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  1. Ron Altier

    What next?

    I started gluing some pieces for an ornament. I selected a piece that looked like it had good grain and few scraps. It didn't glue up as I intended. Off center just a tad. I turned it and found worm holes and bad sections of grain. Removed, reglued. One of the scrap pieces came apart. Reglue, restart. Why didn't I just quit and start new? I like a challenge and this was one. I got it to where I felt I should quit, but NO, do just a little more. WRONG thing to do. I just set it down and left it for a couple of hours. When I returned my feeble mind had found a solution, if it didn't fly apart again. Here it is, slightly off center and after I had to remove the finish and redo.
  2. Steve Krumanaker

    More ornaments

    Sprayed a bunch of ornaments yesterday morning. Some of globes are segmented plywood but I also experimented with the marbling technique described in American Woodturner magazine. Also did several birdhouse ornaments and turned some tiny birds to go with a few of them. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  3. HandyDan

    Angel Ornaments

    I have been working on some angel ornaments for Christmas. Here's where I am at so far. Have some bodies and wing sets done. The finished one in the front is what they will look like.
  4. Steve Krumanaker

    "Brrrrr" months start tomorrow

    First ornaments for this year. I'm doing a demo Sunday on segmented plywood globes and different coloring techniques so I finished these today to show for the demo. This one is a new technique for me. AAW magazine had a piece on marbling in the last issue and that's something I've wanted to try for a long time. There was a link in the article for a kit to get started and I ordered one to give it a try. This is the best one I've done and it was also the first. There won't be any pictures of the last few I've tried just like everything else, there is a learning curve. Steve
  5. Gerald

    Whats for Christmas

    Working on Christmas . Slight changes to my bells and angels. Wife said the base of the bells not wide enough so this is the result. so also widened the angel base. May even put jingle bells in them. So what Christmas item are you planning now?
  6. Ron Altier

    Ornament of Many Colors

    I got an idea for making a different ornament. It involved using different colored woods and the colored ply. It took all day for the set up, which went wrong and I didn't set up the colors right. The shape was not what I wanted and I had to cover mistakes. If I do another, I will really plan a LOT better. There are so many angles that I had to cut, just to keep the circles round
  7. Ron Altier

    Last Sea Urchin

    This is the last of my sea Urchin shells. The difficult part was getting a good fit between the shell and the wood. I solved that with some very dense foam from Micheals, it is 1" dia X 1" long. I CA glued it to a dowel and turned it to thickness. Then used goop to stick it to the shell, lightly clamped it overnight. Same on both ends. I turned the Purple Heart pieces and used goop to attach to the foam.
  8. Ron Altier

