Monday, December 24, 2007

These are the saplings and branches I harvested yesterday. I carefully trim the chain-sawn ends and then apply sealant to prevent cracking and infestation of bugs as they dry. Next, the saplings will be dried under cover from rain and snow, reducing their moisture content before they are used in making furniture in late spring or mid summer. In the photos below, you see a Christmas present in progress made of cherry by John Grossbohlin for his mother. He assures me it will be late. I think you can see the challenges involved. The only power tool used was the band-saw in preparing stock. A gift like this is more than just a gift to his mother. Preservation of technique and development of skill are gifts to the future as well(and not just because it will be late). Great work John.

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