November 2017

Every month is a new challenge… some good, some not so good.  This November was no exception.   We had quite the windstorm at the end of October.  I didn’t realize the damage it had done until I took the dog through the woods in early November.  We had about 16 large trees either uprooted, or snapped off. These white pines are 14″ to 18″ in diameter.

Many of the paths and logging roads were blocked.  It looks like a good bit of chainsaw work this winter.

I did get the garden pretty much cleaned up.  There are still a few leeks standing, but the winter squash and carrots are all stored away. Yes, those are cherry planer shavings on the paths.IMG_9334

I also put away the flower pots.  They now take up an entire shelf in the woodshed.  With all the plastic out there, I’m reluctant to toss those nice clay flower pots.  And the head of the funny man?  It winds up in various pots or garden beds, traveling year to year.  You saw him in the geraniums, July ’17.

Our first snow was November 13, a pittance, but enough to indicate that winter is definitely on the way.

The good news is that the book is finally done, and off to the Lost Art Press.  First I sent it Dropbox as requested.  It took over 6 hours to download, and then scrambled all the chapters, photos and captions.   I downloaded the whole thing on a backup drive, which took three minutes, then sent it off by USPS.  It arrived intact, everything was in the correct order.  I think one of the highlights of the whole book writing  process was the photo of a Shaker chair, left-over from days gone by.  I finally put a finish on the cherry, and asked  Br. Arnold at Sabbathday Lake to weave the seat.  He chose the most fitting 5/8″ flame patterned tape. (M. A. Becksvoort photo)

In the shop I made a few thank you projects, a few tealights, and started two swivel- arm wall lamps.  The first, straight arm made of tiger maple, with a really neat swirly orange striped glass shade.  Dennis Griggs photo.

The second one is a curved cherry arm, three parts splined, plus the base.  A bit tricky to glue up, but worth the effort.


(Dennis Griggs photos) The cord goes through the base, and along a groove in the top of the arm.  This one also had a glass globe, a milky white onion shape.  The two shades are made by Tandem Glass, where I will be showing December 2 and 9.  Both Saturdays are FUNdraisers for the Maine Craft Association and the Good Shepard Food Bank.  Do stop by if you happen to be in Dresden, mid coast Maine.  There will be several other craftspeople, music, beer, and wood-fired pizza.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2017

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