Thursday, December 12, 2019

Homer Dangler

Homer Leon Dangler, 94, died Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family while under the loving care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was born November 12, 1925, in Deshler, Ohio to Homer Elmer and Ethel Pearl (Thatcher) Dangler.

Homer attended Leipsic Public Schools. He enlisted and proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II, where he was stationed in Brazil. Homer had an extensive knowledge of American History and was very active in organizations and clubs that shared his pioneering spirit.

A skilled craftsman and exquisite woodcarver, Homer completed many projects over the course of his career and lifetime. A self-taught and enthusiastic musician, he recently built a handmade violin that sounded as beautiful as it looked.

Homer’s first love was flying, which began as a child, building model airplanes. His interest in flying increased during his time in the Navy. He built and flew three airplanes. Over the years, he formed lasting friendships with many “flying buddies.”

In addition to his loving wife of over 70 years, Frances, he is survived by his children, Dianna (Norman) Samuelson, Tim (Brenda) Dangler, and Peggy Dangler; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Homer will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Adrian Community Church, 4545 Wolf Creek Highway, Adrian, MI with Pastor Geoff Koglin, officiating. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Annis Fint Post 1584 and American Legion Post 97.Visitation for Homer will take place on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, and again on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and take place at a later date in Sugar Ridge Cemetery in Leipsic, OH.

Memorial donations to honor Homer can be made to the Hospice of Lenawee, West Adrian Community Church, or the Salvation Army. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Eternal rest grant unto Homer, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Hunting Pouch by Joe Mills

antique powder horn

loading block by Art Riser

adjustable measure by D. Powell

Photographs by Jan Riser.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bowie Knife and Sheath by Louie Parker

For several years I have wanted to make a Bowie knife. Finally got around to it. I chose a knife that I consider an American classic and has been pictured in various publications since 1944. It's not signed by the maker, but has what I assume is the owners name and location on the grip. One side is marked L. Kimball and the other is marked Vicksburg. Has an overall length of 14 1/16 inches and a 10 inch clip point blade. The sheath and grip parts are of coin silver. The grip is burl black walnut.

Copy and photos supplied by Louie Parker.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019

David Dodds Poster

Atlanta History Center: Native Lands - Indians and Georgia

This is mainly a study of the tassels on the bags and belt. All these items were in plexiglass cases which the lighting cast strange reflections.

I believe the descriptive label for the fingerwoven sash is inaccurate. The beads in the sash proper (excluding the long heddle-woven ends) were actually woven into the sash while the sash was being constructed rather than being sewn on top after the weaving was finished. If the tension on the yarns is not just right the beads will "pop up" onto the surface, so they will be seen clearly on one side but not the other. That appears to be the case here. The commentary that the beads were woven into the heddle-woven ends is accurate. (comment by D. Rogers - which we believe over the AHC comment.)

Photographs by Jan Riser.