August 2018

It’s been one hot month.  And humid.  Not your typical Maine weather.  I took my walks extra early to avoid the heat, but still got soaked by the humidity.Foggy almost every morning, and the moisture hung around all day.  It was good for the plants, though.  The garden was loving it.  Lots of tomatoes, and the usual end of summer flowers, black eyed Susans, golden rod, and Queen Ann’s lace.   Also a good crop of morning glories, which I trained to climb up my sign post in front of the house, as well as along the woodshed and shop.August is also the time for the annual gathering of the Friends of the Shakers. A great time to meet friends, attend lectures, inspect the grounds, see the new acquisitions to the museum, eat, and socialize. During the course of the last year, severe weather brought down one of the big maples in front of the Meeting House, damaging the roof.  Many of the maples were getting old, and decaying, and had to be cut down.  The roof got new shingles, but it will take a while to get used to the loss of those stately old trees.

Next to the Meeting House is the herb garden.  The Shakers still grow and sell a variety of herbs and teas. In the 1794 Meeting House, still in use, is one of the white pine lecterns I made back in the mid 1980’s.Things were busy in my shop as well.  The day bed I started last month finally came together.  There were lots of slats that had to be oiled.  I have a rack with dowels to keep small parts ( like slats and drawer bottoms) separated while the finish dries.The bed itself, finally oiled, assembled, and done, awaits the mattress, bolsters and pillows, currently at the upholsterer.  Not a great photo, especially with limited space,but you get the general idea of the design.I also made six more wall arm lamps, in a variety of woods and shapes.  The four and the left consist of three parts, splined together, plus the base.  the base is screwed to the wall, while the arm swivels.  A groove in top hides the cord, which comes out at the bottom of the base.  The two on the right and single pieces of cherry and maple.  The curvy on on the far right will be burnt with a blowtorch, brushed,and given a coat of satin varnish.  All are destined to go to Tandem Glass for a variety of glass globes and shades.It’s been some time since I got an order for one of my early coat trees.  It is six sided, in cherry, with the Mt. Lebanon acorn finial on top and Shaker pegs below.For the next few months, I’ll be working on a big order destined for Canada, several case pieces, tables and a bed.  I just got a nice load of 20″ wide cherry (from Irion Lumber in Pennsylvania) for a few of those case pieces. 

That’s it for this month.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2018

 

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