October 2020

It’s not secret that October is my favorite month. Cooler temperatures, no bugs, and brilliant colors. Heading into November, we go from Kodachrome©, to sepia, to black and white. The view from my shop window changes daily.

Despite the pandemic, we try to get out as often as possible. Usually we head through the woods or places of special interest. Twice this month we headed out to the Shaker bog. The trail along the water is varied, and the experience changes with the seasons.

I didn’t get much done in the shop, between taking in as much sunshine and color as possible, maintenance around the house, and raking leaves. For years I’ve had a 14 x 20 B & W photo of a white oak tree hanging around, frameless and forlorn It was taken in 1982 in Virginia, for my book In Harmony With Wood, later re-written, and re-published as With The Grain: A Craftman’s Guide To Understanding Wood (Lost art Press 2015). It finally got a nice mat and a quartersawn white oak frame.

I also made a few Shaker candle, or round stands. To me they are the epitome of good, timeless design. I really enjoy making them. After all these years I’ve got the proportions, dimensions and methods of turning down to an art and science.

Right now, I’m starting a two drawer table desk. The base and drawers still need some work, but the top is done. As with all my pieces, the prep work is of most importance. the top boards have to be carefully matched and glued, the top meticulously edged and sanded to at least 500 grit. It shines and the grain will glow , no matter what the finish.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2020

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