Squaring up a piece of Osage Orange

by larry on April 18, 2017

in Guitar shop

I wanted to make another neck for a guitar from some Osage Orange I had in the back yard. The problem was, how to square it up so it could be cut out accurately on the band saw. This is what I came up with……. First you have to hold the log solid in some way so it can be cut in a strait line from in to end. But where do you start if it is out of square on all sides not to mention round on at least one side. first I cut two pieces of 3/4 plywood perfectly square 5″ x 5″ then laid the log on a flat surface where it is laying stable as possible. then screw the 5″ plywood squares on each end. The ends being as square to the log as possible (it doesn’t have to be perfect).IMAG0962 Next screw another peice of lumber 5″ wide and a little longer than the piece to be squared.IMAG0947 Set this on the radial Arm saw and raise the blade so it only cuts 1″ so deep. Make a series of cuts about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart the length of the log.IMAG0957 and knock them out with a hatchet or hammer and slick this up with a chisel or draw knife.IMAG0951 next remove the bottom board and screw it to the next side to be squared and repeat the process.IMAG0954 after this trip to the radial arm saw and again knocking out the cuts and smoothing, down the the saw cuts, you have a perfectly square corner ready for the band saw.IMAG0953IMAG0960


by larry on December 31, 2016

in Blog

rosies-phone-052-copyTomorrow night, New Years day, at about 11:30 PM I said “I do”  to a 19yr. old Miss Rozella Ann Odle from Rosedale Kansas. That and few other major details was about all I new about her, except, at that time and place we needed each other rather badly. I new she didn’t like to back up when she set her foot down, she liked to laugh, she was very curious about everything, and she could cuss better than me if she had to. She was pretty, she had already seen enough pain, wasn’t sure about me, and I liked her dark hair and those eyes when I looked down in them. I didn’t know she loved to dance and was good at it, I didn’t know she could already cook as good as my Mom, and she wasn’t used to a lot of fine things around. She didn’t know I meant what I said or that I had no education, or that I had no skill I could earn a living with. But we did it anyway; 90 miles from home in Miami OK Jan 1 1961. She knew all I had was a full time job at an A&P store in Mission KS and the 1949 Chevy Club coop with the lowered front end, great big tires on the back, plus one pin striped suit that fit bad and a few cloths and guitar was all I had to start a life with. She brought two friends along, a girl she grew up with and her boyfriend who thought a double wedding would be fun to try. So here we were cold tired and excited to be so far from home and ready to take the only chance we had. We found out about 9 o’clock me and Al was under age and we had to have a parents signature. Our parents didn’t even know where we were… I had left home a year earlier and AL’s parents were in Washington State. Someone said just go find someone that will say they are your parents and your on your way. Al and I left the girls somewhere and we went to a local bar to find two patrons that needed $10 dollars and the four of us ( me Al and two drunks) took off to find the justice of the peace to sign the paper. The justice lived out in the country it seems and he might or might not answer the door if he was sober, We found his house and I knocked….the door opened and there in his bath robe with a patch over one eye like black beard the pirate, stood his honor. He wasn’t smilin’…..I had told my $10 dollar daddy how to spell my last name, (he got it wrong anyway), Al got signed on… I paid the justice for his service and back down the road we went, fast as we could. We dropped off the Dads at their bar with their new fortune and headed for the girls. Someone said hold it…we all have to get a blood test…..I didn’t like needles but agreed and we ran down to a Hospital and got “that” paper signed. “What time is it” someone  said, if we hurry, we can be married on January the 1st….. we went back to the Corral Motel and Chapel where we got most of our info for our brand new license, stood up before a deacon and a little old lady on an old organ that knew the right song quite well, and made it just before midnight. Now I know she still likes to laugh, she can still dance, she  can cook better than my Mom did, 56 years goes by fast when yer have’n fun…….and I know what love is. PAC82014 130

Every Fool Has A Rainbow

by larry on April 6, 2016

in Blog, Songs

I guess it’s kinda ironic that I just put this song up today after having recorded it almost a year ago, because I just heard on the news that the author and performer of the original song has left this world for eternity. Merle Haggard passed away today at the age of 79 and I remember the first time I ever heard of him. My cousin came for a visit from California and he had an album called Live in Philadelphia. He said you need to hear this guy I think he’s great and we played that album over and over till I became a big fan even though I wasn’t into country music that much back then. Time goes by fast; he was a young recording artist back then and I watched him grow older and wiser over the years till he couldn’t stay any longer. And that’s the way it goes ’round and ’round till we spin off to another world we know very little about but you know you’re going anyway …..somewhere over the rainbow and Every Fool Has a Rainbow.



Bois D’arc Guitar

by larry on April 3, 2016

in Blog, Guitar shop

Here are a few pics of the Guitar made from a plank of Hedge or Bois ‘D Arc Wood just finished it today..


Steel String Update

by larry on December 19, 2015

in Guitar shop

Well I finished the little steel String Guitar a few weeks ago and I thought I would post a few pictures and I gotta say I really like it. It has a great tone and feel to it that I didn’t expect. I used all Hide Glue on it and I think it made a difference in the sustain. Don’t know yet if I will sell it but I might for the right price, but I am glad I got it done and off the work bench. Now on to the next project; and it will be made a lot different. I’m going to use a type of wood that is very difficult to get fully cured and stable but has a ring to it like no other that I’ve ever worked with. I’ve heard a few people say that they would like try it but I’ve never seen one completed. I will post a few pics later of the new one.

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Nashville Bound

by larry on October 20, 2015

in Latest News

One of Stranger Creek band member Garry Bichelmeyer’s  songs has been recorded in Nashville by Rusty Rierson Who will be our special guest Fri. night 10/23/15 at the Jewel Theater in Tonganoxie KS  give it a listen and see what you think.