"Curses are like processions. They.L return to the place from which they'] came." -- Giovanni Ruffini, Italian j I , writer (1807-1861). THE GETTYSBURG TIMES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1987 An old craft is alive in Chambersburg By JANET M. WILLIAMS Tunes CorresModent Tre sweet smell of pipe tobacco is the ft -s't greeting at Boswell's Pipe and TCV.CCO Shop in Chambersburg. The second greeting comes from either J.M. Boswell or his brother Mike. They belong to an elite, group of craftsmen--pipemakers who support themselves doing the work they love. J.M. Boswell, the elder brother, got into the pipe business about 12 years ago when he started working in a smoke shop in Carlisle He spent five years there before opening his own business in Chambersburg. When he started the business, he ' sold his own handmade pipes as well as "everybody else's pipes." 'Making pipes was much slower then. "I used to do everything by hand. It took four or five hours to make one pipe," he recounted. Gradually he began to upgrade his shop, getting advice from another pipemaker, Jack H. Weinburg, and learning through trial and error. Â·He purchased equipment to make the process move faster and made modifications in the machinery to improve it. The pipes are still made individually by hand, but the machinery provides the power. The process starts with a block of briarwood from the hump of the white heath tree. It is a special wood. "It grows just beneath the surface of the ground," Boswell said. "It stores water for the tree in the dry seasons." The water storage system of the root creates interesting swirls in the wood. Boswell buys his wood directly from the cutter in Greece. According to him, white heath seems to have been made J.M. Boswell uses an electric drill to bore the draft holes in his pipes for pipes. It is very hard and does not burn with the tobacco. Boswell starts with his rough block, drawing the outline of the pipe on the side. Using a handsaw, he cuts off the excess wood, revealing the rough shape of the pipe. A hole is bored to create the center of the pipe bowl. Then the sanding begins. In the first of three sandings, "We round the corners and let the wood dictate what we are going to do with it -- whether the pipe will be a classical or a wild shape." In the display case in his store, there are simple pipes with smooth round bowls, fancy pipes with relief carving and outrageous pipes in crazy shapes. He rounds out the bowl first then moves on to shape the shank, to "fit the shank into the bowl. We try to leave as much wood as possible on the outside. The more wood, the cooler the smoke," he explained. Making pipes a la Boswell is a process that combines the ability to "see" something in the wood, rather than imposing something on it. He believes in working with the qualities that Mother Nature has put there. The second sanding refines the shape with a finer grit of sandpaper. Before the third and final sanding, oil is brushed over the surface of the wood. The dark oil helps to show the rough spots so they can be removed. Boswell isn't content with designing pipes. He also has created, some improvements in the machinery. The sanding wheel has undergone some of his innovations. The way that the sandpaper was attached, when the machine first came into his shop, used to permit it to fly off tearing knuckles. He modified the sanding unit. Now the paper gets folded in pleats and fastened with a round bolt plate to hold it tightly. Electric drill bits bore the draft hole through the stem of the pipe into the bowl. They also shape the mouthpiece to fit into the stem. Both the pipe and the mouthpiece get subjected to fierce buffing with whirling wheels that smooth the residue of the sander. The mouthpiece is softened and The finished pipe is released from a block of briarwood. (Times photos by Janet Williams) shaped by placing it in an optical box, the kind opticians use to warm the plastic of eyeglasses to mold the right shape for an individual's head. Another Boswell trick is used there. Most optical boxes use sand, but he has found that can clog the tiny hole, so he substitutes dry table salt, which dissolves when the mouthpiece gets its cold water rinse. The final step is to paint on an alcohol-based finish to give the wood its color and to accent the woodgrain. "It seems like a lot of work for a pipe,". Boswell said in the voice that is still silken with a trace of his Alabama boyhood. "But each person that buys one, knows it is one of a kind -- totally unique and theirs." In addition to the handmade pipes, Boswell's turns out several thousand prefab pipe bowls for other