    Scrap Wood Ornament

    This time I really had to look all my waste bins several times to come up with enough pieces to glue together to finish. I didn't want to have to make a trip to Rocklers for more wood
  9. The cause As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from October to the end of the year of 2017 that involved the Gold Star widow and her two children as assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays - 2017 The donation During the project we witnessed many forms of heart felt giving, from the actual raffle ticket purchases, to the exchanging of the winnings from one member to another. Every step of the way, everyone who participated in this project performed heroically, I want to thank everyone once again for their giving, and participation in this very important annual tradition of ours. Thank you! Sometimes, things happen in these projects that are, well, just pretty danged cool, and one of those things was the shipment I received from Patriot Woodworker @honesttjohn. The shipment contained one blanket for each member of the Merlo Family. These blankets were hand made by Mrs. Mordus, (spouse of John Mordus aka honestjohn). John informed me the items were on their way, and I was expecting them, but what I was not expecting was the handwork that went into this operation. My own mother is a crocheter, I grew up with the craft, so I understand the time and heart that goes into this craft, the blankets of Mrs. Mordus were knitted. I am showing images of the work the night before we shipped the gifts from our home to the Merlo Family. I want to apologize for the image quality, it was late, the lights were dim in our home, shortly after I took these pictures our kids wrapped each blanket individually and put a name tag on the gifts before we put them in the shipping box for delivery the next day. This knitted blanket was made for Mrs. Merlo, the knitting is exquisite and detailed, can you imagine spending the time that it takes to make every single tiny square and creating those squares methodically around each heart. I had a chance to feel this blanket, it was very soft, and it had considerable heft to it as well, I was tempted to wrap myself in it but my heart said no, the first wrap should be performed by the honored recipient, Mrs. Merlo. Look at those tiny knitted stitches The hearts The following are images of the blankets Mrs. Mordus created for the children, Camilla and Charlie, the baseballs went to the boy, and the butterflies went to the girl. Mrs. Mordus crafted a border around the fleece fabric of both blankets. This is a style of making blankets that my own mother has been wanting to do for sometime now, mom was over at this time, and she closely examined the borders to see how Mrs. Mordus fabricated them. I wish I had taken close up images of the borders, I don't know why I did not. At this writing I am right now kicking myself. Camilla's flutterby blanket Charlie is a baseball fanatic! And of course, do you think @honesttjohn could let that box of blankets ship without something from the shop! John installed a completely wonderful keepsake box for Mrs. Merlo that he created. This was unexpected, a beautiful touch to an already incredible shipment for the Merlo Family. I am not sure what the box was made from, it may have been John's trademark Pine that he uses in many of his plaque projects, hopefully John will chime in here and let us know. And the grand finale, the Merlo kids with their warm blankets on Christmas morning. You can tell they are very happy. We do not have an image of Mrs. Merlo with her blanket, it was not provided, but I can surmise why we do not have that image, well you know how ladies are, early in the morning, just out of the rack, hair not straight yet, I am sure the image is out there, but Mrs. Merlo surely wasn't going to let that one get out! Without further adieu, the kids Charlie and Camilla and their cherished blankets. (these images shown here, with permission given by mom Merlo) Little Camilla showing off mama's blanket In closing Again, I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project, it was a huge success this year thanks to you all. And on behalf of our entire Patriot Woodworker community, Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Mordus for this very special gift, that will keep on giving to this family for years to come, as they curl up during cold season with these blankets. This topic is long over due, and I want to also apologize to @honesttjohn for taking so long to get this up and live, thanks for your patience John.
  10. Ron Altier

