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A Walk in the Woods in July

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. –Dorothy The three of you who pay close attention to my ramblings may recall that a couple of months ago, I wrote about the origin of the name sycamore, applied to … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in June

With June comes summer, and the forest pretty much goes on cruise control. Everything that was happening keeps happening, and not much new happens. American basswood (Tilia americana) is a late bloomer, literally. It blooms in the early part of … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in May

May is, of course, peak box turtles-crossing-the-road month. Here’s one that managed to evade Chris’s car: This individual is of the “eastern” subspecies of common box turtle (Terrapene carolina). I mentioned last month that I wasn’t able to find a … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in April

April March showers bring May April flowers. –traditional proverb Despite sharing a border with Canada, Ohio has a relatively mild climate, and spring usually arrives early. By April, all of the trees are at least beginning to leaf out. One … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in March

The weather this past March was kind of wacky. It didn’t exactly come in like a lion, nor did it go out like a lamb. Instead, it alternated on a weekly basis between much colder than normal and much warmer … Continue reading

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Batonga stools

Since this blog seems to be transitioning from all-workbenches-all-the-time to all-stools-all-the-time, I thought I’d pass along something I came across recently. The Batonga people, of present-day Zimbabwe and Zambia, have traditionally carved stools out of single log sections. The stools … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in February

I love the smell of ponderosa pine in the morning…. Smells like…vanilla. –Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now (director’s cut) We’re going to travel a little further afield today, but first, a correction: Last time, I posted a photo that … Continue reading

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