Recently I moved to a log home in Winterset, IA, home to covered bridges and the birthplace of John Wayne. I’ve lived many places – grew up on a farm in Illinois, had a short post-college stint in Chicago, served 2.5 years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa, St. Louis, Austin, and finally Des Moines. Why Winterset? I have no idea other than I found the home of my dreams. It also came with a raised bed garden and detached garage that had previously been set up for a woodworking shop. Obviously this meant I needed to learn woodworking and grow my own food. So, here goes! IMG_6032 (1)