Full Chisel Blog

December 18, 2008

Annual Pilgrimage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 4:17 pm

It is time for my annual pilgrimage to visit with family in Nevada and California.  I will catch the train this evening after I am finished working Candle Light Christmas at the Park.  I have been greeting people at the gate as they enter, it has been fun but cold.

However, I am portable and wireless, so I shall continue my web log while on the road.  I will get to visit the University of Nevada Reno and their excellent libraries, especially their physical science library.  Also be shopping for a sash plane and visiting a Rockler Store and a Wood Craft store there.  I also have some fellow woodworking friends to visit and drink a pint.

Well I must unplug and pack this up into a haversack.  I have my portmanteau and riggers bucket, so all of my luggage is nineteenth century or earlier.  And traveling in period attire does attract looks and strikes up some interesting conversations.  Last year there were Mennonites on the train and they asked me if I was ‘plain’?

Happy Christmas.  The word Merry before the early nineteenth century meant to be intoxicated.



  1. Happy Christmas to you, Stephen. (and I hope it’s a little bit merry, too!)

    Comment by The Village Carpenter — December 18, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

  2. Merry Christmas.

    Comment by Ken Pollard — December 18, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  3. The adventure has begun, I am on board Amtrack and heading into the West desert, kind of unreal typing on my computer riding on a train.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 19, 2008 @ 1:05 am

  4. Happy Christmas Stephen, hope you have a pleasant and relaxing time. I am curious as to the Mennonite usage of the word “plain”, I am guessing it has a special significance.. I have enjoyed reading your blog this past year, always thought provoking and interesting, I’m looking forward reading more in the New Year.


    Comment by Ray Gardiner — December 19, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

  5. Ray,

    Thank you for your comments, this blog thing is fun. As for the term ‘plain’ it is used to refer to the Amish, Mennonites and folks that chose a simple life. My response was that I was a ‘Mormonite’, to which they got a good laugh.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 20, 2008 @ 8:32 am

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