Last Saturday evening I set off from Colorado in my 6.5 Liter diesel GMC Sierra pickup truck for a two-thousand mile drive to Springfield, VT, to dwell a spell with metate Mark Grable and help him build a forge. I was still surprisingly lucid when I arrived after driving for two days, finding Mark in good spirits, both welcoming and gracious, with lots of good conversation about woodworking. There’s a giant stack of hemlock to be worked for the forge frame, but before we can get to that, how about a deck with black locust posts?
I’m definitely going with the flow, trying to see with eyes wide open and not constantly ask too many questions. Mark had a saw to work on today and its raining in a steady downpour so I’ve taken the opportunity to drive into Springfield proper and find a good internet connection. There’s a lot of work to be done, rest assured that after I get fully recuperated from my travels I’ll be in a mind to take plenty of good pictures and describe the work to come!
The property Mark’s on is located near the top of the valley that overlooks Springfield, its a totally different environment from my home in Colorado, but the mountain views give me a sense of the comforts of home. I hope everyone out there is finding the work that they want to do and is in a place that inspires them to take the time to make something beautiful!