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Porcupine in a Box

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This morning at 7am I ran out into the woods in my nightgown with a big stick and put myself between our dog, Helgi, and a porcupine. The two animals faced off for about 10 minutes, the dog barking and wheeling, the porcupine scurrying in circles, and me in the middle, screaming my head off, […]

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The Marriage of Joinery

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When I consider how two pieces of wood should be joined together, I look at it like a marriage.  For better or worse, in sunshine or rain, these two pieces of wood have to stand side by side. The trick is that wood, like people, is bound to change over time. It moves, expanding and […]

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Wounds in Wood

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Pictured here is a piece of walnut-dyed ash from a round coffee table, and if you look close at the darkest part of the marking, you’ll see the glint of a nail head. It was hammered into the tree however many years ago, creating a wound. The insects and bugs suddenly gained access to the […]

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Among the White Cedars

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They grow as if cork-screwing out of the ground, the longitudinal strips of their bark spiraled and turning upward. Their roots grab the earth like fingers, then lift and hold the trunk as it bends and winds around obstacles. You get the feeling, in a cedar grove, as if great intention occurred over a sustained […]

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Spalted Birch and the Swerengen Cabinet

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During a lightning storm of ’02, a giant birch on the back forty lost a limb. It stood like that an entire summer before I had the chance to harvest the wood. During that time, summer rains poured down into the trunk of the tree. I didn’t know how much until the day of its […]

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Kathy’s Coopered Jewelry Armoire

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  The art of coopering takes what would be a flat surface and gives it the ability to move and roll. It dates back over 4,000 years, the word coming from a lower Saxon word, “kuper”, signifying one who constructs tubs, barrels and similar items. A cooper back in the colonial days was a highly […]

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My Solar Powered Clothes Dryer

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It will be ten years come fall since we’ve had a clothes dryer at home. The decision came about early on in our life off the grid, so my enthusiasm for such things was still pretty big. We had been here about a year when the clothes dryer conked out, and I had been thinking […]

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5 Tips for a Great Wood Finish

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Finishing a piece takes about one-third of the total time it takes to build a piece. That’s a lot of time. It’s easy to underestimate how long the finish process will take, and easy to rush a beautiful piece of furniture to its end simply because you can’t stand waiting for the oil to dry. […]

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Saving Baby Turtles

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Last summer my kids and I stumbled on a band of baby turtles crossing a bridge. They were about the size of quarters, flat as crepes, and covered from head to toe in gritty sand. They had obviously hatched on one side of the road, in the sandy shoulder along the bridge’s edge, and were […]

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The Story of Pat’s Fireplace Mantle

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The distance between Pat’s living room and Dan’s woodshop is over 600 miles, the tree used for her piece was 360 years old, and the wood dried for over 10 years. The result: a custom fireplace mantle for Pat’s home. Last weekend, Dan delivered the mantle to Kansas City, Missouri, where he met Pat and […]

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