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Saturday started as a day filled with great promise. Mild temperatures, low humidity, and gentle breezes were in the forecast. The wife was going to be gone for the day, leaving me eight hours of uninterrupted shop time. There was leftover brisket in the fridge for a sandwich.
I started my morning with a nice online chat with a knowledgeable wood smith that inhabits a woodworking web site I like to frequent.
Spending Time with a Legend
This morning I received a call from Jim Beaman a local woodturner here in Tucson. “Hey I am headed down to see Wally. You want to go?” I was all over it.
To bring you all up to date a couple of weeks ago Wally Dickerman was to have a stint put in. They had found some blockage and a single stint would take care of it. Wee complications. A one day event in the hospital became more much more. Next was pneumonia, kidney function slowed, and irregular heartbeat. “I thought it was over.” After the pneumonia and start of recovery Wally received a pace maker.
The Old Man and the Sea (A fish story)
My family likes to vacation together and we’ve been on some pretty incredible trips over the years. We’ve done the usual Disneyland and Disneyworld trips, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Glacier National Park, to name a few. But my favorite trips and my favorite place to visit is Hawaii. We’ve been to Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, and this fall we went to Maui. Our Maui trip included my wife and I, my three kids and their spouses and my four grandkids. We had more fun than I can even begin to recall with all the kids and the beach and snorkeling and on and on. But this story is about a fishing trip we took while on this vacation. Actually the fishing trip was just myself, my son Shane, and his new bride Rosie. And I should also mention that although I’m not an expert fisherman, and I’m a true novice at deep sea fishing, I have done my fair share of fishing in the rivers and lakes of Northern Utah, Western Wyoming, Eastern Idaho, and Southwestern Montana. But none of that prepared me for the fishing adventure I was part of on this trip. I might also mention that parts of this fish story might be a little graphic for some. I apologize for that in advance.
WTU 2015 Winter Challenge
Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. For our first challenge of the new year, we're going to do something a little different. Instead of turning an object, this challenge will involve using a tool, actually using a particular tool....The Skew Chisel. And hopefully gaining a better understanding and more competence with the Skew.
Black Walnut - The American Beauty
Over the past five and one-half years, at least ten mid-south trees have been awarded their own feature article in Wood Spin, which is high honor indeed. The question arises, why not black walnut?
Perhaps because walnut is such an obvious choice. American black walnut is revered by woodturners around the world and when international turners are asked to select the most desirable North American wood, they almost always choose black walnut. Therefore, it has been more fun to write about persimmon, black locust, sweet gum, osage orange, hickory, and several other trees than to pile on the expected accolades for beautiful black walnut.