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Weather Forecast

September 24, 2011

Complaining about weather forecasting must be nearly as old as complaining itself. As a general rule, I am sympathetic to the vagaries of the exercise. In fact, if anything I am more likely to complain that weather forecasting has become too accurate. In years gone by, the forecast was pretty inaccurate more than a day or two out. It never had to be taken too seriously. But now, when the dog days of summer descend upon us, and I look at the five day forecast and see five days of the hot and humid it feels like a death sentence with no chance of commutation. Of course exact tracks of hurricanes and blizzards continue to be missed, but rarely by more than a few degrees of longitude or temperature. But today I feel let down by my buddies at Weather Underground (admittedly still my favorite weather website and my homepage). Yesterday the forecast for today was nearly 100% chance of rain all day, and so I decided not to bother going down to the farm. There are too few visitors on rainy days to make it worthwhile to go there to open my shop for business. This is especially the case when I have so much furniture made that I have to put it outside to have room to work, and I can’t put it out in the rain. So, I am home and I have some new pieces for sale and it is not raining, nor does it look likely to over the next few hours. And so I continue the grand tradition, going back through the ages, of complaining about the weather. In the winter, my attitude is the harsher the weather the better, but during the summer and fall when I am trying to sell this stuff, I am afraid I become a fair weather visitor to the farm.

I do, however, have a new table to share. It is a semi-commission. That is, a person asked me if I could I build a table of a certain style, and I said I’d give it a try. If she likes the result, she can buy it, if not I have a new table to add to my stock. It is 36″ tall, 24″ wide, and about 14″ from front to back. As you can see it has a shelf about 9″ below the table top. It was made of ash, sassafras, and salvaged wood for the top and shelf. The top is attached by the use of dowels running through the frame into the top in the front and back and rests on the frame on the sides. It took about a week to complete. I hope you enjoy it.
Weather permitting, I will be down to my shop next week.

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