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Blog series by MsDebbieP updated 874 days ago 6 parts 5213 reads 85 comments total

Part 1: Opportunity

2701 days ago by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

Last month my brother had local Mennonites build a porch around his house and they used what I think is called rough-hewn pine. It is so beautiful. My brother built a couple bird houses out of some leftover wood and Rick fell in love with the look and had my brother go to the workers’ sawmill and buy us some boards for the as-of-yet unknown projects ($8 Canadian/board). Today we actually used the wood to make a garbage bin for our back door. It’s rough—just the way I ...

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Part 2: When Opportunity Knocks... continued

2692 days ago by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

Well, tonight was the night that we were going with my brother to check out that big ol’ maple log for $500. After about a 15 minute drive we reached the Mennonite community and turned down a gravel road (which of course in this weather is now a mud road). The scenery was beautiful. I live in the country but our farm country isn’t like that beautiful area (only about 1/2 hour from where I live). There was a beautiful little “valley” wrapping itself around a winding ...

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Part 3: Reclaimed Wood

2559 days ago by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

on Saturday, (following our LumberJocks’ picnic the week before), we had a bonfire breakfast at our house and my Aunt and Uncle brought us a gift— an old church pew that they had in a lumber pile. They figure that the wood is well over 100 years old. We have the bench part, and the back is still buried in their wood pile, waiting to be dug out. I have no idea what the wood is but it is nice and thick and really long (aren’t I good with measurements??). My favourite par...

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Part 4: Wood

2482 days ago by MsDebbieP | 17 comments »

Today I saw an offer in Freecycle for some wood and put my name in for it – and “won”. What we got was a truck load of hardwood (perhaps ash). The pieces are about 2” x 3” and each 8 feet long. There’s probably about 50 boards. Thanks to “Mary” for the free wood. And now, I need to build something with it. I’d like to make something nice but simple and sell it for the STC children event, passing on the free gift to others. Any ideas?...

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Part 5: Road Trip #2

2451 days ago by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

My sister-in-law and I went on our second road trip today and we headed back to an antique shop that we visited on the last trip. This time I found a plane that I guess makes the tongue of tongue/groove. It took me a while to figure it out but I’m sure that’s what it is. Correct me if I’m wrong. (If that is what it is, it would make a nice counterpart to my router plane, I think.) Anyway, it was old, the blade looked a little rough but what do I know. Cost $20. It̵...

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Part 6: My Sacred Hand Drum

874 days ago by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

Today I attended a drum-making event facilitated by two Ojibwe Elders. I posted a blog about the event at GardenTenders.com. The drum frame is three layers of circular (not joined) pieces of yellow cedar. Here I am with my finished drum:

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