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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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.