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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Central, PA

    Miracle of the Sawdust

    Miracle of the Sawdust

    It was late November in 1774 and residents in Springfield, Massachusetts were gearing up for another bitter winter. Ted Fieldston 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 puff quickly disappeared . As luck would have it a mild winter followed and the skilled craftsman didn’t have a need take care of the usual muddy conditions. From that time onward, every first Sunday in December, hoping to repeat the ”Miracle of the Sawdust,” Ted and his friends would take 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, find some lucky sawdust and on December 5, 2022, participate in Ted Fieldston’s time honored tradition by throwing it into the wind. Hopefully good fortune will come to to you and your friends. Of course, be sure to prepare your favorite cocktail!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    southeast Michigan
    Thanks Ed. I'll get a couple of neighbors to supply the beverage and I'll supply the sawdust. Cheers.

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    Sounds like a good idea!
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  4. #4
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    Mar 2005
    Anaheim, California
    If I empty my dust collector during a Santa Ana wind event, it's gonna take a lot more than a couple of beers to square it with my neighbors.

    Just sayin'.
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  5. #5
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    Sep 2007
    Longview WA
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    So, find some lucky sawdust and on December 5, 2022
    Why are we waiting until next year?

    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    N.E. Ohio
    Why are we waiting until next year?
    I can't speak for anyone else -but - I'm still a bit under the influence from Thanksgiving.....& before any of you judge me - - you try to deal with my wife's side of the family sober.. .
    My granddad always said, :As one door closes, another opens".
    Wonderful man, terrible cabinet maker...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
    Agree with Jim, why wait till next year.
    Tomorrow sounds like a good day to have sip of my favorite whiskey... or two.... cheers...

  8. #8
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    May 2021
    Spartanburg South Carolina
    It's worth a ​shot!

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