Smoke and Oak Bourbon

Smoke and Oak Bourbon

How could I step back from a cocktail with this name like this?  As I’m not a ‘bourbon’ drinker I cannot offer my two-bit on this; will need my “Bend, Oregon” friend, Bill to comment.  Stay tuned!

sun-tea-smokeBourbon Drink:  Two-By-Four

Image & recipe from Smoke: New Firewood Cooking; By Tim Byres; Rizzoli International Publications Inc

1 tsp sorghum molasses
2 ounces Sun Tea, made with bourbon***
Splash of Drambuie
1 Twist Lemon
Splash of barrel-aged bitters, or Tennessee Whisky

Drizzle the inside of a rocks glass with the sorghum syrup to create a stained-glass effect, and then gently add ice.  Pour in the Sun Tea and add a splash of Drambuie and the lemon twist.  Finish with a splash of bitters.

*** Sun Tea

In the South, you sometimes see large glass jars of water set out on the porch to infuse with tea throughout the afternoon.  There’s no tea in this version, but the concept is similar.  Infused spirits can be left to soak for longer/shorter periods depending on the strength of flavour wanted.  Save the soaked plank for grilling.  Do let it dry out so the alcohol will evaporate and not cause a grill flame up.  Once dry, the subtle flavour of the bourbon will transfer to the food.

In a large glass container with a lid, submerge the wood in the spirit and allow it to soak for 2 days.

Maple compliments bourbon; Tequila pairs with Western Red Cedar.  Pass the spirit through a fine-mesh strainer and reserve in a clean, dry jar.  Drink straight or in mixed drinks – as above.

1 (750-ml) Bottle of Bourbon
1 (2×7”) Maple Wood Plank

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Jan’s Day Off: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Jan’s Day Off: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

What happens when you’ve lived in a wood house for over 25 years AND you’re next to a CRD park full of trees? More specifically the question is what doesn’t happen?!

My lovely little “Sori-bashi” – bridge with an arched appearance – was literally falling about after 20 years.  Made of yellow cedar, it was riddled with bugs; even two of the treated rail-road ties had been eaten to bits.

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This Week: Engraved Serving Paddles to Ontario

weekly events 5-20

35 Engraved Cherry Serving Paddle Boards

for Kitchen76, Two Sisters Winery, Niagara on the Lake, Ont.

Kitchen 76-engraved-paddles

I just wanted to send you a note with regards to the boards for Kitchen76… they are amazing! Everyone loved them and they are just want we wanted :)

The detail of the emblem and the board itself is amazing!

– Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli

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My World of Wood

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.

Culturally modified & will live to see another day.Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.

(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?

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FOR SALE: One Dream Too Many – $500

set of nymph canoe plans and build materials

Material to Build Two “Nymph” Canoes – Sold as one Complete Package – Includes:

Drawings from Guillemont Kayaks – One Set (Value $90)         

Wood Strips (Value $600):
Sitka Spruce (55 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Western Red Cedar (54 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Sapele Mahogany (41 strips) at 1/8” x ½” x 12’ long

MDF Strips (Value $160)
¾” MDF – Cut in strips for mould station
6 pieces at 16” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 8” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 1” x 8’ long

If you have the dream, this could bring you closer to it. Contact us if you are interested!