The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/29/14

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It was a slow day at the lodge yesterday. Slow as in lethargic codgers. Slow as in very little wood working activity. Even the famed doughnut disposal team suffered a lackluster performance and left their mission half accomplished. I anticipate that this spate of spring fever will be short-lived and the codgers will soon regain their eager demeanor.

The quantity of show and tell items was somewhat diminished as well. However, the quality of the items displayed was up to the codger’s usual high standards. Mike Tice brought a keepsake box with a scroll-sawn bow. John Smith had a nice oak and walnut segmented bowl and Mikey built a fine segmented birdhouse from cedar and walnut scraps.

Henry Aglio created another artistic metal sculpture and topped it with one of his signature bowls – a fine creation. Henry also provided a box top to jog my memory and help me recall the “p” word for the excellent Italian sweet treat.

Linda Williams sent along a tray of pineapple cake that was a fine accompaniment to the WV bean soup that Ron Thompson prepared for the lodge lunch. I added a loaf of sourdough. The codgers’ enthusiasm increased dramatically with this presentation.

It is time to make plans for the second annual Codger Lodge picnic. Currently there are two possible locations to consider. Ron Thompson volunteered to host the event at his house in Sherman (a suburb of Ravenswood). Ron and Lois have unlimited parking space and plenty of room for the codgers to roam. In addition, we may choose to gather at the lodge as last year. Parking is somewhat limited, however the rest of the facilities are suitable. We are in the early planning stage at this point and other options for a desirable location may develop. We will discuss the picnic issues and make plans as we meet on Turning Tuesdays and ease into summer. We need everyone’s input.

I received an update on the Empty Bowls project and the codger’s participation. Henry delivered a note that Caroline Putnam sent to thank us for our contribution to the food pantry charity event that she chairs.

Dear Codger Lodge,

Thank you for your contribution of wonderful “cracker bowls” to the 2014 Empty Bowls Event. Because of your contribution we made $3,445. dollars this year, almost one thousand more that we have ever made before. A number of people said that they came because of the wooden bowls, since they already had a collection of ceramic bowls.
Cynthia Ting and I enjoyed our visit to your workshop and meeting many of you. Although not wood workers, we can appreciate the artistry that goes into the creation of your bowls and the time it takes to create such beautiful objects.
Caroline Putnam

Our condolences are extend to Fred Williams and his family. His father’s health has be deteriorating since last fall and on Saturday, he succumbed to his illnesses.

It was an enjoyable Turning Tuesday at the lodge. We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down.
Mourn the dragons.picset5
Could this be evidence of another shoe bomber? Do to Jimmy’s gentle nature and the fact that loud noises give him a headache; it appears that he is employing only a small quantity of explosives. Jimmy would never destroy a commercial airliner and take the lives of its passengers. His suicide bombing would be limited to blowing up an elevator while he was the lone occupant.

The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/22/14

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Yesterday, amidst the normal hubbub of Turning Tuesday, Wayne Towner, a reporter for the local newspaper, gathered relevant information and gained an insight into the quintessence of Codger Lodge. He saw the coders in action. picset1

He talked with the codgers, picset2

He followed John Wolf’s demonstration of the process for turning perfect spheres on the lathe and saw Gene Smith mimic John’s technique, picset3

He followed as a normal Turning Tuesday unfolded, picset4

Wayne’s assignment is to gather material and write a community interest story featuring Codger Lodge. His story will appear in a future issue of the Sunday edition of the Parkersburg News.picset5
We enjoyed the company of a new friend at the lodge. Fred Myers has been teaching Terri Johnson carving skills to augment her other woodworking interests. She came with Fred to use the large drum sander and level a cutting board that she is building for her parents’ wedding anniversary. picset6

There was an array of nice show and tell items this week. Bob McKelvey had a staved lidded box with an ebony finial. Linda Williams sent Fred with a platter of tasty lime cookies. Jim Withee displayed three nice pens – two acrylic and one turned from xylo wood,picset7

Ron Thompson brought an assortment of bowls and platters with both solid wood and segmented construction. Ron chose oak, cherry, maple, and walnut for these pieces, picset8

Walt Tuttle had a shallow walnut bowl. His bowl is well turned and features an excellent satin finish. Tom Vensel brought a unique drawer pull of oak and walnut with a .38 spl. brass accent. Suzy made an excellent cherry cheesecake and Mikey delivered it intact – no piece missing, picset9

John Wolf created a unique piece to entertain and occupy his grand children. The internal lip at the top of the bowl prevents the ball from escaping as the bowl is swirled around – hoola hoop fashion. After setting the ball in motion, the bowl is held steady while the ball precesses as it slows, similar to the ball in a roulette wheel. John’s bowl is effective for codgers as well. picset10

Jim Morrison displayed a walnut and two apple burl bowls. picset15Henry Aglio had another of his artistic pieces featuring a metal sculpture base supporting a wooden torus top turning.

picset11Henry also supplied this confection. It is bread containing raisins and other fruit with fantabulous flavor and not too sweet. Henry supplied same loaf at Christmas time and told me the name of this creation many times. I remember that it starts with a P.

It was a most enjoyable day at Codger Lodge shared with many friends. It is good to have Carl back with us. We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us for Turning Tuesday.


Mourn the dragons.

picset12picset13Everyone is aware that police officers and retired physicians have the best drugs. I was making a sweet deal when David showed up and inflated the price.


The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/8/2014

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It was a typical Turning Tuesday yesterday at Codger Lodge. There were doughnuts to dispose of, stories to relate, and projects to plan.pic-set1
Working to complete current projects is a part of every Turning Tuesday.pic-set2
This week we had fine examples of completed projects. Mike Sharps brought his latest segmented urn. Jimmy Morrison had a holly bowl and a natural-edge maple burl creation.
John Smith finished his well-executed laminated fruit bowl, John Wolf turned a flawless lidded box, and Walt Tuttle displayed his fine segmented bowl.

I finished an Adirondack chaise project for the June/July Issue #59 of Woodcraft Magazine.
The ever-helpful codgers took care of the field testing.  I doubt that Tom Sawyer’s methods will entice the codgers to participate in the painting of the chair.

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The Empty Bowls project was a success. Frank has a follow-up story on the charity event that benefits local food pantries and the codgers’ participation. Frank’s Woodworking Adventures Blog keeps us up to date on woodworking related events and Woodcraft’s involvement, as well as the events at Codger Lodge.

This week after the codgers had called it a day, Mikey and I visited with the Cub Scouts of Pack 129. The cubs have a program similar to the merit badge curriculum of the older boys in Scouting. The cubs earn “belt loops” while learning to be good citizens in the community. Mikey gave the boys insight into the challenges of being handicapped and how he deals with those challenges. The boys had many questions for Mikey and gained a new perspective on how to interact with and assist folks who are wheelchair bound.  The little guy on the left, Shaun, is my grandson. (I had to mention that to maintain my good standing in the Grandpa club.)

The codgers of the lodge, without exception, are generous and enthusiastic when it comes to helping others. I feel privileged to associate with them.

We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us on Turning Tuesday at Codger Lodge.

Mourn the dragons.


I suspect that Jimmy and Henry patronize the same milliner.