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After two only days of work, nearly the entire class has assembled the shells of their tool chests. This is not according to plan.

We are supposed to assemble the chests on Wednesday night. Late Wednesday. Dark. With greasy pizza boxes strewn everywhere. There should be tears. Alcohol deprivation. Hide glue.

Instead, we have only a couple chests to assemble on Wednesday morning. Everyone else is already working on the bottoms of their chests. People are texting. Joking. Enjoying themselves.


Meanwhile, back at Roy Underhill’s mill, the water is rising fast thanks to a crazy rainstorm. The water is as high as I’ve seen here. Giant trees are being tumbled over the mill’s dam while the white noise invades every crevice of the house.

And so I told the students to hurry – we are building arks to evacuate the school.

— Christopher Schwarz

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“The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”


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  • projectsforwood

    That’s beautiful cat…love your back yard lol!

  • macmarty15221

    Chris, that cat seems to enjoy your company, I didn’t know you played the cello. Did your laptop receive any static zzaps as a result? (Perhaps too humid.)

    That certainly is quite a view – the Fallingwater of the South.

  • andrew messimer

    So is Cliff the “Doug” of this class? Too bad he wasn’t in the class in February, we could have had a sawbench class reunion.

  • zephyrblevins

    I am getting pretty sick and tired of that pop up popping up all the time. Anybody else feel the same?

  • samcappo

    The video’s are even more entertaining now that I have attended one of these classes! I hope all the participants remember to have fun and ask tons of questions, I did. I have a feeling I asked too many.

    While there Chris coerced me into starting a blog, . One of my first posts was about reflections on the class…this is what I thought:

  • DeGauss

    Well if there is anyone who has a large stash of Gopher Wood, I believe it would be Roy.

  • esincox

    Better hope Lucy doesn’t show that last bit to the “kids” at home, Chris, or you’ll have to start checking your shoes in the morning before you put them on.

  • ecafsub

    *Totally* envious. If I were any greener, I could be recycled.

    oh, right…

    Gorgeous part of the planet, awesome people, making sawdust and collecting splinters. And winding up the day by sitting next to a proper gullywasher and listening to the roar. What a spectacularly wonderful way to spend a week. if only… 🙂

  • Jonathan Szczepanski

    Looking good lady and gentlemen. Roy looked wet. Don’t tell me he dove in again to bring a fallen tree back to shore.

  • AL

    Banjo music for Day 2 is awesome. Shots of the dam & water were beautiful. Chris you lucky dog.

  • Megan Fitzpatrick

    Well, no arguing for a few days over who has to sweep the dam. Goodness gracious is that a lot of water!

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