Category Archives: quotes and excerpts

Perpetual Thanksgiving

I am grateful for what I am and have.  My thanksgiving is perpetual.  It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite,–only a sense of existence. —Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 6 December 1856 Advertisements

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Shrink Pots, Paint and Lettering

    If weep you must, then weep; but weep that tears must be, and be Gentle and grow as, weeping to the ground, the willow tree; And grace will come, lighting the eyes of heaven, after thee. — Catherine … Continue reading

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Dan Dustin and the Spoon Auction

Today, I was exploring the rich variety of spoons up for bid in the online auction to benefit the Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship Fund.  Many more spoons had been posted over the last couple weeks.  The auction … Continue reading

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Three in the Rough

I’ve had some ale bowl requests on the backburner for far too long now, so while I had some cooperative cherry around I decided to rough out three at once.  That makes it sound much more straightforward than it is.  … Continue reading

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Bee Still

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. — Ray Bradbury, Introduction to Dandelion Wine (1957) Setting down my carving knife, I marveled at … Continue reading

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Busting Out

  I want to say there is nothing like the sudden opening of wood, but it is like so many other things — Billy Collins, Splitting Wood A few days ago I split a cherry log into rough blanks for … Continue reading

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Bird Inspiration

The birds are singing in the rain about the small pond in front, the inquisitive chickadee that has flown at once to the alders to reconnoitre us, the blackbirds, the song sparrow, telling of expanding buds. Henry David Thoreau, journal … Continue reading

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