    angel ornament

    One of my angel ornaments got damaged and I promised to make another one. This one I made smaller, about 3" and made more use of add ons.
  11. Final Debrief Once again I'd like to thank all those who participated and all those who sent positive thoughts and prayers to this wonderful project we held, and we will hold once again this year in 10 short months. Many of you did not win any prizes, but please keep in mind, the grand prize was helping the Merlo Family to have a wonderful memorable Christmas. So we all won in that regard! Thank you to all who participated! To view our project please visit this link Operation Ward 57 Adopt-a-Gold Star Family for the Holidays Project 2017 Raffle River hosted our raffle, you can see the total contributions by you, our supporters at Raffle River Patriot Woodworker Portal Total Raffle Proceeds and Expenditures Gross $2175.00 Service fees $66.91 PayPal fees $9.05 USPS fee $26.21 UPS fees $80.55 Gifts $1617.82 Check to Mrs. Merlo Disbursement to occur 01-23-18 $374.46 Balance $0.00 Fees Definitions Gross - Total contributions by you, our generous contributors Service fees - Fees charged by raffle system per transaction, for example, a $50.00 raffle ticket purchase had a $1.75 service fee attached. A $5.00 raffle ticket purchase had a $0.55 service fee attached. PayPal fees - Several raffle purchases were sent to us in proxy via PayPal, these fees are charges PayPal charged those transactions. USPS fee - Cost to send Ralphs Grocers gift card to the Merlo family. UPS fees - Cost to send boxes of gifts that were sent to us by our membership for the Merlo's. Gifts - The amount that was spent for the Merlo family. Check to Mrs. Merlo - The remainder of the funds in the coffers to be sent to the Merlos on January 23, 2018. (The Patriot Woodworker community will update this debrief topic with a copy of the check.) Balance - Account clear and closed. Gifts and Disbursements General children's gifts for Charlie and Camilla, ($653.27) see screen shots and pdf attachments. Disney gift card for a day at the park for the family in the amount of ($500.00). A Christmas meal Ralphs Grocers gift card in the amount of ($200.00). A set of house hold oils ($248.25) for their home as requested by Mrs. Merlo, these are the latest rave called Essential Oils. The organic oils are poured into a diffuser and steamed into the home. A check in the amount of ($374.46) to be mailed to Mrs. Merlo. Please open PDF's attached below to see gifts purchased, and shipping receipts. I am sorry but I cannot show screen shots of the PayPal fees or the Raffle River Fees for security purposes. If anyone is very curious of the Raffle River Fees and PayPal fees, please contact me in a private message and I'll do my best to disclose the fees via personal email. Questions? If anyone has any questions at all regarding this project, and how your proceeds were used, please do not hesitate to PM me or one of our admins, or you can email me at administrator@thepatriotwoodworker.com. To the best of my ability I have shown a full disclosure in this topic, if you see any errors or accidental omissions please feel free to call us out here by replying to this topic. I am not perfect, so I may have missed something. Screen shots of Charlies and Camilla's gifts you, our generous donors purchased the children. In closing We want to thank everyone again for their participation in this years Christmas project, we are very proud of how our Patriot Woodworkers, guests, and sponsors came to the table, and made this all happen. Thank you everyone!!!!!!! There are a few gifts that were sent to us by a couple of our members, to be shipped to the Merlo Family, we are going to showcase those items in a separate topic, they are beautiful and special! Mrs. Merlo contacted us earlier this week and she and her kids have been down with the flu, she stated she would like to send some pictures of the kids and some gifts, and a thank you, as soon as she is up and about. Meanwhile we hope you enjoy some clippings of emails sent to us by Mrs. Merlo: Attachments merlo_kidsgifts.pdf merlo_gifts.pdf
  12. Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander, then the Full Size Easy Wood Tools. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 4 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!
  13. Our sponsors who made this raffle possible Introduction Our winners have been chosen and our sponsored family has already started receiving their gifts! On behalf of our entire woodworking community here at The Patriot Woodworker, we want to thank wholeheartedly every single member and guest and our very important sponsors Woodcraft, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools, for their participation in this grand annual tradition of ours, sponsoring a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star Family for Christmas. We are thankful for all the support this family received and all the wishes and commentary and positive vibes that were sent our way in order to help facilitate what probably turned out to be our most successful Christmas project yet. As a matter of fact it was so successful, we will sponsor two families next year! The Raffle As you all know our main source of funding this project was through our raffle. Our sponsors donated tools and machinery to this project, and those items are raffled off. 100 percent of the proceeds are used for the family project. Since this is a game of chance, your odds increase with the amount of tickets you purchase. We had some big purchasers, and we had some small purchasers, and we had purchases in between. But one thing all our raffle purchasers have in common, is they all have a huge heart! In that sense, all raffle purchases carry equal weight. In a perfect world, everyone who participated would walk away with a gift, but we also know for many that is not the purpose, they just wanted to help. Also, if you did not directly participate in this project, you have to understand, just by being a member here, and participating in our forum community, is in itself helping this project and our community overall, we need your daily participation and forum activity, without it we don't have a community! So even if you did not purchase a raffle ticket, but you are here being active, you are then a very important part of this entire community called The Patriot Woodworker. I guess what I am trying to say is, thank you, and thank you, we greatly appreciate everyone who participated, every single person who had anything to do with this raffle and we are completely grateful. The Winners So, without further adieu let us announce the winners in the order they were chosen! Winners, please use our private messaging service to leave your shipping address to receive your awards, we will also contact winners via email for notifications. If you are not a member, we will acquire your shipping address through the email notification, thank you! Laguna Tools Gift Certificate, $500.00 Value was awarded too: Herbert C. Stoops @Dadio Full Size Set of Easy Wood Turning Tools, $389.97 Value was awarded too: @Grandpadave52 Woodriver Benchtop Spindle Sander, $169.99 Value was awarded too: Allen Worsham @Allen Worsham Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, $139.00 Value was awarded too: Lewis Kauffman @lew Special thanks In addition to all the support we had for this project, we also have a few members we want to thank for their additional cheer leading and support for this project, please help us thank the following members. John Mordus @honesttjohn, donated two of his awesome carved veterans memorial plaques to the project for sale to benefit the family, the plaques were not selling so John decided to give the plaques to two members who purchased raffle tickets over the amount of 75 dollars, the final idea and offer came to fruition in the last days leading up to the closing of the raffle, and John helped push us over the 2nd millennial mark of our fundraising! We had a taker of this great offer, and he is @p_toad. Thank you Peter! To all our members and guests, one of the plaques is still for sale and the proceeds will be used for our current family project, so if you are interested in having one of these beautiful wall hangings, please go to The Plaques of John Mordus and leave a comment at the topic. We also want to thank John Mordus and Mrs. Mordus for donating a beautiful hand crafted knitted blanket for Mrs. Merlo, our Gold Star Widow and the Mordus' also donated two hand crafted blankets to each child, Charlie and Camilla, so they will have a warm and cozy Christmas morning wrapped in those blankets (pictures of the blankets to follow soon after Christmas), also John included a beautiful keepsake box for Mrs. Merlo, thank you John Mordus and Mrs. Mordus for your contribution. Dean Walker @mosco22, donated a beautiful New in Box older Starret Tri-Square that we will have up for sale to benefit this project still. We have to the New Year to receive donations and gifts for the Merlo kids and mom, so soon we will have this wonderful example of a well preserved high quality Starret measuring tool up for sale. Thank you Dean for your wonderful donation, it's things like this that make our projects so much fun to see the interest and passion by our members, thanks again Dean Walker and we'll keep you informed of the sale and the transfer of the proceeds to the family. We also want to thank the the "Awesome Threesome" Patriot Woodworker's @Gene Howe, @schnewj, and @Chips N Dust, for their efforts to help push us over the 2000 mark in our fundraising. These gentlemen pledged additional funding to match for every dollar that was generated over the 2000 mark. This pledge went out around the 1700 mark and no doubt their efforts helped push us over the 2000. The goal was reached and true to the gentleman's word, they came through and provided the additional funding to match their obligations, thank you gents! In closing We want to thank you all again, and especially our own sponsors of our woodworking community, Woodcraft, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools. Our bills are paid and our annual projects are funded, all because of the sponsorship of our three retailers who support us all year long, every day, all day. We can never say thank you enough to these folks, we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Hey, did you all know! In addition to their support, @Catherine Helshoj (owner of Laguna Tools) and @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, also purchased raffle tickets to support the cause!!!! In addition to their annual support and project donations, they even stepped up to the raffle table and pulled the lever! Thanks guys! Raffle disclosures A full disclosure of raffle proceeds and expenditures will be displayed in a separate topic after Christmas. We could do it now, but we don't want the list of gifts and items to be shown publicly until after Christmas.
  14. MT Stringer

