The 4 “Rs”! Resolve, Renew, Reorganize, Restart.

Hobbled but a Resolve to Move

How can I resolve to move ahead? Do you know what the word “hobbled” means?  1.  walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain from an injury, (“he was hobbling around on crutches”).  2. or to tie or strap together (the legs of a horse or other animal) to prevent it from straying.

Since shortly after Christmas I have been slowed down considerably because of knee and hip pain. It’s caused by arthiritus and subsequent muscle entropy. Ouch! I had to take steps to resolve my circumstances.

In addition to professional medical diagnosis and treatment, I have been trying all kinds of home remedies. Self designed work arounds sometimes help, but test the patience of my life partner.

Pray, Praise and give thanks to Renew!

I would be remiss if I didn’t  mention how it is that I believe that I am able to maintain the activities of daily living. I resolve to do the various things I do to make good use of my skills, opportunities, and the time I have been alloted.

Without any preaching here, I am prompted to point out to all reading this that self examination is first. What is more, clearing the deck spiritually is  the beginning. I feel, too, exercising my Chrisitan faith and living accordingly is the beginning. I had to measure my committment and my resolve to act on what I believe.

Two Powerful Words: Get Organized.

Before having to slow down and pay attention more closely I lived differently.  My attutude was that of self sufficiency. For example, I kept track of everything in my mind, knowing my inentory,  the location of the things that I have right down to the smallest items. If you were to ask: “where are the 1/2″ wood screws I had left over from a project?” I’d answer: “They are in a box, on the 2nd shelf in my wood shop on the left hand side of the room. They are together with other wood screws in a beige colored shoe box.”

What I’ve come up with is encapsulated in the two words: ‘get organized’. So that’s what I ve been doing the months of January and February.  To save steps and climbing up and down the ladder or step stool I took the time to think through the accessibiity of items on the basis of frequency of use. The thins I use more often are eye level and below, whereas the other less frequently used are up high or down lower in shelf or storage position. It’s helped a lot and saved me many steps and enhanced my planning of projects from start to finish.

Read, Read, Read!

My process has been to read up on as many related articles, ideas, and examples of how others have undertaken the same phases of adjustment.  To make haste slowly I have decided to take things a little bit at a time. This is my resolve. To explain and to share what I’ve learned and or relearned I plan to write a few blog posts and hopefully somoone else might benefit.  As an example I keyed in the words: woodshop organization ideas and came up with about 586,000 responses.

As an example I have now put all the kits, bits, and bushings for a certain pen in an inexpensive plastic shoe box and labeled each so that when I have an order for a certain pen I have everything I need in one place.

I’ve done the same for blanks.

Another suggestion I came upon was to have a kit layout board for each pen I was working on.

It’s a simple piece of board with two “v” grooves inserted to hold the various parts of the kit. For me it has been a time saver.

 

 



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Hope Is Positive: I See a Hopeful Horizon

Hope for 2017.

As I write these words I’m looking at my calendar and planning ahead for hope filled new year. This is an activity that is done by most people every time we get to the after Christmas time before the

How do You See It?

New Year’s observance. I see a hopeful horizon for 2017.

I’ve chosen the following words to guide my thoughts: Romans 5:2-5: (ESV) 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[a] into this grace in which we stand, and we[b] rejoice[c] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

There are two words here that draw our attention, they are: “Produce” and “Hope.” This reference is also optimistic.

Hope more than an attitude

Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

Optimistic people see the best in the world. Optimistic ideas have been around for a while. Consider Voltaire’s “Candide” (1759) he mocked them thoroughly. Here’s an optimistic quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Sometimes, however, it seems impossible to have or to maintain a positive and/or optimistic attitude or point of view.

Hope for all Generations

I have come to know several individuals who are the very opposite. Instead of looking forward with eager anticipation, they live in the darkness of fear and trepidation. Whenever the slightest variation in their lives appears they become upset, agitated, their personalities change, and they lash out against others and with much “hand wringing” while negatively influencing others. Baby Boomers and “millennials” fall into these cohorts.(Pew Research Center reports and data on the Millennial generation, and describes “millennials” as those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.)

Reasons for Millennials Lack of Hope

The number of millennials is greater than boomers and the numbers in the greatest generation. Asking specific questions about religion, God and heaven when speaking to a millennial, more often gets a response of uncertainty if not hopeless pessimism. The reason for this is attributed to the lack of training in higher and more lofty matters of life. Boomers raised them while placing emphasis on the matters of self, stuff, and cynicism. This era of “empty” training should be laid at the feet of the “Boomers” and their wholesale pursuit of consumer satisfaction.

