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    • November 7, 2019 7:58 PM EST
    • So the hammer swap I participated in has come to a close. I received my whammer and extras.

       

      The sleigh was an extra for my wife.

       

      He calls the hammer he bullseye hammer, for its combination of walnut, cherry, and maple bullseye pattern on the face, a nice touch. He is a new wood worker and brand new to turning and this is one of his first turning projects. Not to shabby. these will get lots of use.

    • November 6, 2019 6:54 PM EST
    • Devon, you don't need to tell me. I am wired in a similar way.

      Years ago my new neighbor came over to my house upset. She had no heat in her house, and a waterfall in her backyard. So I went over and shut her water off, cut off the supply pipe to her outside water pipes, capped the pipe, removed a bad water valve, ran out of solder, went to Walmart to buy more, since the hardware store was closed by that time. Then I had to blow the water out of the pipes so I could solder in a new valve, so I drug my compressor over to her house to blow out the water in the pipes. It was around midnight once I got the plumbing in a working condition, refilled her boiler, and got heat into her house again. As I was cleaning up and packing up my tools, my neighbor's friend accused me of being a good Christian, and that Leslee is lucky to have a good friend like me. I responded, "Oh, so that is her name".  I didn't know her name, all I knew was that she was in trouble and someone needed to help her, and it was my turn.....

       

      So, you don't need to tell me.

    • November 6, 2019 12:55 PM EST
    • David Maynard said:
       

      Good for you Devon. I figure as long as I am not hurting anyone else, I should do what makes me happy.

      That seems easy and relatively benign. But when you are truly a servant at heart its a whole lot harder to put into practice. My whole entire life I have lived to serve. That's not a bad thing, its in my DNA. I grew up in a family of servants. Dad was a county employee mom a teacher. I participated in many civic minded organizations as a kid. I have spent very little of my working life in private business, I have been a public servant most all of my life. Even when I did work in the private sector it was as a servant, in service related industry. My college degree (and hopefully someday my vocation) is 100% service based. I find great enjoyment out of doing things for others. I have spent all of my life looking out for how my life impacts others. None of this is a complaint. I wouldn't/won't change it for anything.

       

      But the last two years has turned me a little more selfish. Maybe its facing your own mortality and realizing life is short. But I have been robbed, the last tow years, of a lot of pleasure. It made me realize I need to have some fun and just do what makes me happy. It seems foreign and selfish of me to think this way. If I need/want to get something done and you need/want to get something done; I ALWAYS would do what you want/need before I would do what I need/want. Its just who I am. But It is time to do a little more "me" even if that means telling other no. Hard to do.

    • November 6, 2019 6:30 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Oh I am pretty well over that "issue". I have finally reached a point in my life, maybe because of the last two years, but I am not really concerned with what people might think. I just want to enjoy what I do.....

       

      Good for you Devon. I figure as long as I am not hurting anyone else, I should do what makes me happy.

    • November 5, 2019 10:22 PM EST
    • Well, damn, Devon.  Didn't know you were that talented.  Very nice work.  I would think that type of artistic craft would sell well at arts and craft shows.  Let's see some more 

    • November 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Devon,

      Keep on doing what you feel. You'd be surprised how much wood working is helping you. None of us think lesser of you for bringing out your "feminine" side you macho Marine!

      Oh I am pretty well over that "issue". I have finally reached a point in my life, maybe because of the last two years, but I am not really concerned with what people might think. I just want to enjoy what I do. If making candles is girly, well okay, its girly. I can make candles and I can gut an elk and build a house. I no longer am at all concerned with it and that is why I now share it.

      Thank you, again.

       

      Oh and the wood working itself is therapy. All of it it is really, but I can just get into a zone where I am wood working and the pain melts away, the concern melts away, and I am just doing what I want to do in the moment I want to do it.

    • November 5, 2019 7:19 PM EST
    • Devon,

      Keep on doing what you feel. You'd be surprised how much wood working is helping you. None of us think lesser of you for bringing out your "feminine" side you macho Marine!

