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In this issue:

  • shop thoughts
  • new and for sale
  • NEW: take a bow
  • woodworking classes
  • on a personal note- bird bones
  • final words

  • shop thoughts

    It's hard to think about woodworking when my shop is all tucked away in storage. It's early morning and I'm sitting on my sister's porch listening to the birds sing. Today I meet with someone about solar hot water. My thoughts are full of sunshine and ideas for the day.

    Still, my shop has been on my mind. We are staying with my sister while our house is build. Our new habit has been to leave car keys on the kitchen counter in case anyone needs to move a vehicle. I've designed a handy key holder and my hands keep twitching to get going on it. I have also been doing a bit of renovation work and it is hard using someone else's tools. They just don't have that familiar feel in my hand.

    Mostly, though, I've been thinking about what I want most in a shop - and then I think about what is realistic. It's going to be a fine balancing act. Think I'm going to go for 10' ceilings, though.... I'll let you know as plans are formed.

    New & For Sale

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to our upcoming move everything is packed away so I won't have anything for sale online for a while.

    Thanks for your patience.

    NEW: Take a Bow

    I've decided to add a new 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 - bird bones

    bird bones

    As I sat on the porch early this morning drinking my coffee I glanced up and saw a robin perched on the highest branch of a spruce tree, alone against a backdrop of blue sky. The sunlight turned it's breast into a splash of orange and when it flew I felt the sudden lift of air beneath my wings as we flew together. It was one of those brief miraculous moments that occasionally bless me when I stop and sit without expectation.

    Then my brain started up again and I though about bird bones. (What a lovely tangle my brain can be.)

    Bird bones are hollow and bird skeletons are light. However, bird bones aren't actually light in relation to body mass. Instead the bones are dense and stiff.

    bird bones Elizabeth Dumont of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a bat researcher who recently compared the bone density of song birds, rodents and bats. She found that, on average, bird bones were the most dense, followed by bats, with mammals last.

    While bird skeletons seem light and delicate they are actually comparatively heavy. Birds also have fewer total bones compared with other animals because many of their bones have fused together. This, along with adaptations to the shape and form of the bones gives birds the strength needed to soar.

    And that is the briefest of looks at bird bones. I confess I'm more interested in the outside of the bird.

    (read an abstract of Dumont's work for more information.)

    If you are into birdwatching the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great website with fun facts such as :

    "Vultures might flap once per second but a Ruby-throated Hummingbird can flap 70 times a second!"

    bird bones
    "Most songbirds can fly 20 to 30 miles per hour. Waterfowl and shorebirds can fly 55-70 mph, and a Peregrine Falcon can reach 175 mph in a dive towards prey."

    "An Arctic Tern might fly 11,000 miles one way during migration"

    Birds are amazing creatures.

    Final Words

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