Grandma Has Hope

This explains why “grandmothers” are the better ones to ask about removing stains with Apple cider vinegar (ACV). Boomers would just throw their soiled things away while “older” generations would clean them up with ACV. If you’re really interested here’s something you can read: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/13-ways-to-clean-your-whole-home-with-apple-cider-vinegar-235579

Hope for little children

We gain further insight then when we see that so many of our 3, 4 & 5 year old children have not been baptized. They are not because their parents have been taught to leave them on their own. ‘When they get older they will decide.’ They are not taught to pray, they do not understand death and dying while they see it all around them, and their hearts and minds do not know about forgiving love, mercy, compassion, and human spirituality.

This is especially saddening when educators, doctors and psychologists talk of the same ages as the most important for training in the basic concepts of self worth, socialization, forgiveness and human spirituality.

When something goes wrong during the formative years, that has an effect on how the person grows and develops later during adolescence and adult life. Most time lines consider the first five years the formative years, and during this time social skills and basic motor functions are learned and practiced. Learning to walk, talk and use the bathroom are some key examples of these formative skills.

In addition, personality is greatly impacted by these years. Many basic likes and dislikes, such as arts and sports, have their beginnings in this period. Emotional development also starts in the formative years. It is important to focus on encouraging a child’s intellectual and thinking abilities during these years, as it can have a significant impact on them later in life. It is difficult to make up for a lack of this encouragement at an older age because by the end of the formative years so many basic building blocks are set in stone. For example, a child who does not learn to speak early enough will have difficulty learning later on.” https://www.reference.com/family/formative-years-cdabfff5b1d7e413#

(Please note that most school districts implementing 4-k programs seek to perpetuate the humanistic world view)

The Bible is full of directions to train up children. The last time I counted there were 31 easily identified passages. Proverbs 22:6 is readily understood: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Children of all generations are to be given hope. That hope is based on the righteousness of Christ. They need to learn about Jesus. We teach the children at home, in our preschool, Sunday School,  Christian Day Schools and confirmation classes to have an optimistic perspective based on the absolute truth of God as set forth in the Scriptures.

May we do all that we can to teach by word and example the message of the Gospel!



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The World is Changing, Is That Change Real?

 

Frederick A. Kogler

To anyone aware, the question of our world changing looms big! Just pause for a moment and sense your surroundings. It has to be obvious that things are different today than ever before. What’s really happening? Change is everywhere around us. It’s more than political redirection. It’s more than provincialism being replaced by globalism. Yes, it’s more than ice melting and freezing. From the simplest of perspectives one will have to agree that there is nothing the same as it used to be.

Change is all around us.

You can pick almost any activity, place, or preceding era and see that change is real. The notion that history repeats itself is passe. The “tried and the true” may have served as some sort of axiomatic benchmark in the past.  In each case, however, the fluid circumstances for experimentation and the criteria assumed to render judgements were never static. The fantasies of such notions were tolerated only because of shorter life spans and the speed with which communication took place. That’s all changed.

As I write these words I’m using a computer. From what I understand it uses assigned combinations of X’s and O’s to convey the thoughts I have. Rheinhold in his book, Tools for Thought:The History and Future of Mind-expanding Technology, Simon & Schuster 1985, writes about this while explaining the impact of micro-computers on the future(his future is our here and now).

How does change impact my life?

To answer my thematic question I’ve pondered the tools I use in my public ministry and the hobby, the turning of pens.

A sportsman grouping of pens

Both my Mac and my favorite pens are used for the same reason, word-processing. One process is a calculated tapping on a keyboard. The other is the disciplined art of drawing letters and numbers clearly enough to convey a message.

Consider these changes

Dramatic changes in writing have happened in a short period of time. Who would have ever thought I would be able to speak the words of this blog and have them appear on the monitor in front of me? (check out ReadingMadeEZ for more details: http://www.mpextserver.com).

I try to discipline myself to keeping current in the areas of electronic communications, politics, and the matters of religion.  A side bar to these is the impact that they might have on the aging of our world. Statistically the dramatic changes in global aging http://www.helpage.org/resources/ageing-data/global-ageing-statistics/ give an insight to the importance of each of the above as they relate to seniors throughout the world.

