spoon class photos

Photos from the spoon class I took

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes

spoon class at Lie-Nielsen

Robin from Lie-Nielsen got a bunch of photos up on Facebook. I don’t go there myself, but I like that the Lie-Nielsen website lets you see the photos even if you are not a facebook-y person. 

go. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152090593133016.1073741893.100708343015&type=1

In there, you’ll see Ben Kirk matching me beard-for-beard. I’m the one w/o tattoos. 

Will you be there in October? It will be great…

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Maine trip report

Hey that’s me!

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes

I have the greatest time in Maine. Just got back from 7 days there. Can’t wait to go back.  I saw scads of birds. In the spring it’s warblers – small, fleeting little birds, mostly 60 feet up in the tree tops. Some came down low once in a while.

black-throated blue warbler. 

BT blue

Pileated woodpecker holes – just to tease me. These large birds always elude me. I only get fleeting glimpses. 

mortising not by hand

yell0w-rumped warbler, female. 

yellow rumped

The male. 

yellow rumped male

black & white warbler, not quite still enough. 

B&W

flyover Great Blue Heron. 

flyover gbh

Most common bird in the Maine woods this past week was the ovenbird. I saw many, but they. like most warblers, are never still. barely got this one. 

ovenbird

Common yellowthroat. They love the water. 

common yellowthroat

Chestnut-sided warbler. many of these around. 

chestnut sided warbler

got him even better. 

chestnut sided again

More pileated ativity, recent too. 

holes

‘nuther yellowthroat. 

yellowthroat

Then they screamed in = lousy grey day. but I…

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Cocktail Hour: The Ravens Club Old Fashioned

Another place to visit next time I’m in A2.

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The Ravens Club has one of the most extensive whiskey selections in Michigan. It also makes its own bitters, which add a personal touch to the time-honored, like the Old Fashioned. This “Original Hand Pulled” version is our Cocktail Hour’s featured drink.

Eagle Rare 10-year bourbon is mixed with house-made bitters and Demerara syrup, hand-drawn and served over a two-inch ice block. We noticed hints of orange, cherry, and spice, probably because the menu also listed each note. Regardless, this is refreshing and sturdy. A new take on an old classic. Eagle Rare 10-year bourbon is mixed with house-made bitters and Demerara syrup, hand-drawn and served over a two-inch ice block. We noticed hints of orange, cherry, and spice, probably because the menu also listed each note. Regardless, this is refreshing and sturdy. A new take on an old classic.

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Small business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer. – Unknown

I grew up going to Washtenaw Dairy for ice cream. The thirty minute drive was always worth it, and I try to get back there when I’m in town. Worth a visit if you’re around.

I didn't have my glasses on....

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Washtenaw Dairy has been many things to many people in the community, and a home away from home for the neighborhood for almost 80 years.  what began as a dairy, has continued on as a family-friendly gathering spot for locals and visitors from all over, with ice cream and home made donuts and coffee and smiling faces, always happy to welcome in anyone who stops by.

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when they proposed raising the price of a cup of coffee by 10 cents, topping out at over a dollar,

to at least break even, some of the morning regulars were upset,

so they decided to keep selling it at the old price,

and see it as a service to their loyal community. 

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with the second generation of owners, one in their 60s, and his partner in his 80s, their quote sums up their approach “We won’t put on airs, we’re pretty much…

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