Each year seems to roll by a little faster than the last. Here we are in 2019, late January, and it’s wicked cold. Earlier this month we didn’t have much snow, so the skating was fantastic. Went out a few times with my daughter on some of the lakes and ponds in the area.The ice was about 8″ thick. More recently, we’ve had a few snowstorms, which brought the skating to a grinding halt. It was fun while it lasted. However, the snow is not bad either. Makes everything look clean and bright.The big January event was a trip to Kentucky, to do a dovetail workshop and book signing at Lost Art Press. It was most enjoyable, meeting and re-connecting with some great people, good food and severely delicious bourbon. Quite the catalog of books that Chris Schwarz has published. I’m proud to be part of the select few authors. While I was there, Chris, Megan and I took a day to visit the Pleasant Hill Shaker village. Renovations were almost done, so there was almost no furniture, but the empty, clean rooms were astoundingly beautiful.The spiral stairs in the Trustees Office are always an eye catcher. A matched set, in opposite directions on either side of the hall. Magnificent.Back at home, the Maine Crafts Association asked me to do a book signing at the new Maine Craft Portland gallery. The organization has done a marvelous job of converting this old jewelry store. I brought a lamp, music stand, and a Shaker tea cabinet to display. A nice afternoon.I did get a few things done in the shop. First off, it was time to sharpen a few tools. I dug out my four water stones, 220, 1000, 4000 and 8000 grit, and got to work.Once sharpened, I made a small wall mirror, a bit different this time. Instead of the square top with a slight curve on the inside, this mirror had a Gothic arch with a half round inside.. Turned out well. Its hard to find delphiniums in Maine in January.Next up was a lectern. It looks pretty simple, but looks can be deceiving. The side splay of the legs is slightly different than the front and back splay. Add to that the angle of the work surface, and I had to make a full scale drawing to keep all the cuts straight. Right now it’s almost done, just waiting for some gilding in the front, final glue up and oiling.
While waiting, I’m starting the next project, a tall cupboard, one of my classics. If you get bored between monthly blogs, have a look at my Instagram site, which I update on a more regular basis.
C. H. Becksvoort © 2019