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    Legendary Sawdust

    Miracle of the Sawdust

    It was late November in 1774, and residents in Springfield, Massachusetts were gearing up for another bitter winter. Ted Fieldstone was considered the most talented woodworker in the community. He always saved the sawdust from his projects and would spread it around his property in early spring to absorb the water from the melting snow. On a cold December day, a howling wind knocked over the barrel where Ted stored his sawdust and a cyclone of dust quickly disappeared. As luck would have it a mild winter followed and the skilled craftsman didn’t have a need to take care of the usual muddy conditions.

    From that time onward, every December 1st, hoping to repeat the “Miracle of the Sawdust,” Ted and his friends would take a handful of wooden shavings, throw it into the wind, and follow up chugging a mug of their favorite whiskey. While there is no historical evidence that these actions brought comfortable winters, Ted and his neighbors always enjoyed an opportunity to down some spirits.

    So, grab some lucky sawdust and participate in Ted Fieldstone’s time-honored tradition by throwing it into the wind. Hopefully good fortune and a mild winter will come to you and your friends. Of course, be sure to prepare your favorite cocktail!
    Ed Gibbons

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    Good story Ed. Thanks for passing it on to us!
    Fred
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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    Great story. The best part is the obligatory and totally random incorporation of whiskey into the tradition.

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    Great story of the sawdust of life ... and the water of life! Happy to help celebrate both.🥃
    Molann an obair an saor.

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    Maybe this story will convince my wife she should let me buy a bottle of rum while we are shopping today.

    There is already a bunch of sawdust in the shop.

    jtk
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    Around these parts we should probably have moved it up to November 1 this year.

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    Reminds me it's time to empty my 30 gal dust collector bin. I dump it in a spot in the woods down from the shop. I follow this by consuming a Hershey's chocolate bar. Every winter has been mild since I started this. Well, full disclosure: we always have mild winters in East TN!

    JKJ (who grew up in western PA)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Gibbons View Post
    Miracle of the Sawdust

    It was late November in 1774, and residents in Springfield, Massachusetts were gearing up for another bitter winter. Ted Fieldstone was considered the most talented woodworker in the community. He always saved the sawdust from his projects and would spread it around his property in early spring to absorb the water from the melting snow. On a cold December day, a howling wind knocked over the barrel where Ted stored his sawdust and a cyclone of dust quickly disappeared. As luck would have it a mild winter followed and the skilled craftsman didn’t have a need to take care of the usual muddy conditions.

    From that time onward, every December 1st, hoping to repeat the “Miracle of the Sawdust,” Ted and his friends would take a handful of wooden shavings, throw it into the wind, and follow up chugging a mug of their favorite whiskey. While there is no historical evidence that these actions brought comfortable winters, Ted and his neighbors always enjoyed an opportunity to down some spirits.

    So, grab some lucky sawdust and participate in Ted Fieldstone’s time-honored tradition by throwing it into the wind. Hopefully good fortune and a mild winter will come to you and your friends. Of course, be sure to prepare your favorite cocktail!
    Great story..................Just proves that we're always looking for any excuse to imbibe :-)

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