July 2015

This July was busy and eventful.  The long days of summer seem to be crammed full of things to do: the lawn, the garden, walking the dog, vacation and relaxation, workshops, visitors, lobster, gelato, berry picking, Open Houses, various projects, and yes, long hours in the shop.

For starters, we took a small vacation.  We rented a cabin on the water in Trenton, ME, just this side of Mt.Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  The view out the big window was amazing:IMG_1311We took full advantage of our park passes, and the buses that ran all over Acadia.  In addition to hiking, and photos, we stopped at the Jordan Pond House for lunch and pop-overs.

jordan pdThree days wasn’t really long enough to explore the entire park, but we made the best of it.  Then it was back home and back to work.  Three days of ignoring the garden resulted in a healthy crop of weeds, and a lawn in dire need of cutting.  I really enjoy the garden, even weeding is relaxing.  It’s right behind the shop, so I can keep an eye on it.

IMG_1342I have five raised beds: winter squash, carrots, leeks and peppers, basil, parsley, lettuce and kale, and lastly four types of tomatoes in the far bed.   The paths are covered with planer shavings, and half the garden is sheet mulched with leaves, compost and lawn clippings.

Another great Open House at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, always a high point of the summer.  We had quite the turn-out, with lots of friends and fellow woodworkers.  It was also the official release date of the long awaited Lie-Nielsen honing jig, with several replaceable jaws for narrow chisels, mortise chisels, short blades and skew blades.  Also the debut of their new catalog.IMG_1327Between all this fun and frivolity, there is still work to be done in the shop.  I made ten presentation boxes, of walnut, cherry and tiger maple for  Jason Morrissey, knife maker and glass artist.knife boxThe knife was in the early stages of production, and hadn’t been polished or etched to reveal the Damascus pattern.

One of the bigger shop projects was  a queen size pencil post bed, with custom carving.  Lots of hand planing to get those 8-sided tapers smooth. IMG_1349

It’s a great piece to build, using both power and hand tools, carving, turning, and spiffy hardware.IMG_1354

Lastly,  the dovetail workshop at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community was a real successs.  Two sessions, both most enjoyable and productive.   The following day was the Open Farm Day at SDL .  It was cloudy and a bit drizzly, but very well attended.  I sold a few books and DVDs, and had a display of some of the pieces we make in the summer workshops at SDL:  Shaker bench, carrier, as well as the marvelous round stand.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2015




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