    From My Shop to Yours

    Merry Fishmus to one and all!!! Note: I found this the other day in my "table top photography" folder from years ago.
  15. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to all Patriot Woodworkers and guests alike. So, here we are, a day after Christmas and I completely forgot to get our Monday topic live, as I do weekly. I also did not get our Monday topic up the last two weeks as I have been very ill, I have finally dug out of the flu fog the last few days and I actually felt great for Christmas. I'd like to say thank you to all for being here, and sharing your lives and shops with us, we are forever grateful for the folks who keep our forums live and interesting. And we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Under the Christmas Tree So Patriot Woodworkers, what did you all get under the tree this Christmas, I'll go ahead and kick it off! My family purchased this wonderful restored fully usable set and sharpened Warranted Superior saw for me, this is a beaut! I love it. They also presented me with this wonderful old book all about North American woods and trees, and their use in the trades and crafts woodworking industry. I love these old books, I use them as a resource for our Patriot Woodwiki that we have been building, and the family knows I love to read these books. I can't get enough of them. This books was copyright is 1951 and it is still viable today, why wouldn't it be, trees have not changed in the last 60 years have they? The book is called American Woods, and was written by Shelley E. Schoonover (Regional Fiscal Agent (retired) United States Forest Service). So that was my haul of the day, what did Santa bring you all! Cover: Sample page: New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @tim gilmer, @eazygeezer, @Gene Thomas, @SANYIndia, @tarasmith, @ecadriel, @AshleyJ, @Duane Bledsoe, @Ksvet06, @Richard Hurwitz, @JARED ADAMS, and last but certainly not least, @Revuaf ! To our new members, thank you for joining us! To our existing members, please click on their names above and shoot them a welcome message. News We acquired our 2000th member this month! Welcome them by clicking on the topic preview below. We do have a door prize for @Ksvet06! Stay tuned for what it is! The call was announced, and The Patriot Woodworker's stepped up! Thank you all for your support of our Christmas Project! We raised $2175 for this family, and they are now enjoying your contributions, thank you Patriot Woodworkers!!!! In case you missed it please see "Winners Announced". A full financial accountability report will be submitted to our community very soon. What's It Our December "What's It" still needs an answer, there have been some really good suggestions put in place by you all, but we still need some references to the answer in order to call anyone a winner of this months project. Featured image of the week Attribution: “Exhibit Experience.” The H. O. Studley Tool Chest & Workbench, 12 Apr. 2014, http://new.studleytoolchestexhibit.com/exhibit-experience/. Source: http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/Material-Processing-Research-Portal
  16. Ron Altier

