Mortice and Tenant

I am always struck by how many hand tool operations are the same or very similar, filing isn't so different from sawing or paring. chopping firewood with an axe isn't very different from chopping waste from a dovetail. Today I chopped a mortise for a friend. I scribed the ends and the sides V'd out the waste and chopped the ends square. The difference was I was working in earth and my tool was a shovel, the operations were pretty much the same otherwise. The tenant was my old dog Mickey, I will miss him. Never a burden, our friends are never so heavy as when we lift them into their graves.