The Moon Door

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Hello folks. Clearly I have been slacking in keeping this blog updated. Sorry about that.

How about a little story about this trellis that I recently finished?

The story begins with the wavy shingle pattern that you can see in the photo just above. Pretty cool huh? Well, I used to have hops strung up to the second story. (Yes, this is a personal project.) In order to install the shingles, I had to cut the hops down, and sure I could just send them back up on strings to the second story again. But, that wouldn’t be terribly fun or interesting. They needed a trellis to hold them. A trellis that would add visual interest to the house. So, I started puttering around with a few ideas, and the one that stuck was this … a big circle that would frame the window. Of course it would have to be held up off of the ground, so naturally one of the ideas to hold it up was to support it with a section of the circle. There were other ideas, but that’s the one that stuck.

As for the construction details, the whole thing is basically what we call a bent lamination. (A construction technique where thin strips of wood are bent around a form and glued together. When the glue dries, the strips of wood hold the shape of the form.)

So, here’s a photo of one of the arcs during glue up. I ended up needing 10 of these arcs to complete the circle because I used 8 foot long cedar 2×6 lumber, and stacked them up to create a finished 4×4 circle.

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And, here you can see the circle coming together. The arcs are offset, stacked, and glued together.

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Yep, I had to move outside to complete the construction. This thing is big!

That’s about it. The base overlaps the main circle, and is glued on in the same manner. A little trimming, a coat of stain to match the wavy shingles, a little concrete to hold some post bases, and there you go.

Now, we wait for the hops to grow.

Why the Moon Door? The name was tossed out by a passing biker. I like it, my circle lets the moon in. Of course, you can call it the Big O if you must.

 

Little boxes

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My girlfriend makes candy for Christmas every year. She makes a lot of candy. It’s a fun little gift to give to friends and family, because really, who doesn’t like chocolate?

Last year, I got a little obsessed with cherry cordials. (We had some cherries that we macerated in bourbon, brandy, and almond liquor that I thought would make good cherry cordials.) Of course, the first time that we tried to make them, they didn’t turn out very good. (I have learned that cherry cordials are more than a little finicky.) But, a couple of attempts later, and we are starting to figure out the little tricks to making the little suckers. Furthermore, I had the brilliant idea to try making a rosemary ganache for rosemary truffles. Well, one thing lead to another, and we ended up with some pretty fancy chocolates to give away this year.

Of course, I wasn’t quite satisfied yet. I decided that our fancy candy should get a fancy box. So, I disappeared into the shop to mill up some scrap wood for boxes.

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Yep, that’s a lot of boxes.

And, here they are put together waiting for lids.

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And, here’s the stack of completed boxes.

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And, the completed product all filled up with candy.

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Unfortunately, we ended up being just a bit short of the fancy boxes, so a few folks on the list will have to make do with a plain paper box. I’ll be better prepared next year.