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In this issue:

  • back in business
  • new and for sale
  • take a bow
  • on a personal note
  • final words

  • back in business

    As some of you know, I moved several months ago to Central Vermont. It has taken me a million years to get my shop up and running. Well, it's been running for a while, but it isn't quite "up" yet. I take turns making products and working on getting the shop the way I want it. It's an ongoing process and I can see it will be that way for the foreseeable future.

    In the meantime, I've had some fun projects, including a Jefferson lap desk, Jefferson lap desk

    and a pair of birdhouses made to match photos of an existing house.


    One of the things I love about this job is that I get to work on a large variety of projects. Let me know if you have any ideas for me.

    New & For Sale

    I have my Etsy shop up again, so you can see some of what I have for sale here.

    woodwork for sale

    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.

    on a personal note - cows & horses

    Lots has happened since my last newsletter. I've moved into my new shop and I'm in the process of soundproofing. So far, I've insulated the walls and ceiling with Fiberglas. I'm in the process of putting up Sheetrock, but that has been slowed by work I need to get done for customers. It's a balancing act to get it all done, but it's happening.

    Meanwhile, many of you have asked about Luke, the spotted draft foal, who I told you about in Issue #26.

    Luke is doing very well. He's turning into a sweet, although feisty, colt.

    Here he is at a few days old spotted draft

    and here he is at 5 months (almost to the day): spotted draft

    Speaking of babies, I have taken on a job a few hours a week doing "calf chores," at a local, organic, dairy farm. That means taking care of the calves that haven't been weaned. They range in age from moments old (I check each time I come in to see if anyone was born while I was away) to a few months. At any time there are between 25-45 calves to care for.

    The babies are bottle fed twice a day, until they are weened at a couple months old. One of my tasks, besides feeding, is to watch any who aren't eating and treat them as needed. Of course the treatments are organic (and familiar): garlic and echinacea, for instance. Holstein calf

    The calves live outside in individual hutches that protect them from wind and snow. Yes, even here in Vermont they live outside. They quickly grow thick coats and the cold doesn't seem to bother them in the least. (Nor has this unusual heat wave we've been having). new calf

    It's better for their health to be in the fresh air. The barn is warmer, but if anyone gets sick it's much more likely to spread. With plenty of hay and fresh air the calves are happy as can be. Holstein calf

    That's the news from around (way around) the shop. Thanks for checking in.

    Final Words

    I hope you have enjoyed reading this ‘zine.

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