In our family we have a tradition, every year we draw names and make that person’s gift. This past Christmas I had drawn my dad’s name. The only problem, I needed to do all the stock prep in his shop. The laundry room was a disaster thanks to tropical plants brought in from the cold, and general mayhem due to holiday decorations and of all things a horse kick. (These days horses are not my favorite critters but my wife still loves them dearly.) To disguise my intentions and to cover any goofs I might make at home, I prepared enough stock to produce four squares, two in white pine, two in curly maple. The white pine was used as a test case before performing operations on the maple. As it got closer to Christmas I had to set the others aside and finished the gift square. I’m working on completing the remaining three.
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