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A Simple thing…

What a simple thing a window, and yet such a joy. A few panes of glass stretched tightly between a web of wood woven by the hand. What small matter to pierce the rough timber hide of our home to … Continue reading

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The work continued…

     The work continued into the night. Curly wisps of fragrant shavings arced through the air, pushed forward off the end of my workbench and spiraled down to gather atop the prodigious pile on the floor. The pungent “green” … Continue reading

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There is a magic…

There is a magic to this work, and a sadness at its completion. The magic begins with a fancy, a passing image of a tiny cabin nestled into a hillside, just enough for two, carved from the surrounding forest. It … Continue reading

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It was the tears…

The morning broke low and cool, not with some majestic gaudy display across a wide empty horizon, but slowly with a thousand meek rays reaching tentatively through the maze of tree trunks and bushes. I made my way down the … Continue reading

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A tree falls

Fifty three years ago a Tulip Poplar seed fluttered its way down from high in the forest canopy. It skipped through the lush leaves of a stately red oak, danced about the fat twiggy branches of a tough dour hickory, … Continue reading

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Stones of time

The chimney lay exactly where our neighbor said it would, deep in a hollow flanked on either side by steep hills of red clay. Its top lay tumbled backwards, stone in piles covered in thick matts of moss and lichen, … Continue reading

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Masonry heaters and hard lessons

Around 500 years ago winter came knocking early and stayed late. A dreadful dark dismal den of destruction descended on mankind, a period of icy death and despair unseen for millennia. The gradual warming period which had left us fat … Continue reading

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