April 2020

It’s been an April like no other. The pandemic has brought minor and major changes to everyone’s life.

We, living on a dirt road in Maine, feel fortunate to be able to get out, walk through our woods, get exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. Spring is slowly arriving here, and we’re grateful. The month did start with a snowfall.

The snow didn’t last long and the early snowdrops came up on time. The heavy, wet snow did manage to break off one section of a large white pine behind the house. It took a whole day of chainsaw work to cut up the larger pieces and haul off the branches.

Despite the setbacks, I did manage to get some work done in and around the shop. I started working on a new, smaller toolbox, and decided to weed out my seldom used tools. They all sold as one batch: saws, planes, chisels, files, drills, layout tools and an assortment of odds and ends.

In the attic I got down another box of my book, “The Shaker Legacy,” which is selling briskly. I still have another box upstairs. The books are signed, and come with a laser engraved cherry bookmark.

Between all the unexpected chores and happenings, I did manage to make a Shaker cherry lap desk. It is such a clever object, with its dovetailed corners, hinged lid, dividers, and best of all the tiny full-extension ink drawer.

Hoping for better times in the coming months.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2020

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