my feet by Judith Bernier

Unlike most of the blogs I view these days where brightly painted toes are featured, here are mine, tucked snugly in their Keens with a pile of shavings around them from just milling the pod floor.  It is April 9th and it is snowing. Still. So exposing toes even without the wood shavings is not an option...

A visit to America's Wood Co in Washington Maine earlier this week provided us with this gorgeous cherry floor. Our intention was red birch going in, however, on the shelves was this stunning cherry, rejected from a high end yacht company, it was perfect for what we needed.

We brought it back to the workshop, and proceeded to mill it.

It will have a slight light brown aniline dye and clear Varathane finish over it.


the secret by Judith Bernier

to perfect pie crust.

What? You may be wondering...what do pies have to do with pods? Is it that they both begin with "p"? Has she lost her mind? Has she gone mad? ADHD?

None of the above, I spent last summer creating hand pies for Laura Cabot Catering @ the Waldoboro farmers market. In total there were perhaps more than 2000 created, some fan favorites were the pear & cardamon and the chorizo, sweet potato & pepper jack cheese. 

The crust was perfection, 4 ingredients: 1 1/4 c all purpose flour(King Arthur), 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 c.(1 stick)butter(Kates), and 1/4 c. flour.

Mix the flour in salt in a big steel bowl, add the butter in cubes with a pastry blender.  Then add water-little bit at a time...DO NOT OVERMIX, just barely blend it in until it resembles cat litter. Roll out, cut into circles, fill with desired filling and voila! Doesn't get any better.