Another day, another nickle

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Blog series by Thos. Angle updated 12-16-2015 01:56 AM 36 parts 125496 reads 660 comments total

Part 1: Another day another nickle

07-28-2007 03:21 AM by Thos. Angle | 3 comments »

Well, I’m back. The computer burped and was in the shop for a few days. I took some photos of the shop and wanted to photograph my latest project but the camera went to Hawaii with daughter Julie, to photograph a wedding. Thanks to everyone who tryed to help me with the pictures in my computer. As it turned out I had to un-install the printer I was using so I just re-installed my old one and re-worked the photos the way they got that way in the first place. So I’ve posted some mo...

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Part 2: Right Tilt Table Saw Blues

09-20-2007 02:25 PM by Thos. Angle | 12 comments »

A couple years ago I bought a brand new Jet table saw. It is really great except it is right tilt. At the time I thought it really didn’t matter, just change a few ways of working and it would be fine. I mean, there are thousands of them out there. It is dandy to not have to change the scale when I change the blade. I moved the miter gauge to the right side of the blade. I learned to jump the fence over the blade to cut 45’s. I built sleds and fixed the tenon jig for right handed ...

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Part 3: Cattle Drive

10-04-2007 03:47 PM by Thos. Angle | 17 comments »

Now you are asking your self what that title has to do with wood working, right? Maybe it doesn’t but it may have to do with the mental health of the wood worker. I’ve spent a lot of my life outdoors and now I’m confined to a very small area in the shop. I seldom pass up a chance to return to my “Real” world and spend some time. A neighbor called up and asked my help getting his cows to fall pasture. Kirk owns a small ranch outside of town. His wife works as a...

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Part 4: Horse Thief Moon

11-25-2007 06:27 PM by Thos. Angle | 36 comments »

Out here in the ION country, life tends to revolve around two things, school and church. It has always been that way in the remote regions of the country. Here in the hinter lands of Malhuer County, Oregon, we have three schools and another in Idaho. The one at Rock Creek is the smallest with only 2 students but more are on the way, in a couple years we will be back up to about 4. Rock Creek is 38 miles from town. The school here in Jordan Valley is a 12 grade school with over 50 students in ...

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Part 5: Merry Christmas

12-25-2007 04:16 PM by Thos. Angle | 15 comments »

We would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all Lumber Jocks everywhere. We are having a white Christmas here in the ION country. It’s been a while since we’ve had one. It brings us the blessing of moisture which in this desert country is the best Christmas present of all. It has been a very good year for us and discovering Lumber Jocks was one of the best parts. So, here’s to you Martin and all the rest of the Lumber Jock crew, may 2008 be even better...

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Part 6: Winnemucca

03-03-2008 08:12 PM by Thos. Angle | 14 comments »

As usual in this series, this blog has nothing to do with woodworking and everything to do with keeping your sanity. On Saturday, long before the sun came up, Carleen and I hit the road for Winnemucca, Nevada. We stopped at Arock on the way to pick up a granddaughter and a spare, kid that is. After about 3 hours of fighting a snow storm we dropped down into Winnemucca. The reason for the trip was the annual ranch rodeo. For a lot of years the people” in the know” have declar...

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Part 7: Broke Down, again!!

03-18-2008 05:18 AM by Thos. Angle | 27 comments »

Probably no one noticed, but I was not on this thing for about a week. The computin’ machine broke. I took it to the repair shop and the guy called and started out,” Well, the mother…” I cut him off and explained that we don’t talk that way around here. He then explained that my mother board took a dump. So I got a new mother board, a new mouse and a new key board. Boy, does this thing fly or what? Of course, I’ll never get caught up on all the projects an...

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Part 8: Branding

04-19-2008 03:09 PM by Thos. Angle | 17 comments »

As has been the case with most of this blog, it has nothing at all to do with wood working. In fact, my recent life, with the exception of Lumber Jocks, has had nothing to do with wood working. However, it seems that some of my friends here on LJ enjoy a short trip to a different world from time to time and so I tell an occasional story. Here in the ION country we have a different set of seasons. We have WINTER of course but then comes CALVING followed by BRANDING and then HAYING followed ...

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Part 9: Summer Plans

05-06-2008 12:45 PM by Thos. Angle | 27 comments »

Well, summer is just around the corner. The price of gas and diesel is at an all time high and the economy is in the tank and I don’t mean the gas tank. We probably had the best first quarter we ever had but then it was like some one slammed the door. The orders just stopped. The wood shop has been dead since the Flynn’s job and shows no sign of reviving. With no saddle orders and a 4 months wait to get saddle trees, Carleen and I decided we might as well have some fun and make so...

