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Project by Ron Aylor posted 12-01-2017 11:38 PM 529 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A question was asked on one of my blog pages about the unique handle  on the iron of my Old Woman's Tooth. In answering that question I realized that I had not posted my virge as a project. I made and carried this virge several years ago when I was a verger at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Snellville, Georgia. I made several attempts before arriving at the end product.
 

 
That unique handle  on the iron of my Old Woman's Tooth is actually a cut-off of attempt number one!
 

 
And just in case you didn’t know … a verger is a member of the laity who works under the direction of the Rector to assist with the organization and operation of religious services in the Episcopal Church in the US, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, and worldwide throughout the Anglican Communion.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 12-02-2017 03:23 AM

Nice work, interesting about what a Virge is and is used for.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 12-02-2017 07:12 AM

Everything after, “just in case,” was lost on my heathen mind but your thrashing stick is pretty cool. :)

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#3 posted 12-02-2017 08:52 AM

Pretty interesting history details and very well made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-02-2017 12:25 PM

It’s a beautiful piece and nicely done and displays a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 12-02-2017 02:41 PM


Nice work, interesting about what a Virge is and is used for.

- woodbutcherbynight


Pretty interesting history details and very well made.

- majuvla


It s a beautiful piece and nicely done and displays a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


Everything after, “just in case,” was lost on my heathen mind but your thrashing stick is pretty cool. :)

- Rick_M

Thanks, guys! The office of verger has a history dating to the twelfth century. Vergers have been responsible for the order and upkeep the church buildings, its furnishings, and sacred relics, conduct of the laity, preparations for liturgy, and discreetly shepherding the clergy through the details of the service. There is also evidence that they have had grave-digging responsibilities.

Rick, it’s interesting that you referred to the virge as a thrashing stick … because, a verger can also be seen as a bodyguard, of sorts, for the clergy. Especially when processing through a crowd. The virge is reminiscent of a flail.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dan

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#6 posted 12-02-2017 02:53 PM

Cool device, interesting background. I hadn’t previously seen your kerfing plane build but, it was awesome!

-- Peace on Earth

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 12-02-2017 05:23 PM



Cool device, interesting background. I hadn t previously seen your kerfing plane build but, it was awesome!

- Dan

Thanks, Dan. Yeah, that kerfing plane has quite a few miles on it … it’s one of my favorite tools!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 12-02-2017 06:04 PM

I almost forgot … when not being carried my virge rests quietly in its own little stand!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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