and requires concentration and an ability to read the grain.  The texture of a hand carved surface is a nice contrast to the otherwise smooth cherry surface.

15Newman sidechest

There were a few other projects as well: a repaired pegboard and shelf, and four library book racks.  These are basically 2′ x 4′ sandwich boards with 5 shelves on each side.

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