    NEW ORNAMENT 2

    This one required some glue up. And then some more. The piece on the bottom is acrylic and has some gold sparkles in it. I thought about making the bottom spindle much smaller, but my wife liked it just as it is. She gave her ideas as I worked on it and she likes it. After 50 years, happy wife, happy life.
  17. Ron Altier

    Acrylic ornament problems

    I ordered a piece of clear acrylic. Turning was a big challenge. The piece I used had a low melting point and it would heat and semi melt. This created melt smudges, not to mention melt frustration. I kept trying different turning tools and speeds. It wasn't easy. You can see the results. If I learned one thing.................... it is not to turn much of that stuff or get a harder clear acrylic.
  18. HandyDan

    Ball and Cup Game

    Every year for the past five or so years at Christmas time I make a couple dozen ball and cup games. I take them over to the local Akron Children's Hospital and give them to the volunteers to pass out to the children who have the misfortune of being in the hospital at this time of year. I figure even if confined to the bed they may still be able to play the game. Here is this years batch completed today. I use pine 4X4s to make them but I buy the balls at Pat Catans craft supply store. They have three coats of Shellac on them.
  19. lew

    Easy Wood Tool Contest!

    I found this on Facebook. If you have a FaceBook account check it out- https://www.facebook.com/EasyWoodTools/photos/a.305274012822515.95517.296127457070504/1968972016452698/?type=3&theater
  20. HandyDan

    Santa"s Workshop

    Nice project. Might be fun to do someday.
  21. Child's high chair from an older issue Woodsmith magazine as a Christmas gift to some new grandparents/parents. The original plans have this as a "knock-down" unit but I made it permanent. Made from hard maple (walnut plugs). Water based poly finish (thanks for the advice on raising the grain). Tray is removable/adjustable and it has a seat belt. This is the second one of these I've made. Already delivered and to my amazement, it seemed to fit the size of the child! Thanks for looking!
  22. Waxing Moon

    Christmas Shopping....Done

    I am officially relieved from crowded retail stores until after the new year....
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    Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 3 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, and Laguna Tools, for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Honorable Mention The Patriot Woodworker community wants to also thank Easy Wood Tools for their past and continuous support of our woodworking community and their endless support of the men and women who serve our nation. Easy Wood Tools has been a valuable partner to us and our military support efforts. Easy Wood Tools, Made in America, by Americans, for the World!
  24. Ron Altier

    New ornament

    I started this one a few weeks ago and got sidetracked on other projects. I like to embellish the wood color with contrasting woods and ornamental things. It is not as large as it appears and is about 5" total length. Another Christmas gift
  25. Steve Krumanaker

    Christmas Ornament Challenge.

    Every year a couple popular youtube authors, Carl Jacobson and Allen Stratton, sponsor a Christmas ornament challenge. They are primarily wood turners but the challenge is open to anyone who cares to enter. It's how I got my start on youtube. An entry doesn't have to be a video, it can be a slideshow, just something to show you actually made the ornament. Remember, the entry can be anything from a turning, to a carving, to scroll sawing, or whatever. There ARE some nice prizes, some of which are from EWT. Check it out, it's fun and even if you don't enter it's a great way to get ideas for Christmas ornaments. Christmas ornament challenge Steve

Who We Are

Operation Ward 57 Challenge Coin Display Project

We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. Join us now!

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Air Force Command Center Plaque

Of course just like most online woodworking communities we are centralized in the arts, crafts, and trades that are woodworking. But, we have another focus in our Patriot Woodworker community, we are the only woodworking community that was founded on our care and concern for our disabled veterans.

Volunteer

Patriot Woodworker Volunteers

The Patriot Woodworkers are an all volunteer community, from the staff and hosts who run our online woodworking community to the members who frequent our forums, you'll find volunteers in all of us. We are not on a payroll, unless you consider the spiritual rewards gained from volunteering, as compensation.

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One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor.

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