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David Walbert
Hand-tool woodworker, writer, and historian. Also an avid gardener and curious baker; formerly a physicist, a web developer, and a homeschool educator (though not all at once).
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@the thank you!

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@jabel Thanks!

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This bird is inspired by William Johnston’s drawing in Miss Ros(e?)lda Fowler’s book, 1807. Clearly he was sweet on her. Did she return his affections, I wonder?

chip carved bird in vined flowers, teal-blue frame carved with woven triangles

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@KimberlyHirsh Annelore's German Bakery in Cary has a pretzel croissant with pimiento cheese inside, does that count?

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Another bird. More flowers. This bird is a little different, though; inspired by the one in this 1797 baptismal certificate.

chip-carved bird in a tree of flowers, teal-blue frame carved with woven triangles

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@jabel @tinyroofnail Yeah, that stuff was made for closed, climate-controlled spaces. On the other hand—while it probably goes without saying—be careful spraying it in an unventilated space!

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@JohnBrady Looks like a grand time.

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@hollyhoneychurch Exactly the right distance from which to observe a Ferris wheel, in my opinion. :)

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@Denny I planted a whole bunch of stuff in my garden/front yard, but in the hot, dry weather of early summer, those are almost the only two things that have hung around. Which is fine. The bees don't mind, and there are finches everywhere, eating seeds.

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@ronkjeffries I tried weaving rush once to repair some chairs and hated it so much I decided I'd rather sit on the floor, so I respect your weaving abilities! In the end I made slip seats and upholstered them.

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@annahavron @jabel Ha, yes. Upholstering a slip seat would be much simpler...

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@jabel Oh, excellent. ("Does anybody still do that?" was, coming from me, a ludicrous question.)

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@annahavron No worries! I was thinking that I should have been clearer: commode chairs are kind of a running private joke of mine, but how is anyone on MB going to know that? And you were right, of course, it's all wrong for a commode chair.

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@jabel @annahavron Makes sense. Good call. As for replacing the seat, I would guess that caning would cost at least as much as those replacements... does anybody still do that?

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@annahavron Yeah, and the ones I’ve seen were at least partially enclosed underneath for a modicum of discretion (or to better avoid accidental spillage). I wasn’t serious.

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@jabel Weird. Usually the edges aren't that wide for rush seats, and the braces on the side posts would get in the way, wouldn't they? but there doesn't seem to be a lip to hold anything else (and the wide edges would be abnormal there too). Maybe it was a commode chair! All you need is an antique chamber pot and you're set.

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@ReaderJohn Ah, kindle. I don’t suppose there is a tap-to-translate option for Anglo-Saxon, either…

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@ReaderJohn I also enjoyed in his version having the Anglo-Saxon on the facing page. Fun to read it aloud and be able to hear it, even if I couldn’t always figure out how it matched up with the translation.

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@tinyroofnail @cliffordbeshers Where's the pleasure in that?

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@jabel All of the books he's written for Lost Art Press are now available free, I believe, in digital form.

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@jabel Let me know how you like the book. I have only skimmed through the first part of the PDF (well, and read his Substack the past two years, and practically everything else he's written the past decade) but I expect you're about exactly his intended audience.

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@jabel I love that.

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@jabel I want to imagine that the Limestone Festival is actually in celebration of limestone. If that is not the case, please don’t enlighten me.

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Figured out how to stipple the sunflower: with a scribing awl and a slight twisting motion to avoid dents along the grain. So here is the butterfly and sunflower again, framed.

chip carving of a butterfly approaching a sunflower, square format, frame chip carved with triangles and painted green

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Boots on wet pine straw
Loud enough. A heron flies,
Frightened into beauty.

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@ReaderJohn College boys, I have heard, and had confirmed by my stepson who just graduated. But I imagine young working class men too. As an app on a phone I don't see how it can be anything other than addictive. If you like baseball on the radio, MLB audio is only $25 a year, and I find the gambling commercials are rare, and less obnoxious when they run—people who listen to baseball on the radio being not the audience for those apps, I guess.

