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Hail to the Chiefs…and Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs!

First let me say to those First Class Petty Officers before the board, we’ve all been in your shoes.  For the E-6 waiting for the results, this is the longest month of the year.  I wish you all the best of luck on selection.  If I could, I’d wave a magic wand and get all of you your hooks.  I speak for all Chiefs when I say we look forward to welcoming you to the community.

Also, congratulations and well done to the new crop of Senior and Master Chiefs for FY 2020.  The air gets thinner with every step up so you should be duly proud of your accomplishment.

All that said, I have been working in the shop on some special designs for all the chiefs.  I am hoping that you, or those who love you, might take this occasion to pick up a VERY unique and thoughtful gift.  These will definitely NOT be seen as something you ran to the exchange to pick up.  And they damn sure out rank a gift card.  Look for your pen below.

All pens come with a blue velvet pouch for their protection.

CPO Pen, Walnut and Brass

This pen is turned from reclaimed walnut from Fort Belvoir.  About ten years ago my neighbor told me his crew was renovating some conference rooms and the tables were being thrown away.  I asked him very explicitly, and in my most colorful Navy language, to please acquire said table wood for me.  I have been using it all in smaller and smaller pieces.  One of those is this pen.

It is turned down to what we call executive slim.  I find this the most challenging since by the time you get a pen down to this width there is very little wood left to turn.  One slip and you have a piece for the burn pile.

The finish is a hard, semi-gloss.  The hardware is Cross-type and it takes Cross refills or the generic equivalent.

 You can find your Chief’s pen here.

SCPO Pen, Cherry and Brass

Oh, baby!  When you are in the business of selling things, especially things you’ve made, you’re really not supposed to show favorites.  But this one is a humdinger!

I had forgotten how much I like working with Cherry wood.  I recently made a pen for my granddaughter and was VERY pleased with how it turned out.  So I immediately replaced the last Senior Chief pen to sell with this one. 

Cherry is so workable that the process I use to create a semi-gloss or satin finish (usually my preference) produced a gloss finish over some of the prettiest grain you’ll ever see.  It dances in the light.

This uses the same Cross hardware and refills as the Chief and Master Chief pen.

This is one of my all-time favorite projects, even though it is for one of those even-numbered chiefs.

If you love your Senior Chief, go here.

MCPO Pen, Olive and Brass

Olive trees are impressive. They are tough, craggy gray trees that can survive in the toughest conditions.  They can live for over 1000 years.  Which is interesting, because when I was a wet-nose bootcamp in 1977, that’s how I saw the old-school Master Chiefs.  I learned very quickly that a Master Chief was the very last person in the world you wanted to see in your workspace, unless you knew for a fact that you had done something right…and even then you were a bit nervous. So, here’s to the Master Chief.

Olive wood is a fine medium.  An olive pen blank had been included in an old pen making kit I bought a while ago.  I wish I had used it sooner.  It has some amazing grain patterns and beautiful color.  Again, just like a Master Chief.  And the wood does smell like olives when you work it.  Most of the Master Chiefs I knew in the 70’s smelled like cigarettes and coffee.

Like the other two Chief pens, this one uses Cross hardware and refills.  In the case of all the slim pens I make, it is like having a Cross pen, but not one that thousands of others have.  I make ’em one of a kind, one at a time.

Somebody, somewhere has GOT to love a Master Chief!

 

Fair winds, my brothers and sisters.

Matthew E. Jordan III GMC (SW), USN Ret.

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My Work Upclose: Mixed Species Stopper


Find beautiful and unique gifts for weddng parties, holidays, graduations, promotions, and more here, at Po River Furniture!


  Overview

 

This is one of the first of Po River’s turnings to go on the market.  The stopper is one of a pair made from recycled wood.  It contains Walnut and mahogany from conferences tables discarded on Fort Belvoir in the previous decade.  There is a piece of Pine heartwood used to brace missiles for transport to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (can only be used once and must be discarder by the Weapons Station).  The center  of the work is a piece of oak from the Civil War era barn torn down around 2004. You can find the finished art HERE.

 

 

Specs

Your stopper is 4 1/2″ long and 1 5/8″ wide.  The turning sits atop a triple chrome stopper with a rubber gasket.

 

What I Love About This Item

Like many of my turnings, this piece draws you in.  Each cut of wood has it’s own character. You want to turn it and enjoy the patterns playing off each other.  It is rich and heavy. It has a very manly appeal and will look good on your bar.  Look for our display racks coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Baby pictures

Our mixed species friend is seen here with this big brother soon after I found them hiding in a laminated block of wood.

