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19LEGACY19AttheKishwaukeeValleyHeritageMuseuminGenoathistypeofsocialnetworkingisstilltakingplace.ThereRogerWatsonRobertx1cDudex1dDieterlenandMikeRossgettogetherwithothersinthecommunitytopracticewhatRogercallsax1clostartx1dworkingwoodonanold-fashionedschnitzelbachorshavinghorse.ThesemenaswellasmanyothersinGenoaarededicatedtopreservingthehistoryoftheirtownbyhandingdownthecraftsoftheirforbearstosubsequentgenerations.InsteadofstatusupdatestheysharetoolsandratherthanpostpicturesoftheirworkinanonlinealbumtheyinvitepeoplefromalloverNorthernIllinoistoseeit5rsthandonPioneerDayayearlyeventstartedbyRogerandtheKishwaukeeValleyHeritageSocietyandheldattheMuseumeachAugust.RogerlearnedwoodworkingfromhisgrandfatheraGerman-bornwheelwrightwhodidnx19tbelieveinelectricity.UsuallyatthebehestofhisfatherRogerwouldheadovertohisgrandparentsx19houseattheendofeachdaytolowerthekerosenelightsandwhilehewastherehewatchedhisgrandfatherwork.x1cIwaseightornineyearsoldfollowingmyGrandpaaroundyouknowhowkidsdoandthatx19showIstartedwoodworking.Itwasnx19tsomethingIhadtodo.ItwasjustsomethingIlikedtodo.x1dRogerx19sgrandfathertaughthimhowtocarvespokesforwagonwheelsandsoonhewasreadytomoveontospoonswhicharestillhisfavoriteproject.MosteverythingRogermakeshasautilitarianfunctionbecausethatx19sthewayitwasonhisgrandparentsx19farmx14rakespitchforksspoonsaxeandhammerhandlespainstakinglycarvedwithchiselandplaneonGrandpax19sshavinghorse.TheseitemsespeciallythespoonsseemtogarnermoreinterestfrompassersbyonPioneerDaybecauseaccordingtoRogerpeopleconnecttotheobjectstheyuseintheirday-to-daylives.x1cWomenliketoseethespoonsbeingmadeandmenliketoseetheoldcarvingtoolsbeingused.x1dThepopularityofthespoonsisnotunanimoushowever.AsRogerjokesx1ctherearealotofkidswhox19vehadthesespoonsusedontheirfannies.x1dRogersettlesdownonhisschnitzelbachtodemonstratehowtomakeaspoonandIcanseethetechniqueisatoncesimpleandcomplex.Ifyoux19veeverballedamelonyougettheideabuttulippoplardoesnx19tyieldaseasilyasfruit.ThemusclesinRogerx19sforearmaretautfromyearsofchiselingandIcanseethemworkingasheshapesthespoonx19sbowlfollowingthegrainofthewood.Circularshavingsfalltothegroundandafaintsoapyscentpermeatestheroom.Rogerlooksupatonepointtostresstheimportanceofsharptools.x1cYougetcutlessoftenonasharpchiselthanyoudoonadullonex1dheexplains.LikeanytruecraftsmanRogertakespleasurebothfrompracticingandsharinghisskill.Hex19spickedupwherehisgrandfatherleftoffpreservingthefamilylegacybyteachingthenextgenerationhowtocarvewoodusingtoolstheymakethemselves.x1cMydaughtersaidx18Dadyouhavetoteachallthegrandkidshowtodothis.x19SoIx19mpassingitalongtothemandtomycousins.Ix19vegottwograndkidsanephewandsixcousinswhoaredoingwoodcarvingnowmakingshavinghorses.Ifeelverysatis5edknowingIx19mhandingthisskilldown.Idonx19thavetoworrythatitwonx19tgetpassedon.x1dDudeDieterlenisoneofthosecousinsRogermentoredinthislostartandhex19salsodonehisfairsharetokeepthefamilytraditionalive.Dudex19ssonandgrandsonThesebeautifulspoonswilllasttheirluckyrecipientsalifetime.