Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | November 6, 2011

Halloweening and Parka Re-Covering

Monday night was filled with before- and after-the-school-carnival trick-or-treating. Once again the costumes were the real treat.

Young and old gathered for the game booths, a cake walk, an I-Spy room, costume contest, pumpkin carols sing-a-long, relay races and a lip sync that had everyone laughing. All agreed; we need more of those kind of community events.

The week continued with some beautiful weather and we managed to get out a bit and enjoy it.

Our friend Marla’s visit provided the perfect opportunity to re-cover Bonnie’s parka. Marla’s expertise in quilting and all-things sewing was put to good use.

First step: using the old parka as a pattern for cutting out the new one.

Next Steps: pin, check, sew, press, repeat

Laying out the wolverine trim

Only one seam ripping event

Successful transfer of quilting skills to skin sewing

New parka cover completed

The parka re-covering brings to mind Gary Snyder’s poem, Axe Handles.

One afternoon the last week in April
Showing Kai how to throw a hatchet
One-half turn and it sticks in a stump.
He recalls the hatchet-head
Without a handle, in the shop
And go gets it, and wants it for his own.
A broken-off axe handle behind the door
Is long enough for a hatchet,
We cut it to length and take it
With the hatchet head
And working hatchet, to the wood block.
There I begin to shape the old handle
With the hatchet, and the phrase
First learned from Ezra Pound
Rings in my ears!
“When making an axe handle
the pattern is not far off.”
And I say this to Kai
“Look: We’ll shape the handle
By checking the handle
Of the axe we cut with-“
And he sees. And I hear it again:
It’s in Lu Ji’s Wen Fu, fourth century
A.D. “Essay on Literature”-in the
Preface: “In making the handle Of an axe
By cutting wood with an axe
The model is indeed near at hand.-
My teacher Shih-hsiang Chen
Translated that and taught it years ago
And I see: Pound was an axe,
Chen was an axe, I am an axe
And my son a handle, soon
To be shaping again, model
And tool, craft of culture,
How we go on.



  1. I was sewing this week too! My favorite caption from this week’s post: “Laying out the wolverine trim” … I did not sew any wolverine trim onto anything I was making. Much love. See you in a little over a month!

  2. I knew when Marla retired that you would all have too much fun. Where did you get the wolverine? You could sell that coat on ebay for alot. Good to see you doing good and thanks again for all the wonderful posts.
    We miss you lots.
    Bev Horan

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