C'mon, Baby

Got a baby due any day now, but thought we'd show you some of the crazy cute things Maddrey made for the layette.  Drool bibs with a single snap opening at the neck.  Easy-peasy.


Tiny sweaters with one-shoulder button closing.  

20130416-194312.jpgThese very cute handknit wool soakers - Maddrey adapted several patterns till she found the one she liked best.  


Wool diaper covers repurposed from old and thrift-store sweaters.  


Finally, an adorable kicking sack.


Putting in fence posts

What to do when the ground is wet and muddy still, but you really need to get the fence up? Enter the Sledge-O-Matic.

20130416-193333.jpg Sharpen the fence post with your chain saw...

20130416-193451.jpg And then start pounding.

20130416-193537.jpg This method requires a big, strong guy, and sometimes you have to make one or two Sledge-O-Matics because they split, but these posts are sunk in good and tight, don't require digging and tamping, and you can get 'er done when everything is still a muddy mess. BEFORE

20130416-193914.jpg AFTER


Chocolate Moose

20130406-151640.jpg Well, it's good to have nice neighbors who call early in the morning to tell us we've got a moose behind the garage. Of course, we all threw on clothes and mud boots and ran outside, as seeing a moose in the flesh was a long-dreamed thrill for us all. There she was, a little, probably 9-10 month old female, looking slightly worse for wear and a little alone. Our neighbor guessed that her mother is probably dead, but we also read that mama moose will run off last year's baby prior to calving this year's crop.

We watched her quite a bit, but not more closely than the horses, who wouldn't come near their food until this creature was gone. And since Frank couldn't feed, he observed her quite a while which allowed him to notice that this poor baby was covered in moose ticks. Being a natural with getting animals to trust him, Frank was able to get close enough to apply a quick line of topical tick killer (Maddrey determined the correct dosage for this baby first). The Ivermectin should also take care of most internal parasites as well. So maybe she'll be a little healthier after her visit to the farm.

Who knows, maybe she'll hang out in our woods!

Timber-frame Construction - Shed Number Two

One of the early major projects that had to be handled was the construction of two large sheds as cover for the horses, alpaca, llama and cows.  Frank has experience with timber-framing construction - yes, he cuts the joints with a chisel and ax, and makes the wooden pegs by hand! So into the woods he went, chainsaw in hand, and after several days of chopping, hacking and shaving, here's how it went.  He used the tractor to help hoist the framed pieces, but basically he got it all done completely by himself!  This is Shed Number Two -  I'll show you Shed Number One and how he hoisted those crazy-heavy beams in another post.

Timber framed shed under construction

timber-framed shed under construction

Horse shed under construction

Timber framed shed under construction

#2 Shed Construction

Guess Whooo Came to Dinner?

20130107-114618.jpg Another gorgeous snowy day as Frank went out to feed. There before him was a huge barred owl feeding on one of our sweet chickens. Frank sneaked up on him, threw his coat over and quickly captured him for a proper introduction. After a brief visit inside where he could pose for photos (no autographs, please) and get a stern talking-to about eating chickens that don't belong to you, the owl was released back into the wild. We are hopeful that he'll decide wildlife is easier pickings since it doesn't involve being captured.



Hello world!

Welcome to Dovetail Family Farm.  This is our official humble beginning - our first post if you're going back in time and reading the archives years from now, or if you just found us on our first day. Dovetail Family Farm is located in Steuben, ME.  72 acres of pasture, woodlands, blueberries and streams.  We are a true family farm - all of our "employees" are the family - a young couple, one child and another on the way, and a grandmama.  Although we do consider our dogs, cats, horses, cows and other entities to be family as well... until we eat them...

We purchased the former Smithville farm early in 2012.  Frank came up first and replaced part of the roof and built a second story dormer for a new bathroom.  After the school year ended, Maddrey and her son packed up everything and made the move!  Frank had to make about a dozen trips to move all the various animals, furniture, fencing and everything else it takes to move a farm from one state to another.

We are homesteading right now and have a good collection of animals including:

  • several breeds and generations of horses
  • a variety of chicken breeds
  • turkeys
  • a couple of breeds of ducks
  • rabbits
  • goats
  • a llama
  • an alpaca
  • pigs
  • hard working dogs
  • less-than-enthusiastic cats
  • some kind of reptile kept by Maddrey's son.  I won't go near it...

We will have fresh eggs once the snow clears and the hens return to laying.

Maddrey will have fiber projects available in her Etsy store as she is periodically overcome by the creative spirit.  Read more about Maddrey here.

Frank is always available for Equine Dentistry.  He serves Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Read more about Frank here.  Read about his Equine Dentistry here.