My wife and I belong to the cohort of “Old old”. We have, in part, committed our time, talents, and resources  to keeping up with the changing world that spins around us.

There are three categories for older adults’ ages, “young old”, “old old” and “oldest old” (Papalia et al., 2009). Young old is suggested as the age from 65 to 74; old old is suggested as the age from 75 to 84 whereas oldest old is suggested as the age of 85 and the above. https://www.ukessays.com/essays/sociology/three-categories-to-aging.php.

This blog’s thread lays the groundwork for discussions of one of Thomas Friedman’s 3 exponential changes occurring today: IT and its impact on marketing or the sharing of ideas.  Our discussion will be on how to deal with those changes. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 



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Pens… A Seasonal Sportsman Series by Pens by Fred

Take note of these special pens! In our part of the country its time for taking to the woods. Make sure you plan your trip, check your gear and make a list. Its the safest way to go! Many men and women don their bright orange and head to their favorite hunting spot. (448,007 deer hunting licenses bought in Minnesota -2015). They are armed with rifles and a list of things that seems endless. Many don’t keep track of things as they should and wish they had done so.  Make that list and review it. Even though we have smart phones, I still rely on 3×5 note cards with a spiral binding and my trusty hunter’s pen.

Write with Class

30 Cal lever action antler ballpoint pens
30 Cal lever action antler ballpoint pens

One commonality among hunters is that most (both men and women) are true sportsmen.  They respect one another, and they are careful about how they go about the seasonal harvesting of big game. They review and follow the rules.  Not everyone can get out every year, so we have created something very special to remind them of their sport and give them a practical instrument to help them dream of bagging that big one! Its a series of pens that take on the shape of either a bolt action or lever action deer hunting rifle. Beautiful enough for the top of your desk, yet rugged enough to be taken into the field to keep those important notes.

Using Pens to Hunt with A Vision And Purpose

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Bolt action pens in camo, antler and bone are available. A fly fishing sample is pictured too.

Deer hunting in our family, and in many others, is considered a rite of passage. Its that time  of the year when, the young teenage son or daughter joins the adult hunters of the family for their first hunt! Getting that first “buck” is an awesome experience that is rarely, if ever forgotten. It’s really special!  To help remember the memorable we have created a Seasonal Series of Pens that make suitable gifts and “trophies” for the hunter whether  he or she is young or old. We encourage our youngsters to use their special pens to keep a journal from year to year.

If you’d like to get one  of our pens for yourself or for your favorite hunter send me a note at <kogler@comcast.net> for availability, style, cost and shipping. I custom make each pen. If you have your own antler, bone, horn, or wood I would be honored to make a pen for you. Just let me know what you have in mind, give me the time to do the job perfectly and I’m sure we can work something out. Special orders take a little extra time and cost a little more… thanks for your understanding.

A Few Sample Pens

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Bolt Action Deer antler body and buck rack clip

This really fine piece has a buck clip, bolt mechanism and the appearance of real ordinance.

The antler is from a white tail deer trail in Northern Minnesota.

Check the products drop down list above to get individual details and different views on this and many others we offer to sporting enthusiasts. And as always hunt safely, respect the rights of others, and take good care of your equipment. (FAK)Pens by Fred <kogler@comcast.net>

30 Cal. lever action deer antler pen
30 Cal. lever action deer antler pen

Here is the companion pen to the bolt action version. Its rugged, handsome, and hefty enough to carry in your pocket.  In addition, in its presentation box, it makes a superb gift and showy desk pen. Included in the presentation box is a brief description of the White Tail deer of Northern Minnesota.

 



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What About Christian Baptism?

This past week I was planning on making 20 spinning tops for a bunch of kids. They’re all different and made from some special wood. When I was describing my project to a friend (a mother of one of the recipients) she asked me about having her son baptized. I briefly discussed with her some of the thoughts that came to mind and she responded with two questions:  1. When can it be done, 2. Would you please write a summary/introduction that could be shared with others who might have similar questions?

What follows is an attempt to respond to her request. I realize there is more to the teaching, but this, I thought, would give a basic introduction to the Biblical teaching, provoke further discussion perhaps, and give me a chance to hear from others on the subject.

WHY IS BAPTISM SO IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN? …… By Rev. Frederick A. Kogler

Let me start by explaining Baptism. The answer to the main question itself is based directly on what the Bible says. Baptism is a Biblical teaching and is not unique to Lutherans.

