This week was a quick one. We spent the majority of our time doing jobs to prepare us for living in the woods all summer. We’ve been at the “camp” for about a week now and it has been lovely. Two things we have noticed is that it’s hard to get green vegetables that will last the week, and we go through a lot of firewood (much more than we were expecting).
Tracy has spent most of this week cooking and making the cabin feel like home. I’ve been busy making preparations for the rest of the summer.
I spent Monday thru Thursday gardening and splitting wood. Lately, I’ve been in love with both of these things. Maybe it’s because I was mentally preparing for the summer. Or maybe it’s because I see something similar in leather.
Splitting wood is hard work and repetitive work. All day you are performing the same motion. The axe is lifted above the head and swung to split a piece of wood in half. At the beginning of the week, this process was clumsy. But as I split, I became more aware of the axe, and the angle at which I was swinging. All the subtleties started to show themselves to me.
Leather is repetitive work. Stitching by hand takes hours and requires the same motion and absolute consistency. While the motion is the same, the outcome is always a little bit different. No two pieces of what we make is the same. When working with a natural material there will always be variants. Just like splitting, the same motion is administered to make something similar, but never exactly like the last piece.
Just another reason why natural materials and simple construction is “simply” and “naturally” the best ;).
I'm getting antsy to get back into leather-working. It's been nice getting our camp ready for the summer, but I'm also looking forward to get moving on leather goods again.
Tracy and I hope that you are enjoying our blog posts! We love letting everyone know what we're up to. If you have any questions about what we're up to or how we perform a certain task without power or running water, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to answer it either personally or through our blog. Have a great weekend!