Fall is definitely in the air. The month started out quite warm with two 90° days, and lots of humidity. Then all of a sudden the temperatures shifted into more seasonal norms, with our first frost September 27.
Mid September I ran the last workshop of the season at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. We had a nice time making a Shaker carrier: white pine with dovetailed corners, quarter-sawn bottom and a captured handle. They turned out quite well.
Late last month I started the Shaker sideboard, my favorite, with the asymmetrical drawer layout. As mentioned, it’s a lot of work. Frame & panel construction is a bit different, in that there are lots of little pieces that all have to fit, and gluing up the parts requires planning, speed and dexterity. It was finally completed and oiled.
A high point of September was an impromptu visit to the Shaker Village and to my shop and showroom by a group of woodworkers: Peter Lamb, Jögge Sundqvist, Masachi Kutsuwa, Peter Follansbee, Drew Langsner and his wife Louise. We had a great time and I very much enjoyed and appreciated the visit.
C. H. Becksvoort © 2015