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

The Bible teaches us that baptism is not just plain water, but it is water used by God’s command and connected with God’s Word. Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!”

In the above passage Jesus establishes the sacred act of Baptism. The words are all inclusive. That means that all people of all ages are to be baptized in the name of the triune God. The word “baptize” means to use water in various ways: for example, to immerse, wash, pour, or sprinkle. But according to the Bible there’s more to it than just applying water.

The application of water is accompanied by very special words.Those word’s are ”in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

When the water is applied together with the words expressed above something very special happens. Baptism sets a person apart as an individual who is now brought into a new relationship with the Triune God. To baptize “in the name of” the triune God means that God makes us members of his family. The words “all nations” means that all people, young and old alike are to be baptized.

BAPTISM IS MUCH MORE THAN A MERE ACT OF DEDICATION

Little children should be baptized when they are brought to Baptism by those who have authority over them.

It is especially important to baptize children or infants not only because they are included in the words “all nations” but also because they need to be spiritually cleansed and because from infancy on they can believe.

“13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:13-15.

It is very important to understand that all people are spiritual beings. Children are something completely different from all other creatures. Children are much more than highly developed animals, they are human beings! Not only do little ones have a body and a mind, but they have a spiritual part called a soul. It is with their heart mind and soul that they believe. Their lives matter greatly to God!

“6 If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matt. 18:6.

BAPTISM BRINGS WITH IT SOME VERY SPECIAL BLESSINGS

We may wonder what good it is to be baptized. Baptism works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16.

Let’s look carefully at what the bible says about the great things that Baptism gives or works in an individual.

  1. It works forgiveness of sins;

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ Acts 22:16.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Gal. 3:26,27.

  1.  It delivers from death and the devil;

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Rom. 6:3.

  1.  It gives eternal salvation;

21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3:21.

By His suffering and death Christ has indeed earned these blessings for us; Baptism, however, is a means by which the Holy Spirit makes these blessings our own. (Baptism is a means of grace.)

11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified,you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11.

Baptism gives these blessings to all who believe, as the words and promises of God declare: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16.

AT THIS POINT WE MAY ASK: “HOW CAN WATER DO SUCH GREAT THINGS?”

It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says, in Titus 3: but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN HAVE NOT BEEN BAPTIZED PLEASE CONSIDER DOING SO…

(for a more complete discussion of baptism please contact Pastor Kogler email: kogler@comcast.net.)

I have a baptism scheduled for this Saturday. Since the two families are very large they have chosen Saturday so everyone may fit in our little church. A slightly revised version of this blog will be distributed to everyone.



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The Glories of late summer through the eyes of Faith

Outside the back door of our north woods cabin we have this wonderful display of flowers and plants that are in full bloom. the combination of vibrant colors, proper sunlight, and the the right amount of moisture have combiCabin flowers 1ned to make this and the other flower gardens my Janet has nurtured throughout the summer some of the most beautiful of all the years that we have called Needles of the North our summer home.

Every time we make the journey to and fro (216 miles portal to portal) we have our little Honda CRV loaded “to the gills” with all the stuff we “must” have with us. Every time,  and I mean every time, I am instructed to load, protect and transport the precious living things that our master gardener has set out in our staging area on either end of the trip.

This process is one known to most Minnesotans!

Consider only this;

Today,  a spokesman for the Minnesota Seasonal Property Owners Coalition says the average cabin owner is 62 years old, the average household income is $58,000, and the average Minnesota cabin has been in the family for 25 years.

“This is something you want to hang on to forever and pass on to your kids, your grandkids,” said Johnson.

So take 122 thousand cabin owners, add the kids, grandkids and cousins: Forester from the owners group says you could easily have one million Minnesotans claiming a piece of a cabin.

Some names are clever, others are basic. “This is the Place”, “Dun Rov’n”, “Legacy”, “Up North”, are a few that come to mind. For many a surname says entitlement very well: i.e., “The Johnston’s Place” and its many  variations work and are considered to be the best.

“The cabin isn’t about the structure, it’s about the experience. That is part of our DNA in Minnesota. We have to get away,” said Ohman.

There’s more to it than flowers, fishing, food and fresh air.

Getting away doesn’t mean leaving it behind! We must have our flowers and our pets! Oh, yes…and our many tools! (for me my buckets of turning tools are just the beginning.)

