December 2020

It’s a bit late for the December news. However, I didn’t want to miss the last month of a less than stellar year. It’s over, and here is hoping for the best in 2021.

In the shop I finished up the seven drawer chest, built a breakfast table, a side table and a storage box. All four items are straight out of the catalog. The storage box, is always customized, usually with a carving of initials or dates. This one was easy, I love carving straight letters. The ampersand was a bit more challenging.

The end of the year is always a time to look back at the output of the past year. In 2020, the total pieces created in the shop came to 31, (congratulations) thank you. That brings my total pieces made in the shop since I started on my own in 1986 to a grand total of 901. With retirement for next summer, it won’t go much higher. However I’m pretty pleased for the output of a one-man shop on a dirt road in New Gloucester, ME.

In the house, our rosemary plant, sitting in the front window started to bloom. A real treat during dark times. Not only are the small flowers a treat, but the leaves, added to pizza, made for a tasty treat.

Weather-wise, it was a pretty tame month. Snow, rain, wind, and more snow.

The best part, as I may have mentioned before, was my daily walk through the woods. It’s always a restful, stress relieving, and healthy part of the day. In what little spare time I have, I pruned a few white pines, hoping to do a few more in he next few months.

Best wishes for the coming year. Wear your mask and stay healthy

C. H. Becksvoort © 2021

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