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2022-07-04 Attempting to make green walnut liqueur (aka nocino, aka liqueur de noix).

2022-07-01 Cherry tomatoes II: The Lunching. Cook garlic and scallion in a bit of olive oil, add a can of …

2022-07-01 This morning’s harvest.

2022-06-30 O when the world’s at peace and every one is free, then will I make half-sour pickles, but I figure …

2022-06-09 “Our ever expanding vocabulary gives us more and finer pens to draw our world, but our …

2022-06-09 A whole family of beautiful little goldfinches at the feeder, freshly feathered out for summer, …

2022-06-09 Finished this new footstool in red grandis and ebonized white oak. Love the way the ebonizing brings …

2022-06-08 Currently reading: Poppleton in Fall: An Acorn Book (Poppleton #4) by Cynthia Rylant 📚 After …

2022-06-08 Homeschooling: A Valediction Take the work seriously, but do not take yourself too seriously.

2022-06-07 The subject of biodiesel came up last week, and in explaining the concept to my daughter I …

2022-06-07 Baby tomatillos! 🌱

2022-06-07 At the feeder outside my window a bluebird has brought its fledgling to learn to forage for itself. …

2022-06-06 The new chair is finally ready for paint!

2022-06-03 In Which the Poet Fails to Grasp His Meaning

2022-06-02 Meanwhile, “Barry’s Crazy” cherry tomato is living up to its name. (I forget the names of flowers, …

2022-06-01 Can’t remember what this is called, but it’s pretty. 🌱

2022-05-31 Currently reading: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West 📚

2022-05-31 Photoblog challenge 5/31. Endurance. Dashiell had to endure another trip to the vet for his ear …

2022-05-30 Photoblog challenge 5/30. Fish. There are minnows in there somewhere, but you can only see them when …

2022-05-29 Photoblog challenge 5/28, a day late. Fair. French curves make it easy to draw a fair curve. Easier, …

2022-05-29 Photoblog challenge 5/29. Stripes. Underneath the umbrella on our outdoor table.

2022-05-27 Photoblog challenge 5/27. Written. This from my daughter in 2014. I can neither confirm nor deny …

2022-05-27 On “good work” and the Tao

2022-05-26 Photoblog challenge 5/26. Schedule. The dog has an ear infection.

2022-05-25 Photoblog challenge 5/25. Mountain. A year ago this week, in the Roan Mountain highlands in …

2022-05-24 I keep forgetting to take a picture for the photoblog challenge until evening is getting on, and …

2022-05-24 Photoblog challenge 5/24. Intricate. At least I think so: I actually cannot make any of this out …

2022-05-23 Photoblog challenge 5/23. Plain. I am not normally into the ethnic doll thing, but I was writing a …

2022-05-22 Photoblog challenge 5/22. Textile. New napkins bought at an art and craft fair yesterday. A cloth …

2022-05-21 Photoblog challenge 5/21. Symmetry. (I ran out of A’s.)

2022-05-21 It was twenty years ago today… I do miss having ducks around.

2022-05-20 Photoblog challenge 5/20. Beverage. On a hot day, from a glass bottle, in a pickup truck with the …

2022-05-19 Photoblog challenge 5/19. Indulgence. I haven’t particularly indulged myself today, but in …

2022-05-18 Photoblog challenge 5/18. Random.

2022-05-17 Photoblog challenge 5/17. Hold. Wedged tenon holding a leg in a chair seat.

2022-05-17 Sketching possible shapes for the crest directly on the dry-fit chair with a 6B pencil. In two …

2022-05-16 Photoblog challenge 5/16. Time. I inherited this pocket watch recently and would like to make use of …

2022-05-15 Photoblog challenge 5/15. Clouds. (You probably think this post is about you.)

2022-05-14 Photoblog challenge 5/14. I tried growing sweet pea flowers along the fence this year, but they were …

2022-05-13 Photoblog challenge 5/13. Community. For homeschool environmental science in 2019–20 my daughter and …

2022-05-13 Yesterday’s photoblog prompt, tranquility, nearly stumped me. Of course one can’t …

2022-05-12 Photoblog challenge 5/12. There can be tranquility in work, and perhaps ought to be.

2022-05-11 Photoblogging challenge 5/11. Maroon (I think… I haven’t checked it against my crayolas.)

