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I made this curly cherry coffe table for my buddys dad, Bill Sr!┬álove the amazing grain pattern of curly cherry…


Renovating our kitchen has been a long and drawn out process. What’s the hurry I say, I’m not keeping up with the Joneses!!!!! After painting the old cabinets and ripping out the old nasty countertops it changed the whole feel of the place. I choose sycamore for the countertops because of its warm glow and quarter swan grain pattern. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

Its late February and this winter has been lame! There has hardly been any snow and not much weather where you really need to start a fire. Right now I am finishing up a floor sanding job at my friend Steves new home. He and his wife are moving into a community house that used to be a catholic parish. Countless hours of volunteers and other craftsman have worked renovating the place. The community house will be a place of prayer and a wide open door to offer the name of Jesus to anyone in the neighborhood. It has been great to be able to once again bring some great floors back to the original instead of being covered up by carpet!
I also went official with starting my own woodworking business offering furniture design and floor refinishing. If you have a reverence for wood, were in business!

All summer long I have been cutting down and splitting firewood for the winter. There is nothing better than getting free wood to heat your house. A buddy of mine needed three Black Locust trees cut down and gave me all the wood. After talking to an old timer who loves burning wood he said, “Black Locust is the best burning wood out there, it burns as good as coal!” Right now I have Oak, Maple, Cherry, Ash (which is the best wood to split), and Black Locust. I’m hoping to get four chords before the winter hits.

Here is a great excerpt of how great wood is from Eric Sloane’s book A Reverence for Wood, “The heft and feel of a well-worn handle, The sight of shavings that curl from a blade; The logs in the woodpile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house; The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves; The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs. Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be without wood.”-Everard Hinrichs

A full chord.

"Every man has an axe shaped hole in his heart"-Mark Valley

Walnut table

Walnut table with maple apron