September 2020

September was a month of odds, ends, vacation, busy work and a few “thank you”. Only now, in early October am I back in the shop with furniture to construct.

Since the last few months were relatively dry, the leaves started to turn early. Most reached their peak the last week of September. In the back yard, the sumac, oak, ash, and red maples made quite the showing.

Mid September I had a chance to do a podcast for the readers of Fine Woodworking magazine. an hour of one of my favorite topics, wood technology and and how wood movement relates to furniture construction.

I did get as few things done in the shop. The good folks at Taco The Town, our favorite food truck asked for a wooden tip jar to replace the plastic jar they had been using. I made a 12-sided cherry container with a bit of letter carving.

Lest you get the wrong impression, life is not just fine furniture. I had to build a folding stair way . It is hinged at the top and folds up under the ceiling. Not exactly cabinet work, but sturdy and functional.

Right now I’m in the process of building two more of my favorite Shaker round stands. It’s quite the trick to get them all to look exactly like the early 1800’s original. Years ago I made a template for the diameter at one inch intervals to set my caliper when turning. It has seen me through many of these candle stands.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2020

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