Time did something interesting today: it slowed down and let us get stuff done. We were up early for a 6 mile run to White Pine Camp, known (in the summer of 1926) as the summer White House. Back at the cabin we did our best to keep up with centuries past in the present, by spending the morning restoring axes with power tools. We sharpened a few racing axes for practice later in the week, brought a rare-ish Kelly Registered back to life, polished a Collins, and hung a doublebit axe that (in the hands of a great, great grandfather) once felled a redwood tree in California. Having traditionally worked on axe restoration using only files, the power tools (mostly handheld sanders of varying power) added a welcome speed to the restoration process. Call it instant gratification on an already gratifying experience. One of us admittedly went down the rabbit hole of restoring an axe from start to finish in one day.
Meanwhile, the rest of Woodchips ran a sawmill. They figured all those new axe heads are gonna need handles, so why not make them from scratch? They prepped and cut the boards that will be patterned into new handles before the end of the week. Take a minute here. Did you get the part about how these guys ran a sawmill today?
But the day still wasn't done. Timbersports pros Dave Jewett and Nathan "Bucket" Waterfield are on their way to see us later this week, and because we're good hosts (hi, mom!), we sawed and peeled the best blocks Paul Smith's had to offer today. Wheelbarrows, red markers, measuring tape and axes were involved, and not harmed, in the making of these sacrificial blocks.
What time is it? What day is it? What year is this? Let's go again.