I've resorted to posting pictures of our kitchen window sill. Not sure what that says, other than, hey have a look at my kitchen windowsill. Oh..oh..ok this just in....here's my dad and my uncle out riding the Pugs's in northern Minnesota this past weekend. Good stuff.
Too warm for January in NWO. Rain to heavy snow, temp hovering around zero, strong east to ESE winds. Skiin' on month old snow up until now, so this should do something.
Break out the tools, quick tune of the edges with the strop and lay into some birch that has been sitting idle outside for the last few months. Fill the basement shop with the smell of fresh wood shavings. Oskar joins me for a bit and sits in his high chair to watch while he munches on an organic snack and smiles. Makes me smile.
Tools- Mora, Ashley Iles, Granfors, and Hans Karlsson In progress
Pretty unsettling news out of Michigan this morning on the Asian Carp front. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the request by the state of Michigan backed by five-states (plus Ontario) to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Illinois and Metropolitan Water District of Greater Chicago to close the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which would ultimately form a barrier between the Great Lakes and the infested waters of the Illinois River. Asian Carp would wreak complete havoc on the Great Lakes ecosystems. More of the story on asian carp here and here and here
I'll tell ya what's nice; resurrecting the notion of a winter bicycle commute. After years of riding through the depths of the Canadian winter, i was forced to curtail my commute a couple of years ago, mostly because of the distance to my place of work. A 20km commute by bike in the dead of winter in northwestern Ontario is pretty ridiculous. Recently however i've been fortuitous enough to start working at a location within a reasonable commuting distance (10km) and i can now pedal to and from work again. It's a nice way to start and end the day. Try it sometime.
Made Nance a birch veneer book case for christmas. Dado joints, sturdy, custom spacing and french cleated to the wall to prevent child injury. Could have bought the special tool for trimming the edge banding but found that a sharp block plane and mora knife were more than sufficient. Not overly advanced but the first project of this scope.
Otherwise, good skiing, family skiing, Oskar bundled in sheepskin and down riding in the Chariot in tow.