Douglas Milewski (dacuteturtle) wrote,
Douglas Milewski

No Driving. Driving.

My goal this weekend was no driving.

That didn't last long.

Daughter to Party. We were the shuttle car for church. Off to a pot luck. And an apple festival. Bye-bye my measley gas ration.

I grabbed some hickory on Saturday morning. The power company had chopped down a tree on the way up to the library, and I found a great straight section, a more questional section, and a few stumpy-block candidates. Turns out that I found a hickory, which us terrific for tool handles. No only that, but hickory leaves look amazingly like poision ivy leaves, which were all those vines that I was pulling off from the tree. Yet, somehow, my hands did not swell up into baloons. So, there is a God.

I split one hickory log. It was brutal. I really do need some splitting wedges. To what end, I don't know. I think that I now have a lifetime supply of hickory. I'll be cutting some of it into blanks for drying, then, eventually, handles.

I got my new tools in. First one, I now own a an electric planer. It took off the horrible coating on my kitchen cabinet doors. Unfortunately, the results look kinda barbaric. I really did need a proper planer. I don't have the money, so this will need to do. It's interesting wood. I have no idea what it is. I have no idea what I'll do with it. I do know that I'll need to sand the ridges down somehow, or maybe just use a plane.

I got two axes in. One is a light camping axe, but just the head. I'll make a handle for it. The other was supposed to be a carpenter axe. Instead, it turned out to be a left-handed hewing axe. Talk about odd. It's great steel, but I just can't use it. And left-handed? Well, maybe I can relist it and make money off listing it correctly.

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