Monthly Archives: March 2018

Gate Horse?

Last week I was splitting up a white oak log.  I used some of the pieces to throw together a low bench to be left outside.  I was ready to shave the ends of the legs down to two inch … Continue reading

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Spring Snow and Wood Storage

A book that I return to often is The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals edited by Odell Shepard.  One interesting aspect is comparing Thoreau’s notes for a particular time of year to my own observances; his March to my March. Thoreau … Continue reading

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Bookplates: Ex Libris

Digital media has it’s place, but there’s just something about a book.  Much of that something is a book’s appeal to our senses: the smell of a book, the heft of a book, the feel of the paper against the … Continue reading

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Walnut Necklace

I just finished the carving on this walnut bowl.  I snapped a few photos while carving the “necklace” around the rim.  But first, a point about gouges: One gouge can be pretty versatile, depending on how you use it.  You … Continue reading

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“When I am Among the Trees”

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. —Mary Oliver, from the poem “When I am Among the Trees”

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Adze Adjustments

I’ve been getting a lot of good questions from people that, unable to find a good bowl adze, wish to make the most out of a less-than-ideal adze or refurbish an antique adze head.  I’ve written about adzes in several … Continue reading

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