Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Failure is NOT an option

Cut my rib stock today as mentioned.  Have around 30 peices 5′ long so roughly 60 to make into ribs.  They are all different lengths so in some cases, I may get three from one section. 

This stuff was so green, tree sap was blowing out of the kerf.  If it won’t steam for bending, nothing will.  (And the smell, gah!!!  Like being near a bus station bathroom: Blech!!!   Would make some great wood alcohol if I were so inclined: I’m not, just sayin’)

Made one tentative rib just to check the new gage.  Layed it on top the stove for 10 minutes to heat up and it bent fairly smoothly, though not as well as if it had been steamed.  Gage is off a hair, and I adjusted it.  Will still need to adapt as things progress,  but that will be trimming ends; Easy peasy,,,

Now the sun is setting, and my work shop porch is losing the battle to Can’t see/frickin COLD.  Stoke up the fire and call it an evening watching the boys do their thing of gaurding the house from those damned field mice.   Grizzy caught two last night, Zooms one.  The mice try to move in when the cold starts, and my boys do a fine job of keeping that in check.  Mama? Not so much.   She is still playing GrumpyKat and staying out until the tummy grumbles.  But she is a long hair and the cold doesn’t phase her like it does me and the boys.  She does come in around 4 or so and curl up at my feet on the bed,  but come day break; C-YA!

A good day, may the trend continue,,,,

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