May 2020

There are advantages to working alone, and advantages to living on a seldom used dirt road (the dust and mud not withstanding). Twice a day, we’re off to walk through the woods. May is a month of transformation, from snow in April to full summer here in Maine. Peepers and frogs are out, tree swallows, bluebirds, herons, warblers and hawks are back. The trees are almost fully leafed out. In the woods lady slippers, birds-on-the-wing and star flowers are blooming.

In the garden, most of the late daffodils have gone by. Lilacs are blooming. Our dark purple lilacs are particularly beautiful this year.

We’re having some work done around the shop, replace clapboards, a new loading dock, and I put in a new threshold for the big shop door.

Inside the shop, I discovered a display case that had been stored in it’s shipping container. A friend wanted it, so it found a home, more suitable than my shop attic. It was in an exhibit “Cabinets of Curiosities” in Philadelphia in 2003

In the shop I finally finished completed my smaller toolbox. It is soft maple with dark hardware, and two storage boxes below. The one on the right has my carving tools, while the one on the left has assorted leftovers.

The old toolbox is on its way to Texas.

C.H. Becksvoort © 2020

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