“….and thus lived (this great oak tree) to garner eighty years of June sun. It is this sunlight that is now being released, through the intervention of my axe and saw, to warm my shack and my spirit through eighty gusts of blizzard.And with each gust a wisp of smoke from my chimney bears witness, to whomsoever it may concern, that the sun did not shine in vain.” Aldo Leopold
Well winter has arrived in the north county,at least till it warms up again, and if your lucky enough to heat with wood you know how nice it is to come inside after being in the cold all day and cozening up to a fire knowing all the hard work you did getting wood ready for the winter is paying off in great comfort.
That said… Come On Spring!!! no… kidding, sort of, I like the seasons and once winter really gets going I’m into it but warm saltwater is always in the back of my mind.
I started on this Tulip Poplar bowl last month with no design ideas for the bottom but I new I wanted the top to be round with handles on the ends.The inspiration came from the stay at the Langsners in October, Drew has many hand made items on display. I ‘m not real big on turned bowls, but this one he had was turned on a pole lath and I have always really liked the lines. It’s a common design pre-industrial revolution. I use an axe to rough out the outside of bowls and with this one I was pushing the width a bit much ( trying to get as much as I could)and lost some symmetrical roundness.
Making this stuff from green wood and using axe and gouges to shape opens up a whole other world of design and shapes. You can look at one side and see plain lines and another side will have curves. For the bottom of this bowl transition was on the menu. I wasn’t going for it but it reminds me of a sea turtle, Tortuga, Loggerhead, Leather-back…yea it’s a stretch but that’s what struck me early on.
I’d like to be at about eleven o’clock, just in the shadow, front-side getting ready to pump with my legs under the barreling lip for a cool cover-up!
WHOA! I should have had this post out weeks ago and I apologize to anyone hoping to see something more timely, been slammed since we got back. my trip to CW was great. It was great for my mind and soul to get to the mountains, long-overdue. Although I was away from the fam for a week and missed everyone (first time away from the wee ones for that many days)we worked it so Amelia and the girls would go to her aunts and I’d pick them up at the end of the week at Amelia’s aunts in NC right near the South Carolina border. The stay with the Langsner’s and six volunteer weak folk was so nice, we got a lot done and had much fun doing it. Louise gave us all baskets and Drew gave a bunch of his spreaders to choose from as thank you gifts, incredibly nice and it shows how much they appreciate the help. It felt like a page is turning as the old dorm will now be a permanent living space and class sizing will be smaller. I’m happy for them to have their family close by.
Looking south from CW
One of the things about staying with the Langsner’s that I always enjoy is Drew has hand-made items from around the world and he can tell you about every aspect of them, it’s very interesting and they are all very unique, to me anyway.
Then on to aunt Menas to meet the girls. The theme continued as they have a house full of unique and interesting handmade items from around the world old and new. I was swimming in the stuff.
The difference in environments was interesting too. Walking through the woods at Drew’s you see huge hardwoods and its steep and a bit rocky then down south it was like a clay, a bit flatter with long views of Mt. Mitchel and the Appalachian chain, lots of long leaf pines and smaller hardwoods.
We all enjoyed some well-deserved mountain time traveling north to Black mountain and Ashville. We walked to breakfast in Ashville and passed this school bus that had just set up I think we were the first to try it. It’s the Bouldering Bus and our two year old charged it! she thought nothing of climbing around but we were so excited for her it was really cool!
Here is an Ash tree I was offered last winter and finally got over there to get it, it’s small but I think it will be good for firewood carriers and I need to re-screen a privacy screen we have on the porch. I want to get to this soon with pics.