Posts from the ‘Friends’ Category

*Eagle Scout Michael Ringle with His Hamonhaus Bald Eagle

We, along with his family and friends,  are very proud of our friend Michael Ringle on becoming an Eagle ScoutHow fitting that his parents chose to award him with this gift of a Bald Eagle woodcarving by us to commemorate his fine achievement.


*Golf in My World!

I have reason to believe that at one time or another, you’ve actually “swung” a golf club! If not yourself, a member of your household. The following is no “big-deal” unless you happen to be me.  A carving buddy, Jack Kunz, gifted me a couple of his golf clubs today which happen to have been on my wish-list for several years.
Let me go back about three golf-seasons, to the year I was asked by two separate individuals, to show them how to “hit-a-golf-ball”. If you do actually know me, you are already laughing; I’m the last one to show anyone how to hit a golf-ball. One of these individuals was my grand-daughter, Michelle Marie. In the process of teaching her to hit with her “borrowed” clubs, she mentioned how much she would like to have a “hybrid” fairway club. It so happened that I had just acquired such a club at a charity-golf-outing and was quite taken with it. I gave it to her and have planned ever since to replace it. Footnote: She did make her high-school golf team that year. She soon gave up golf to be in the school’s chorus. She returned the borrowed clubs to the school, but she still retains Grandpa’s Hybrid.
Back to friend Jack at his manse earlier today. He had recently called to offer a gift to me of his Delta Planer which he is replacing with an up-graded one. I quickly accepted his generous offer and waited for his call to pick it up. The call came yesterday and I drove to his home to get it. The planer is a welcomed addition to my work-shop. While standing in his shop, the subject of golf came up, as well as his brand new set of Calloway Golf Clubs. His new set includes two Hybrids. I mentioned how that I hope to get around to getting a hybrid myself. All of a sudden Jack handed me from a nearby shelf, his Ping (my brand) two hybrids that were just replaced by his nifty Calloways; they are 18 & 24 degree fairway-clubs.
Well, they’re in my bag now until spring. I found and downloaded the attached Hybrid-Iron Conversion Chart to help me select the clubs to replace in my bag. You can see it below if this is of   interest to you:
Consult the relevant chart
below to determine what the
hybrid angle to look for
replacing a standard club.
Mens Hybrid Loft Conversion
Guide Hybrid Angle
Club Replaced
14° – 16° 3 wood or 1 iron
17° – 19° 5 wood or 2 iron
20° – 22° 7 wood or 3 iron
23° – 25° 9 wood or 4 iron
26° – 28° 5 iron
Apparently, I have a pre-mature case of cabin-fever and winter’s barely here. You “Snow-Birds” can rub-it-in if you wish.
Happy New Year and Play it as it lies!

*It’s That Time of the Year

Thanksgiving with our family is a happy memory. Saw this year’s first “smack” of over-night snow this morning. Last evening, we cozied in front of our first log-fire of the season. The decorations are complete and the “Poodle-Prince”, Davidson is  sporting his new clip.  Today, I’m sitting by the fire, listening to my classical music softly in the background whilst I read my Nook.  I’m reading my first e-book-on-loan from our Public Library. I have 13 more days to read the e-book and then it will automatically disappear from my Nook.  I’m a fan of the Library and am long accustomed to selecting and putting holds on my selections,  “on-line”.

It’s already too cold in my garage to carve on my bird-projects. I must eventually brace myself, heat the garage, and perservere. I plan to wrestle again with the  life-sized Red-tailed Hawk. It only needs a few hours attention to get past the carving stage and on to the detailing stage. I’ll then bring it inside for a month or two of wood-burning the feather quills and barbs. Hopefully, this bird will be ready for our first woodcarving show of 2012 in Middletown, OH. June will probably have a few more sessions with her paint-students. Otherwise, we’re on our Winter Hiatus from Wildfowl Art & Teaching.

