Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 195

Street beggar taken in Jaipur Photo credit –

regal in a way
silent but hopeful each day
-blessings are his pay

             -cj holm


Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 195 Regal / Hopeful


The Two Dollar Table

The table was sitting in a pile off in a corner. It was part of multi-family estate auction. It had been dragged out of an unheated North Dakota barn that it had been stored in for years and had been brought to this salesbarn for auction to the highest bidder. Unfortunately exposure to the elements wreck havoc on furniture. Glue joints fail, veneer peels, metal rusts, and the old finish flakes off.

dollar table

My new project

When the table came up for sale no one bid on it. The auctioneer went to move it and the top came apart in his hands and one of the legs fell off- people started to laugh and walk away. Because it was solid oak, I felt at least I could use it for parts so I made a bid of two dollars. The auctioneer sighed in relief at the bid and yelled sold!

I brought the table home to my shop and began the inspection. The good news was all the parts were there. The bad news was every glue joint has failed and someone had tried to do a repair on the legs with 16 penny spikes and bailing wire. I definitely had brought home a project.

Here are some of the steps needed to rebuild the table.

Reglued top

Reglued top with holes and cracks puttied

reglued shelf

Lower shelf repaired and waiting for final sanding

refinish legs

Legs repaired and awaiting stripping


Legs after boiling overnight in a diluted acid solution.


Top sanded ready for finish.

After approximately 30 hours of clamping, glueing, sanding, staining and hand rubbing with Tung Oil here is the finished project.

Final Product

Finished table

Just Before

For those who have experience mid-west winter weather, you’ve learned that December warm fronts proceed killer blizzards. Legendary storms stories always begin with “It was a warmer than normal start to the day!”


Words and Image ©2017 Clarence Holm

December fog drifts
over the freshly tilled field
-nature seems wary

Just before the winter storm
Gives this last taste of autumn

                                    -Clarence Holm

Almighty’s Tumble

Trunk Haiku

Words and Image ©2017 Clarence Holm

Last year’s perch broken
Victim of its age and height
Barn owl soars over

                    -Clarence Holm
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 175 Broken / Over
Prompt words: Broken and Over
Haiku in 5-7-5