 

 

 

 

You can bring this piece home from Po River Furniture Shop for yourself or someone special. All my stoppers and pens come in their own attractive velvet pouch.

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Po River Furniture: Discounts

You have to work for some discounts!

A very sweet young lady approached my table at a craft festival recently.  She was lovin’ on one of my snowman wine stoppers.  And what’s not to love?  Right?  She and her friends were discussing the piece and she asked if she could get a discount.

I smiled and said, “Listen carefully to these three questions.”

Me:  Are you military or retired military?

Her: No.

Me: Are you an Uber of Lyft driver?

Her: No.

Me: [With heavy emphasis] Do you love Po River Furniture?

Her: Well, I don’t know…I…uh really don’t know much about…

Her friends caught it and laughed.

Again me:  Do you LOVE Po River Furniture?

Her: [looking around for a second] Oh! Yes! It’s my favorite!

Me: Well, there you go! 10% off!

What can I say?  She was obviously a woman of good taste and character.

I have three discount codes on my Etsy site. The first is for active duty and retired military.  No need to explain that one.  The code is MILITARY.  The second is for UBER and LYFT drivers.  I know what it is like to be out there schleppin’ for tips behind the wheel.  So I want to give them a little break too.  Code: UBERLYFT.  I post those codes everywhere.

Flame finial wine stopper (maple)

But the one code you have to look for, or be a brilliant and attractive Entrepre-Nutty reader to get is the easiest to qualify for.  You don’t have to put your life on the line for you country.  You don’t have to drive drunks home at 0200 when the bars are closing.  You just have to appreciate the look and feel of hand-crafted art produced in a wood shop.  In this case you simply have to “love” Po River Furniture.  [twisting my evil mustache] Discount code: LOVEPORIVER

So there you are.  As a discerning fan of entreprenutty.com, you can now get a discount at my esty shop, the Po River Furniture Shop.  Enjoy.  Hope to see yo soon.

 

Walnut Acorn Bird House. Everything including the hook eye is recycled or repurposed scrap. SOLD.

 

Po River Furniture is 100% owned and operated by a service-related disabled veteran.

 

 

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Okay, Okay! So It’s Maple!

This is the wood pile in the back of my shop.

I have a bunch of wood stored in the back of my shop.  Some of it is small pieces of wood that I am slowly using up as I recycle it.

I know.  It looks like a soup sandwich.  In recent posts to Etsy, I got the species of wood used wrong.  I just want to go on record here to correct the errors so if anyone revisits the site they don’t say, “Hey!  That’s not what you said before!”  And hopefully have this out before the work in question is purchased!

 

 

 

 

The first goof was a tree ornament that I said was a mahogany acorn.  I got a chunk of mahogany table legs mixed up with walnut legs.  Both were from a renovation on Ft. Belvoir.  The acorn/birdhouse is walnut.

The second species miscue was wine stopper.  I was milling the wood for it at the same time as some old barn oak.  I mislabled the stopper as barn oak, then as plantation wood.  IT’S MAPLE!  It was milled from a horde of wood a friend at Lighthouse Woodturners gave me.  I wish I had a ton of the stuff.  It works down so nicely and the stopper came out exactly as I wanted it to.

Maple flame wine stopper. Pretty, ain’t it?

The Po River Furniture Shop is a brand new project.  The objects were all made this fall by hand in my shop.  You are, of course, welcome to visit.  Hit “favorite” so you can see the new stuff as soon as it goes online.  I will be doing a lot of wild experimentation in the coming weeks to provide some very unique Holiday items!

I might even reorganize that wood pile.

Have fun.

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Car vs House: Ask the Experts.

Before we get to the experts…

If you are visiting here after a bit of an absence, you may find a lack of content or Latin gibberish on the screen.  I am still rebuilding.

But what do you think about the new look?  Better than the old, blah grey screen, right?

But that’s Not Why You Are HERE.

I am linking this Facebook post because my best girl and I found ourselves in this very pickle when we bought our previous house.  Hmmm, house or car…house or car…what to do?

We ended up buying the car first.  The mortgage company then required us to roll our car loan into the mortgage loan.  I had mixed feelings about this.  Basically we ended up with $20,000 less equitity in the house.  This chicken did come back to roost when we sold.

At the same time, it could be said that my car payment dropped to just a few dollars a month.  Like I said…mixed feelings.

But I will ask Ken to comment here about the pros and cons of that part of the experience.

But this is an interesting video. Watch it here!