Havre De Grace is a neat town with lot of character, its old and on the banks of the Chesapeake….
The Skipjack “Martha Lewis” stayed busy
I didn’t get any pics of the event but some notable news could be that I sold a carved box to a woman who’s husband recently passed away, her daughter and her went right to the boxes she had a piece of paper with some measurements on it I think she had been carrying it around for a while just in case she saw a box she liked. They were laughing a bit questioning to themselves “do you think he will fit in that box?” and ” he is in a cardboard box in a paper bag by the bed now.” I went through my schpeel about how they are made with riven Red Oak and joined the way they were in the 16 and 17th century, they complemented it and walked off, that was pretty much the routine on Saturday. But this was Sunday and a few minuets later they came back and bought it, that ment a lot to me, that she was going to use it for that purpose.
Sunday it kinda rained……..in the morning, when I got there it was poring really hard. This pic was during a break in the rainy action, the park relieving itself down the steps into the parking lot. Amazingly it stopped by the time the festival was scheduled to start. I had fun and the venders that do these shows are great people, fun to be around.Its alot of work you figure they are bringing their store to your town, unpacking it displaying it very nicely then packing it all up for the next one.
Saturday I worked on spoons with the chopping stump and shaving horse, I wanted to set up the portable bench on Sunday but the weather was to crazy. It really helps folks to understand the methods behind the things I make. The other day I got to use it on the job. I needed to remove a section of loose lattice and horse hair plaster in a stair well I put it in the truck. I wanted to replace the section with a board, it’s over a door way at the bottom of the steps so it’s legal, it looks like the header over the doorway. I cut this White Oak board to length and hand planed the saw marks out, chopped a pin wheel and some sea gulls into it .Under the plaster was a hand hewed beam from the mid 18oo’s when the house was built and I left some of it exposed and used cut nails to attach it to said beam and wall studs.
The bench works well it is fun to use but needs to be dialed in a bit, leg stretchers would help to get some wobble out when heavy planing or adzing a bowl. Thanks for coming out Saturday and Sunday.