Final Morning: Mid-West Lumberjocks Lallapoluzza!

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 08-10-2007 02:52 PM 1806 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t sleep well last night. Lots to do, and as usual, it ain’t going to all get done before the folks for the Lumberjocks get-together arrive later this morning.

Here is a little road sign I put up, complete with balloons, so that the folks coming down the highway will notice the corner to turn to our place.

Here’s my helper Riley, up early helping put up the sign.

We are excited, Shelli started cooking yesterday. That is always a good sign for a great food party. I tried to talk her into home made ice cream, but I thought of it too late to get it done, maybe next time. I even offered to do it myself, she knew better. Next time.

The main reason I couldn’t sleep well last night, is that I couldn’t help but to dream about an annual event for Lumberjocks. Sort of a “Mid-West USA Lumberjocks Lallapoluzza”.

I don’t know what that name means, or how to spell it, but I hear it a lot, so I used it.

I was dreaming about having a big get-together for folks that wanted to drive to the Mid-West for a big lumberjocks party. We are in the middle of Kansas, in the Middle of the U.S.A., so it would be a great middle ground place to meet for those of us on this side of the ocean. Hopefully, it would get so big, I would have to find a bigger place to hold it. There are several cool places to hold such an event around here. Maybe next time.

The more I thought about it, the more excited I got, and why I couldn’t sleep. Not to take anything away from this year’s get-together, but it could be even bigger next year.

I started thinking about having honored guests to speak, lecture sessions, skill training, sort of a Three Day “Lumberjocks College” event. That is a name I have been thinking through this past week. Maybe it would get so big we could talk a few vendors into showing us new things they have to offer. Demonstrations of lumber milling… I go again, I have stop and get ready for this year’s event.

Maybe I just dream big, but it could happen for the next Lallapoluzza.

Let me know what you think of the concept,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 08-10-2007 03:29 PM

big things come from big ideas.
If you build it – they will come!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 08-10-2007 03:33 PM

That’s what I’m saying.

I was following “wife” around this morning while she was working, and I was saying,

honey, what do you think about a big Lallapoluzza event for next year…..carnival rides for the kids, cooking demonstrations for the wives, tractor pulling, all star wrestling, KC Royal players, battle of the bands, woodworking gallery show, vendor tradeshow, and, and,............”

She stopped, turned around and said, ”have you lost your mind? Go help Rachel clean her room…...”

Is this how Barnum and Bailey started out?

Back to putting “Barbie Dolls” away with Rachel,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 08-10-2007 03:38 PM

Beltsander races…nail gun fights…a Tightbond glue dunktank

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 08-10-2007 03:49 PM

nail bending contests, jigsaw competition,Chisel dulling and a seminar on how to talk your wifey into a newTimesaaver just like Norm’s. and to raise money we could aauction off Dennis’s beard!!!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-10-2007 03:52 PM

Mark you wife may be right but they say there is a fine line….......well maybe not but we all still love you.Dream big,dream big.Mildow or barbaque thats what I always say.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#6 posted 08-10-2007 03:56 PM

lol you might have crossed the line with all-star wrestling :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 08-10-2007 05:03 PM

Phuil, we all crossed that line long ago.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 08-10-2007 05:03 PM

pin the dovetail on the donkey?!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 08-10-2007 05:16 PM

I’m there! If only to show my wife I’m not the only crazy one.

Bobbing for apple wood turning blanks?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#10 posted 08-10-2007 06:01 PM

Karsons probably pulling up now. We should have made them all take laptops and opened the chat room so we could all be there.
Tom that beards going to have to bring it pretty penny it has been around a good many years.

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#11 posted 08-10-2007 06:21 PM

Beltsander races…nail gun fights…a Tightbond glue dunktank…and all the ideas.
Biggest horselaugh of the week here, and after this week I sure needed it.
Thanks guys.
Mark I can’t wait for the blow-by-blow account of the big feed.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 08-11-2007 04:19 AM

whew, what a great day. Too tired to tell the whole story, but will try that tomorrow. Joel & Susie Tille met up with Karson and his son David and his brother-in-law Don in KC and arrived here about 11am, about 10 minutes before I had my shower. Kev made it about 11:45 am. Shelli whiped out a great meal at noon. Karson presented me with the biggest bag of M&M’s I had ever seen. Kev head back home about 4pm. Joel & Susie headed out about 6:30pm, and Karson, Don, & David headed over to the Saint Anthony church with me and the kids to see the work I did there. They all headed back to KC about 8:15pm. Great day, lumberjock talk was strong, and strong bonding times together. What an honor to host everyone today.

This deal will be bigger next year…..........too good to keep to ourselves.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 08-11-2007 05:30 AM

Just start planning early! Even if we only do half of those games It’ll be a great time.

I also think we should put up those LJ logo signs – discreet enough to keep our homes private, but just the ticket for those of us in the know. Great Idea Mark. So nice of Karson to bring the M&M’s (will your wife dump in a jar of peanuts and raisins?)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 08-11-2007 06:34 AM

Scott I also took her a bag of Trail mix with the M&M’s still in the bag.

My Brother-in-law suggested that we take the bag of trail mix and dump out the bag and fill it with M&M’s and say that i found a bag of trail mix of only M&M’s.

Mark was a little embarrassed when I brought out the bag of M&M’s.

A great time was had by all. And the furniture in the Church was more impressive in person than the pictures. So he really did make them.

-- 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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#15 posted 08-11-2007 05:44 PM

Scott.. I thought about putting my LJ sign on our front yard but I didn’t think it was a good idea to advertise that we had woodworking tools waiting to be .. ah .. “borrowed”. So it sits in our backyard.

M&M hahahaha tooo funny.
Sounds like a wonderful time. To see the Church—- sweet!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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