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@ReaderJohn Gambling addiction? Call 1-800-YOU-LOSE.

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You—yes, you!—are one step away from becoming super.

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Unclog your liver
For lightweight, breathable comfort.
A long time before me…
Three days left.


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Since it was forecast to be 93 this afternoon, I finished my 10 mile hike by a quarter past eleven. Took longer than I expected because it was prettier than expected, and I dawdled. This was my turn-around point.

view of a lake through weeds and wildflowers, blue sky

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I have carved several versions of skinks and am still not 100% satisfied. Getting the lines to intersect cleanly is just hard, and I need more practice. But it makes for an interesting carving, and I’m fairly happy with this one.

chip carving of five-lined skink with flowers

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Saw a sign that says Fight Hate. But if I’m a pacifist, shouldn’t I Hate Fight? It’s all so confusing.

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“In the Garden.”

chip carving of, at least iconographically, a peacock, in a frame carved with flowers and painted light blue

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Eggplant, mini bell pepper, cayenne, basil, and sun gold cherry tomatoes from the garden, plus the last of a stick of dry chorizo, garlic, a few dry cured olives left from Christmas, and a little white wine. To be served over brown rice and topped with diced farmer’s cheese.

or as i like to call it, lunch

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Dreamt last night that I was looking through a rainy window. Slowly the background blurred and the water droplets on the window came into perfect focus, the way they would in a movie. Hang on, I thought, I am not wearing my glasses! How is this possible? I must be dreaming. And then I woke up.

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Bolted Japanese turnip. The ones that rooted up were long, purple, and mildly spicy; this one just made flowers in the heat.

delicate purple flowers, scraggly greens at the edge of a raised garden bed

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View from the bottom of the driveway

flowers flowers flowers

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And away we go

basket of fairy tale eggplants and various hot peppers

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I will take the primeval whine-roar of a trillion cicadas over the pathetic sci-fi fanboy whine-plea of one electric car any day.

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My weekly newspaper, per a recent discussion around here.

Lancaster Farming News, page one and classified ads

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A little something for World Turtle Day.

chip carving of a turtle with legend Yellow-Bellied Slider, carved feame painted moss green

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Hummingbirds. This one is larger than the others (6x8in.) so will have to wait for a frame until I place another order.

chip carving of two hummingbirds in a swirl of flowers

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Steamed Chiogga beets, golden beets, and carrots with a pesto of fresh basil, green cayenne pepper, green garlic, preserved lemon and olive oil. The confluence of garden and CSA produce was weird enough that I may never make this again, but it was awfully good.

as described in the post. very colorful!

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Lovebirds again: as before, facing each other over an unopened blossom, suggesting that they wait together for a greater love. The flowers this time are drawn from the love-in-a-mist I photographed the other day, and sketched from various angles, and simplified until I could carve it.

chip carving of two birds facing each other over unopened blossom; vines encircling them in the shape of a heart; many flowers; red-painted frame carved with woven triangles

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Appalling as it is, Apple’s new ad is perfectly on-brand, and makes a nice bookend with their first famous effort, forty years ago: it is what you get when liberation becomes not a means to flourishing but an end in itself. (Or, more cynically, a means only to consumption.)

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A mini-review: Henry Bosco, Malicroix by Henri Bosco, translated by Joyce Zonana (New York Review Books, 2020). The protagonist, Martial, has grown up cosseted by his adoptive family and bourgeois convention, spending his free time in a greenhouse where he grows flowers with a combination of scientific pr... social.davidwalbert.com
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Love-in-a-mist, another of those perennials I must have planted from seed last spring but is only blooming now. A lovey flower with a much lovelier name than, say, “ranunculus.” (Update: it is actually in family Ranunculaceae. I should finish my research before posting.)

pale blue flower, five petals, flowing stamens and frondy stems and leaves