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Part 10: Movin' On

05-23-2008 06:36 PM by Thos. Angle | 29 comments »

Well, it seems there are no end to surprises. We were set to leave for Wyoming tomorrow. Then last week I got a phone call from a ranch owner. He needed a cow-boss. After 4 sessions of visiting we concluded last night. This morning I canceled the Wyoming job. It was only for three months and this job is full time. We had hoped that we would get some orders during the local rodeo. That didn’t happen. The price of fuel is too high and people just don’t have the money to spend. Other...

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Part 11: Oh, well.........

09-01-2008 02:57 PM by Thos. Angle | 21 comments »

Hi everyone. I’m back in JV for a few hours and thought I’d up-date all of you. The ranch job lasted all of 30 days before I did like everyone else has, I bagged the sucker. The guy can’t remember what he says from one day to the next. So…...... I called Yellowstone Outfitters and we went to Jackson Hole. We wound up with the wagon train. I drove teams on the wagons and Carleen wrangled dudes except for one week when she cooked. Slept in a tent and ate in the dirt. Jus...

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Part 12: Home again, home again.

11-02-2008 01:33 AM by Thos. Angle | 20 comments »

OK, Dennis and Peter, you called it. Hunting season ended on the 21rst of October. After we sent the last hunters out we began to take down camp and pack it up to make the 30 mile pack trip out to base camp. I left camp with another packer and 12 horse loads of camp on the 23rd. A little over 8 hours later we arrived at the base camp safe and sound. The other 28 mule loads arrived the next evening and hunting camp was all in the trailers to go home by dark. I left the next morning with the ca...

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Part 13: It's Been an Interesting Journey

02-21-2009 04:24 PM by Thos. Angle | 40 comments »

We’ve been away for a couple weeks. One to go to Wyoming and interview for a couple jobs and one because the danged computer took a dump. That was expensive and I’m still re-loading programs trying to get to my taxes. The real news is; we are selling out here in Jordan Valley and moving to Wyoming. Owyhee Design is no more. It died for want of interest from the buying public. On Sunday, two fellows will be by to look at my machinery with the intent of buying it. If they don&#...

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Part 14: End of The Journey

02-23-2009 03:11 AM by Thos. Angle | 18 comments »

Well, Tony Berrett just bought my shop machinery. I told him joining Lumber Jocks was a must. I hope everyone here will make him welcome as I know you will. I also told him that you would all be more than willing to help him out when he has questions. Since I won’t have the internet for a while, I took this liberty for all of my friends here on LJ. I wouldn’t do that but I know you’re good for it. LOL I still have custody to finish some things I need for the move. Good luc...

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Part 15: When it's Spring Time in the Rockies(actually the Wolf Mountains)

04-04-2009 02:10 AM by Thos. Angle | 15 comments »

Hello Folks,I got to the lodge tonight and got on the computer for a spell. Still no internet at our house, maybe next week. right now it is snowing straight down and 12 inches are expected. We have been slopping in mud ever since we got here. Yesterday was pretty nice with temps in the high 40’s. My projects are now fence and getting a feed manger in the new barn here at Ash Creek. They got it wired today and now it’s up to me. I think I’ll post it as a project just for kic...

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Part 16: Mud, Cows and More Cows.

04-14-2009 04:02 AM by Thos. Angle | 28 comments »

Well, here I am again. It has been a busy week. I hope Martin doesn’t get upset about me writing about this stuff instead of wood working. My friends here on LJ seem to enjoy hearing this drivel. On Wednesday, I got up at 3:30(AM) and saddled up and met the guys. We trucked about 30 miles east to the Forks division of the ranch. I had never been there so I had one of the cowboys riding shotgun to point the way. We got to a turn off about daylight and I was directed onto this road. I sai...

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Part 17: Greetings from the land of the big sky

05-31-2009 01:52 AM by Thos. Angle | 17 comments »

Hello everybody,I got home last night to find that I again had the internet. I have checked up on a few of you to see what you’ve been up to and I find it pretty impressive. I, on the other hand, ride around all day and watch cows make Guacamole. Ever wonder why cowboys don’t eat Guacamole? Think about it. We have had our first guests at the lodge. It’s sure been good to eat Carleen’s great cooking. I think maybe she’s over trying to impress me but she sure has...

