Swept up Shavings

14 hand-planed thoughts from the dustpan of my mind–

1. We never wear white after Labor Day-

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2. A sawmill operator moonlighting as a rapper is called Lil Wane.

3. Prophecy found behind a wall shingle up at Hatch Mill, circa 1975:

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4. True story:

You’re hustling to finish up some joinery, just going along cleaning out a mortise…

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In your haste you drive the damn chisel too deeply into gnarly grain…

STUCK !

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So you pull and twist and pull again–maybe you shoulda had decaf this morning…

Like Arthur & Excalibur that blade is finally released from its bonds!

…and the butt promptly hits you square in your forehead–

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Instinctively, you thrust the chisel away from your head-

and straight into your thigh.

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You didn’t hear this from me, but the guy’s initials were Ted Curtin Jr.

Injury added to insult.

At least you needn’t hone the chisel afterwards.

(Props to the uber-talented artist Megan Stanley for the illustrations!)

5. Your irony game is strong, WD:

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6. This is what happens whenever you drink cider in Somerset, UK:

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Friar Keegan at work at Muchelney Abbey

7. Is this meant to be distracting?

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8. This could be us but you planing:

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9. From this morning:

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10. Puritans–can’t live with ’em, can’t get ’em to believe in transubstantiation-

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12. At a pie-shop in Reading:

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13. Sampe Fest is happening this weekend at the Plimoth Grist Mill.

If you’re local, go see Kim and the crew to learn all about this essential dietary staple–You’ll never have so much fun with ground corn!

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New Bread Basket author Amy Halloran will be there–

14. This is your last chance to see Peter Follansbee shave–

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–riven stock, that is.

Plymouth CRAFT has a couple openings left in the  Riving and Hurdlemaking–a Primer on Green Woodworking workshop this weekend.

While BLUE OAK doesn’t condone impulsive actions made while holding a draw-knife, act impulsively right now to save a spot!

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7 thoughts on “Swept up Shavings

  1. John Wolf says:

    Hi Rick, It was my chin and then the web between my thumb and forefinger that the chisel encountered in my case. This kind of thing is known as education, and usually happens when someone is watching. Like maybe Roy Underhill.

  2. Linda Master says:

    Great post Rick, loved it!

  3. Yon Friar Keegan’s gunner have to work out how to tie his rope belt properly or his trousers will fall down.

  4. Mightily enjoyable post bye the wayside.

  5. Rick says:

    Ee by gum you’re right Richard–his trousers did transit the meridian!

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