manufacturers. The store also does repair work and customized work on pipes. All kinds of tobaccos, cigars and cigarettes are available. A recent acquisition brought 100 vintage cigars into the store. The pre-Revolution Havana cigars were found in Spain. They will sell for a walloping $15 a piece and are "collector's items," much like certain fine wines. Despite all of his success, J.M. Boswell is not content to simply roll along. He is constantly striving to do things better, with more creativity and energy. "No matter how good you are, you can always do better," he says. Boswell's pipes can be found at his shop at 170 S. Main St., Chambersburg or, locally, at Hartzell's Cut Rate Store, 34 Baltimore St., Gettysburg. Elderly get eye care Potentially blinding eye disease can be treated effectively if detected early, a fact that 10,917 elderly Pennsylvania residents have discovered through the National Eye Care Project (NECP). Volunteer Pennsylvania ophthalmologists have uncovered: 1664 cases of cataracts, 153 cases of glaucoma, 359 cases of macular degeneration, 69 cases of diabetic retinopathy, among elderly Pennsylvania residents who have called the toll-free Helpline--1-800-222-EYES (3937) --to receive assistance through the NECP. , The public service, which offers medical eye care4o~the disadvantaged -elderly at no out-of-pocket cost, is sponsored by tti'fc Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngoiogy and the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The NECP is available to U.S. citizens or legal residents, age 65 or over, who are not currently under the care of an ophthalmologist, and who have not seen one within the past three years. Since the Pennsylvania Helpline opened on June 2, more than 10.917 residents have called, resulting in more than 8158 referrals of elderly patients to local volunteer eye physicians for medical examination and possible treatment for sight-threatening eye diseases.- Periodic medical eye examinations are particularly important, said Dr. Jaeger, to detect potentially blinding eye disease, such as glaucoma which has no early warning signs. Nationwide, about 1,600 cases of glaucoma have been diagnosed and treated through the project. After calling the toll-free Helpline, an elderly person will be mailed the name of a volunteer ophthalmologist who will treat the patient, regardless of his or her ability to pay, and who will accept (for this project) Medicare or insurance assignment as payment in full. If hospital care is needed, the ophthalmologist will work with a local hospital to make care available. Hospital charges, eyeglasses and prescription drugs are not paid through the program. More than 7,000 ophthalmologists are participating in the NECP. The Hel- pline is open weekdays from 8 am to 5pm in all states (except Hawaii, 8 am to 3 pm.) YWCA Schedule Gettysburg YWCA Recreation Center, Fairfield Road 8 Lincoln Square Building, Center Square Gettysburg 334-9171 or 334-6112 -* Sifeniorcize " ^ " ~ "^ ~ " 1 c *S *Â·*Â·' " The Seniorcize class oeginniag January 26th will be offered Monday/ Wednesday/Friday from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. For more information, phone Lynn Robinson at the Rec Center 334-9171. Super Membership Sunday On Sunday, January 18 from 1:00- 9:00 p.m. the Gettysburg YWCA will be having an open house for all YW Members and their guests to enjoy our facilities and sample our classes. Bring your swimming suit and sneakers and join one or all our fitness classes. Free refreshments plus gymnastics and swim team demonstrations. Free fitness testing from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Bring your family and friends to the Gettysburg YWCA. We have something for everyone! Shark swim meet The Gettysburg YWCA "Sharks" swim team will be having a home swim meet against Waynesboro on January 24th. Rehab swim Are you recovering from injuries or a physical disability? If so, the YWCA Rehab program may be just what you need! CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT REHAB SWIM. Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m. Funded by the Adams County Commissioners with DCA Community Block Grant Funds. FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE IN 1987. YWCA Membership is required. Dance for the Heart The American Heart Association and the YWCA are co-sponsoring a "Dance For Heart" to benefit both associations. Sponsors pledge contributions for the time participants dance. If you areinterested.in helping, j Â·either as a participant or sponsor, please contact Steptiahi Voss at 334-9171, or Jo McLaughlin at 334-0507. The "DANCE FOR HEART" will be held Saturday, January 24th 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Come and join the fun.!!! Exercise room - New policy Starting January 1st, the Exercise Room is open to all Y members with rec passes who are 18 years and older. Teens ages 13 to 17 will be permitted to use the room only after completion of the Teen Intro, to Exercise Room class. NO ONE under age 13 is permitted to use the room. Teen intro to exercise room This 3 session class is a requirement for all teens ages 13 to 17 who wish to use the exercise room. Instruction will be given on the proper use of the 15-station universal weight system. Attendance at all three classes is mandatory. For more information, call the Rec Center. Class size is limited. For Y members with Rec passes ONLY. Mondays: Feb. 2,9 and 16 7 - 8 P.M., Mar. 2,9 and 16 7 - 8 P.M. Community life AARP The Rev Dr Stewart Hardy, a native of New Zealand and the new pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, was the guest speaker at the annual Christmas luncheon of AARP Chapter 1776 at the Holiday Inn on Baltimore Street, Gettysburg December 16. In his Christmas sentiment, "What Did You Get for Christmas?", Dr. Hardy spoke of the joy, fellowship, sadness, despair, debt, depression, headaches, hangovers and indigestion which usually come with Christmas. In his country it could be' these, plus sunburn; in Canada, it could be frostbite! For many, Christmas is tiredness to exhaustion, cards, cramps from writing, books, trinkets, baking, decorating and hectic hurly-burly. For others, it is peace, quiet, stillness over the land, and retreating from highways and by-ways. Some folks are touched by a birth, portrayed by cards. and/or the images in our mirds of a manager scene. We are touched not only by a birth, but the only birth when God Himself took on our form, God with us, one of us as Emmanuel and Jesus. It was a unique gift tnvcn What did you get for Christmas? The same answer is for all of us. The abundant outpouring of God's love is for each and all of us. We will know this Gift only if we use it and give it away? Divine power works in two ways only when we give it away: first, by thanking the One who gave us the Gift and by giving our lies back to Him; second, by sharing this Divine Gift of Love with others This Gift was given not only for Christmas but we have it now and always. May God's Gift by given to all of us! Dr Harold Dunkelberger, program chairman introduced Dr. Hardy. He said that after Dr Hardy left New Zealand be became a teacher. He received his teacher training degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. Later he preached for awhile in western PA after graduating from the Gettysburg Theological Seminary in 1983. In September 1986, he became pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg. Following the Christmas sentiment, Dr. !)unelberger asked the audience to sing the Christmas carols, O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon a Midnight "Clelr and O Little Town of Bethlehem for the December birthdays and anniversaries of the members and also to celebrate the birthday of the Christ hymns as we now sing them Dut were used for feast celebrations and holy days. Mrs. Deaner, accompanied by Naomi Lawson on the piano, sang 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Cement Moore, set to music by Ken Darby and Cantique de Noel by Adam. These past presidents of AARP Chapter 1776 who were present for the luncheon were introduced by president Swisher: Donald Weiser, first presdient of AARP 1776, Clarence Hanson, William Musser, John Madson (part-term), "Gus" Stevens, John Steeves and Allwyn Symington who is presently serving as Assistant Director of the 12 District of AARP in PA. The invocation for the luncheon was given by the Rev. J. H. August Borleis. In keeping with the Christmas carol theme and the carol, We Three Kings, the person at each table who chose three as a number from one to eight, received the poinsettia table decoration. With the singing of Silent Night, AARP 1776 adjourned until the next meeting, January 21,1987. Swisher, president of AARP 1776 thanked Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hershey who planned the festive luncheon and made the reservations, Dr. Harold Dundelberger, program chairman and Tres. Charles A Sloat accorn- nanist for the carol singing and public relations chairperson for AAKr 1 177b. Swisher read a letter from Joan Sheller, director of activities at Green Acres for AARP 1776's excellent participation in the project, Ught a Candle for a hard Deaner, guest soloist told of the history of Christmas carols beginning in 220 