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Wood Shop News #30 where I've been, pigs and and other news from around the shop
December 11, 2014

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In this issue:

  • boxes galore
  • new and for sale
  • on a personal note
  • final words

  • boxes galore

    Hello Friends, It's been a while since I last wrote (umm, two years I think. Oops). It seems to me that last time I said I was going to be better about writing, but this time I really mean it.

    So, what have I been up to in the shop recently? Well, not surprisingly I have been making boxes. This summer I had a fun commission to make a harmonica case.

    A man who goes by the name Hoff collects harmonica cases from all over the world. He's an interesting guy, working on a book of his collection. Well, he wanted to add one shaped like the state of Vermont.

    I found a great piece of maple with an interesting knot in it and ended up with this: wooden boxes wooden boxes

    Hoff must have liked it because he ordered a second one:wooden boxes

    New & For Sale

    I have my Etsy shop up and you can see what I have for sale here. Now's the time to get those lovely wooden gifts for your friends and family ;)

    And for you, my loyal readers who have not given up on me, I have also created a great sale. Use this link. and when asked for a password type in: yrgreat

    Prices are up to 50% off - but only until the end of Dec. So, check it out.

    wooden box

    wooden box

    on a personal note - pigs

    Okay, I'm a farmer wanna be, what can I say. We decided to raise pigs for meat last year and it worked well enough we have done it again this year.

    I've gotten to the point where I have to know that what I eat was humanely raised. What better way to do that than to raise the meat myself? So we have three pigs named Dr Livingston (a long story having to do with escaping and exploring), Cal (short for Calico) and Dunno (my sister asked what his name was and I said dunno. It stuck).

    I give them a great pig life. They have grass and mud, fresh water and sunshine. All the joys of pig life. I even wrote a poem for them (below).


    So I know that my pigs have a happy life and that the meat is healthy and humanely raised (as an added bonus it tastes great!).

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

    Considering the Pig
    (With apologies to Jeoffry the cat.)

    Now I will consider the pig,
    for they are lumbering beasts
    with much character.
    For they run and hop with joy,
    (if not great athleticism).
    For they dig in the dirt
    with their tough noses and sleep in mud
    when available.
    For their first thought is: “whatʼs in it for me”
    and that is an honest thought.

    For Boots grows with speed, eating huge quantities

    with careful attention to detail.
    For Mia smacks me with her great head
    in an attempt to intimidate.
    For Tiny loves to drink
    and opens his mouth for a squirt from the hose.
    For Boots hops and twists as if he were agile.
    For Tiny investigates my toes with curiosity
    and gentle nibbles.
    For Mia sleeps with her whole being,
    snoring with large shuddering breaths.

    For they love to sleep in a pile,
    refusing to move until motivated.
    For food motivates them highly.
    For they are pigs and live to eat.
    For if asked if they would trade their bodies
    for fresh air, mud and great quantities of food,
    they would surely shrug their great shoulders and say:
    “sounds good to me.”

    Final Words

    I hope you have enjoyed reading this ‘zine.

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