Providere’s Leg Update….
....and then some! Well this past week has been a busy one for me around here.
Started out with a storm on Monday and then we lost power, so the sump pump in the cellar went down and the water level went up….up….and up. Time to break out the gasoline pump and start pumping, old connected cape houses (1778), old dug cellars and bad grading can sure be a problem at times in the spring. What with water run off from spring rains and mud season and any other number of things around here….but no complaining here, I’m just too busy giving thanks that spring is sprung and has arrived!
Well the cellar was back in order by Wednesday with no further problems and we also got a free cellar floor washing in the process, now you can’t beat that. My wife is always talking about cleaning the cellar and my need to lose some some of that stuff of mine down there, so that problem has also been taken care of now.
Moving on through the middle of the week we finally got through the rains and then the winds also started helping by drying out the land. One of my greatest thrills of knowing spring, is when I first start hearing the peepers at night coming from a pond across the way, so I am also glad to announce that last night I officially heard the peepers on 2007-4-22.
....ah yes, the sounds of spring come ringing in my ears, bringing the knowing that once again what has lain as dormant in the ground, now seeks the rapturous delight of springing forth, as blossoms of righteous sunlight coming forth with beauty to behold….
And so then with so much going on, putting winter machines to sleep and waking up the machines of summer, cleaning up the land of what winter has left us, I also found time on Saturday for a good long afternoon atv ride out into the woods. Noticed trees that have come down, trails that need cleaning up, a bridge that still wants and waits for completion and then there was the time to just give thanks. Now we start getting ready for all those strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, raspberries and veggies that will soon enough be coming forth….and yes my stomach gives thanks also.
So after that, there was still some time to hand cut some tenons on two of Providere’s legs this weekend and I even got around to start making one of two bench table dogs, which I will use for holding timber in place while I cut tenons and mortises. I will post more on those tables later in the week….but now, lets see what is happening with those legs for Providere!
....and so these two have been started in ‘the process’ of having their legs now outfitted with hand cut tenons….
....I cut these tenons with the help of a drarwknife, 1’’ timber firmer socket chisel and a Japanese Takuma pull saw….
....and a close up, will finish the other two legs shortly this week and move on to cutting my tree nails and aprons….
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/