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Pottery Wheel

Pottery Wheel

  This is a pottery wheel that I built using a truck axle, a barbeque grill and a tractor seat. I wrote an article about it in “Countryside Magazine” around July 2003. It was a fun project! I can send you the plans if you’re interested. My plan is to focus on these and other projects as time goes by. Check back often to see items in detail. We will do our best to update the site regularly and keep … Read entire article »

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Treadle Wood Lathe

       This is a treadle powered wood lathe that I built. It draws a lot of attention at the craft shows that we do. It works quite well and I’ve been told that the speed is equivalent to a modern lathe. I built it from pipe-fittings, hardware store lumber and some pillow block bearings. There was some minor modifications that I made to it after putting a few hours on it. I think most of the kinks are out now.        I’m just an amateur at turning, but I do have a lot of fun with it. Some of my lathe tools are homemade from old files. They seem to cut pretty well and hold a good edge. So far I’ve only done spindle turning on it but started a bowl recently … Read entire article »

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Woodworking

Woodworking

     My grandfather was a wood carver and whittler. My early childhood memories are of sitting in his cedar shavings and of him letting me try his Buck knife. There is something special about taking wood and creating a one of a kind item.  Just knowing that our Lord chose carpentry as an occupation should make us think twice when we do it!   Living on a farm, I get lots of opportunities to work with wood. … Read entire article »

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The Sacred Cedars

     They were always given special place whenever we’d walk in the woods. I remember clearly, my father bending over and uncovering a small cedar as it struggled to emerge through the forest floor. I didn’t see the big deal in it at all, as they seemed like such useless trees to me. But somehow the smell of the cedar always made me think of home, family and sometimes even Christmas. Only when I bought my own place which had an abundance of cedar trees would I come to understand their importance to my father. As Angie and I walked through our new woods, I bent over to help a small tree up. I told her the story of my father helping a little tree out. I jokingly called them the … Read entire article »

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