January 2002

Christmas Party

The last big Hoo-Rah of the year was a big success. The turnout was a little down, but we had a great time and the food was wonderful as always. There was the ornament exchange and we presented Dee with her pen and pencil set in recognition of her many years of dedication to the Wonders of Wood Show.

Russ Sears turned a beautiful walnut pen and pencil and added a display case. The club had it inscribed for Dee and presented it in addition to her life membership in the club. It was the least we could do for all the work she put in on our show over the years. Our thanks again to Dee. She left a pair of shoes that will be very hard to fill.


January Display Case - Charles Browning

Affiliations: St. Charles Area Woodcarvers, National Wood Carvers Association.

Background: Charles is a professional wood carver. He works at the Daniel Boone Home as an interpreter and woodcarver. He sells many of his works around the area and through the Boone Home. He is currently working on a life size statue of Daniel himself.

Awards: Numerous Blue ribbons from our annual Wonders of Wood Show.
Interests: He enjoys all forms of wood carving, sculpture, and pottery as well as painting in acrylics, oils and watercolor.

Displays: He has shown his works in all areas of endeavor in galleries and shops across the United States.


A New Years Wish for our Grandchildren

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. So, I say to my grandchildren, I'd like to make things better for you. I'd really like for you to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen. It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in; I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him. When you want to see a movie and your little brother wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely. On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom. If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head. I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend. I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle. May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays. I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life. 

Taken from an article by Paul Harvey

Dampf tool sharpener:  We have been making a lot of to-do about the "New" sanding belt tool sharpener lately. At least, I have. I finally got my sharpener modified with a belt sander attachment and have it up and running. What a great device. However, new, it's not. It was recently pointed out to me by Red Cross, that the November-December 1992 Chip Chats had plans for such a sharpener designed by Mr. Dampf on page 56. It even has alternate plans for a sharpener using a single shafted motor. A handy option, since cheap, double shafted motors are so hard to find. Take a look if you are interested in making one for yourself. I highly recommend them.

Happy New Year

The old year is gone now and the New Year is upon us. Get it started with a roar. We will have our regular meetings January 2nd and 16th, and Saturday carving in O'Fallon January 5th and 19th. See you there.

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