Posts tagged ‘Woodworking’

January 25, 2012

Time Travel

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to travel back in time thanks to the Alafia River Rendezvous in Homeland, Florida.  The event is a pre 1840 representation of how fur trappers would gather once a year to trade.  This event is hosted annually by the Florida Frontiersmen.
Break time

For those of us who like period costumes, handmade crafts and the simplicity of days past, this is an event not to miss.  Be prepared to dress for the weather.  Closed shoes are a must.  The ground doesn’t have a lot of grass this time of the year and it can get pretty dirty.  I suggest sneakers as the camp is large and you will do a lot of walking.  I spent 2 hours at the site and didn’t even see half of the exhibit.  This year the weather was perfect and the skies provided a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
Trade area

When you first arrive, you are greated with folk music and then you realize you have just stepped into the 19th century.

Horse patrol

There is a market where you can eat buffalo burgers, elk chili and brunswick stew.  Artisans show their work and some even give demonstrations.


Here is the camp’s seamstress.  She’s known as the go to person for “time period” fashion advice.  Her shop has something for everyone.


Seamstress Shop

This is Laura Sylvester, a retired teacher from Kentucky who turned her love of history and textiles into lovely hand printed fabric.

Textile Artist

The fiber shop offered many yarns, threads and free weaving demonstrations.


I can’t wait for next year’s rendezvous. Now I know better to get there early so I have enough time to see all the sites. Who knows, maybe I’ll have my own period costume and can fit in with the crowd :)


July 19, 2011

Work Bench

This weekend dear husband and I finished making a work table I promised him a couple of weeks ago.  I saw the instructions at the website.  After reading thru them I thought to myself “this doesn’t look so hard to do” and I was right.  As long as you measure twice and cut once, you too can make one.   I did change the measurements so that it’s counter high (36 inches), 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep.  This took 4 – 2×4’s, 8 feet long.  Each one is cut into 3 pieces (2 – 36″ and 1- 24″).  The rest of the materials and instructios are the same.

Not bad for my 1st carpentry attempt.  Now I need to build one for me to use in the garden!

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