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Part 18: Branding, The Dust and The Smoke and The Noise

07-19-2009 03:12 PM by Thos. Angle | 12 comments »

Well, it’s Sunday and I have a little time to let all my friends here at LJ know what we’ve been up too.As many of you know, my job description here at the Padlock is a little complicated. I’m supposed to take guests with me to work on the ranch but we have no guests. My title is Flying V unit manager. I am running about 750 cows which were supposed to be part of the guest operation if we had guests. ” if we had some eggs we could have ham and eggs if we had some ham&#...

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Part 19: Just Another Day in Paradise

12-06-2009 08:12 PM by Thos. Angle | 25 comments »

It’s been a while since I updated my friends here on LJ about my non-woodworking activities, but, since I no longer have any woodworking activities, I thought I’d check in. Today here on the WY-Mont line, it is 6 degrees or so and snowing a little. We spent this last week gathering cattle from the biggest pasture we have on this part of the ranch. It’s on the Crow Indian reservation and I suppose it is about 25,000 acres. At any rate, we had 742 cows with calves, 32 bulls, a...

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Part 20: Western Horseman Magazine article

01-20-2010 03:43 AM by Thos. Angle | 3 comments »

Last fall, in September to be exact, Guy DeGalard from Western Horseman Magazine came out and stayed with us at the lodge. He also rode with us for a couple days. The article that he wrote is in the February issue of the magazine. If you’d like to see where we live and what we do, take a look. I can’t say the article thrilled me all that much. It does however show some country and gives a fair idea of what you can do here as a guest. Last I heard we are already getting calls and e...

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Part 21: Back to the future

02-23-2010 07:06 PM by Thos. Angle | 26 comments »

Well, we are again, home in Jordan Valley. As they say the job at the Padlock didn’t work out. An understatement to say the least. It is good to be back in the house with all the memories and wood and leather. I’m on my way to the shop to see if I can make heads or tails of the mess. Since all the machinery is gone, I suppose I’m now a galoot for sure. I still have all my hand tools and hand power so I just need a work bench. On the brighter side, on Monday, a week ago, I...

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Part 22: Snake River Ranch

04-14-2010 05:03 AM by Thos. Angle | 18 comments »

Today we moved to Jackson Hole. To Snake River Ranch to be exact. I’m sitting here at my new laptop and the first bookmark I put in was LJ. We are residing in the cook house/dining hall. I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a more scenic location. The Tetons on one side and the Snake River on the other. It will be even prettier when the snow is gone. We got into quite a snow storm on our way in today and more coming down now. We have wireless here so I’ll be on here bother...

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Part 23: OUCH, again!!!

07-21-2010 12:57 AM by Thos. Angle | 19 comments »

I apologize for neglecting my friends here at LJ. Since this morning, I will have some extra time on my hands. This morning I went to the corral at 6:30 and saddled up a horse that I hadn’t ridden that much. I rode out and wrangled the horses into the corral. As I started to sort up the horses into 2 pens, The knothead I was riding decided to start bucking. He was spinning to the left. As he came around I lost my right stirrup and that was the end of that. I landed on my right shoulder ...

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Part 24: Here I set High , a gettin' ideas.......................

10-15-2010 05:05 PM by Thos. Angle | 19 comments »

I truly wish I had some woodworking to talk about but we are still in the mode of not being home to be in the shop. Our daughter Julie had twin baby boys in August. When we were done at Snake River Ranch the first of September, Carleen didn’t even stop at the house. She came straight here, Riverside, California. I stopped and worked in the saddle shop for a month then had to come here to see my wife. The possibilities of finding a winter job were nil so I again changed horses. I began ...

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Part 25: I'm a Lumber Jock and I'm OK.....................

10-27-2010 01:37 AM by Thos. Angle | 22 comments »

Keith and the boys got dressed up and Julie took some photos.That’s my fiddle playin’ son-in-law, Keith Niehenke and grandsons Ry and Cash. I hope I live long enough to teach them use a plane and chisel. Lordy ain’t they good’uns???

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Part 26: gettin' a little rain down here

12-22-2010 07:09 AM by Thos. Angle | 21 comments »

Just thought I’d take a minute and say,” MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR ” to all my old friends here at Lumber Jocks. It’s been a strange year for Carleen and I but we are sure glad to be in Southern California instead of where all that winter is. I’m sure all this rain will soon be over and we will be back to the sunshine for which this part of the world is famous. I wish I could spend some time in my shop and build a little something but such is not the cas...

