View From My Kitchen WindowMany of you are probably wondering when the next Chiefwoodworker’s Newsletter is coming out, since the last one was August 15th and they normally come out every two months. You may have also noticed that my last blog was September 16th. I haven’t given up blogging, or writing my newsletter. This summer I discovered my house of ten years old had a serious water problem in two places that needed immediate attention (and a third not so serious which I will attend to next year).

The repair project required the removal of a door in front and a double French door in a second story bedroom, which opened onto a deck. Because of the amount of snow we get in this area, and exacerbated by my metal roof, snow collected around these areas and eventually found its way into my nice cozy warm home.

It’s a long story I might write about in the next newsletter. But suffice it to say I have been a full time carpenter for the last few months; indoors in my shop or home when it rained and outdoors when weather permitted. The extent of the repairs was quite large. I decided to replace both doors with windows. A lot of siding had to be replaced and a deck removed. The project had to be completed before winter weather set in, though you are probably aware the Northeast got a surprise Halloween snow storm. It left 30" in my area. So I had to devote my entire attention to this minor distraction.

The repairs are nearly complete and I will soon be returning to my favorite hobbies: woodworking (of the furniture variety), photography, blogging and writing my newsletter. I have decided to forego the October issue and distribute my next one on December 15th. So I ask your patience. Rest assured I did not lose your newsletter request if you signed up post August 15th. You are on the list and will receive your first newsletter in December.

Thank you for your patience and interest.

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2 Responses to “I’ve Been AWOL, But Will Return Soon”

  1. Dan Mahoney says:

    Mr. Zeh
    My name is Dan and I’m new to both your website and wood working, but when I read this blog I had to comment. As I said I’m a newbie so I set up a plan for a self pace course in woodworking. My goal is to create my own householder furniture and cabinets as well is the carving arts just because I’ve had some luck with carving fishing lures and a replica of my Dad’s old lobster boat.
    Just under a year ago I mover my boat out of the garage and began to build a shop. I had progressed to my first carving class, chip carving after spending months learning proper sharpening using water stone, oil stone, diamond, as well as sand paper. My bench chisels are so sharp they make your eyes bleed just looking at them. You could use my planners steel as a mirror. But before I could become proficient at chip carving I also found major structural problems with my house. In Georgia we don’t have the snow problems you do in Massachusetts (Believe me I know I grew up in Nahant MA.) What we do have in abundance is termite. I had to remove nearly the entire back of my small ranch style house, deck and all. Having spent the last several months learning framing including Studs, sills, joists, siding, pluming, and electrical. I find my time table for learning cabinetry has been accelerated. I’ll get back to wood working as soon as I’m finished becoming a carpenter. The interesting part of this whole endeavor is most people would look at it as a disaster, I don’t. Beyond the expense which for sure has been considerable I absolutely love the work.
    I also want to thank you for just being out there I’m going to need as much help as I can get.
    Dan M.
    MA. Transplant to GA.

  2. Joe says:

    Hi Dan,

    I fully understand your priorities. Shelter before hobbies makes sense to me. Besides, carpentry is just as much fun as fine furniture making; at least I have always thought so. And carpentry is where I to learned to sharpen and use chisels. In fact all the basic woodworking techniques are common to both carpentry and woodworking.

    Enjoy the carpentry. You will have ample time to learn and enjoy woodworking.