January 2022

As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m trying to cut back on hours and large projects. During the past year I made 28 pieces, bringing my total up to 920, since I opened the shop in 1986. That averages out to just over 26 pieces a year. I gone from a low of 12 per year to a high of 47. My FWW article count is now approaching 85. So much for statistics.

I only made a few smaller pieces this month. The first was a 2-drawer bedside cabinet, cherry, with book shelves.

I also made two reproductions of a small Shaker chest with a drawer . Both were made of clear white pine, like the original. In the second one I added dividers in the drawer and a lift out tray, also with dividers. Both had quarter sawn pine lids and bottoms.

Delivering to the Shaker village at Sabbathday Lake is one of my pleasures. It appears so serene and peaceful, which it is, but there is always something going on. Sometimes I just stop and admire. This is the original Shaker school house, now outfitted as the library.

The weather this month was a bit cooler than normal. Our coldest night was -17° (-27° C). Although we had one rainy day, for the most part it stayed below freezing. Just before the end of the month we got a good snowstorm, 20″ (almost 51cm). My walk through our woodlot was such a treat, even with the wind and cold.

The next day was clear and cold. It took a while to clear the driveway.

We’ll see what February brings.

C.H. Becksvoort © 2022

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