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.

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Codger Lodge & The Taradiddle Tribune

DSCN4073aRecipe-BoxThis is written by a fine woodworking comrade, Bill Sands of Lubeck, West Virginia, who has taught us much in the patients and fortitude of woodworking. In his spare time Bill is also a master woodworker in his own right, and contributor to Woodcraft Magazine. He has done much for his surrounding communities, charities, and for many area woodworkers. He opens his doors, knowledge, heart and soul to all, along with a great sense of humor.  Above, Bill holds a Bubinga board from Woodcraft, that he helped this blogger through his patience and guidance of teaching safety in use of power and hand tools, to turn the board into this beautiful recipe box for my daughter.

We bring this preface to you followed by a weekly continuance article complete with photos from The Taradiddle Tribune written by Bill Sands.  The articles will contain jovial fellow woodworkers and camaraderie from the events that take place on Turning Tuesdays’ at Bill’s workshop, more commonly known as Codger Lodge.

by Author, Bill Sands:
Welcome to Codger Lodge. If you are inclined to associate with old folks who have a propensity for woodworking; this is a good place to spend some time. We codgers gather at a shop in Lubeck, WV each Tuesday to pursue our woodworking interests and related activities. Codger Lodge sports a renowned doughnut disposal team and we are diligent in maintaining our proficiency. Prevarication without malice is another common activity. Routinely, the codgers indulge in many forms of woodworking, with turning being the most prevalent discipline.
We codgers thrive on camaraderie and our group is bound by a bond of friendship. Our meetings are informal and governed by the Golden Rule rather than Robert’s Rules of Order. Everyone at Codger Lodge has a key to the executive restroom. Each of us is a CFO. Our treasury consists of two recycled plastic CD containers where voluntary contributions are made to the kitchen fund and the shop-supplies fund. We maintain a coffee pot and a refrigerator that is stocked with pop, water, and beer. When Turning Tuesday winds down and the power tools are unplugged, some of us enjoy a glass of beer while reflecting on the simple pleasures of the day shared with good friends at Codger Lodge.Turning Tuesdays' at Codger LodgeIt all began with Mikey, who suffered a fall that left him paralyzed from his chest down and drastically altered his active lifestyle. He is an electrician who enjoyed many outdoor activities before the accident. Mikey sees the glass as half-full and never half-empty. He dwells on things that he can accomplish and not his diminished physical abilities. After Mike recovered and adjusted his lifestyle to fit his circumstances, he disclosed a desire to learn basic woodworking skills.

??????????He and I began meeting in my workshop once or twice a week to ground him in the basic milling and wood joining techniques. He developed the skills quickly and we were progressing to more complex projects when, during one fateful session, Mikey asked about the mini-lathe in the shop. He expressed a desire to try woodturning. We mounted the lathe at his comfortable working level and I taught him everything that I know about turning.

New Picture??????????It became apparent that Mikey was destined to be a wood turner and needed more advanced instruction and advice than I could provide. We invited two accomplished turners, Jimmy and Tom, to join our Tuesday sessions in the shop.

Mikey finished his green wood poplar bowl

DSCN5146From that early beginning, the program rapidly expanded. Mikey’s turning skills increased and he acquired a more powerful lathe with a larger capacity to facilitate his progression toward larger bowls and segmented pieces. More woodworkers began showing up to share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Over a period of two years Turning Tuesday evolved into a social gathering as well as a woodworking skill share.

Currently, twelve to fifteen friends, on average, visit the shop on Tuesday. Realizing that most of us are fortunate to be retired and may be considered codgers, we began referring to the shop as Codger Lodge and our gathering as Turning Tuesday.

DSCN2719Mikey is an inspiration to us all. He accepts his paralysis without complaints and he is relentless in perusing his goals. He has surmounted all obstacles and become an accomplished turner in his own right. Mikey’s lathe is his passion and “Flat work” woodworking has gone by the wayside. The pattern routed hand-mirror project that we were working on before he was attracted to the mini-lathe is still stored in the shop, waiting to be completed.

The poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, never met Mikey; however, she must have known someone like him to inspire this work.

The Winds of Fate
One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
That tell them the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life.
Tis the set of the soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

Feel free to drop in anytime for a visit. We’ll keep you updated on the proceedings at Codger Lodge (http://www.codgerlodge.com/), and you may make new friends of your own.Taradiddle Tribune Logo HeaderLook for a new chapter from the Taradiddle Tribune every week, here on Woodshop Demos.