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Blog entry by rivergirl posted 12-07-2010 09:16 PM 1849 reads 0 times favorited 74 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you who asked about winter in my area (north of Pittsburgh, Pa)- about the river in my backyard, now you will see why my woodworking days have slowed to a crawl. No heat in the garage ! I cut a little, or plane a little then run inside to the fireplace. Bring everything inside to paint and stain. Sand on the front porch- it’s closer to the fire. :) Looking forward to spring. When it’s winter here on the river I always think of t travels Lewis and Clark and their incredible journey that pretty much began here in Pittsburgh. And also of George Rogers Clark one of the heros I most admire.

The view from the back yard, this is the view from the back door/kitchen window

Taken from the river bank: Looking down river

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Taken from the river bank looking up river

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."



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ellen35

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 09:19 PM

Kelly,
What a beautiful spot… but I understand the problems of cold weather.
What happened to a Farmer’s Almanac warmer winter!!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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rivergirl

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 09:21 PM

What happened to global warming? Promises promises….

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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degoose

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 09:25 PM

What happened?
Looks like a great place but you need to heat the shop!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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sedcokid

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 09:28 PM

Brrr, I am in SE Michigan and we don’t have any snow!! Now it is cold we had a wind chill on 8° this morning. Kelly, you do have a Beautiful area of our country to live in, won’t be long and it will be hot and we will wish for a little cooler temps… I guess I am never happy ;)

Thanks for sending the photos!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 09:29 PM

Kelly, keep your chin up. :) You can do some planning in these cold spells. Maybe you can even do a little work in your basement to prepare a corner to work in. And next spring you could maybe patch up that hole in the roof of your garage. You promise me that you will keep your spirits up. There’s always a way, Kelly gal; besides you have a lot of spunk so I just know that you can get it done, gal. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rance

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 09:32 PM

I found out about 2 years ago that working in an unheated garage ain’t no fun. And what I did get done, wasn’t worth it. Yeah, get some heat in there. You think about one of those fireplace heaters you stick in the middle of the yard and pipe the heat to your shop? Could heat your house at the same time. Looks like you got plenty of wood to burn for fuel.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 09:34 PM

Sedco- I never wish for cooler temps. Never.. ever. Charles- no worries mate. I am doing silly little projects- ones that I can start outside then finish inside. Oh- and I am carrying firewood too. I think that counts.. since it’s wood…........ and all. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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MayflowerDescendant

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 09:39 PM

Just imagine the 40’ by 60’ shop in that backyard one day! Fully insulated, furnace / wood stove and radiant heating in the floor (for winter), air conditioned (for summer), dedicated finishing room, all the tools and a well stocked lumber rack. Hey, gotta make a nice place for that tool chest that is coming your way!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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MichaelA

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 09:47 PM

Kelley that’s a very beautiful place,but I think I saw a hawk in that tree stump on the bank,not to mention
at least three indians hiding in that old dead tree.Watch yourself and stay warm.
After looking at these pictures I think I need a hot!!! cup of cofee.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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rivergirl

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#10 posted 12-07-2010 09:52 PM

Michael, inspiration for a new carving perhaps… You can call her “Rivergirl” . :) She will be a Lenape of course.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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daltxguy

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#11 posted 12-07-2010 10:03 PM

Lewis had the good sense to leave Pittsburgh in August and stopped to overwinter by mid Nov.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Div

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#12 posted 12-07-2010 10:11 PM

Brrrrr! I guess that is why you guys talk of a white Xmas. Not that I understand it. We always walk around in T-shirts this time of the year….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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dbhost

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#13 posted 12-07-2010 10:20 PM

Might I suggest…

http://www.amazon.com/Heater-MH18B-Portable-Big-Buddy/dp/B0002WRHE8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1291753134&sr=8-2

That will keep you able to feel your toes!

I have the smaller model which is fine for here in TX…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 12-07-2010 10:28 PM

Dalt: Lewis may have left Pittsburgh in fair weather- but George Rogers Clark—now he could tell you alot about winter in Pittsburgh and West Virginia and Michigan et al. Those guys were incredible!
Div: Is it always warm where you live? As in never need boots, gloves, coat, hat, scarf, ice scraper, salt, deicer, firewood, skis or skates? Or is it just warm because it is summer now? How strange it seems to me that you have warm at Christmas and cool in July. The world is such a diverse place!
DB- I will check out the heater. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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patron

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#15 posted 12-07-2010 10:29 PM

we got snow
and i’m in my t-shirt

best of both worlds
i guess

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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