Month: February 2023 (Page 1 of 2)

Rolling Pin of Many Colors

Pam took another wood working class this week. There were 4 students making a beautiful rolling pin from 4 different woods (Black Walnut, Cherry, Maple and Padauk). It was a 4 day x 3 hour class. Ron (from Canada) was the instructor – just great and very patient. Pam really enjoyed woodturning. She is going to buy her own 4 jaw chuck so she can keep making stuff in the woodshop and not have to borrow a chuck.

The rolling pin is made from plans from: Woodturning Design Magazine, Spring 2004 (Issue No. 1) – The Premier Issue. You could hardly read the instructions (a copy of a copy of a fax), so I found an old copy of the magazine for sale on Amazon and bought it. Click on the magazine cover to see the instructions.

I also found a very similar version for sale on Etsy for $100!

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Wood Working Class & Auction

This past week was a bit cold and windy. All our Pickle Ball sessions were cancelled due to the wind. Golf for Kelly was also cancelled on Wednesday. We did get out and golf 9 holes on Saturday @ Palm Creek.

The Comino de Santiago Challenge is going great. Pam and I both passed the 20% mark (100 miles). Every time we reach this milestone, they plant a tree in our honor to help the environment.

Saint Jean Pied de Port

We also receive postcards along the way as we passed through town virtually. Click on the postcard to see all of the postcards we have received so far.

As of today, we are at both at 120 miles and ahead of our pace to finish in 12 weeks. It looks like all 7 of us on the challenge are on pace. It has been fun to do this as a group.

Pam took the “Beginners Wood Working” class.

Pam made this beautiful Tray!

The class cost $75, and she made a very nice serving tray out of Walnut and Cherry wood. She learned how to use the Jointer, Band Saw, Drill Press and various sanding tools. The first day (3 hours), she cut all the wood and glued the tray together. The second day (2 hours), she sanded everything smooth and then finished the wood with bee’s wax (food safe). It looks great. We mounted it above our stove.

Wood Workers Auction

Very Sharp – Be Careful

On Saturday, they held the annual Wood Worker’s Auction. The auction raises money to buy and upgrade equipment in the shop. It is amazing what these people are able to make. Unfortunately, we just looked and did not take any pictures – Sorry.

Pam bid on and won a fantastic Pizza Cutter for $100. It was made by Steve Alexsander from Walnut, Babinga & Sapele Woods. This thing is so amazing and beautiful. It fits perfectly behind our cooktop, below the serving tray. To celebrate, and test it, Pam made meatball pizza on the grill. Tasty!

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WM Phoenix Open

On Sunday, we went to the WM Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, AZ. We decided to follow 1 group around the golf course: Ricky Fowler, Jason Day & Sungjae Im.

It was actually cheaper to go on Sunday – Superbowl Sunday – than any other day of the week ($50 vs $75). Parking with a shuttle bus was free and easy.

We enjoyed walking the entire course, but it was surprisingly hilly.

Pam and I were “Hole High” when Rickie made his hole in 1 on the 7th hole from 216 yards. We did not see the ball until it hit the green, but I did see it go in the hole!

This reminded me of 1996 when my dad and I attended the Greater Milwaukee Open. It was Tiger Wood’s pro debut. We were “Pin High” to the left of the green on hole 14. I saw the 188 yard shot all the way. It bounced s couple of times and rolled it. A great memory that day with my dad. YouTube Video here.

It was a fun day, but we were exhausted when we made it back to see the Super Bowl and all the commercials.

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Palm Creen: Casa Grande, AZ

We arrived back in Palm Creek on January 31st. We are back in site 398 and are enjoying the sun and activities.

Kelly started golf with his Wednesday group. We played at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson. Nice course that is part of a casino. Nice weather and Kelly shot a nice little 84 (from the senior tees).

Both Pam and Kelly took a Pickleball Lesson (2 hours) and really enjoyed it. So, we both joined the Palm Creek Pickleball Club and signed up for “Round Robin” events. Pam’s is next week. Kelly played on Saturday which consisted of 6 games played in 2 hours. Great exercise.

Pam took a Wine & Painting course on Saturday. It was 2 hours, and she used acrylic paint to create a masterpiece. A new talent she is discovering which she inherited from her mother – Jan.

Pam and Kelly also signed up for the workshop club. Pam starts her beginner’s woodworking class next Monday.

There are so many clubs and activities at Palm Creek; it you are bored here, it is your fault.

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Camino de Santiago Update: All 7 of us started on February 1st. Everyone seems to be on track to meet their goals.

Pam and Kelly are trying to do the 480 miles in 12 weeks / 84 days. We need to walk 5 miles per day. Pam and Kelly are on track.

It is hard to share where everyone is, but here is the current map. Click on it to see it full size.

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