The days are getting shorter. The deer are grazing in the field. The late afternoon, golden sunlight ignites the rolling hills of Sonoma County, across the creek.
As Fall progresses, the California Black Walnut trees shed their fruit, then finally their leaves. The nuts themselves are not considered edible, although rumor has it that Native Americans boiled and ate them.
The squirrels know that Winter is coming, and they are devouring the fallen walnuts in a frenzy. Wherever they’ve eaten one, they leave behind a little pile of walnut shells. Here’s two of them on top of the barbecue on the patio.
On these crisp, cold, Winter mornings, this is what I see when I go outside to feed the chickens.
I’m very pleased with the way this bowl turned out. I rough-turned this blank wet a couple of months ago and finish-turned it this past weekend.
Rough turning leaves the bowl in a chunky approximation of the final shape, with inch thick walls. It removes enough wood so that water can escape allowing the moisture to stabilize. I stored the rough blank in an open wooden box completely covered by a loose pile of wood shavings. Burying it like that slows the evaporation process down enough so that the rough shape won’t crack under the strain of losing too much water too quickly.
A very thin coat of lacquer brings out the beautiful grain and subtle chatoyance of the wood, and a buffing with carnauba wax gives it a touchable sheen. The foot (invisible in this picture) is spalted cherry wood.
A week after the first good rain of the season and the little shoots of green grass are beginning to emerge among the dead gray stalks of last year’s crop.
Floating garden in Docktown.
Old Italian neighbor Jocko’s delicious Bresaola.
When it’s time to move heavy equipment around in the workshop, it’s time to bring in the forklift. The 1963 Hardinge HLV-H toolroom lathe weighs about 1500 pounds. I needed to move it out away from the wall so the control-systems expert could work on it. It He got it running in about a half an hour.
Making a paper mockup of a square duct elbow is just the kind of thing you can make if you have a drafting machine in your office.
Why, yes, yes I do have a drafting machine in my office.
It doesn’t look like much, but when our little house in the country was 27 years old, it weathered the 1906 earthquake without a scratch.