Thursday, 21 June 2007

The Box Man Cometh

Last weekend we tidied up the garden, which had been battered by several heavy storms. In the process we discovered we had far too many tomato and squash plants for our tiny patch, so decided to put the spares on Freecycle. They were soon snapped up by a very nice man, who by chance happened to be a cabinet maker with some surplus-to-requirements boxwood lying about in his workshop. Five plants for two nice little bits of seasoned boxwood seemed like a good deal all round!

The hard, closely-grained wood of the box tree has long been prized by wood engravers as the best wood for detailed engraving, and these days is very expensive and hard to come by. Our pieces will need to be cut and polished, but at this stage I think we'll leave them the shape they are rather than cutting them into neat rectangular blocks. Watch this space to see what happens!

Currently listening to: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

Saturday, 16 June 2007