Friday, August 30, 2013

17 days after my hip surgery and all systems are go!

I am now the proud owner of a new hip and finally things seem to be getting back too normal, i.e. carving.

I have been working on the 1861 Remington Revolver and have completed most of the pieces.  I will soon enter the scary part of the job: Painting it to look like a real gun!  Yikes!

I apologize for the contrast and lack of detail on the photos.  I was in a hurry and that was the best I could do.  But here they are:
Right Hand Side
Left Hand Side
Left Hand Side with the Loading Lever Extended
Exploded View 

And yes, the cylinder rotates. I elected to not make either the trigger or hammer operational.  Hey, Guys, this is just basswood:-)

'Til next time...Keep makin' chips!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

They're at it again!

Anyone who has read any of my rants here knows that I am constantly amazed and distressed by the flagrant, continued misuse of the English language.  People often do not say what they think they are saying.

My latest beef is with a TV ad that seems to pop up almost every day.  I can’t even remember what the product is but the closing catch-phrase in the ad is: 

“Just give us a call and we will send everyone a free sample of 
(whatever the heck the product is)!”

OK…so, if I understand what they said, if I were to take it upon myself to be the one person in the US to call the number on the screen then the postman would promptly bring you and every other individual in the US (presumably) a free sample of the wonder product that they are peddling.  Or, to put it another way, just one call will result in the immediate shipment of 270,000,000 (I think that is about the current US population) samples.  Now, that would definitely put the US Postal System back on its feet in no time!

I think what they really mean is:

“We will send a free sample of (the product) to everyone who gives us a call.”

That is, if 100 people call, those 100 folks will each receive a sample.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what they really mean:-).