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Day 2: The Shell is Assembled. And Yikes.

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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17 thoughts on “Day 2: The Shell is Assembled. And Yikes.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. zephyrblevins

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

    1. Old Baleine

      Yes, I am, too. There should be a way to exempt subscribers from the annoyance of having to swat down pop-ups everytime one logs in. I have searched in vain for a contact email to complain it. Maybe leaving a few out-of-place comments in the editor’s blogs will get someone’s attention? We’ll see.

      1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick

        It pops up on me when even when I’m logged in as an admin. I’ll bring it up again at our next web site meeting.

          1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick

            I’m told we’ve been able to turn off the repeat instance of the pop up once a user is signed in. Note that it will likely take a few hours to recalibrate…or whatever the correct online term would be. But if, after today, you still see that once you’re logged in – and please do make sure you’re logged in before kvetching 😉 – send me or our webmaster (whom we have to thank for the change) a note ( or

  4. 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:

  5. 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.

  6. 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… 🙂

  7. Megan FitzpatrickMegan 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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