Pete's random thoughts

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


March means two things of importance in New England.

One is the beginning of mud season.

The other is the beginning of maple sugaring time.

This year I decided would be the year that we start sugaring. So far, we have a total of 18 taps out on various maple trees within a short walk from the shop. We are going to use a 33 gallon rubbermaid trash can to collect the sap into, and a galvanized sheet steel box that some muskets were delivered in for a evaporator pan.

As you walk near the taps with their buckets hanging below them, you hear a steady "drip...drip...drip..." coming from each one. Every bucket has it's own tone and rhythm, so it is kind of musical.

I'll post more details here as the project progresses.