Woodworkin' and BBQ Cookin' #1: Intro

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Blog entry by Schwigs posted 10-26-2007 08:30 PM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building ‘stuff’ has always been in my blood. Whether it was a small project that I probably could have bought something for cheaper, or the undertaking of building a shed with no prior framing or construction experience. I’ve always had a drive to construct, build, assemble, and create.

It started when I was just a kid. I remember when my best friend and I would sit for hours trying to build some new contraption that we deemed necessary for that days activities. We even tried to make our own concrete at one point because we were assured in our minds and by each other that we could come up with a new substance that would be indestructible. We’d fill some container with gravel and some kind of auto body putty (from his Dad’s business) and use some other various ingredients we’d find that were sure to boost the strength. The mix would be left outside over night and as soon as our Mom’s would let us out of the house we’d run out to check to see how everything had hardened up…it usually didn’t. The point is we would throw ourselves into projects and ideas with a focus and vigor that is hard to find in most adults and I am fairly certain that it is because of our adventures in creation as children that I enjoy the hobbies I do today.

Woodworking and Barbeque.

Really they are related quite nicely and compliment each other well. Both use wood, though in completely different manners. One puts wood on a pedestal for everyone to view and admire VISUALLY, taking in the tree rings in the form of a grain pattern that took years to grow, pondering the origin of a knot or a curve in that same grain. The other, while holding it in the same regard, treats the wood quite differently and allows the consumer to TASTE the properties of wood by the way of the smoke that it creates on its way to ash.

I figure these topics are pretty apropos for the crowd that’s gathered here and I hope you like this and the entries still to come.


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#1 posted 10-26-2007 08:53 PM

I love both. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say….

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

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#2 posted 10-26-2007 09:55 PM

One of my coworkers is competing in the Jack Daniels World BBQ Invitational in Lynchburg, TN this weekend, and I promised him I build him some kind of display for his awards when he wins the thing. Only 60 BBQ “teams” from across the country and 15 from across the pond have been invited. That project may never happen, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it does. GO MOONSWINERS!!! (That’s his team name… but he’s a one man show so I don’t know if you can really say “team”).

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#3 posted 10-26-2007 10:24 PM

I agree Wood makes the best smoking for meat. Dripping meat juice does not cut it. I usually use a propane smoker with wood chips. I cook chickens and ribs for about 8 – 10 hr’s each.

Good eating.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 10-28-2007 04:53 AM

Looks like I’m going to be building a BBQ trophy display. Moonswiners is the BBQ champion of the world!

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#5 posted 10-28-2007 12:40 PM

JP – congrats to your friend! Go Moonswiners. Looking forward to seeing the display.

Schwigs – great topic and I’d love to hear more about your childhood inventions!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 10-28-2007 01:45 PM

I recall being 8 or 9 and me and a childhood buddy took some picnic table benches butted end to end and made an elaborate marble race course out of em. The bench tops were like 3 2×4s so the spaces between made a perfect track for a marble. Then we would come up with painstakingly placing sticks as deflectors down in the grooves to make the marbles swap lanes back and forth as they raced. We must have played with that every day for a couple of weeks that summer.

Funny how little things like that stick with you and seem to have been a foreteller of things to come. Seems to me that creative woodworking requires that we retain some of that curious child.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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