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Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Wooly Bully L7 Challenge


One of the my biggest challenges for this challenge thing is coming up with a new challenge. As in many aspects of life, inspiration often comes from places you least expect. So here's the story for the Winter 2016 Challenge. Bear with me please.

When I was about 13 years old (about 1965) my grandfather gathered up all his grandkids and took us on a vacation to Hawaii. It was the first time I left Utah and the first time I flew on an airplane. I have so many memories of that trip but one of them is tied to this challenge. On that airplane there were headphones that you could listen to music during the long flight. And while listening to the music I heard for my first time the song "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. I was also a budding guitar player and played in a very amateur garage band with some friends back then. So when I got home our band learned to play this great new song. But I didn't sing and wasn't into the lyrics so I don't think I ever really even knew the words to Wooly Bully. Flash forward about 50 years to a couple weeks ago. I was driving along listening to my favorite radio station, an independent station, KRCL, and the morning DJ is doing his morning 60's at 6 feature and he plays Wooly Bully. The DJ is a music trivia genius and after the song he says that he always loved that "L7" reference in the song, and explains that L7 was a slang term back then for being square. I must have been very L7 back then (as now) because I had never heard of that but I loved it! And the light came on! And I decided that the next challenge was going to be the "Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Wooly Bully L7 Challenge" or in simpler terms a square turning challenge. Just in case I might have made any of you curious, here's a link to a youtube video of Wooly Bully. At about 1:04 is the L7 reference

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The challenge...I once heard woodturning described as taking round logs, cutting them into square blocks, and turning them back into something round. This winter's challenge is simple. Leave something on your turning square. Ok, it doesn't have to be perfectly square, no need to get out the tri-square, but it should have four corners. Make it as simple or as complex as you want. You can make anything your little heart desires, a bowl, a hollowform, a box, any of the things we woodturners make after we've cut that round log into a square block. Just leave some part of it square. Embellish it if you want, color, burn, paint, carve, add any other medium, just leave part of it square. Easy enough.

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Now, Don't Be L7! Get after it! You have until the first day of Spring, March 20, 2016.

When you've finished with your L7 challenge, take some photos and post them for the rest of us to enjoy!  Remember, as in all of our challenges, this is not a contest!  Everyone that enters this challenge is a winner by what they learn and how they expand their turning skills!


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