July 2016

There is a reason Maine is called “Vacationland.”  Summer is short but amazing.  There is so much to see and do.  The weather is mostly cooperative, we’ve only had 3 days above 90° (32°C).  For the fourth of July, we took a day trip to Acadia National Park.  Not the main part on Mt Desert Island, but the less visited portion on the Schoodic peninsula. Pink granite with black basalt dikes running through, and big waves.  I got wet on the last one.

After 30 some years, my sign out front was looking a bit shopworn.  So I made a new one, this time out of marine plywood with marine paint.

IMG_1834July is also the time of Maine Open Farm Day. Again this year I was at the Shaker village at Sabbathday Lake, inside the barn.  There, all the way in the back, stood and old, dusty Massey-Harris tractor (before Fergusen).  There were hayrides, spinning demos, food, flowers and great people.  Very nice summer weather, as well.IMG_1869

There was also a lot of shop work.  First another standing desk., this one with a small stone pull on the inside drawer.

IMG_1884If we’re lucky, the standing desk will make an appearance in FWW sometime in the future.  Standing desks are really quite handy and easy on the back, especially if you have a foot rail below.

Another desk was a small built in, something I don’t usually do, but this was for a special client.  A short wall in an upstairs room had a 3-foot nook, just right for a small desk.  I made a three sided frame with a groove along the top, into which the writing surface slid.  Below the writing surface are two drawers with full extension glides.  It only took four visits to get it fitted and adjusted. IMG_4407M. A. Stevens-Becksvoort photo.

Finally this month I had a set of hinges made.  If you recall the post from October 2014, I made a few forge welded billets of Damascus steel.  They’ve been sitting around the shop, and I finally decided to have Dereck Glaser, head of the New England School of Metalwork, turn two of them into blanket box hinges.  He did an amazing job.  I’ve got a few 24″ side clear pine boards that have been air drying for 9 or 10 years, that really want to be a blanket box.  It’s on the schedule for this fall.

IMG_1865C. H. Becksvoort © 2016


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