May 2017

Spring in Maine is amazing.  I never tire of it.  This year it’s been rather cool and damp, which means that the flowers and blossoms tend to last longer.  The early daffodils and wildflowers are about gone, replaced by lilacs and crab apples.  Maple leaves are just about full size.  Last fall I planted a redbud (Cercis canadensis), which is now in full bloom.

Over the last several years, we’ve gone to the traditional MCA weekend at Haystack on Deer Isle.  What better place to spend a long weekend, in a creative atmosphere, with great food, wonderful people, and stunning surroundings.

May in Maine tends to be cool, consequently I signed up to take a pattern welding (Damascus steel) workshop with Nick Rossi and Jason Morrissey.  I made two billets for future hinges and a cute little knife.  It’s only 5 .75″ (14.6 cm) long,  and comfortable in the hand.  Tempered and sharp.

Back in the shop, I finished the 15 drawer chest. Then  I snuck in an order for a desk-top version of the wall clock, which turned out quite well.  Only 8″ (20.3 cm) in diameter, free standing, also in cherry.  Looks good on a desk.

In addition to getting ready for a photo shoot  for FWW, I also had to prep  for a workshop at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker village.  More benches.  Finally I also started a small book case, with two doors.  Adding the molding is always a challenge.  The front is no problem, since the molding and top run in the same direction.  On the sides, wood movement becomes and issue, and requires the molding to ride on keyed dovetails.  Lots of work but great results.  That molding, glued only at the miter, is guaranteed to stay put.Memorial day means the start of the summer tourist season, and there was the usual heavy traffic. We did manage to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.  The trees shrubs, flowers, and landscaping  are spectacular, well worth the drive.  Even on a cool drizzly day in May.C. H. Becksvoort © 2017

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