New York Pilot Boat 5

This chest was not in stock long enough for me to do a proper set of photos. It sold at it's first appearance at the Maine Boatbuilder's Show to a pair of Boston Harbor pilots who were going to give it as a retirement gift to a colleague.

Favorites

It sails on my wall with a cherry ocean and sky heading east from Japan or China towards Los Angelos. I think my father is pleased that his ship is restored to an essential place in our lives, through the unexpected kindness of a fellow seaman.

Eagle Eyes

While teaching, I always like to decorate the workshop with carving examples for students to use as a reference. Week-long excursions to teach away from home mean emptying the house of many of my carvings. But samples in three dimensions often are better than pictures or demonstration, and the extra work was worth it.

The Shop

A twelve-step program for compulsive tool buyers might help. But I have a thing about being away from my tools for meetings. Just taking the time to write this keeps me away from browsing the Lee Valley site, not to mention Rockler, Woodcraft, and Highland Woodworking.

Twentyone

The problem with imagination is that it's boundless. On the wall is a poster telling you that you can do it if you can imagine it. Don't take it too literally.

True Places

"Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are." Herman Melville

Welcome Mat

the Teahead of the August Moon- thought a poet and psychic would be an exciting addition to our menagerie of odd bits and pieces.

Boxes and Spills

An old saying says, "Keep your eye on the donut, not on the hole." Well, this time, I was deep into hole territory. A simple build turned major construction.

Playtime

If your play is your business, you have to take care that the fun remains in the mix - or you might find yourself doing something you hate.

Life Boat

It's interesting to note what sort of prejudices people dispose of in need or acquire in leisure.

Hair

The Operating Room supervisor said no. My girlfriend said yes.

Furious

Life is not always lived at a furious pace. The conductor turns the page, and the moderate pace of an andante begins.

Pat Sky

Pat Sky has died, and I'll miss him even though it's been over fifty years since I last saw him.

TOW

I love to watch the inexperienced motor out of the river mouth and into the ocean.

Adventure

One of the lessons my parents struggled to impart to me was that adventure is a relative term. A trip to the beach is a great adventure at age six. At sixteen, it's a routine summer activity. It can also be dangerous.

Sally

To quote the old Mickey and Sylvia song, "Love is strange." There is no ordinary on that carousel, and sometimes you need to jump off before the music ends. That's how it was for one summer entanglement that I had in Boston.