Just a little side project, they told him.
Install an 11′ mantel between two posts in a new timber frame.
Shouldn’t take more than a week.
And we’ve even got the stock for you!
A barely audible alarm went off in the back of Justin’s busy head…
Over the next 2 weeks it grew louder and more insistent–like a Canadian who’s just about run out of Molson on a camping trip–until it was drowned out only by the dissonant whine of a plugged-in planer and the need for a smoke.
Oh hey, devil hemlock–dry, twisted and left-for-dead–which no human in the history of the world would ever want to touch or even burn, let alone square and build-out.
It was so awesome that the install happened to fall on the heels of all that cheerful and sublime carving at Greenwood Fest.
I remember when we used to work happy and well-adjusted wood with idiosyncratic Swedes and dreadlocked Englishwomen.
Wood with WATER STILL IN IT.
Juxtaposition? More like Suckstaposition.
Other than being a day-long avoidance of trashing a fine house which may or may not have been hosting a party with Marky Mark within a fortnight, things ended up fair and square. The client was pleased, there were no holes in the plaster, and all the joints fit like Tupperware lids.
You had this all along, ked.
painting by Jones River artist Marshall Joyce
Don’t you DARE put your drink on the mantel without a coaster.
We’re looking at you, Wahlberg.
Speaking of green wood…
If you can scrape together the ducats, the upcoming Plymouth CRAFT workshop with Dave Fisher is a great way to say goodbye to July this summer.
Dave is as amazing a craftsman as he is a nice guy. Check out his blog for inspiration: https://davidffisherblog.wordpress.com/
We were lucky to have Dave at Greenwood Fest 2016 and to see him teach and create extraordinary bowls. Breathtaking work, really.
Course fee includes materials as well as incredible fare by Paula Marcoux. It’ll take place along a beautiful estuary south of Boston. Well worth it.