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Linzie Rogers spoke to club members and showed slides about his trip to Ghana, Africa.  In the photo on the right Linzie is no Pygmy which gives you an idea about just how large that log is.  Notice that the power poles in the background are of teak - makes a fella wanna cry, doesn't it?  Locals use teak for firewood and charcoal - more reason to weep. Linzie visited a woodworking village where the wood is plentiful and everybody shares the industrial equipment that is old and antiquated but still sturdy and reliable.  Exotic wood, as we label it, goes for well under a buck per board foot. The sawdust that is generated goes to chicken farms for bedding and fertilizer.

Wawa is common there as is pine here.

A door made at the wood village costs anywhere from $25.00 to $75.00 depending upon the hardwood.  Here, $300.00 to $1000.00 depending upon wood and workmanship.

Stalls at the wood village are provided by the Ghana government free of charge but stall operators must abide by the rules or out they go.

Each table saw has a three man crew. One man pushes the board while another pulls from the other end. The third man sprays water on the carbon steel blade to keep it cool.  Carbide blade use is rare.

Linzie observed that operators did not use push sticks - a frightening thought but that is normal for them since the boards are so large.

Wood sold for export is sold by the cubic meter.

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         Matt Adams demonstrates how to react to a taste test using one of his carved spoons.  These spoons of pecan, maple, walnut and cherry is a birthday gift for his wife. 

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          Clark Kellogg showed club members his stationery box of narra wood.  The inside was finished in shellac and the outside in oil.

Mike Turner shows off a prototype of a design he used to inspire his high school students to create.  The stool had to weigh under six pounds and support 200 pounds.  Pine and coffee cans make up this stool.             L1010130.JPG (156069 bytes) L1010139.JPG (151142 bytes)
     L1010119.JPG (212186 bytes)     L1010140.JPG (78233 bytes)     John Murray holds high a small cutting board and then spins a story about the wood gathered for making those two tables.  A chain saw was used to start the project, however,  it was completed with few tools. The woods; oak birch, maple and Norway pine. Now did he travel to Norway to get the pine?
          Always doing a good turn, Lon Kelley explains how he turned these three bowls out of wet magnolia.  Water goes everywhere during the turning but a few weeks in his attic dries the wood. Amazingly, no splits or checks. Perhaps the wood was "spin" dried? L1010146.JPG (102555 bytes)  L1010107.JPG (187781 bytes)
L1010106.JPG (167638 bytes)   L1010147.JPG (120500 bytes)               Could this be Rocky Raccoon?  Another fine intarsia by Steve Wavro.  Woods used; walnut, western red cedar and aspen
John Gay revealed what was carefully packed in his treasure chest.  A Chinese rice bowl or perhaps even an urn.  It is made of pieces of Corian glued together with Super Glue then turned.  Making things like this could "earn" John a good living.L1010150.JPG (153014 bytes)L1010151.JPG (71508 bytes) John Gay demonstrated how his wood lock works and how it secures the treasure chest that he crafted.  L1010108.JPG (163179 bytes) L1010109.JPG (125188 bytes)
L1010152.JPG (121001 bytes)  Frank Desk 4.JPG (302690 bytes) Frank Desk 5.JPG (396107 bytes) Frank Desk 7.JPG (267140 bytes) Demonstrating his Michael Flatley pose, Denis Muras points to a slide show of features in his built-in desk of oak.  
Jeremy Grubbs shows how to sit on his shaving horse of purple heart and mahogany.  I suppose all he needs now is a sink, mirror and running water.  L1010153.JPG (130902 bytes) L1010154.JPG (157583 bytes)


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