Promise to a Professor

WritingSlopeMr. Sheffield’s two-year writing slope.

by Autumn Doucet
page 64

From the December 2013 issue, #208

About a decade ago, I walked into my English professor’s office for advising and couldn’t take my eyes off of his homemade writing slope. He was talking credits and prerequisites; I was thinking this guy didn’t know a tenon from a tang. A couple of quarters later, I felt comfortable enough to comment on his glue-and-screw slope made from AC plywood.

“I made it in high school shop class,” Mr. Sheffield said. I didn’t want to offend him, but the words spewed out of my mouth before my mind engaged. “I can make you one a lot nicer than that.”

The comment came easily; I hadn’t taken into consideration that I’d recently moved, and most of my woodworking tools were in storage. And building my shop was on my “do-later” list.

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From the December 2013 issue, #208

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