Late Summer Beauties

There is no doubt that I love to turn wood into different things with my lathe. And, oh boy do I need my tools! Sometimes its a bowl, sometimes its a spinning top, and sometimes its a seasonal Christmas tree! Most of the time, however, I dabble! Here you can see a few special interest pens that I made toward the end of summer. I’ve sold them all, but will take orders for others. (kogler@comcast.net) ;o)!

I have deer antler bolt action pens, over and under shotgun style awards and gifts, fly fishing models, acrylic as well as wood. Mostly, however, I use native woods from our part of the world and apply different kinds of finish on each of them. While I work in my northern shop I have all the windows and main door wide open. In the full light of the sun, and in the quiet moments of rest I listen as the White pines speak. When the slightest breeze comes up they begin to whisper the calming sounds of acknowledgement that I ascribe to them. Those things give me great peace. To see my partner puttering in her flower garden, to smell the scents of the north woods and to hear the combination of God’s creatures and creation causes me to pause and be at rest.

Further thoughts of my fellow turners and our common bond make me smile within as I conjure up a picture of hundreds of guys and gals seated and transfixed as they absorb the lessons of the more experienced or accomplished members or friends of the MWA. That, too, gives me great satisfaction. I wish they could all find a sense of peace in what they accomplish on their various journeys. Oh, how I hope to see you all at one of our next meetings….

It has a lot to do with spiritual peace

The greatest and most perfect peace, however, comes to any and all who remember at the urging of The Holy Sprit the words of our Savior God. It makes little difference whether one is in her apartment, confined to a care facility, or roaming on the open road…and hopefully standing at one’s lathe with chisel in hand making shavings.

A familiar text in all cases is John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace, In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Until next time: “God bless!”



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Lathe, Tree, and table

While puttering these days, last week and today, I did a lot of arranging and cleaning, used my lathe, did some writing and preaching in different venues and  in both shops. The result was to complete a couple of projects and to sort of close the chapter on a sermon series at the same time. Today I preached on the conclusion of Martin Luther’s Small catechism. Yesterday I performed a wedding at Cady Acres in Western Wisconsin, and used the Ecclesiastes verse from chapter 4 that is so very popular.

In the northern shop at Needles of the North I finished the little table I mentioWest End NON studioned before. Jan helped paint it, and now, there is only one special light fixture to install and that studio will be complete. The leaded glass windows are the handiwork of son David.

He did a redesign of a window painted by Karl Larsson and rendered it in the fashion that complimented the rest of the loft. Along one wall we have 3 sleeping cubbies with queen sized mattresses. I made those using northern white pine and Janet put curtains across each one for privacy.

This area (24×36) is furnished further with Ikea pieces and serves as a studio for my design activities, writing, and devotional compositions, and sleeping quarters for our guests and my occasional naps!.

The lower level of this 1.5 story building is my shop area that I use for all kinds of woodworking. Its equipped with 2 lathes (one small lathe for very tiny projects, and a larger lathe for bowls and longer pieces) , table saw, bandsaw,grinder,drill press, sign making machine, auxiliary power generator, shop vac and a large work bench. That’s  all the power tools I need for what I do.  The name of our property in northern Minnesota is called “Needles of the North®” and is located on Northwoods Needles Road! As you might guess our 3+ acres are covered with Larger Pine, Spruce, Poplar, and Birch trees. We have 200 ft. of shoreline on the northern end of Gunn Lake. All of which has been a tremendous blessing to our family and many friends.

When I’m not doing “flat” work I do my turning. Included are pens, tops, trees, bowls, medallions, cutting boards, bottle stoppers, to mention just a few. Here’s a sample of my pen turning activity. If you are interested in any custom gifts or presents send me an email.

The devotion written for today (composed and edited at Gunn Lake) was recorded and posted from WSP and is one that leads me to appreciate even more the many wonderful gifts we have received through the study of the Bible and the many things we have learned and had the privilege to share. School Days is based on Matt. 11:29. Click on the red link “School Days” and you will be taken to the brief video for today.

Until next time, keep learning and “God Bless.”

 

 

 



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Rainy Day Turning – Sorting, cleaning, divesting!

Weather or Whether not?

Reorganization and rainy day! Right now its raining “cats and dogs.”  Lightning and thunder punctuate my train of thought, and I don’t feel much like making anything.

As I continue to develop my wood turning library of

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Custom six – rainy day output

things to put into production, I have gathered lots of tools, kit parts, jigs and accessories. You might say I have a closet full of wardrobe pieces that have been crying out for organization and storage. this is the tedious process best suited for a rainy day in my part of the world!

