October 2019

Another busy month when almost nothing got done. I guess when you’re 70 you can slow down. October started with parts for a bed, and several Shaker peg boards.

The Maine craft weekend was early this month, October 5 & 6. It was quite successful, and well attended. Had many friends and fans stop by, to visit, enjoy the cookies, doughnuts and cider, and check out the shop and showroom. Sold a few pieces as well. One of the thrills was the poster from the last Fine Woodworking Live on my shop door.

The following weekend, was the Harvest Festival at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community. It’s always great fun, and despite the chilly weather the attendance was great. Hard to find a parking spot along the road. My setup was in the Shaker barn.


Fall is definitely on the way. Over the years I’ve planted a few shagbark hickories and black walnut trees, and the tallest on is now almost 20 ft. tall.

We did take a few days off to enjoy fall here in Maine. It is my favorite season. Hiked around Wolf’s Neck State Park,

and Bradbury Mountain State Park. The view from up there is spectacular. You can see the Atlantic on a clear day.

Later this month we had Friends of the Shakers work weekend. We raked, cleaned, put things away for the winter, repaired and a multitude of other chores. Also a wonderful lunch, and a chance to catch up with folks I meet but once or twice a year. Consider joining the group if you’re so inclined.

In the shop I finally completed the king size bed I started at the beginning of the month. A three week cold had me slow down to the point where a 40 hour bed ended up taking 4 weeks.

Hopefully things will pick up next month. Don’t forget to check my Instagram page, for more ongoing photos.

Also, I’m trying to make a bit more space in the showroom, so I have several pieces at half price on the Specials page of my website. If you’ve ever wanted a Becksvoort piece, this might be the right time.

C. H. Becksvoort ©2019

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