The One-Legged Sandpiper
Monday, February 15, 1999
Friday, February 19, 1999

Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine
"Knee deep and just a little behind"


Archeologists find work bench from lost civilization.

Church under attack.

Stairs almost clear, railings to go up soon.

If an entry hall is half empty in the woods, does it make any sound?


Cold and sunny, "wicked" clear nights, frost in the morning then warmer during the day. Not too hard on the firewood supply.
Nasty looking storm blowing in from the Northeast Wednesday night. All of a sudden it blocked out the stars and made it eerily warm. Thursday brought continuous rain and light snow, by night, in the hills (here).
Getting cold and "snowy" looking again Friday night. News flash: It's still February. Ten years ago that meant it was still winter.

The week (so far)

Sunday night found the church under paintball attack. Only one direct hit and not even enough to break old glass.

Next to tools, and lighting, the most important part of any shop is the work bench.
The main bench here is thirty-two feet long and four feet wide ... and piled two to three feet deep with a mix of tools, supplies, projects, parts and stuff. This is not a good situation, and this is the week to fix it.
These are some before shots of the main work bench from the end closest to the pass-through for wood from outside. This is the easy end so I'll start here.

The Pope was here and left his hunting hat. To the left is the radial arm saw that will be attached to one of the in feed tables soon for cutoff work. To the right of the Pope hat is the power feed for the table saw. That should be installed this weekend.

Here's some bench grinders, a drill press, a wounded band saw and a whole bunch of stuff (Good stuff though).

This shot is looking down the length of the area to be cleaned up first.

Another big problem area is the stairs to the mezzanine. They were made four feet wide with the idea that they would always be piled with stuff to go up to the mezzanine. The upper stairs have been cleaned off in this picture but there's still
plenty to go.

Here's the power feed parts ready to be installed on the table saw.

The large brace bolts to the table of the table saw. This involves drilling four half inch holes in the saw, which I'm not looking forward to. The brace can raise and lower and pivot the robot space vehicle looking thing over the wood going through the saw blade so that the skate board looking wheels grab it and push or pull it through at a predetermined speed, up to seventy-two feet per minute.

Here's the first after shot of the bench.

The bench grinders can actually be used now for sharpening, grinding and polishing.

Clean enough to eat off of.

Here's an aerial view from the mezzanine. Most of the stuff still on this end of the bench is current projects to be finished soon.

Yet another problem area: the entry hall. This room will be the sales office, and a place for customers to come inside but keep clear of the shop. It must also act as the shipping/receiving area when the loading dock is in place, and has a hatch in the ceiling to provide access to an elevator shaft like area that leads to the attic and bell tower. This hatch is open when things need to be hoisted up to the attic with a large set of antique ships rigging double block pulleys. There is a motorcycle up there, so it can handle almost anything.

This is the starboard side of the entry hall as of Wednesday night. Just a few filing cabinets and some food. The entry hall makes a nice auxiliary refrigerator during the winter, at least until it's heated. Right now, the ladder and hatch is the only way to get into the large attic. There's access from an air vent into the attic over the living areas but that way involves crossing more then thirty feet by hopping from narrow beam to narrow beam over a plaster ceiling sixteen feet off the floor. Not a good place to fall. Yes, that's a noose in the bell rope, just to take up the slack. And yes it has thirteen turns around the bitter end of the rope like it's supposed to. I guess a short person could hang themselves off of one of the filing cabinets but it would make quite a noise with the bell and all.

Bad weather's coming. Time for yet another full rack of wood. Enough for three or four days.

Thursday brought a whole day of serious rain and a Home Depot run. Back in the hills the rain turned to a light snow that made unloading lumber a pleasant experience. Not a lot of snow, but enough to make the air feel fluffy. The Home Depot run included lumber for the railing on the mezzanine stairs (required for the C of O), the toe rail on the promenade deck, and the super wide molding (5 1/2") to keep in feed tables from ramming the wall on the West end of the shop.
According to Thursday night weather, the huge storm predicted for this week end is going to be big nothing. Might be time to take the protective mulch and covering off of the young evergreens in the yard. It's seeming like the worst of winter is over.
The latest news is that Polio vaccines we received as larva before 1963 were contaminated with some sort of Monkey virus that may or may not cause cancer. You have to wonder how a vaccine (produced under laboratory conditions) in the United States was contaminated with a virus from a mammal from another continent.
Speaking of mammals from another continent, here's Marley and TK trying to make the best of a gloomy day.

Green Side Up ( The gardening section )

Evergreens ready to be uncovered.
Snow Peas still underground.
Maple tree closest to the building to come down.
(estimates due soon)
(TM) to be used for replacement.
Moss in the yard is "greening up," the first sign of spring.

The little pine tree in the box made it through the winter and is ready for transplanting as soon as the ground thaws enough to dig a hole. This is the year to start landscaping for privacy and esthetics.

The A-frame originally shielded a wild rose bush brought back from Eastport Maine in 1987 that succumbed to the Scum-beings at the apartment in East Hampton. It's doing a fine job shielding the Charlie-Brown-style pathetic left-over-from-Christmas almost-dead-in-it's-pot little Christmas tree.

Notice the hints of green in the moss in the yard.

This just happened Wednesday and Thursday. It means winter is on its way out, but by no means dead.

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