We just arrived-time to split

There are a lot of good people out there looking for meaning in their work…

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And we met a bunch of them at Plymouth CRAFT ‘s most recent workshop on riving wood.

Peter Follansbee led the group and wrote about it in Joiner’s Notes.

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We set up at the venerable 1677 Harlow House. Many thanks to wonderful host Donna Curtin and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.

Under fair skies and the come-hither of a thousand birds…

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…we talked about trees and processed green wood into usable stock.

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While we cleaved oak and pounded ash, Charlotte Russell led a Plymouth CRAFT class for those who were more inclined toward the textile arts:

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And Paula Marcoux, of Cooking with Fire fame, made a workshop-lunch for us that was, in itself, worth the price of admission.

No sooner had we filled our teeth with poppy seeds then Mr Follansbee gave us a lesson in converting ash into splints–one growth ring at a time.

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It’s an almost magical process and a lot of fun to make a trial of.

It’s pretty much therapeutic. All of this “work” is, actually.

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All around, it was a great day for splitting for those who arrived.

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See you next time?

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Here’s the video:

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3 thoughts on “We just arrived-time to split

  1. pfollansbee says:

    Sort of a “hello, I must be going” post, huh? The unfortunate thing about your video is that we get none of you working with the students. Remember, I mostly quit riving at an inch thick, folks…Rick showed them how to finesse the thin stuff…we’re now planning a 2-day version for the fall…stay tuned.

  2. Nathan Goodwin says:

    Thanks so much for the experience! It was great to meet the man behind the blog. I look forward to seeing you again and hopeful working alongside you and crew. Thank Pret for me as well, he had some great advice for me.

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