2022-05-10 Photoblog challenge 5/10. There used to be a pot under there somewhere!

2022-05-09 Photoblog challenge 5/9. Bloom. Nasturtiums in the herb garden.

2022-05-08 Photoblogging challenge 5/8. Union. Hildy and Dashiell have been inseparable since we brought her …

2022-05-07 Photoblogging challenge 5/7. Craft market today, and downtown was a zoo when I got there to unload, …

2022-05-06 Photoblogging challenge 5/6. Silhouette. For this challenge I have been trying to take photos of …

2022-05-05 Photoblog challenge 5/5. The wood shavings from my workshop are composted and return to the earth, …

2022-05-05 The chair I’m working on this week, in progress. Experimenting with design elements. We shall see.

2022-05-04 Photoblog challenge 5/4. Thorny. In principle I don’t mind the catbrier, as it makes lovely blue …

2022-05-04 (1) If time is not money, what is it? (2) If you really believed your answer, how would that change …

2022-05-03 Photoblogging challenge 5/3. Experimental, a view from 7th grade homeschool science back in 2016.

2022-05-02 Photoblogging challenge 5/2. Photo of my great-grandfather (at right) helping himself to another …

2022-05-02 In Which the Poet Espies a Yellow House

2022-05-01 Photoblogging challenge 5/1. Switch

2022-04-20 A woodpecker flew up to an old 2x4 I leaned against the side of the workshop. Discovered it was not …

2022-03-28 I made a solar clock that marks 12 hours from sunrise to sunset at any latitude and longitude, after …

2022-03-22 Finished reading: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Actually finished listening: Dickens in the …

2022-03-14 The Sexton: A poem after a painting by William Merritt Chase, written some years ago on a bench in …

2022-03-04 Decided to try a warming mat for my seeds this year. Clearly it works. This is three days in. Which …

2022-03-01 Starting seeds.

2022-02-27 ”‘Twas a grey day in February, and evening fell like a dead canary…” Thus …

2022-02-20

2022-01-10 If the Lenten roses are blooming on Epiphany, do I have to go ahead and start fasting?

2021-12-26 En freehlicher (zwedde) Grischtdaag!

2021-12-23 Have Yourself a Medieval Christmas. Ten years since I wrote this piece, and I wouldn’t write …

2021-12-20

2021-12-15 I want someone to record an album of cheeseball “Christmas” songs of the 20th century in historical …

2021-12-14 Each task that I address begets precursors / As if work’s genealogy reverses, / And so another …

2021-12-13 Once again this year my daughter and I are really enjoying Matthew Scroggs’ math puzzle advent …

2021-12-09

2021-12-08 Of useful work and community: Some thoughts on a barn raising managed by my great-grandfather.

2021-12-08 View of my workshop, by my daughter Ivy, sometime last year. If you look closely it appears that I …

2019-08-15 Please tell me they see the irony in this. The Arch Mission Foundation sent its first archive to …

2019-06-14 Anybody else ever seen a dog purse his lips? I have always had basset hounds, who would require …

2019-06-12 Kitchen counter stool is finished. Bit of an odd design but I think the shape of the stretchers and …

2019-06-06 Moment of truth for the kitchen counter stool: all the parts fit; it doesn’t look like a drunken …

2019-02-15 I know this is crazy talk to people up north but when spring comes this early I feel cheated out of …

2019-02-14 This is Dashiell, my new canine overlord. He enjoys listening to Peter and the Wolf and is a …

2019-02-14 I would love to have a way to avoid gas stations where a screen flashes and yaps at me while I pump …

2019-02-01 I prefer to wake up my books by playing the “Good Morning” song for them. But sometimes …

2019-02-01 the daffodils I buried now knife blades slicing flaccid earth stretching reaching soon they will …

2019-01-12 No matter how many chairs I reupholster, I always have this moment of hesitation before I start …

2019-01-10 The cardinals are beatniks, with shades and goatees / Reciting bad poetry out in the trees.

2018-12-27 A steel-haired couple dining out with his shrunken mother. The man’s posture rigid, …

2018-12-26 Left to right: blade mace, split vanilla bean, cardamom seed, peeled lemon zest. Steep in freshly …

2018-12-26 So computer scientists want to design a machine that is more complex and intelligent than a human …