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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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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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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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Some “non-pen” Thoughts

Frederick A. Kogler
Frederick A. Kogler

Some “non-pen” Thoughts

Greetings everyone may the peace of God which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is all straight talk, there’s no partial revelation, double talk, ambiguity or half truth here at all. When it comes to the presentation of the Good News the truth is all that is involved.  This is what I believe, teach and confess. This is the underlying philosophy for all that I do. What that means to me is that what the Bible says is really the way it is! John 17:17 (NIV): “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Since everything in the Bible is true, every detail is important!

The words, the grammar, the context, the era, the implications, all of those details are to be taken seriously. Not to fear, however, since the Bible is a love story. It is the story of God’s love for sinful mankind. John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Not only does the Scripture reveal the absolute truth about God, it was given to us as it says:To thoroughly equip mankind for the Christian way of living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV): “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” When Jesus commissioned his disciples to evangelize the world not only was the scope of the project global, but the content of their teaching was to be complete, nothing more or nothing less. Matthew 28:18-20 makes this perfectly clear. Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV):18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Please note that there is no political correctness here, nor is there any higher critical evaluation, nor slicing and dicing according to the whims and fancies of those to whom the disciples where to go. When the Gospel message tells us that Christ died on the cross for the sins of all men that’s exactly what it means. Rom. 5:6 reminds us: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,Christ died for the ungodly.” And, again we are told:in Rom. 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Here we hear the words of God! Each one is important. Here we hear God speaking to us! Everything he says to us is what he intends for us to hear and to apply to our lives. So we hear in John 20:31: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” So it is that our hearts rejoice as we hear the words of the absolution: Matthew 9:2: ”And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”

Pay close attention to the details my dear friend, until next Time: God Bless!

 



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And then there’s the dentist!

Hi! In about an hour I plan to be in the dentist’s chair gaping up as the health care professionals do their thing with my teeth! Crown, root canal, deep cleaning…whatever! It all keeps me humble and grounded through pain and the reality of physical degeneration!

To prepare I’ve brushed, flossed, and taken a nap… I’ll bet most of you know all about this!  Well, I’ll let you know hows it goes! I wonder how offgridders deal with tooth decay and dental hygeine?



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Fulfilling an Order

boldt Act copperI like doing antler pens that represent the .30 cal. take down means. The reasons are many. In my part of the world white tail deer are abundant and if not harvested destroy lots of browse, cause property damage, and are a major contributor to auto accidents. What is more, many are harvested and the sportsmen donate the highly preferred meat to many who would not otherwise have such delicacies on their tables.

The antlers themselves are easily obtained as they fall off each year and it is common to come upon them on deer trails in the woods. I do not buy them by the pound or otherwise as I feel this might tempt poachers to violate the principles of sportsmanship for a few extra “bucks.” (for give the pun).

3 boldts antler
Gun metal,copper,and bronze finishes

This order was generated by partnering in a craft sale several months ago. At that time I had made several of the same which sold out. I then had a client contact me for a custom order for Christmas gifts. Time passed and then most recently another client came forward through an email requesting that I make a set of 3 similar but different “bolt action deer pens” as she called them. She hoped that my prices had not gone up ($45 ea.). They have not! So we reached an agreement and I went into production. The results are pictured here.

The only finish on these real antler bodies is renaissance wax applied with soft paper towel and polished at a very high speed. They look and feel great.  I’ll put them in presentation boxes as part of my standard practice and they should be ready to go.  Have a great day, stay safe, and “God Bless!”



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