Anyone who has ever worked on ships has, without a doubt, worked with dozens of Filipinos. They are our co-workers, our friends and our family.
Over the weekend our ship life paisanos were faced the devastating destruction of their home. One of the strongest storms in recorded history, Typhoon Haiyan, killed an estimated 10,000 people. To put that number into perspective combine the casualties from Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and 9/11… and double it.
With the colder weather just around the corner i’m now finding more time to get some wood turning projects made.
The old fashion antique peppermills seem to be very popular, so I’m making sure to have some extras made.
The peppermills get filled from the top.
There is a nut on the very top that you may use to adjust the grind of the pepper.
I always look for woods that have a lot of nice figure for these mills.
They are a conversation piece so the nice wood grain makes a difference.
Each peppermill gets finished by hand, and I always just do one at a time while the mill is still on the lathe.
I use a natural oil finish to bring out the beauty of the wood.
The only maintenance that is required is just to wipe the wood with a soft cloth and some furniture polish every now and then.
If your looking for a unique gift for someone special, you may be interested in one of these handmade pepper mills.
The best time to plant trees is in the early spring and the fall.
I may use a lot of wood from fallen trees, but I also plant many evergreen trees from seedlings in around the Guelph, Rockwood area.
If the weather is hot and dry you must make sure you can water your trees.
Some evergreen trees like the Colorado Blue Spruce can withstand a mild drought, and once they are established, the roots will grow deep into the earth to seek water.
Fertilize your trees in the early spring to give them a boost for rapid growth and good health.
The way that I plant ball and burlap tree is to keep the wire cadge and the burlap on the tree and bury the tree up to the top of the burlap.
If you are planting your trees in a windy area, you may need to stake the tree. After a year or 2 the stakes may be removed.
Happy spring and happy planting
This house has a interesting type of paint job.
It’s not too far from where I live here in Rockwood.