Barn Cat in Training and More….
I might as well introduce a new member in my barn and tell you some of her history. To start out with it might also help if I was to explain that the barn you are seeing here is an English Barn dated from around 1780. My wife and I started gutting this barn back in 2000 and then while I was on the road most of that winter, she along with a crew took the barn down in about a weeks time after numbering all the bents. Next after taking a year to get our variance and building permit I was able by the summer of 2002 to start putting her back to-gather again. The only point to remember here is that this is an English Barn….and so starts this story up till now.
From 2002 and up until now (2009) there has been many months during the New England winters and summers when I have been totally lost in getting this barn to where she is today….and still more to go. Over the years we have all-ways had cats or might I say many cats and up until last week we had three cats. These cats for the most part are inside and outside cats, which come in at night and are outside during the day. Yes they are also use to the snows and just as soon after a snow storm as I can start plowing our house out, they are ready to head out and explore, while in the house they serve the purpose of keeping us free of chipmunks and mice. One thing that has never been taught to them is about the barn, my workshop and how to deal with the noise of power machines when turned on. Actually their way of dealing with this noise is a fast exit out the door. And so lately I have been thinking and then my thinking grew legs as I begin letting it be known that I was looking for a barn cat and preferably of the female species, since females are better hunters and provide more….
So it should come as no surprise that last week a carpenter friend let me know that he had a cat for me, that had been abandoned when their tenets moved out of his duplex. When I first saw this cat I knew that she was the one for our barn, and so what better name to give her then to let her have the name ‘English’ after our English Barn. So her training has started and as you can see here in the above photo, she is really learning how to operate in the barn….but then this is with power machines all morning, the radio blaring and then the smell of shellac fumes in the air. Yes I’ve tried all types of music with her during our times out here and I have found that she is more and more leaning to country music….hmmm, I prefer rockin’ and rollin’, so we may have to have a discussion on this in the future. So at the end of my day before I head in to home, I am now stopping by the barn to pick English up and to-gather we both make our way back home….
….yes I’m still working on the shaker bench and after some fine tuning on one leg I was able to get the bubble on my level to fit where needed. Today I finished up with 6 coats of German Garnet Shellac flakes….
….my work station….
….a good brush….
….and then some photos as the shellac keeps flowing onto the wood….
….the legs have now 4 coats on them and so they are due for a sanding tomorrow evening….
….and so I will leave you with this parting shot, and soon it will be time to change over to the start of the last step in this bench and that will be 4 coats of oil varnish with a VOC of 650….the good stuff.
’’….work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/