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Wood Working Weekend

The Skipper is back wood working again and the familiar smells from that age old craft periodically waft up the stairs and scamper past my nose. Fresh cut wood is a smell I associate with Autumn. However, the burning smell of wood coming from a basement with no fireplace raises the hairs on the back of my neck, whereupon I run to the basement door, pull it open and ask “What the $#@! are you doing down there?”

More often than not, the question goes unheard, lost amid the whine and shrill scream of machinery. I have been at this point many times before and I know it is best to summon up patience and wait until the cacophony ceases and he takes the ear protectors off and I can be heard. Under no circumstance should I venture down the stairs.

Sometimes it is better for me not to see certain things. I am not saying that ignorance is bliss. I don’t believe that. Instead, I am saying for me, not actually seeing the things the man does to cause the wood burning smell, helps stave off a migraine. Displaying my curiosity over what he is doing by asking the question is often enough to get him to stop whatever it is. Saturday and Sunday were filled with such questions.

But he does turn out some beautiful work. Here are some pictures of the very first woodworking item he ever made. It is a replica of a 1700s cradle. The Skipper made it for his first grandchild. She is now 10 years old. I made the bedding.

cradel in shop

cradel front

cradel side

cradel and bedding

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