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.

Regards,
Bill

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.

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The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/15/14

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Turning Tuesday at Codger Lodge this week was a “sit by the fire and read a good book” kind of a day.  We endured the interruption of our journey into spring by ignoring the spate of nasty weather and enjoying the warm and relaxing ambiance of the lodge.picset1

The whole codger experience was enhanced with two boxes of doughnuts and two pots of coffee.  This week the show and tell items were distinguished by the variety of woods used in their construction.  Jimmy Morrison displayed three bowls turned from ambrosia maple, elm, and holly.  Mikey had a small presentation box with a sliding lid. Mikey used western cedar and walnut for the box.  The stylus that he turned for Suzy is Bubinga, I think.
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Mikey finished the spalted maple bowl that he started last week and Walt Tuttle had a very nice salad bowl that he turned from butternut. Henry Aglio brought his unusual flea market purchase. The plane was manufactured by the Chaplin tool company. It is similar to a Stanley bailey #6 with a wood handle and a plastic or hard rubber tote. The plane’s frog design is a unique two lever system. The top lever is the typical lateral adjustment while the bottom lever sets the iron extension or depth of cut. This plane certainly inspires codger cogitation.
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We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us to see what is turning on Tuesday at Codger Lodge.

Regards,
Bill

Mourn the dragons.
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I subscribe to Norm’s hypothesis that “you can’t have too many clamps”. However, in a concerted effort, Gene and Ron demonstrated that some projects can’t use all of them on one glue-up.

 

The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/2/2014

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We do not have quarters for muster to convey the “plan of the day” at Codger Lodge nor a First Sargent to dispense duty assignments and motivational words. Through experience, we codgers have developed a level of situational awareness that prepares us to ascertain what is required and to establish our priorities without supervision. We are capable and self-motivated.
This week at the lodge there were two boxes of doughnuts, a large tray of cookies, a bag of biscotti, a pecan pie, and Girl Scout cookies in reserve. Without hesitation or encouragement, the codgers established a plan to dispose of these sweets and set the highest priority for that task.pic set 1After a furious beginning, the battle subsided, allowing the codgers to regroup, regain their momentum, and continue the cookie campaign at a leisurely pace.pic set 2Refreshed and ready, the codgers planed their Turning Tuesday activities and executed their plans.pic set 3pic set 4_5 The show and tell items reflected the talents of the codgers and codgerettes. Walt Tuttle had a nice segmented bowl and Mike Sharps displayed two of his laminated pieces,pic set 6 Joanie Smith sent one of her excellent pecan pies and Jimmy Morrison brought a segmented piece and a large ambrosia salad bowl for our enjoyment, pic set 7 Gene Smith turned two nice bowls from laminated blanks and Linda Williams baked up a tray of fine peanut butter cookies. The cookies are from one of Linda’s “go to” recipes and they are good,pic set 8

pic set 9This is not another metal sculpture idea from Henry Aglio’s fertile mind taking shape; but rather a random arrangement of Jimmy Morrison’s bowl turning tool rests. While the flowing curves are somewhat reminiscent of Henry’s style, his presentations are considerably more refined and creative.

??????????There are fifty-some bowls in our Empty Bowls collection and they are on their way to be delivered for the charity event. The soup lunch will be held on Saturday, April 5th in Marietta, OH. Frank reported the event in his Woodcraft blog. (Empty Bowls). Thanks to all the codgers who turned and donated bowls to this worthwhile cause.DSCN4287

We are planning another codger convention next Turning Tuesday at the lodge. Come on down and join us.

Regards,
Bill

Mourn the dragons.
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