Our family traditions include several that are coming-up very soon. June & daughter Michelle’s annual “Cookie Baking Day” at Michelle’s house, and Michelle and me off for a dinner (often Skyline) and shopping for her mom until we “ace” the list!  Happily (for me) Michelle takes the gifts home with her, wraps and labels them for me, to June and brings them here to Das Hamonhaus on Christmas Day. Then, the clan gathers once again for food, gifts and merriment.

Eating Out (should become an Olympic Event) with friends fills in whatever gaps may appear on our calendar.  We’re very blessed to have these family and these friends enscounced so warmly in our lives; woodcarvers included.  So, when the cheeriness appears to be fading, around January and February, think about revving it all back up again for the Spring. That’s what we do, to prepare for our Spring Class; and so on and on goes, I hope, for a very long time.

So, from the two of us to you, dig in and enjoy. We’re in this together. Keep those bird-feeders filled!

Happy birding and carving,  Bill and June

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Happy Thanksgiving from Das Hamonhaus

Happy Thanksgiving from Das Hamonhaus. We and our family have been gathering for this day since our births. June and I have done so together for more than half-a-century. We’ve been blessed to have you and all of our woodcarving friends with us for nearly a quarter of a century.  Today, we’ll gather with family and extended family for the traditional gathering and feasting. Our “Winter Hiatus” is now “Official” and we’re focused more on each other, family and friends. Remember to thank God for his everlasting goodness towards us.

Happy birding and carving, Bill & June
Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Our 50th Anniversary Party


The Hamonhaus Artmeisters

Nah! That’s not a “party-pic”, or is it! No, that’s the Carving & Paint Meisters frolicking at Schmidt’s Sausagehaus in German Village some time ago. But, to continue about our “big” 50th Anniversary Party which was at our churches’ Family Life Center two days ago. We totaled 112-120 guests, lots of food featuring tons of shrimp, wraps, whatever…Daughter Michelle personally crafted a wonderful power-point slide show accompanied by the music of our lives.  It was terrific!  She and our  son Rick more than “picked-up” the tab for the gala. (Ca-Ching!)  Grand-daughter Alexa helped endlessly, as did favorite niece Sarah. Alexa modeled (walked the run-way) June’s original Wedding Gown; how beautiful she is!  Favorite nephew Christopher came into town to make an appearance as well.  Son Rick and lovely wife Lisa came, bringing their little grand-daughter (our great-grand-daughter) Makala. Lisa spent most of her time taking the official party-photos which we can’t wait to receive from her and to post.


June’s sister Susan was in charge (did and donated) the floral and all of the table decor and much more. She achieved great ambiance and mood in the room.  Huge job, well done. Grand-daughter Nicole manned the Welcome Desk beautifully. We featured a table of our wood-carvings which drew a lot of interest from many.  We were thrilled to have a few tables of our wood-carving friends present as well.  A second cake was unveiled as a surprise for me; a Red Miata Sports car, replete with us in the seats and tin-cans tied to it’s rear. ZOOM, Zoom, zoom…I don’t know if anyone noticed me standing to attention when the slide-show music played the Marine Corps Hymn. That’s just a “Marine” thing.  We had a 20-Questions Game which June and I moderated from the mike; all about us. Fun!  Several came to the mike to read their prepared memories of a “Happy or Funny” thing about us. Daughter Michelle and Grand-daughter Alexa led-off, presenting us with an Official Certificate signed by Governor Kaisic of Ohio followed by Sharon Troute and then Grady Troute.   Zane Haught had written a wonderful poem which he read and ad-libbed with his special CPA brand of wit and humor. Shalmah Cogdell Prince, Betty Raish , J.D. Cash, and lastly,   Chester Shockley followed with a framed Collage of us winning a Oldie’s Dating Game Contest and wearing our Golden Crowns of Victory.

Many Family and Friends pitched-in to make this possible and to do much of the heavy-lifting before, during and after the party. The Friends included Tom Stokes, Betty and Sam Raish, Roger Simmons, David Anspaugh, Jeff Covey, J.D. Cash, Jim and Beth Rogers, Margaret Ringle, Don and Yvonne Painter. Many more assisted with the stowing of chairs and tables afterwards. Our graditude and love go out to all for your loving toil to make our day as perfect as was possible.

