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In this issue:
building a woodshed
new and for sale
NEW: take a bow
on a personal note- clay
building a woodshed
While waiting for my new shop to be constructed this summer /fall I have taken on a couple carpentry projects with my brother-in-law. We have done a bit of remodeling and built a couple woodsheds.
I'm enjoying the carpentry. It's refreshing to be dealing with wood on a larger scale (and it's been great to work outside all summer). Click the link for a brief look at the woodshed.
New & For Sale
PLEASE NOTE: Due to our ongoing move everything is packed away so I won't have anything for sale online for a while.
Thanks for your patience. Feel free to contact me if you would like me to make you something once my new shop is up and running. The goal is mid November.
Take a Bow
I've added a section for those of you out there who would like to share photos and/or comments about your own work. Unfortunately, I've yet to figure out how to add the actual form to this newsletter, so I have created a link.
Click here to showcase your woodwork.
Woodworking Classes on hold until further notice. But all you Vermonters, keep an eye out.
on a personal note - clay
Much to our surprise (and chagrin) our new house is situated on a pile of clay. It has led to questions about the characteristics and qualities of clay. This is (in short) what I have learned.
Clay is a type of soil consisting of fine-grained minerals of (mostly) aluminum silicates. Clay is soft and pliable when exposed to water, yet dries hard and rigid. There are many different types of clay, depending on the particular minerals and the size of the particles. Different scientific disciplines have slightly different definitions of clay (based on particle size). However, in all cases, clay is a finer soil than silt.
Now for some terminology:
"Clay" is the soil we are discussing here. The word clay comes from Old English "clæg" meaning "stiff, sticky earth."
"Pottery" refers to vessels such as pots and jars made from clay.
"Ceramics" are things made from clay (pottery or otherwise) which have been fired to a high temperature so that the clay no longer dissolves in water.
Clay has been a commonly used material for all of human history. The oldest ceramic figurine the Venus of Dolni Vestonice (found in present day Czech Republic) dates back to 20,000-26,000 BCE. (Photo below).
Clay tablets were the first known writing surface. Ancient pottery has given us clues to cultures ranging from the Greeks to the Aztecs. Without clay we would know much less about our history as a species.
Today, clay is used to build everything from bowls to houses. It has medicinal uses and is used in agriculture. In fact, if you look around your home, chances are you will see something that is either made of clay or uses clay or has clay as an ingredient (check your cosmetics). If not, let me know and I'll send you a bucketful of our back yard!
Source for info on Venus of Dolni Vestonice: Mathilda's Anthropology Blog.
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