Ospreys like John Lee Hooker

 and other picked up pieces…

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Ospreys know what they like–fish and John Lee Hooker. Every time that blues genius queues up on our little speaker at the Jones River boathouse site, those river hawks come ’round chattering. I don’t have the (makes finger quotes) science to back that up, but you know, it’s John Lee Hooker.

Another reason to love wood–

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Michael’s door (above–destined for the Mirbeau site) is made out of cedar. It was sawn from–get this–recycled telephone poles! This western red cedar withstood 80 years of nor’easters and osprey nests until it was “felled” and sawn into boards and planks by our friends at Gurneys Sawmill. We first used it on our free-range, organic treehouse (I swear we’ll get back to that topic) and we’ll keep finding ways to recycle these old yankee poles.

Speaking of wood, mark the difference between a locust trenail and a white oak trenail. Both will do the job:

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We made these pins for the joint of a Peter Follansbee original:

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These decorative flourishes weren’t part of the initial build of our recent timber framed bridge. But the braces running up from post to beam were deemed a little too low and a potential head-banger. No problem. We raised the braces up the posts about half a foot. This left a gaping, unfilled mortise in the post. What to do?

When life gives you ADA requirements, make lemonade!

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Beautiful as they are, I had a panic attack driving the pins, with all that short grain. I’ll share that panic attack with you, dear reader, with this annoying GIF.

Needless to say, the draw-bore was very slight:

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Great work as always, Mister Follansbee. One of Peter’s birds told me that there’s going to be a Follansbee spoon-carving video out later this summer. Keep posted to his blog for the latest.

Meanwhile, Father’s Day is coming up…jus’ sayin:

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We’ve got a couple of projects continuing this summer/fall:

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The Hatch Mill, in Marsh-Vegas, Mass, is an old water-powered sawmill which needs some TLC from MLB Restorations. With help from some plucky studentia of the North Bennet Street School–we’ve stabilized the lower frame and we will continue to bring it toward the community’s goal of making it a working mill once again. Stay tuned.

The Norwell water tower (below) is one of only a few remaining in our part of the world.

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The restoration of this unique building is at once challenging and exciting. Like my dog is at once a loyal companion and a vacuum cleaner. More to follow.

Finally, some of us are headed to England for a few weeks. We’re consulting on the rebuild of some stairs for a little tower in London.

Any-the-hoo, BLUE OAK will keep you up to date on our internationally friendly forays.

Somebody tell The Queen we’re coming–

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Happy Birthday, Justin and Andrew–

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8 thoughts on “Ospreys like John Lee Hooker

  1. Jen Durant says:

    Have fun on your journey, try to keep on the good side of the Bobbies…. we need you to be back to the States asap!! 😉

  2. Seamus says:

    Who doesn’t like John Lee Hooker?

  3. Hi Rick,

    I’ve got 6 owls in a tree outside my kitchen window just now, 4 chicks and the two adults, Probably, blues would be frowned upon by my neighbors though.

    Greetings,

    E.DB.

  4. Richard Law says:

    I don’t suppose that lil tower in London is that one next to the River Thames where the bouncers are rather fond of the odd beef sandwich?

  5. Martha says:

    Hey Ricky Bobby,
    There was a man who came by Morrison’s H&G who wanted to know about lime for mortar. I gave him Michael’s name because after conversing, it seemed he probably shouldn’t be repairing his own chimney in his old house and your gang would steer him in the right (safer) direction. If you would be so kind to let Michael know I would happily hand out business cards if he dropped them by.
    I saw some kind of raptors fishing in the pond off of Bourne road. It was too hazardous to watch for long but maybe they were ospreys too.

    • Rick says:

      Hey Martha! I didn’t know you were at Morrisons. We’ll come by and see you. Any specials on cilantro? I’ll let Michael know tomorrow morning. It’ll be good hewing talk!

  6. […] friend Rick writes these posts that he calls “Picked Up Pieces”. They consist of a few interesting things that are going on, but which don’t exactly merit a […]

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