Making A Case For Books, by Nadia Nichols
|A teeny stack of rescued books|
Which is where making the case for books comes in. My neighbor has a logging arch and a portable sawmill. He’s also a book lover. We thought it would be a good idea to turn a big hardwood tree that had blown down on my sled dog trail system into book cases, so Stan readily hauled the log to his property
(it's awesome having a handy neighbor) and milled the boards with his Wood Mizer. My job was crafting the boards into a bookcase prototype, in between search and rescue trips to the university library. Sounds simple, but after a day of struggling to construct something that resembled a book case, I was sorely tempted to buy pre-made. Then inspiration struck. That old wooden ladder in my barn, cut in half, would make great ends for the book case, with the shelves resting on the rungs. I would have sacrificed my trusty hay ladder, but the rungs were unevenly spaced, so I built another. The end result of my first attempt at building a book case was awkward and not quite square, to put it mildly, but the second attempt is looking better and the books appear much happier (and safer) on the shelves. While nothing eases the unsettling specter of a completely digitalized future, rescuing books from the shredder has its own rewards. I feel like I’m surrounded by friends, and I have LOTS of reading material for this coming winter.
|Stan and his logging arch|
|How it's suppose to look|
How does that song go? ‘What the world needs now is love, sweet love’ ? How true that is, especially in this day and age. Oh, and happy endings are important, too. So let’s keep those love stories with the happy endings coming. Write on, sisters, write on, and may our books NEVER end up in the recycle bin!