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Wood Shop News #31 winter in Vt, baby goats and other news from around the shop
March 23, 2015

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In this issue:

  • Winter in Vt
  • new and for sale
  • on a personal note: babies!
  • final words

  • winter in Vt

    Hello Friends,

    It is winter in Vermont. Okay, I know it’s mid March and the official first day of Spring was Friday, but it sure feels like winter (it was 4 degrees out when I woke this morning). winter scene

    Other than shoveling snow off the roof I have been keeping busy woodworking. One of the projects I was working on recently was an end grain cutting board. It’s fun to do something other than a box once in a while and I enjoy the design work involved in making these boards. I have a page with details about how it’s done here.

    Other new work includes several Shaker boxes which you can view here. A last note of interest is that I am now writing a weekly blog for Craftsy.

    New & For Sale

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

    on a personal note - kids

    As well as woodworking I’m also working at a local dairy (Willow Moon Farm) milking goats. It is kidding time at the farm and I’ve been having a great time playing with the babies. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, I’ve taken some photos.

    baby goats

    The kids are born starting in late February or March when it should be getting warmer. This year it has been below zero for days (weeks) on end, but the kids are doing fine. They are born with thick fluffy coats and they sleep in kid-heaps snuggled next to mom. They also have heat lamps on them for the first several days to give them a head start.

    baby goats

    By the time they are a few days old they are ready to be weaned to a bottle. From there they quickly learn to use the bucket feeder, and before you know it they are happily bouncing off the stall walls, learning how to unlock the gates and otherwise getting into trouble like any youngster.

    baby goats

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

    Final Words

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