 

Rainy Day, not! This is the “real” problem…

One of the things that has kept me from properly working at this process is the failure on my part to develop and implement a procedure to follow to make it easy enough to fit into my work ethic.  I commonly divide my week into segments in which I do certain things. Each day begins with prayer time and personal study time before breakfast.

Monday is usually church review day.

My video devotions are done on a weekly
basis every Tuesday morning.

Wednesday is class day when I teach several classes beginning at 9:00AM and wrapping it up with my last class ending around 7:15 PM.

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Bolt action – antler bodies

Thursday is turning day, shop time, or general putz. Currently I’m making strides on fulfilling commissions and organizing my shop supplies.  Recently I completed an order for 27 spin tops and have one more order of 9 to complete. Here are a few things I’ve been working on. I will donate one of these to a non-profit fund raiser. I like to see the expressions of surprise and satisfaction on the faces of those who receive one of my pens as a gift.

Friday-Saturday are study days.

Currently I’m trying to locate a dye that will mix with stabilization and allow cedar oil stabilization while at the same time coloring the wood I want to turn. If anyone has a suggestion or can point me to some examples of how to dye woods while stabilizing it let me know.

The next few weeks I will be working in my north-woods shop designing and making a little table to place in the studio in Marcell, MN. I’ve studied a few Karl Larssen paintings and found one I think fits pretty well. I’ll post a photo of the finished product soon.

Time for supper… I can’t forget that!

 

 



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Life is Interesting and Complex

We made our way north Wednesday PM. I had been to Hudson to do some desk work, and Jan was in school. I picked her up at 2:20PM, and we were on our way. The traffic was light, we stopped a couple times for fuel and a lunch break. The first rest stop was right around mid-state and it had rained. When we got out of the CRV the air temperature had dropped to 48 degrees! What a shocker. Then as we drove further north it kept getting warmer. We gained 12 degrees by the time we glided into Needles of the North.fred dotty

David had arrived the day before and got right at getting things ready for the summer. The lawn was mowed, screens were on, shower system activated, drain access covered, roof cleaned of needles, and a trip to Big Fork for supplies for the pantry garnered his dinner, a freshly made pastie from Kocian’s. He had tuned in the antenna for the TV in preparation for the Summer Olympics in August.  Our wireless system was up and running…What a guy… by the time we got unloaded and settled in it was about 7:30PM. Jan had overdone with her gardening and packing for our 5 day break. She felt ill and headed to bed in a state of discomfort.

Dave and I visited briefly and it was decided to take mom to the hospital in Bigfork to have her get checked over by the doctors at the clinic. I didn’t rest well being worried and still wound up from the drive.

Thursday we were at the clinic by 9:30AM. It takes the better part of 45 min. to make the drive.  By 12:30 noon she was out of there with a a couple of prescriptions to combat an infection, a warning to slow down a little bit, tired and hungry. We picked up the sulfa drugs, a pain killer and then made our way to Kocian’s for a sandwich and Cranberry juice and a potty stop. By the time we got to the Antler store she was ready for ice cream, minnows and her fishing license.  When we got to the cabin it was time for her to go to bed for a nap!

Dave was relieved to have us back. We had been texting all the time so he knew what was happening. After a rest he and I looked at his list of things to do and got started. We installed some roller shades in the garage, mom slept and then we heard the door shut at the cabin and sure enough there she was with her gardening hat on, working at planting flowers. It was my turn for a nap and it was a good one. I have lazy-boy recliner positioned in the basket house and slept for about an hour and a half.By the time I woke up David had put a Water seal coat on the decking for our lake dock.

Around 5PM he read and rested in his magnificent lakeside hammock. Jan and I sat on the cabin deck and visited about things in general and it was good. The meds were kicking in and she was feeling much better. Dave made the guys some typical summer “gin and tonics”, mom got tea, and I helped debone some steak for stir fry in prep for a late dinner. Everyone should know that with the three of us cutting, dicing, boiling and stirring we had the best stir fry over rice ever.

By the time the dishes were washed and stowed it was close to 7:30PM. Dave and I made our way back to the studio to complete the re-installation of the the outside shower curtain and adjustment of the water temperature.  Mom rested and read and by 9PM we’re packing off to bed and calling it a day.  Praise the Lord for all that he has bestowed and given us today…Amen.

 

 



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