What else could the final entry be titled? I’m ending the web site, at least as it’s now constituted. As information gets more and more widely spread through this and other channels on the world wide web, the consequences become not only tangible but unpredictable. This is in the nature of things, but I choose not to play a role in the inevitable down side which happens to predominate – the white noise, killing out any hope for a constructive addition, reason or consciousness beyond the gi’me more gi’me more mind-set.
No, better to just back out until the alternative presents itself. Could it possibly be a site where interested readers could get access by logging in? I don’t know. The all to few but nonetheless encouraging signs of serious and well intended positive responses and those where that applies simply looking in should not be forgotten and will hopefully stimulate a more considered alternative.
My parting gesture is the three axes that have been work horses the last while. Some will say they’ve gotten a beating but then say it without knowing the nature of the wood being worked at all. Over time the heads have racked loose and today I took two off, re-seating them further down and put a new handle on the japanese splitter. An interesting handle on that one, from European Nettle tree wood, a tree from the family Cannabaceae so we know its got those good and strong fibers we make use of in every true axe handle wood. It seems to be a promising wood with a lot of resilience. Next to that one is a splitter made in USA with a fine ash handle from wood here in the neighborhood. Finally there is the Collins felling axe I handled with some hickory I got from the lumber yard. Here, the three as you might see them lying there in my work shop till tomorrow when I take them out a splittin’. So, shortly, Working With Axes: Getting but then Using Them, will be shelved. You might notice the return of some adds now. Appropriate for a dead website don’t you think? It’s been fun. B.D.S. E. dB.