Late Summer 2023
Late Summer, and the fields of Maine are shifting from green to brown while a profusion of Goldenrod and Aster bring the last rush of color to these same rolling landscapes. The shorter days with their bold sunsets foreshadow the coming darkness. Fall and the first frost are just weeks away.
Summer has been, as always, full out. I’ve traveled for classes, mostly in New England and one in the Southern Mountains. I’ve taken on a few shop projects as well. Getting kit and boat parts ready for classes has dominated my shop days. It’s been good work. It’s been exhausting.
Looking ahead I’m planning on a slower winter then in the past. I’ve got a few boats to build and some personal projects that I’d like to take on as well. Mostly house stuff but two new boat designs: lighter versions of existing designs are in the works. There’s a bit of room on my calendar for a small cabinet project, perhaps one more small boat build or some custom furniture work. I would also take on a van build but a spring delivery might be optimistic.
I’ve been at this for more then 45 year. My stamina for long days in the shop is somewhat diminished while my desire to spend more time outside, close to home and further afield is stronger then it’s been in past years. I’ll yield to both of these forces. It’s as always about balance, so, lets keep in touch. Perhaps I’ll build a camper van for you or we’ll collaborate on a design build project, perhaps we’ll share an evening around a camp fire, I’m good with both.