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Part 27: Home again, home again, sorta!!!!

05-09-2011 01:58 AM by Thos. Angle | 17 comments »

Well, we are back at Snake River Ranch in Jackson Hole. I did get to spend a month in Jordan Valley. That shop of mine sure looked inviting, but not yet. We will have a busy summer here what with ranch work, tours, playing a gig at a supper ride 5 nights a week and taking out horseback rides. Oh, and not to mention 3500 steers. I’ve gotta make a whole years living in 5 months. Carleen is again cooking at the lodge. If any of my old buddies are coming this way in the summer, send me a PM...

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Part 28: Bi-anual Check In

11-27-2011 06:48 PM by Thos. Angle | 17 comments »

Well, here’s a big howdy to all my old friends here at Lumber Jocks. It seems we have survived another year and the holidays are upon us. The summer at Snake River Ranch went pretty well except I got bucked off another horse and this time tore the rotater cuff in my left shoulder. It didn’t hurt too bad so I kept working until the end of the season. July and August, Carleen cooked and I took out horse back rides and hosted tours and played a lot of shows with my guitar. May a...

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Part 29: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

01-01-2012 08:24 PM by Thos. Angle | 8 comments »


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Part 30: Just a Note...........

04-02-2012 02:52 PM by Thos. Angle | 10 comments »

A big “Howdy” to all my woodworking buddies here at LJ. Carleen and I will again be working at Snake river Ranch in Jackson Hole this summer. If you get up that way look us up. The big news is that My new CD will soon be available through CD Baby.( Now for you newbies, don’t mark this a SPAM. It’s just my couple times a year update for my old friends here at Lumber Jocks.) I do miss woodworking. There is a chance we will get our house sold this fall and can move to th...

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11-22-2012 03:54 PM by Thos. Angle | 6 comments »


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Part 32: new knee

12-03-2012 04:01 AM by Thos. Angle | 23 comments »

Well, I got out of the hospital yesterday and am now home with a brand new KNEE. No more cortizone in that one. I will say it hurts pretty good. In the interest of the COWBOY WAY, I have two bags of frozen vegetables tied on either side of it with a wild rag. We will do the other one about the 5th of January. When this hurts a little less, I will have time to get on here and harrass the crap out of all my old friends. That’s all for now I think I need to rest.

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Part 33: A New Day Dawns!!!

12-23-2012 01:38 PM by Thos. Angle | 20 comments »

Well, I might as well let the cat out of the bag; I have accepted employment with Steel Strike Furniture in Buena Vista, Colorado. When you look at their products I think the why will be apparent. I’ve been hired to work leather, particularly carved leather as is used in the company’s products. Phillip Smith, the owner, became interested when I showed him my projects page here on LJ. I am really looking forward to working with Phil. He has pushed the leather in ...

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Part 34: Here We Go Again!!

10-19-2013 03:15 PM by Thos. Angle | 22 comments »

Sometimes I think my life would make a good soap opera. It couldn’t be listed as true life, it would have to be in the fiction section, ‘cause no one would believe it. To say the least, again, the job in Colorado didn’t work out. I put up with it for four days and left. I believe I was the victim of unrealistic expectations. I stayed out the month to use my rent. I was lucky and got my deposit back. I had booked two shows in Cripple Creek. We decided to cancel them because ...

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12-18-2013 02:50 AM by Thos. Angle | 10 comments »

Well, it’s that time of year again. I do always try to get on here and wish my old friends the very best for the holiday season. I even finished a project for a Christmas present but let it get away with the customer before I took pictures. It’s funny how you can get out of the habit. When I first signed on on LJ, I would no more than get a project finished until I had it photographed and posted. That was back when there were about 1200 of us and about 40 really active. I just che...

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Part 36: Merry Christmas

12-16-2015 01:56 AM by Thos. Angle | 6 comments »

Hello every body. I just bumped off Grumpy on his post but I will just go ahead and wish every body a very Merry Christmas. If that won’t work for you how about Happy Hannakah, or Happy Holidays. I’m not on this site as much anymore but I do think of my friends here on LJ frequently. It’s still hard to believe how this site has grown. When I joined I think there were about 1200 members and probably 30 active. I learned a lot from all of you and had a great time in this l...

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