Patriotic DuckThe All American RunnerDuck Review
June 6, 2009
 Welcome Back
As we've mentioned in the past we live on an island in WashingtonState and as such tourism is a big business. Being a destination we often see signs of visitors. One prominent sign is the Anchorage Inn bed and breakfast in Coupeville. They get visitors from all over the world and they put the national flags of the visitors out in front of the building.

Here's a photo of the inn with flags from England, Canada and the United States. In the last month we've seen flags from Ireland, England, Finland and Switzerland.
We also enjoy all the special events around the island such as the Penn Cove Water Festival in Coupeville, which took place a couple of weeks ago. The main event features about a half dozen different Native Northwest Indian tribes competing in canoe races. These traditional canoes range in sizes from 1 man/woman boats to 11 man boats.

This photo is of one of the longer boats being carried in after a race.
The weather this past month was really quite comfortable up until this past week. The temperatures have been in the record breaking range of the high 80's and low 90's. Finally this weekend we are back into our more normal daily highs of 65° F.
All in all the summer is off to a great start!
Ken and Marilyn

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In This Issue
What's New
Site of the Month
Marilyn's Corner
The Tempos Big Band
Joke of the Month
This Months Recipe
Woodworking Project
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Wood Plans
Woodworking Tools
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What's New?
We've talked in the past about our sailing/rowing/motor dingy.

Well we finally put a name on her and we think it's pretty cute.

We settled on Lil' Dipper because in the sailing configuration it is what's called a "dipping lug" sailboat. It's called that because when you change tack you dip the yardarm (lug) from one side of the mast to the other. Since the boat is small and it's a "dipping lug" what could be more appropriate than "Lil' Dipper"?

Site Of The Month
Roz is at it again. Roz Savage is attempting to be the first woman to single handedly ROW across the Pacific Ocean. She's doing this not only as a personal challenge but also to raise awareness of the pollution problems with the oceans. You can follow her daily adventures as she updates her blog everyday at
It's truly amazing that this forty year old rather small gal is doing this. She crossed from San Francisco to Hawaii last year and now she's on leg two of her three leg journey. She's rowing from Hawaii to Funafuti the capital of Tuvalu a Polynesian island nation. It's a tiny target in the middle of a very large ocean.
Marilyn's Corner
Bamboo Trivet

We had some bamboo left over from our electric fence project around our pond so I decided to make a trivet. This can also be used as a pot stand to get your flower pots up off the deck.
Here's what you'll need:
1" bamboo
Copper or brass wire
Small beads
Clear acrylic spray

I cut the bamboo between the knuckles at a sharp angle on a band saw. You could use any saw that will cut bamboo. I cut the lengths so that the ends were shorter and gradually increased in length to the center.
The tricky part is drilling the holes. I drilled four holes, two pairs 1" apart with about a 2" space in the middle.
I used a drill press but you could easily use a hand drill just carefully mark the holes so that when they are drilled the angled ends will all align up. Drill the holes as straight through the bamboo as possible.

Lightly sand the bamboo to make it clean and smooth.
Hook up the end of the wire and run it through the beads and bamboo.

Tightly knot up the other end against the bead.
Repeat this for all four holes.
Spray with clear acrylic.
That's it you now have a very nice looking trivet on which to put hot dishes or flower pots.

Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at Just click on the Craft Egg.

The Tempos Big Swing Band
The Tempos summer concert schedule is coming together. If you are going to be in the Seattle area during the following dates come check us out.

  • The Early Ford Picnic, June 7, 11:00 - 1:30, Bellevue Community College
  • The Burien Strawberry Festival, June 20, 5:00- 7:00 Burien Community Park
  • The Ballard Locks, August 16, 2:00 - 4:00, Ballard Locks
If you are in the Seattle area and interested in hiring a great band The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to

The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

The Tempos CD, "Big Swing", features fourteen great swing songs from the 40's and 50's. If you love the old big band swing music we think you'll enjoy this CD. It's the kind of music that makes you just want to get up and dance, you do remember how to swing don't you?

The only place you can get this CD is from our web site. Go to and click on the "Click Here" at the top of the web page or click the album cover.


If you'd like to get a taste of this CD just go to The Tempos web site. When you are at the Tempos web site click on the horn valve button that says "Hear our CD". Then click on the song titles to hear a little bit of each song.

The Tempos big swing band is available for hire. If you have a special event that could use the wonderful music of a classic sixteen piece big band be sure to contact We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.

Joke of the Month
This months joke came from Dee B.
At All Saints Lutheran Church they have a weekly husband's marriage
seminar. At the session last week, the Pastor asked Ole, who was
approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and
share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the
same woman all these years.

'Vell,' Ole replied to the assembled husbands, 'I've tried to treat
her nice, spend da money on her, but best of all I took her to
Norvay for da 20th anniversary!'

The Pastor responded, 'Ole, you are an amazing inspiration to all
the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your
for your 50th anniversary."

Ole proudly replied, 'I'm a-gonna go get her.' 

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This Month's Free Recipe
Lotus Cream (Ice Cream) 
This is a really good summer recipe that we got from Nicky B. If you like home made ice cream you're going to love this.

  • 2 Cups Cream
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk or 3 1/2 Cups 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 Fresh Egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Cane Sugar
  • 1 Lemon, grate peel and squeeze juice
  • 4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice or adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 5 Pounds Crushed Ice
  • Rock Salt
 In a large bowl pour 1/4 Cream and Milk and add beaten Egg, Salt and Sugar.
Blend with a whisk or hand beater.
Pour the rest of the Cream and Milk into freezer can.
Add Blended ingredients, Lemon Peel and Lemon Juice, mix well.
Taste and adjust ingredients to your own taste a little at a time.
Add Almonds.
Put the paddles into the ice cream maker and put the lid on.
Layer ice and rock salt, turn the crank and add more layers as needed. Do not get the ice and rock salt over the lid.
After about 20 minutes of cranking your ice cream should be ready to serve. Let the kids lick the paddles and serve up a big bowl for everyone!

Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Indoor Greenhouse

We struggled with what to call this project, is it a greenhouse or an atrium. Because it's not sealed or intended to create its own weather we called it a "greenhouse".
This greenhouse was designed to fit on top of the sewing cabinet we recently converted, Because it is specifically for that I've left off most dimensions and given you more of a concept and guide. You can use your own dimensions to fit your table. I'll point out the particular problems that I had as the project progressed.

Because of the many steps required for this project I decided not to post the whole thing in this newsletter. To view the entire project go to

Here's a rendering of the greenhouse as I started the project.

I made everything out of 3/4" hemlock and would probably not do that again. While hemlock is a nice straight grain wood to work with this project has many sharp edges and I found that the hemlock has a tendency to split along sharp edges.

That's about it for this month. We hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at

If any of you have wood projects to share I would be happy to put it into a format for our newsletter. Just send me an email at and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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