The little sloop is close to a disastrous jibe, and in the tempest, it is sailing in it will probably lead to a knockdown - the sort of scenario that haunts every sailor's dreams.
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.
Who can forget driving to the dump covered in a carpet of dirty white gulls and watching the waves of birds parting magically before your car?
In the Terrible '60s, every once in awhile, I'd try to behave, follow the rules, and get ahead.
began with the sort of joke store items kids love - flatus cushions, stinky stuff, boxes with exploding snakes rather than candy; you know the kind of thing.
Over the past four months, I returned to the 1960s and '70s for some good and not so great memories. I've always tried to keep within limits of what could have happened when I took a frolicking detour from what occurred. I cleaned things up.
As consumers, there is much that you don't know about your favorite woods.
The lesson here is to be wary of assuming that someone can't achieve because they can't learn how you teach.
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.
Garbage in Garbage out - GIGO.
After a few days, Bob and Chris would sweep us out of the house if we hadn't already crisped our welcome by arguing too loud at four in the morning.
I've been interested in steam/sail transition vessels for years. Ships with steam Auxillary and later sail auxiliary revolutionized travel at sea. Oceanic travel was no longer at the mercy of the winds.
Ultimately someone unfamiliar with his proud Canadian heritage would suggest that the game could be cat soccer. At which point, I'd recommend that they came around some night when the Maple Leafs played the Bruins.
I'd learned in the Navy that what geedunks ( sweets and specialty items not served at meals) the ship sold were not necessarily what I wanted. So I had a private stash.
My recurrent dream that week was sitting down to write my essays in the traditional little blue books, but my writing disappeared as soon as I finished.
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.
Please don't laugh, but when I was little, I thought that country referred to the vacant lot with a tree.
There were worse sins that could get tallied, and we had no desire to attract attention to them.
Nothing is ever truly lost.
Not being one to hold my feeling in, I shared my opinions. At my favorite drinking establishment, the wise heads of the Harvard Gardens sagely nodded their heads in agreement.
I spent about nine years all told working in Operating Rooms, and a substantial bit of my education money came from working there. It was by turns the friendliest, and most stressful environment I have ever worked in.
My black cat, Smidgen, was sitting purring in my lap. Once in a while, it was her habit to correct my take on life by sharing feline wisdom tidbits, black double pawed cats specifically. The formula followed was usually a reminder that her Ancestors had been gods in Eygpt.
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.
A shop with all the tools neatly racked, and no chips are like a clean desk—a sign of a sick mind.
He made it clear over the following months that while I was his buddy, she was his "mom."
it was the reek of pure Old Woodsman. Over the long lifespan of the boat, gallons must have been spilled in it, because no amount of restoration would ever remove all that smell.
Sitting on the float, I could look at my reflection in the water. If I shifted focus, I could see the thousands of small jellyfish swarming around the float and the nearby wharf.
Please, If you speak a local English variant, hold onto it, cherish it and make sure your kids learn it. Don't allow the "standard" to swamp the individual beauty of your voice.
The old saying goes that free advice is worth what you pay for it.
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.
I have to quit driving straight through from North Carolina to Massachusetts in one go. The fifteenth hour of driving is the worst.
Listen, candy is sweet, but you can't make a steady diet of it.
"Glory is fleeting. But obscurity is forever."
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Lao Tzu
I needed a break from writing, So here is a short summer time video. I hope it helps put you in a relaxed mood
No pay or slow pay. The wonderful world of small business debt collection.
Periodically the landlord, other tenants, the current resident feature of the Teahead's affection, caused a general eviction.
Some people never learn.
"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
the Teahead of the August Moon- thought a poet and psychic would be an exciting addition to our menagerie of odd bits and pieces.
There are three varieties of kale in the garden
It was before email. The web was a very primitive concept barely imagined. Yes, this happened a long, long time ago.
Take the good from twenty, cherish the memories, and then get moving.
I like to believe that unlike the later hippie phenomena, Folkies were diverse as a group.
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.
Be thankful for your friends.
There was no doubt. It was a piggish indulgence. We sat, each of us holding a pint of ice cream and a jelly jar of maple syrup. Said Bill, " …and as Saint Augustine said…it was wicked, but I loved it." I just nodded my palate and brain, too frozen to speak in return.
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.
Closer than family?
Sometimes you have to be careful with debt collection methods.
No frenzy, no Black Friday.
My wife works nights, and it would be brutal to expect her to prep a feast right afterward. So I cook.
"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one." - E.B. White
There was no such thing as a typical holiday at the Folkie Palace.
The glow from a candle in the window was the only thing marking the cabin as occupied
Regular liquidation firms had run from the job once they became lost in the maze of buildings, basements, and attics.
Don’t let it be said that the Menace was without compassion for fellow cats.
My last stint doing bottom paint, wooding old varnish, was almost exactly twenty years prior.
ONE LINER… "Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained." - Seamus Heaney
As an experienced folk guitarist, you might have thought teaching guitar would have been easy. But of course, teaching is different than doing.