What to do with a Fallen Maple and a Disaster Reminder…


Cisco the blogging cat here…

Well, if you’re like us you’ve had tree-down problems here on the Cape (and elsewhere…) For us, most of this is manageable, but still there ‘The Beast”… That’s 4′ long by 2’ in dia. maple, and we want to convert it into a couple of 24″ wide planks… (No way we’re burning that piece!) It’s too big for any of the local sawmills, so the only way to attack this thing is with wedges, a splitting maul, and sledges… Here the crack is just starting to show…

After two hours, a broken ax, a broken maul, and a fractured wedge, this is what we have…

The plan is to flatten the faces of the soon-to-be planks, air dry them for a few years, and then mill to the final dimensions… 1″ x 24″ x 48″. After that, they’ll probably become the top or face panel for: a large blanket chest, a small Shaker sewing center, or perhaps an elongated Shaker work table. Oh goody… Thank heavens they don’t weigh much.

Sore by the racks…

Three cats blogging…

P.S. Don’t forget that roughly 140,000 of your fellow Massachusites are still without power… The American Red Cross is a good thing.

Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


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