Elvis, no, Sandburg, yes.

Sightings of Elvis are rare in Pamlico County, but the feelings of Carl Sandburg abound.

The fog comes
on little seagull feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

You've come a long way, Baby.

Not an ad for Virginia Slims, but you have come a long way Baby, in just 4 months. A definite long way for progress by just one man, Heber Guthrie.

Natural history in support of cultural history.

Slab boards of red cedar with striking patterns of the red heart, sanded, finished with several coats of polyurethane or tung oil, stand alone sculpture in a foyer, fitted with coat hooks for a functional use, 3-dimensional art to hang on a wall, or even as the headboard of a bed that has no headboard. Longest piece shown is 5 feet tall. Two pieces of all red heart are just over 4 feet long. Prices range from $30 to$125. Proceeds support projects of the non-profit NC Coastal Heritage Association, nccoastalheritage.org.
Contact ben@towndock.net. An excellent way to support a non-profit’s efforts to preserve and document the cultural history of the coast and also serve as a distinctive and meaningful New Year’s gift for someone. Remaining 4 unfinished boards in stock could be custom tailored as a table top or some other function.

Pamlico Fall Colors

A boyhood hero of mine was the late Wesley Cahoon. Wesley lived in what the folks in town, that is Arapahoe, called the Sand Hills community, a mile and half north of Arapahoe on NC intrastate 306. Wesley’s son and daughter, Johnny and Carol live near the home where they grew up. Carol is the trustee for what I have labeled the Cahoon Maple.
Please enjoy … with gratitude to Carol who regularly updated the status of the transformation of the leaves this fall.

Rack-of-the-eye is more than meets the eye.

Heber Guthrie explains the design rationale in rack-of-the-eye-boat-building. Certain traits contribute to making a boat bow-proud. Deadrise pushes a boat up out of the water. A minor tuck in the hull prevents it from lying flat in the water. A slight narrowing of the hull from amidship to stern is natural because fish are more narrow at their stern than at amidfish. As he explained, “A boat should be bow-proud because it is easier and more economical to push a boat through air than it is to push it through water.”


Heber Guthrie relies on the rack-of-the-eye method of boat construction, not just for construction, but also for final shaping with a sander. Once sanded, the boat will be glassed, sanded again, then painted.

Hot Dogs and Trees

Consumption of a hot dog is evidence that nothing at all was wasted in the dressing of recently killed hog. On the other hand, the forestry industry follows the pork industry in allowing no waste.

Joyce Kilmer discovers iconic tree in Pamlico County

After every tropical storm, area residents usually discover the demise of a few trees. Some trees seem to defy hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. They have twisted vine and root to set an anchor in terra firma. Such a tree seems to never drag anchor.
Joyce Kilmer visited Oriental for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Like all area residents who take the ferry from the Minnesott terminal, he passed a live oak at the Dawson’s Creek bridge. Unlike most all area residents, he stopped and composed a poem. Well, at least that’s a nice story line.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.


A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.