a beautiful bath by Unique Wood Design for a hotel project by Buildinvest, France.
I shattered the ice
to draw water —
no matter, this morning
frozen just as solid.
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Otagaki Rengetsu (tr. by John Stevens)
The ritual of bathing as a means of relaxing and warming is sublime. Made more so if performed in the outdoors with an outdoor shower for the pre-rinse. On a crisp, chill morning the experience is humbling.
The Japanese bath or more politely the ofuro (お風呂) specifically a short, steep-sided wooden tub calls to Jan and I. In fact 26 years ago when we built our current home, we purchased all the plumbing for the master bathroom; only to discover years later a jacuzzi tub would’t be for us. We sold it – unused with the original stickers – to someone building a house on Protection Island (Nanaimo, BC). Sayōnara and Good bye; better them than us. And since then, Jan has set his sight on a soaking tub in the floor – as step down into. Baths of this type are found all over Japan in houses, apartments and traditional Japanese inns.
Herbert the Boat by Eric Letham
Herbert is a Sam Devlin designed Candlefish 16 built out of Joubert marine mahogany using the stitch and glue method. Powered by a 20 horse outboard, it moves along nicely with two to three adults and a load of camping and fishing gear. The boat calls Shuswap Lake home, but has spent some time on the Pacific as well, chasing salmon and scenery.
Not saying that our “world of wood” is a man’s world. Talent with the hands is not a gender specific trait; however, we do see our share of women trailing their men with less enthusiasm. Being ever accommodating, Jan decided to build a place to rest. As you can see it’s been well tested by the four-legged breed. Not to be encouraged but…….Lucy’s looking pretty comfy.
Next time you pay us a visit, give the bench a try.
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The following tips were curated by us from the lovely Meredith at insockmonkeyslippers.com her site has some great recipes as well!
- VARIETY OF CURED MEATS AND SALAMI; 3 or more selections. Keep the cured meats sliced very thin and the sausages and salami either sliced thin or cubed. Figure on serving 3 slices of each variety for each person.
- CURED MEATS – Try Coppa (cured pork shoulder), Jamon Serrano (Spanish ham), Prosciutto (Italian ham), Mocetta (cured beef tenderloin).
- SAUSAGES/SALAMI – Try Spanish Dry Chorizo, or a dry-cured Finochietta or Casalingo.
- PATÉ – A paté is a mixture of cooked ground meat with additions like vegetables, truffles and nuts, minced into a creamy spreadable paste. It’s not a must-have on a board but it brings a different flavor and texture; and can be purchased by the slice, making it extremely affordable. Spread on water crackers or thinly sliced rye bread.
- SOMETHING PICKLED – Pickled vegetables are a fantastic pairing with meats. Have at least one selection. Try gherkins (tiny pickles), pickled red onions, pickled okra, olives or pickled mushrooms. A pickled something is a must! Our favourite………eggplant!
Wood is my world; the world that gives me an opportunity to exist; to raise a family; make my mark in life. The cycle of dependence is large and varied. It’s a world of relative grace and comfort thanks to that wood in those trees. Yet the term ‘wood’ is rather loosely used, and I often wonder what defines ‘wood’ in other people’s worlds.
How do we find wood useful? Could a rough board or an old stump qualify? Some suggest it would best be served in its original ‘tree’ state. Loved but untouched.
(left) Culturally modified & will live to see another day. (right) Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.
In a woodworker’s world is there an expectation that ‘wood’ needs to be re-manned; touched by human and/or machine ‘hands’ to be valued? Its form altered; enhanced? Or is wood……..trees…….best left alone; yet even mammals and birds; insects and amphibians do not leave trees unmarked. What is natural?