TRAVELS WITH BUDDY #3: fondue friends

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Blog entry by patron posted 10-27-2010 12:00 AM 3094 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: lost on a mission Part 3 of TRAVELS WITH BUDDY series Part 4: BEING AT HOME AT LAST »

well here we are again
first i would like to thank joe lyddon and
his wife deanne
for their wonderful and gracious open home
and time with us

joe is a very meticulous woodworker

that works in his two car garage
that is loaded with the right tools
to do his quality work
from hand cut dovetails
to re-sawing and planing and milling stock

we spent three nights and two days talking
sharing and comparing notes about techniques
and methods
everywhere i looked
i saw evidence of his love of woodworking
boxes , jigs , shelves , magazines
and wood .

we sat to dinner the second night
and deanne asked me if i had ever had fondue
“sure , that cheese stuff in a little pot ,
you dip food in ” says i


raw meat and fish chunks
you cook on the table in boiling oil !
well what a feast
and something new for me
delicious !

when i first talked with joe
he had mentioned he had a rotting second story deck/balcony
i could help with

after many ideas (most of which cost money to do)
we came to the conclusion that cutting all this off the building
was the best way to do this
and then covering the raw joist ends and paneling
with metal drip caps and flashing’s
sealed with silicone caulking

so joe rummaged around his garage
and came out with every thing we needed to do this
except the caulking and screws
home depot was 1 1/2 blocks away
in two days we had finished this project

with the boss looking on the whole time

thank you all for your time
our journey continues

stay tuned !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dennis Fletcher

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 12:05 AM

Wow, that is so cool. I’m glad your getting to visit people.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 12:06 AM

A cool update I know Joe really appreciated all that work ,and so well done too .Glad your having a good time.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 12:10 AM

Sounds like a lotta fun to me!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 12:20 AM

looks like you have some fun with tools :-) looking good what you and Joe did on that house
did you remember to screw the door to the frame..LOL or is Joe making a little French balcony

and Fondue with raw meat cooking in oil and all the side things is one of the best things
you can serv when you have gest
no stress in the kitchen and it takes all evening by eating , talking and enjoying freinds story´s

thank´s for the update David

take care

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 12:31 AM

Wonderful story, David!
You seem to be enjoying your travels very much!
And so does the boss!
Great dog!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 12:37 AM

Somebody is having way too much fun… wish it was me…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 12:40 AM

Another nice visit David. You guys did a very proff job on the flashing. Joe’s shop looks great and Buddy looks sleek and healthy, so I think he must be enjoying the trip and his traveling companions company. Please give my regards to Joe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 12:41 AM

Great Thread.

Dog looks content & happy with the job.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 01:39 AM

David… you took some pictures that I was not aware of… you showed my messy garage!

Funny thing… David was working somewhere near Temecula… and was obviously having a BALL there.

I had no idea of what his overall visiting schedule was… but I told him that I could not afford to pay him for any work… He responded that money wasn’t everything… etc… Good friendship was more important.

So, I sent him another message saying, in so many words… like…

“Hi David,
I don’t know what your schedule is BUT, if you want, you can drop by here for a visit… I can offer you three meals a day, a roof over your head, a place to sleep (probably on a soft carpeted floor), and a lot of friendly talk (high speed internet access too).
The following work around here needs to be done… the house needs painting, I have a problem with an old 4” jointer getting the table sections coplanar, and I have a rotten balcony that needs work… So, let me know if you can make it, OK?”

I really didn’t think he would do it… I thought he was all booked up…


He said, “I’ll probably be there Saturday afternoon”... I was very surprised, gave him the address, etc.
Later, he said, “I’m going to leave here Friday afternoon & be there a little later after making a few stops.”

OK! So we got dinner all planned… we expected him to be here around 6:45pm… at about 9:00pm we get a call from him, while he was at Eric Childress’s, “I got lost in the dark… Eric will help me to print the map of how to get to your place… He would be leaving very soon.”.

A little more time went by & we got a call… “I’m on the way… will see you when we do…”

We expected him about 9:45 to 10pm… He didn’t show… I got the feeling that he wasn’t going to make it…
I had to go to bed… I expected to be getting a call saying “Sorry, I can’t make it… I’ll stay in a motel tonight & see you in the morning”.

I was in bed and asleep… later, my wife wakes me up saying “He’s here!”...

So, I jump out of bed… wake up a little more… get some clothes on… and stagger out to see him…
I open the door and There he was… all smiles…!!

He drank a cup of coffee and we talked, talked, and TALKED… I think we split for bed about 1am!

The next day, after breakfast, we tackled the jointer problem… he finally got it adjusted so it would joint a nice straight edge… but would go out of adjustment real easy… recommended some Thread Lock for some of the adjusting screws. A world of difference! I was very happy!

Then, because we would not allow him to smoke in the house, he went into the back yard with Buddy, smoked, & studied the balcony.

Then he bounced off several ways we could fix it… learning more after we removed a lot of the real scrap/rotten wood… it was decided to just remove it… wouldn’t take very long to do… and wouldn’t cost very much either.

I did NOT expect him to start thinking this way… He said it might take about $300 to fix… Later, I asked him if that $300 was his fee or what… he said the $300 would be for the materials to do the job… OK! That’s doable… we talked about the finer points in more detail and it turned out that already had 90% of the materials needed… The whole job only ended up costing about $100!

It looks so much better than it did… and will stop the water from causing more damage!

Oh, while we were working on the project, which took about two good days to finish, Buddy managed to get out a front door and went exploring the neighborhood… in doing so, he killed a stray kitten (in a flash)... a neighbor saw Buddy do it, got a leash and went looking for owners… saw me and asked me if this was my dog… I was dumbfounded and said Yes… that is my friends dog who is visiting… I took Buddy back into the back yard, where he stayed for the rest of the time, and told David what had happened… Buddy was a “Cat Killer”... (in fun)... But, Buddy only did what he did instinctly… and was really not at fault… It was our fault for letting him get by us… I never saw the dog get out AT ALL!

So, wherever Buddy stays… beware of your cats! :) :)

Here are three pictures just after finishing the Balcony project…

Thank you Patron – David! You are a fantastic friend!

I let Patron use my GPS unit for the rest of his trip… It worked very well on his way over to Rand’s house.

It was a WONDERFUL experience!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 01:50 AM

I was going to go to Rand’s and meet David over there…

Thursday, we got a call asking us to take a grandson for a week… That pretty much stopped me from going to Lancaster…

... then, I contacted David as noted it previous post…

Just when David had the job under control & didn’t need my help, I went after my grandson.

Now we still have a visitor for a few more days… FUN DAYS are here!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 10-27-2010 03:29 AM

;0) don’t forget to call!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 10-27-2010 03:47 AM

here’s looking at you too joe

thank you all for your interest
and comments

i’m not on as much as usual
as the events and courtesy
dictate that i spend time with my current hosts

WOW ! what a great journey

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 10-27-2010 03:54 AM

Hi Patron you are becoming quite a traveler. I thought for some reason you were heading north not south. It is great that you are getting to see other Lumberjocks. If you ever get to Iowa, drop on in. There is always a place to stay and get something to eat. Stay safe buddy.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 10-27-2010 04:46 AM

Talk about hamming it up for the cameras…great series, David….you’re a lucky man to get to do all this work.
I’m dreaming about the days ahead….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#15 posted 10-27-2010 05:26 AM

Sounds like a great time…Now I know Joe looks like Sam Maloof,

did he rub a little of the Maloof, off onto you David???

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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