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At our second outing/craft show/demonstration, there were not so many people due to inclement weather and a fairly secluded location. Also, the local newspapers were not very cooperative with their advertising. All in all, we had a pretty good time. The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted the event and did a very good job of providing us with facilities including a huge tent for shelter and several food vendors.
Special thanks to Kim Cole who managed the whole affair. Once again, Tish kept shop and managed to finish a bracelet she had been working on. I sold a few flowers and tree hooks.
As I worked on the spring pole lathe, a number of people made comments and asked questions. One on-going discussion was about muscle over development which I said was not a problem as I switched legs often enough either due to fatigue (mostly in my standing leg) or to get a better position to hold the tool. Also, as with any regular activity, muscle development reaches a point where it is simply enough to do the work. I think people have an image of Arnold Schwarzenegger (I got the spelling from a copy of The Terminator) with his bulgings and svelteness. Body builders build their bodies. The rest of us “build?” only what is necessary for what we do. So, even though one arm might be more developed for a carpenter who swings a hammer all day, there is a limit to how much development will take place.
The main question was of course, what is this and what are you doing. My answer usually starts out that I am making a mess which I follow with a little history of tool and simple machine making. It all begins with spinning a stick between the palms to make a hole or to cause enough friction to start a fire. Add a bow to increase the number of rotations and speed things up. So far, the stick is a tool. By mounting the stick between centers but still using a bow to rotate it, a second stick/tool can be used to shape the stick into a third product, perhaps a stool leg or a handle. Finally, a large frame with a spring pole can produce larger objects. The principle- reciprocal motion- remains the same. One woman actually called the lathe primitive although most people were fairly amazed at the effectiveness of the whole thing.
Later in the afternoon, several elementary school aged kids got to “help” me. While they worked the treadle, I did a bit of turning near the the waste end of the stick. I shall have to get a box for them to stand on so they can better see the effect of what they are doing, but a good time was had anyway. Later, it started raining again. At this, I remarked that it must be time to pack up and go home, and that we did.  On the way home we stopped at the Hartley firehouse for two chicken and dumpling dinners.

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From Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
From Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
From Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
From Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
From Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
From Blackbird Creek Fall Festival

Some photos from the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, by Life On The Edges. For full album (20 photos) click here.

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Look for us there tomorrow and say hello!

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From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill
From Autumn At Abbott’s Mill

Photos by Sir Thomas The Gun For full album (148 photos) click here.

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We had really good weather and about 300 people came through our area. Tish and I both sold a few things so our gas was covered as well as lunch and a few culinary acquisitions for later.
Tish really enjoyed playing “shop” and took care of the retail duties. She sold some of her jewelry and knit things as well as a few hobo flowers and other wood stuff. She particularly enjoyed talking with a young man from Seaford who seemed to only be able to admire the craft of others but is unable to do such things himself. Tish pointed out that he should add “yet” to what he was saying and that he might not be able only because he has not tried.
The pole lathe made for some interesting discussions throughout the day. Most people enjoyed and appreciated the work I was doing although one fellow jokingly directed me to the local building and home center to get a real lathe. It is always interesting how interacting with others can help me to understand, define, and improve my craft as well my own view of how and why I do the things I do. Its always good to get encouragement from others as well as affirmation of personal points of view. It has been said that “Iron sharpens iron” and ” If you like what you are doing, its not really work” and that. I really liked what we were doing there.

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Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to the online home of my real-life business, For Woodness Sake! I’ll be posting upcoming events, including festivals and other venues where I’ll be selling my wares and/or demonstrating my springpole lathe and other tools. I’ll also be posting samples of my work and products available for order or for sale.

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