Back in the Swing


Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

— Abraham Lincoln

Although this is a widely known quote attributed to Lincoln, he probably never said it. Besides, Lincoln wouldn’t have required six hours to chop down a tree!  Regardless, my axe has now recovered from the sands of Plymouth and the chips are flying once again in the shop.

I have a number of projects underway and more in my mind.  Among them is an example bowl that will be the aim for the Plymouth Craft class at the end of July.  I have been thinking about the specific elements of a bowl design that is manageable for students to get to a complete pre-drying state in a couple days (with just light finishing cuts to go), while still possessing grace and pleasing lines. So, if you’ve signed up, or are thinking about it, more on the specifics will be coming before long.  I want folks to learn the concepts and skills, but also end up with pleasing and enduring bowls in their homes.

And I also want to get back to offering some bowls for sale on a somewhat regular basis. Now it’s back to swinging that sharp axe…




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3 Responses to Back in the Swing

  1. Bill B says:

    HI Dave,
    Nice work at the workshop.
    I couldn’t make it this year. Perhaps next year.
    however I REALLY enjoyed the photos that Peter Published.
    Nice looking red Truck by the way.
    Warmest regards,
    Bill B.


    • Dave Fisher says:

      Thanks Bill. That sweet red truck is Pret’s, and it hauled a lot of material before, during, and after the fest. I was just helping to load it up in the photo I think you were referring to. Pret is a timber framer with rigging experience as well. I was marveling at his prowess with ropes and knots to secure those loads.


  2. The easiest way to make an apocryphal quote seem credible is to attribute it to Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, or Albert Einstein. Nevertheless, I love that quote, even though it never takes me four hours to sharpen an axe 🙂


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