This week we visit the shop and garden of Bob Babcock, the gentleman tree-farmer and Lumberjock of Carver, Mass.
Deb is checking the posts of Bob’s Lyptus and cedar gate. Say, look at that new pen there. I think it looks so natural with the clipboard.
We start outside, because friends, that piece of Carver, Massachusetts is Bob’s workshop. Tons of garden projects, excellent landscaping with his carpentered focal points on all sides. Did Bob help pick the summer challenge? If not it certainly falls into his strong suit. Check his project showcase.
And here’s the thing. This tour isn’t about things. It’s about vision, and making the tools get there through will and patience. Sliding compound miter, 3HP cabinet saw? Nope. Grit and determination. Plenty.
Notice the Henry Disston chopsaw. I would be faint at about 2 inches into the timber. I did wander over into the left corner of the shot, where I heard, very faintly, that lathe singing softly to be reborn. I just know he will be a turner to turn heads once he gets finished with the refurbishment. Deb’s looking in because with me there, and the new Grizzly bandsaw, it’s a bit tight.
At the end of the day, after a fair hike about the gardens, Deb sits in the shade with a cuppa, catching her wind and tabulating the tally. No doubt about it. Bob’s a shoe-in.
Bob, go pick up your certifcate
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.