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
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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.
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John Smith finished his well-executed laminated fruit bowl, John Wolf turned a flawless lidded box, and Walt Tuttle displayed his fine segmented bowl.

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I finished an Adirondack chaise project for the June/July Issue #59 of Woodcraft Magazine.
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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.

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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.
Regards,
Bill

Mourn the dragons.

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I suspect that Jimmy and Henry patronize the same milliner.