"Near the end of March, 1845, I borrowed
an axe and went down to the woods by Walden Pond, nearest to where
I intended to build my house, and began to cut down some tall arrowy
white pines, still in their youth, for timber."
and Plasterer's Board
"My house had in the mean
while been shingled down to the ground on every side in lathing
I was pleased to send each nail home with a single blow of the hammer,
and it was my ambition to transfer the plaster from the board to
the wall neatly and rapidly."
"Before winter I built a
chimney, and shingled the sides of my house, which were already
impervious to rain, with imperfect and sappy shingles made of the
first slice of the log, whose edges I was obliged to straighten
with a plane."
"When I came to build my
chimney I studied masonry. My bricks being second-hand ones required
to be cleaned with a trowel, so that I learned more than usual of
the qualities of bricks and trowels."
Imaginary Walden Tool Box