    • November 5, 2019 6:40 PM EST
    • I have to kinda laugh at myself. One of the "issues" I am having to overcome is the macho man inside me. As I am exploring this artistic side I sometimes feel that some of the stuff I make is a big girly or feminine. Now I know thats dumb. But I come up in an area where men were men and women cooked dinner. Now not in my house but in our community. In my house I was encouraged to do all sorts of the "girl" work. I learned to sew, cook, and just about anything else you can think of. My mom is a creative person and encouraged it in me. But on the outside of our walls I was expected to be a man, whatever that means. So I have more or less suppressed the artistic side of me in favor of getting dirty. I say all of this because it really is nice to have the encouragement that I am doing what I enjoy and others enjoy it also.

    • November 5, 2019 6:24 PM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Devon,

      You are quite the artist.

      Joe,

       

      Thanks for that. That actually means quite a lot to me. I have always had this inner artist in me wanting to come out. But I have never really tapped into it other than in my modeling and in my wood working. But I am starting to let the beast out to roam. I am never quite sure if people are as impressed with my stuff as I am . Its nice to have people appreciate it. At this time it is all for people around me. But at some point I'd like to begin to sell some stuff and maybe be work into a nice little retirement sideline. Especially with my health not cooperating that maybe sooner than later.

    • November 5, 2019 2:44 PM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Devon,

      You are quite the artist.

      How true!   Wonderful work!

    • November 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST
    • Devon,

      You are quite the artist.

    • November 5, 2019 12:23 PM EST
    • I felt it need something more. So I added a copper rose and a copper dragonfly.

       

    • November 5, 2019 6:33 AM EST
    • Beautiful!

    • November 5, 2019 12:31 AM EST
    • Very nice!

    • November 1, 2019 8:24 PM EDT
    • Here is the present I made for my son's girlfriend. Everything is hand made. I hand dipped the candles in Bees Wax, The wood I cut an turned, and the eaves are copper that I hammered and flame painted with a torch. 

       

    • November 3, 2019 9:20 PM EST
    • Pete Thornton said:

      at the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Keys.

      I was wearing their T-shirt just yesterday!  And we're heading for Crystal River next Sunday for a couple of n ights - when do you get to Cedar Key?

       

       

       

      Arrive on Tuesday, the 5th and we leave on the 12th, we'll be there.  Same bar stool, same Oyster Bowl.  It would be great to see you guys.  I've got stuff for "Show and Tell".

    • November 3, 2019 11:29 AM EST
    • at the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Keys.

      I was wearing their T-shirt just yesterday!  And we're heading for Crystal River next Sunday for a couple of n ights - when do you get to Cedar Key?

       

    • November 2, 2019 11:48 AM EDT
    • 2 November, 2019 - On Halloween, we had snow flurries in the Carlyle, Illinois portion of Southern Illinois.  What's with that? There are years, we have passed out candy in short sleeves and a campfire going at the campground.  What can I say?  In the words of Carrie Underwood, we are "SouthBound"

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc4zBnvLt3g

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      Outside Ops are over in this part of the World for the year, daylight is getting shorter and we have a week reserved at the Tiki Bar at the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Keys.

      Seneca is at the campground, as we load, and heaters are going to keep pipes from freezing.  We are "southbound" tomorrow morning.  Pickup has some of the 1.5 inch ride on stuff packed and there will be more to take down after Thanksgiving.  I've got to be careful doing it this way, because it all needs to come back in one trip, next March.

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      Living the Dream

    • October 31, 2019 6:31 AM EDT
    • Bob Cope said:

      Not sure about all states, but I do know that some states, even possessing air horns with the decibel capability of a 5 chime is illegal.

      Only if you get caught.

    • October 30, 2019 10:35 PM EDT
    • Eric Reuter said:

      Ok, everyone calm down.  The P8 has a horn sound.

      And I'm thinking you know a bit about amplification (without air)