It started out with a piece of wood, a deck board to be precise. It was to be from an old skid but I didn't have enough left from my last endeavor so I made do. I ripped it down in length and then routed the edges for the fence look. Won't do that again, made it hard to paint and draw on. I cut 18 1/2 x 7/8" dowels and drilled 35 precisely located holes in the edges of the boards. Using a runner piece from the last skid material I made the cross piece for the hat by splitting it. I took the pieces out to a tree in the back yard to paint.
This is when things turned a little weird. While walking back to the garage I found my legs very heavy and I was short of breathe. I told Cindy and we agreed that I should make a doctors appointment, especially since it has been going on for a week or so but not any where near as bad. Doctors appoint would be 10/21/16. It was however getting more persistent. After lunch I went back out to check the paint and touch up anything that needed it. Just walking about 70' became a big issue. Cindy came to the garage door and I told her we better go to the hospital, I couldn't wait until Friday. So off to Kettering Medical Center we went. I was admitted and ended up have three out of 4 major type of tests ran, all came back clear. They did not do a cath job on me. What I did get was this great view.
So we are now at the point of completion. As you can see, it's reversible, pretty neat eh! Oh, and now I have a new supply of poplar from a skid that my neighbor brought to me. Much easier to work with. Now all I need is an idea and a plan of attack. Oh, I do have a project in the works, one that my daughter is going to assist me with in part. Also need that neighbor because there is a point of needing a third and maybe a forth hand. I've been at it for a couple of months now. I'm not a true scale person with some projects but this one needs to be a bit closer than what I had to work with...basically two pages of here's an idea, go with it. Oh well. Happy fall and then you have that frosty guy right behind.