When I was a teenager in Yakima, Washington one of my responsibilities was stacking the cords of applewood we would get for our fireplace. My motivation to stack it was threefold:
First—the wood was delivered and dumped in my parking spot.
Second—I loved a fire when I watched movies, which was all the time (VHS FTW)
Third—Even though I inevitably happened upon spiders, got splinters and suffered wood bits in my eyes, the act of stacking the wood was almost meditative. It was physically grueling, mentally cleansing and ultimately incredibly satisfying to see what I had made from a mess.
Currently we do not have a wood burning fireplace, though pining for one is one of my favorite activities. What I do have is a Sean and he has, in our 8.5 years of marriage, become an accomplished woodworker. I love working with him on projects and, because he is also wicked crafty with video, design and music, I can show you our latest labor of wood love.
Wil you go take a look and let me know what you think? It won’t take long I promise!
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I too spend much time longing for a woodstove. And I didn’t know you were from Yakima. I’ve lived in WA my whole life.
I know it’s just a matter of tools and practice, but I look at woodworking and think, wow, I could never do that.
I loved the video – yay for a puppy cameo. I can’t wait for December and making time to visit the store.
My husband and I both grew up in homes with woodburning fireplaces, and it’s definitely something we both miss. The woodwork looks great – that is such a neat skill to have. Lake George looks so beautiful, too.
This is so emblematic of how and where you live. I want to live like you do–with purpose.
I love how homey and rustic your husband’s woodwork is (and your puppy is SO cute). I love going home and having a warm fire in the fireplace. It’s rare, but it makes everything seem so cozy and happy.
P.S. I adore your layout! It’s amazing.
What a beautiful video! Thanks for sharing. My daughter, dog and I spent yesterday afternoon raking leaves, and I found the task to be (surprisingly) meditative and relaxing… although our reward wasn’t nearly as enticing as an apple wood-burning fireplace.