|Forum topic by reedwood||posted 02-04-2014 05:01 PM||752 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-04-2014 05:01 PM
Man!... this is some winter!
Record snow amounts in Chicago and more coming.
Yesterday, I snowplowed the driveways again.
We were supposed to get hit with another 6” last night but it looks like it all went south, for once.
My old snow blower died right before the last snow fall last year so I had to buy a new one.
There’s the Craftsman I replaced. Lasted 2 years – piece a junk. When will I learn…. you get what you pay for.
I picked up a shiny red Toro snow blower which was on sale. I only got to use it once but was pleased how well it worked. This year, it’s gotten a major workout and I have to say, works great and…. it’s kinda fun!
Like mowing a lawn, you develop repetitive patterns as to how you remove the snow. I like snow blowers compared to a big snow plow on a truck because you can shoot the snow where you want it…much neater.
So, I’m out there meticulously shaving long thin strips of snow off the mass, like a hand plane
like I’ve been doing for years,
....and, the mind starts wandering, thinking about tools,
watching the curl shoot out in perfect symmetry,
gaging the speed to maximize the curly flow without jamming the mouth.
adjusting the depth when I hit a salty knothole at the end of the driveway.
changing direction when it started to jam so as to go with the grain, ....I mean, street.
Obsess about hand planes much? maybe. a little goofy? most definitely.
but, at least I’m having fun. Ha!
shop is open…. stop by any time.
-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.