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  1. #1
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    Default Yesterday's Snowfall

    Here it comes. This is the SW view from my dining room balcony, 9AM today.
    Peaks might be 7,500 - 8,000', about 5 miles (8km) away.
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    Lovely view, this must mean its time to hibernate in workshop.



    Cheers,


    Frank

    In trying to learn a little about everything,
    you become masters of nothing.

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    Yes. My real wood carving season is about to begin. I think I'm ready.
    Lots of wood inventory:alder logs, birch and western red cedar.
    Several works in progress. I want to try to carve some feast bowls and some serving ladles
    with the wide flat profiles common here in the Pacific Northwest.
    I've shoveled up all of last year's shavings, burnt the failed carvings and
    lit the wood pellet stove. Except for periodic shutdowns/cleanouts,
    it will run 24/7 until next April.

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    Stunning view RV, what does the temperature drop to? I worked in Bavaria, Germany many years ago in -15 but after being in a warm climate for so long
    I can't handle cold weather now.

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    Hi Rob. Depends a little on the humidity, as you recall. -10-15C happens a lot, so does -5C (nice = no bugs and no mud))
    Last winter we had a spell of -30C, everybody just stayed home and tried to keep warm.
    Half a dozen days were -20C, on those, I shovel a space in the snow and put out something for the Ravens.
    I don't want my downstairs wood shop warmer than maybe 18C = gets too hot if I do a lot with
    big mallets & gouges.

    I run synthetic jet engine oil in my Suburban so viscosity in cold weather is never an issue.
    The 454/7.6l engine is a biggie to crank on a cold day.

    The worst thing here is the wind. McBride is at a very narrow place in the valley so the wind speed picks up with the "venturi effect."
    Blows the heat right out of the house, hard to keep up.
    Snow drifts 2m high, garbage cans blowing down the street.
    Last 2 winters, I've had a single Fox Sparrow (bird) resident at my house.
    The bird has figured out how to hop up underneath the cover on my BBQ to get out of the wind.

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    RV, That's cold, very cold, and the fact that you get the wind as well, geeez I wouldn't last a winter. I'm Australian but from the age of 8 I lived in Scotland for 16 years and although the lowest temperatures were around -5 it was the wind off the North sea that was unbearable, cut you like a knife.
    At least in Bavaria there was no wind so it was just like walking around in a freezer.

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    Yeah, we get some cold spells. Often a big melt (+5-8C) for a few days about once a month.
    The culverts are all plugged with snow and ice, makes me look like I own waterfront property.
    My modus operandi once or twice a week is to buy a 6-pack of small cans and head over
    to the diamond willow furniture shop 3PM ("beer o'clock" is before 2 but I'm always late.)
    Talk wood, glue, finishes, projects, empty one can, leave the rest behind and go home.

    I'll try to carve very different shapes for a change this winter (feast bowls and spoons/ladles).
    You can search the UBC/MOA online catalog to see the direction that I want to go.

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