So, we’ll end this posting with our love and appreciation extended fully to every guest, family member and friend who conspired, donated and slaved to deliver this bigger-than-life party for all of us to enjoy.  Thank you for being in our lives. You did Good!

Love, Bill and June

*Time to Get Busy

June Prepping for her Demo in Middletown

June will be presenting her Seminar/Demo at theMVWC  Middletown, OH Woodcarving Show tomorrow. I will be one of three Judges who will Judge the Carving Competition today.  The Show is at the Christ Methodist Church just off Grand Ave. which is off of S.R.122.  We saw many of our Carving Friends at last night’s “Exhibit Set-Up”.  Come and see us today or tomorrow. Our old friend Johnny Wilkens and Gertrude will be there with his bird-carvings. He has a beautiful American Kestrel that he has just finished. We saw the “Woodbee Carver”, Don Mertz last night and our friends Don and Jan Ward. Seeing our friends is the real “Gold” we’re there to mine. It always sparkles.  Next Saturday will commence our Spring Class which is the Bluejay. The first class I ever taught was the Bluejay in 1988. Johnny Wilkens and Bernie Bice convinced me to try teaching.  That happened to be my first year as a wood-carver. How time flys when you’re having fun. On that note, next month will be our 50th Wedding Anniversary. She’s a winner.

Happy birding and Carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Things Are Good!

40@14 in Turning Lathe on Stand

I was “gifted” this 10 year-old lathe a year or two ago by one of my carving-buddies, Jim Callahan. It came without the base but did include about a dozen turning tools in various conditions.  It’s by Central Machinery and is widely distributed by Harbor Freight. Jim also brought the used-2x4s and built the two work-benches in my shop.  Callahan is one of my favorite woodcarvers because of his personality, generosity and, oh yes, he’s extremely talented in many areas. Well, I happen to have a number of friends who fall into these same categories.  Larry Long (aka L3) is certainly another one.  Larry would have to plead “guilty” to having built our built-in curio-cabinet in our great-room, the oak-leaf in our antique oak pedestal table and my band-saw’s resaw-fence.  I asked Larry to examine my 12 Lathe turning tools and help me to get them sharpened as might be needed. Turns out that half of them are going into our up-coming garage sale and the other half are already sharp.  Larry came by to get me jump-started on my lathe. I’ve promised my current class of seven carvers to a walnut base each.  I’ve band-sawed 11 round  blanks  7 x 1.75″  Larry brought over a few of his own tools to demo for me. He showed me his new-style finisher tool which has a half-inch carbide disc screwed onto the tools tip. It can be rotated when a section dulls, to a sharp section. This could last for years before the disc might require replacing at a fairly modest cost.  Within a few days, I had my own Easy-Tool.  With Larry’s help, I turned my first Round Walnut Base while he was here. Last night I turned my second base in a short period of time.  Not a woodcarver (actually, more of a CPA), another good friend is Zane Haught.  A few years ago at lunch (we meet for lunch about weekly and have for many years), I must have mentioned something about wanting a table saw (I still do!).  Zane said “Have I got a deal for you”! Within an hour, following our lunch, we together schlepped his old Craftsman Radial-Arm Saw & Table from his shop to mine; whew! Callahan’s two work-benches were made to sit on either side of this saw and match it on height & depth of work surface.  A few weeks ago, Zane said that my shop (aka: detached garage) needed shelving.  He took measurements.  Maybe, a week later, he returned with his tools and all of the lumber and braces he had personally pre-made. Let me just say that a few days later, all of the braces and all of the lumber was in place without a brace or a board left over; shelves on three walls!  Don’t get me get started about Don Ward, Bruce Reese and a host of others. I could go on and on in this post about the kindness of others, but you get the idea.   It’s true, Ol’ Bill trys to get by on the cheap! It’s either that or, stay at home.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

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