Mountain Laurel & Rhododendron


Mountain Laurel grows wild all over the mountain and is in bloom. It is absolutely specular this year! The first and second picture I took today while on a hike of the Mountain Laurel, very beautiful!



Purple Rhododendrons are also in full bloom! I also took the Rhododendron pictures in our garden today.


Purple Rhododendron are beautiful but so are the pink! Check out the next few pictures of the Pink Rhododendron blooms!

can you spot the tiny ants and insect on the blooms?



So which do you like the best, the Mountain Laurel or the Rhododendrons?

Enjoy your evening!

Check out my handcrafted Black Walnut Feathered Crotch Sushi Board. The colors on this board are beautiful!



Hike Down the Mountain to the Car

snow o the mountain

Last weeks snow on Wednesday – Thursday brought us 5 inches plus on the mountain. The mountain is beautiful with snow!

Since we know that our road is impossible to drive out when we have snow and ice, I park one car down the mountain that is a little more than a mile hike to and from the house.


The above picture is our drive way, I am hike down to see if we have any trees down.


There are tracks everywhere in the snow, these are coyote tracks.


I hiked all the way to the car and back, no trees down this time. That’s great because the week before with all the sleet we had trees down all across our driveway!

The snow is pretty but I am glad it is gone!! 🙂


I am making cheese boards and serving boards with a recessed edge, check this picture out! This one is Walnut, Walnut Cheese Board with recessed edge!




Winter Days


Morning y’all,

It’s another rainy day on the mountain today.  Day like this I would love to be on the couch with my laptop or a good book!

The high yesterday reached 42 degrees. The overnight low was 30 degrees. It was 38 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received .63″ of rain yesterday during some consistent afternoon and evening showers. Rain is forecasted all day today with some ice returning tomorrow and Thursday morning! Let’s hope the ice doesn’t show up! 🙂

I have  been really busy in the shop again which is a good thing. I post a picture on Instagram about every day so if you have not checked out my Instagram page,  here is a link:  Michael’s Woodcraft Instagram


Charcuterie Serving Platter


Trailcam Wild Turkey


I have not posted any trailcam pictures lately, here are some pictures of the wild turkey that live around our home on the mountain! I love my trail cameras, they are a lot of fun!


wild turkey







 Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂



Check out my charcuterie serving platters !




Just believe you can!


Good evening y’all,
It’s been a gloomy past two days with a lot of rain today, more tonight and more rain tomorrow thru mid day. The high today reached 39 degrees with a wind chill of 32 degrees. It’s currently 37 and raining! I took this picture this morning, the fog was so thick you could not see more than 30 – 40 feet.

We wait all year for Christmas and now as  write this blog we are only 27:45 til Christmas. This year we have two grandsons that will make our Christmas more special, Parker and Asher!

Merry Christmas!