Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 73
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June 6, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 73

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7'. H. Light and the Shay locomotive he's making from scrap metal. JOIN THE CROWD it's more fun to be slim scaled one-half inch to the Foot. Every piece of the model is handmade from scrap metal except the brass boiler fittings and the cast iron blocks from which he made the cylinders. Light keeps a postcard of the Shay at Cass propped in front of him as he works-his model looks just like the old logging engine on the card. "It'll be 36 inches long, the steam gauge will go to 100 pounds, and it'll have smoke rolling up into the house " said Light proudly. "Oh no!" exclaimed his wife. It's 'obvious that trains are important to the a f f a b l e man-his conversation keeps turning that W W h e n Light's son, Steve, who now lives in Maryland, was a little boy, he built Steve a double track railroad. "Three trains could run at one time " he said. "We had so much track and equipment that we cut a hole in the wall so we could lay out the whole system between the rooms." . , . And what did Mrs. Light say about a hole in her wall? "You don't say anything, she sighed, "you just go along with it. When the Lights' first grandchild, Cassie, now 12, was born, Light decided she should have a train, but this time his app r ° ach j,° the layout was more sophisticated. He mounted the HO Gauge system on a 4 x 8 board and attached it to pulleys that raised it to the ceiling when Cassie's mother, Anna Mae runs the'sweeper.' · State Magazine, 'June 6.' 1976 Steve's six-year-old twins, Jeffrey and Jodie, provided their grandfather with another good reason to build a railroad, but the children-a boy and girl--share the eauipment. "One day Jodie is going to realize that Cassie has a railroad of her own, and she's going to want one, too," said Mrs. Light. Her husband smiled, and you get the idea he wouldn't mind at all. everything he fixes-even toast, chuckled Light. Recently, Light made fireside sets for his children "They were beautiful, said his proud wife. "He used five steel ball bearings for handles. We didn t know what to use for the broom. Finally we decided on paint brushes but he bought the wrong kind the first time. They'll be used for something, though." In addition to many parts and pieces of trains, Light owns one complete set, a 30-year-old Standard Gauge American Flyer. "It's a collector's item," he said, "because they aren't made any Tometimes Light and his wife team up on making gifts. When they collaborate, they sign their work "Thurrene"--a combination of their first names, "Thurel" and "Lorene." , Light constructs the bodies for the ceramic doll heads his wife makes, and when they gave key caddies to their friends at Christmas one year, he did the woodwork and she painted them. A n o t h e r p o p u l a r item f r o m Light's workshop is a branding iron-the ideal gift for the outdoor cook who has everything. The perfectly molded initial of the recipient's last name, attached to a long handle, personalizes steaks an "MyTon-ln-te S w puts his brand on From Light's workshop has come decorative redwood spoons and forks for his daughter and daughter-in-law. But the pieces have a distinctively person touch--Light carved the forks and spoons in his children's silver patterns. "He is really good to have around the house," said Mrs. Light. "I've never called a repairman. He s kept my mixer in good running condition for 36 years, and I'm still using the rolling pin he made from a trolley pole from the mines 45 years ago. . "One of the handiest things he ever made is a rack for storing old newspapers for recycling," she continued. "When the rack is full, you just pull the attached strings around the bundle and it's ready to be taken away." When Mrs. Light wanted a place to display the ceramic frogs she makes, her husband created a home for them in an attractive outdoor setting of rocks, flowers, and fountain. He. also glues the rocks for the "Rock Babies" she paints- funny expressive little creatures you'd like to take home for a pet. "You can see she does a lot of things, too," smiled Light, "but her real hobby is taking care of me!" On the hill behind their house is a daffodil and shrubbery shaded pet cemetery. A tombstone, cast in cement by Light, has one pet's picture encased in glass-really an old ashtray. Other markers are "store bought" likenesses of the deceased animals. One of Light's prize possessions is a scale model rotary valve engine he made in 1943 when he was a Navy machinist with the First Marine Corps in the Solomon Islands. The perfect miniature engine is m a d e f r o m n a t i v e t e a k w o o d , scraps from a German fighter plane, and a 90mm shell. "I thought I'd have lots of time when I retired to work on my hobbies " laughed Light, who has lived all his 66 years on Paint Creek, "but I never seem to have enough time I want to do a metal scull- pure of a basketball player, and my wife wants me to make the Spirit of '76' figures." Interesting things are happening at "Thurrene"-the Lights' house which sits high in the woods above Gallagher With the wind in the trees and birds providing an outdoor orchestra, it's a beautiful, peaceful spot for this creative man to turn bits of scrap metal and wood into unusual pieces of art for his friends. LOSE WEIGHT THIS WEEK with the most powerful reducing aid ever released for public use without a prescription Thousands now lose weight who never thought they could. They report remarkable weight losses ot 7 . . 20. . . even 41 pounds in a short while. So if you're tired of half-way measures and wont really effective help in reducing send for Hungrex today. ASK FOR HUNGREX'* WITH P.P.A. 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