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Division of labour

Posted by RodandDenise on September 21, 2013

In response to an e-mail discussion today, here is an old poem I put together a while back to explain my (Denise’s) part in the tree making process.

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Trees
(With sincere apologies to Alfred Joyce Kilmer)

I don’t think you will ever see
a saddle tree that’s been made by me.

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Oh, I can select the wood we’ll use
and cut, joint, plane and edge it smooth.

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I can glue the wood up square
and I can mark the pattern there.

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I can varnish the trees three times before
they’re rawhided, and then twice more.

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I can pack them up, ship them away.
I can do all the errands on each town day.

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I can do up the books so they work out nice
and when making patterns, I can be precise.

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I can generally make sense
when comparing seat length and thigh length

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or the height of the gullet with the handhole,
and the front of the horn with the back, you know.

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I can always make another chart,
but to build a tree there is an art.

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I can do some things, you see
but only Rod can build a tree.

Comments:

Posted by Bruce Gibson on
Love it! As the husband of another terrific and amazing wife, I can tell you there's NO WAY we could do what we do without you.
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