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John Duke's Blog – November 2010 Archive (5)

A tough nut to crack

Mr. Seals recently stepped out of the wood shop and into the kitchen. He wasn't very satisfied with the way his steel wool, turpentine, and tea brew colored the ceiling panels, so he kept looking for a solution. What he came up with was Van Dyke crystals, a traditional, natural dye made from walnut husks. He experimented with different shades on the… Continue

Added by John Duke on November 25, 2010 at 1:25am — No Comments

No sympathy for the devil

We hired a man with a truck to clear away the dead bamboo in anticipation of the trenching work that is required for the geothermal coiled tubes that will be buried in the back yard. He took one load two weeks ago and hasn't been back since. I'm afraid he has fled in terror after struggling with the bamboo and we won't see him again.

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Added by John Duke on November 21, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Hope for art

Who wavers right now in the bamboo.

-- Gary Snyder

There is a redeeming quality to art. Art can that take a thing that is inherently evil and transform it into infinite beauty. For example, bamboo.

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Added by John Duke on November 13, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

The cabin gets a shellacking

The Democrats aren't the only ones that took a shellacking recently. While the President was ruminating on the meaning of his party's defeat, Mr. Seals was doing a bit of shellacking on his own.

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Added by John Duke on November 7, 2010 at 2:43am — No Comments

A sense of wood

Wood tantalizes our senses, then works its way slowly into our souls. Who can resist running a hand across a polished wooden table, or admiring the infinite patterns in a panel of oak and the richness in a piece of mahogany, or listening to the creaks and groans of an old timber house as you climb its staircase?

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Added by John Duke on November 2, 2010 at 11:33pm — No Comments

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