Issue 392

Issue 392

Homegrown Tomatoes

Rob-Portrait351As the poet Guy Clark once said, there are two things in the world money can’t buy — true love and homegrown tomatoes.

Up in this neck of the woods, you don’t really start to get good tasting tomatoes until about the middle of August. From that point on, it’s just a few weeks of heaven on a plate, and then the long pale, pasty season of plasticine produce pretending to be tomatoes begins. (Sad Face)

For woodworkers, a similar experience is finding a sublime piece of wood — with exquisite figure and beautiful color. While uncommon, it is something that most of us woodworkers experience from time to time. (Like a really tasty tomato.) My question is, what do you do when you find that piece of walnut or curly cherry? Save it? Use it like it was just another piece of wood? Save it for a special project or maybe even design a project to show it up?

Let us know and we will share your answers with the group!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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