During the last few weeks, I have been using the wood from the fallen Juniper tree to build all sorts of things. First, I carved some raised letters into a thick, peeled branch to give to my Mom for her 60th birthday. BARBARA. Some of the smooth spots were hard to get into, like the inside of the “R”, and breakage did occur once or twice, but I glued the affected parts back. In the end, it looks pretty nice. It was a fun project that took a considerable amount of time, and I learned about where I wanna go next. I worked on it nights and weekends, after my full-time job. Perfect compliment to logic-heavy thinking all day… I did lightly paint and finish parts of it, but here it is before all of that.
And, last week, I restored a raised garden and put up a fence around it. I planted potatoes, tomatoes, and some herbs like Basil in there. And… when the tomatoes start to show, I’ll build a small frame out of the same wood. I want to get my gardening skills up so that I can have a large garden one day on my own ranch land and eat my own organically grown food. I had this particular garden going with many plants in the past (twice!), but never got to full harvest because the deer and rabbits and foxes ate them up every time! They even ate the cactus in another pot. Can you believe that? Haha. So, I had to do the fence this time.
I had to dig 8-inch-deep holes down into the ground for the poles, and it was really tough going with this rocky soil where I live. Believe me, I had to take a chisel and hammer to break up the Texas limestone rocks, a half inch at a time. But, nonetheless, despite the work.. yes… It was fun.
I made it a hexagon pattern, since I love hexagons, and it was a more round shape for the round garden container. I used hexagonal plastic chicken “wire”, too. Yep. So, we’ll see if this is enough to keep the animals out. Probably enough for the rabbits and foxes, but the deer can jump right over that. However, we’ll see if they wanna put up the effort. Let’s test it.
And, finally, I made a tool hanger wall. I cut a few posts off of the fell Juniper tree and skinned ’em to use as supports for the tool wall. I sanded and shellac’d the posts and the backing board (made of birch) – they all have a nice, rich grain to them. And, I started to lay out places to hang my tools. It’s all securely hung up there. I had a lot to hang and only a little space to hang them in, so it got a bit cramped. However, this is a fAR better solution than putting them on the floor of my workshop – you know, “that place on the floor over there where all the hand tools go”… So, yeah – the hanging system has been really awesome.
And, more importantly, the wood is from a tree that I chilled out under when it was alive. So, it’s got that nice memory attached to it. Below the tool hanger is a shelf that I just assembled this week, bought from the Home Depot (likely, my favorite place in the world). Inside those crates, you’ll find sandpaper, drill and router bits, glues, knives, bolts and nuts, and many other things organized by type so I know right where they are. Plus, the Sabre Saw, the Belt Sander, the Dremel Tool, and all of that have a home of their own. I’m stating to get more organized and it feels good.