LumberJock Picnic at Mark DeCou's home

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Blog entry by Karson posted 08-25-2007 04:31 AM 2347 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’ve finally got everything together to report on the LumberJock Picnic held at Mark DeCou’s home on August 10th, 2007.

It all started with a comment to Mark that said when I visit Kansas City to see relatives that I might stop by his home. The invite appeared in the return e-mail. It then was a while before the trip was planned.

Then Martin put out the announcement that the Official LumberJock Picnic Day was July 15, 2007. MsDebbieP posted a picnic that she held on that day.

I posted the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers club Picnic on July 22, 2007. We had 6 LumberJocks present at this picnic.

Well the scheduled picnic was moved to inside. The temp was in 3 digits F. and it was very hot. Shelli DeCou stated that she wanted to cook and didn’t need anyone to bring anything.

First is was Mark and his family and me and my group of Dave and my Brother-in-law Don (wife LJ Alias Susie)

Mark told me that Kev Larcom wanted to come also and he stated that Joshua Stewart who lived in Kansas City might want to come also. I called him but his wife was scheduled to have their first child 2 days before the picnic. So he smartly decided that it wouldn’t be in his best interest to attend.

I got a message from Jole Tille that he’d like to attend but was scheduled to attend a carving meeting that weekend. Then I get a call from Mark and he said that Joel and his wife Susie we going to attend. So I contacted Joel on Thursday, the day before the Picnic and he was planning to leave after work on Thursday. He had about an 8 hr trip to get to Mark home. It turned out that Joel spent the night at a hotel about 4 miles from where I was sleeping. We met up at 8:00 A.M. to travel together to Mark’s home.

So the attendees would be
Joel and his wife Susie from Iowa
Kev from Witicha KS.
Dave my son,
Don my brother-in-law wife Susie
and his wife Shelli (LJ id wife)
and their children Rachiel and Riley and myself

We had a couple of surprise guests.
and WayneC being restrained by my son Dave.

So we have set the new record of 8 LJ attendees in one place at one time. That’s the same count at my Christmas family gathering with 8 LJ’s

Back to the picnic at Mark’s We arrived around 11:00 AM and Kev made it around 12 noon. This is the welcome sign on the main? Highway

Shelli fixed a great meal. It was like a family reunion, not a group of people that had never met before. (kev had been to Mark’s before, and Joel and Susie had been to Mark’s before)

After lunch we went out to tour Mark’s shop. Mark, Don and Joel.

Mark showing his carving jig

Mark had posted a blog during one of the slow nights at LJ land, titled The M&M Files and I had to bring Mark and Shelli a gift. I brought Mark a bag of M&M’s

And Shelli a bag of Trail Mix

I also brought Rachiel and Riley a game Cooties and Joel brought then a castle made by his son Jordan.

While I was at Mark’s home I saw some of his projects:
Scrimshaw Powder Horns
Dad’s walking cane
Against the Wind. Chair
Wooden Flute
Natural Edge table
Mission Entertainment Center

After the required picture taking I went with Mark to the Strong City Church where the latest projects of Mark’s were placed.

The Side Alters
Processional Cross
Hymns Stand
Speaker’s Podium

They looked great in person.

Mark had invited me to attend his daughters baptism on Sunday, so I drove back to KS again and I brought my son and my sister with me.

We arrived at Mark’s church just before 10:00 AM and as I walked in Mark was teaching the adult class and I heard him say “And there he is now, Everyone turn around and welcome him.” So that was my introduction to Mark’s church.

While we were there I saw a couple more of Mark’s projects.
They Broke Bread
Church Roll Top Cabinet 1st place in Best of Craftsmanship Winter 2007

After Church we went to a campground where the Swimming pool was used for the baptismal service

While we were there I met a couple that had Mark make a couple of pieces of furniture for them. They invited me to their home to show me the pieces.

Dining Room set
White Oak Buffet and Hutch

All of Mark’s work is great. and there are some pleased customers.

After we left their home we went back to Strong City to show my sister the church work and as we left we got a picture of Mark and myself. We are not wearing our LumberJocks shirts because this was after the baptism.

The group picture before MsDebbieP crowded in front. My apologies to my brother-in-law for getting crowded out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 08-25-2007 04:46 AM

Great report, Karson. I would to liked have been there.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-25-2007 04:57 AM

Sure sounds like some real fun. thanks for sharing withing with the rest of us

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 08-25-2007 05:18 AM

Thanks Karson! It sure sounds like it was a trip to remember.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 08-25-2007 06:14 AM

Hi Karson,

It looks like the fun never stopped. And, everyone looks like they had a great time.

Have a great day,


-- Bob Lance, DE

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#5 posted 08-25-2007 12:10 PM

what an honour to be part of it all !! :)
Isn’t it interesting how meeting a “cyber friend” is like visiting someone for the 1,000th time?

What a wonderful 1st Annual Event!!
Thanks for the pix and the story.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 08-25-2007 05:51 PM

What a great trip !!!

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#7 posted 08-26-2007 11:34 PM

I agree Deb. I enjoyed the trip as well and David plays a mean game of fetch.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 08-27-2007 01:58 PM

hahaaha :) you run after sticks really well, I must say!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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