The healthy growth of forests was a later phenomenon, he told me. When he was young, there were few trees; wood got cut for heat.
While we had been courting visits to grandmother during the winter had required heating soapstone bedwarmers on the stove and putting them in the bed before retiring.
The Cap'n might have had an almost divine sense for what would work for his boat.
Spinney, a dedicated deacon in his church, took the old testament injunction to heart: “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”
Sultry is not the usual term used for days on the coast. The realtors, tourist industry, and boat brokers want you to think about cooling breezes, glorious summer sunsets on the beach, and romantic dinners at outside venues.
It had been a stylish "Little Black Thing" before the total immersion experience.
Unlike a three-year-old, I realized that a good captain doesn't trust a green hand without verifying the work done and undone.
Nobody likes an unresolved mystery, and Spinney always held his cards close to his chest.
I learned about berry bowls my first fall in Maine. Some friends invited me to go searching for the makings.
We visited a cluttered tool store: Captain Tinkham's Emporium. The store is a sort of tool Mecca for woodworkers. Looking for a set pf feathering planes for fairing out lapstrake planking? Try the Captain's.