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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