A.D. She said that at first carols were not at all related to Adams County Cooperative Extension Association Suggestions for a four-year plan of work and a final review of a plan for the Annual Meeting were topics for discussion when the Executive Committee of the Adams County Cooperative Extension Association met on Tuesday, December 16, in the Extension Office, Adams County Services Building, Gettysburg. Kay King, President, presided. President King reminded the directors that ticket sales for the 71st Annual Meeting for the Extension Association are to terminate on Friday, January 2, 1987. The dinner meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Brushtown Community Fireball. Speaker Dr. James Van Horn, Family Life Specialist from the Pennsylvania State University will discuss, "Living With Stress". The Extension Staff will present a brief slide review highlighting program accomplishments in 1986. Six members will be elected to the Extension Executive Committee; awards will be presented. All residents of the county, interested in supporting Extension, are invited to attend. Following the Annaul Meeting, the Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 17,1987, to reorganize. Mark Wilson will head a committee to plan for a covered dish dinner and program for that event. King reminded delegates to the State Legislative Day meeting: David Kehr, John Weaner, Bonnie Kuntz, and Kay King, that an orientation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6, 1987, at the Dauphin County Extension Office. Jared Tyson led the goup in a "brainstorming" session on program development for Adams County Extension Service during the four-year period 1988-9'. The Cooperative Extension Service, state-wide, will embark on a new four-year program on October 1,1987. The program will emphasize Economic and Environmental Improvement; enhancing the quality of life, food systems and Environmental profitability; and human resource development. Tyson announced that interviews are being conducted during the holiday period for the Summer Assistant position in Extension. Interested youth should call Jared Tyson at the Extension Office regards qualifications and an application. American Business Women's Association The Gettysburg Charter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) met for its monthly meeting ion Thursday evening, December 18, at the Holiday Inn, Gettysburg, with 55 members and 4 guests in attendance. The Christmas program featured a trio of three delightful and talented ladies called The Divine Connection from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Littlestown. They presented a half hour of Christmas music which ranged from religious, traditonal and popular songs. The vocational speaker was Peg Taughinbaugh. Peg has been employed at Century 21 Neighborhood Realty as a real estate agent for 12 years. She explained the duties involved in her career. The business meeting included presentation of a quilt for a raffle, explanations on the Business-Associate January meeting, Woman of the Year guidelines, Valentine's Day Dance, and explanation of a program sponsored by the local radio stations We were also informed of the program "Up With People" which ABWA is sponsoring on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Riggeal Auditorium in Gettysburg. The next membership meeting of the Gettysburg Charter Chapter of ABWA will be held on Thursday, January 15, at the Gettysburg Holiday Inn. All members who cannot attend this meeting will be charged for their meals if cancellations are not received by Cynthia Rohrbaugh of the Hospitality Committee, at 334-6951 by Sunday evening, January 11,1987. The December meeting was adjourned with the distribution of home baked goods to the Christmas spirited members. Arentsville Lions The Arendtsville Lions Club held their annual Christmas decoration contest in the Arendtsville Area. The winners were as follows: Over-all House -- 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard McCleaf, Arendtsville Road; 2nd Mrs MildredHeckenluber,MarkAve.;3rd,Mr.andMrs.Wm.Lower,Jr., Winding Road; Honorable Mention, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cline, Arendtsville Rd. Door-Way -- 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Eicholtz, North High Street; 2nd, Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Sell, Gettysburg Street; 3rd, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Allison, North High Street; Honorable Mention, Mr. and Mrs. George Scarpate, Conewago Street. The next meeting will be on January 13, at the fireball at 6:30 p.m.
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