Saturday, April 11, 2015


I remember seeing this on the front page of the Bangkok Post, April 12, 1975. I was sixteen years old. I will never, never forget what happened after we abandoned Indochina to the Communists . . . S.L.

U.S. Marines provide cover during Operation Eagle Pull as Americans and Cambodians board Marine helicopters in Phnom Penh during the final U.S. pullout of Cambodia. (AP Photo/File)

Five days after Operation Eagle Pull, the dramatic evacuation of Americans, the U.S.-backed government fell as Communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas stormed into Phnom Penh. Nearly 2 million Cambodians - one in every four - would die from executions, starvation and hideous torture.

Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and U.S. Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia's besieged capital. Residents believed the Americans were rushing in to save them, but at the U.S. Embassy, in a bleeding city about to die, the ambassador wept.

Forty years later, John Gunther Dean recalls one of the most tragic days of his life — April 12, 1975 - the day the United States "abandoned Cambodia and handed it over to the butcher."

"We'd accepted responsibility for Cambodia and then walked out without fulfilling our promise. That's the worst thing a country can do," he says in an interview in Paris. "And I cried because I knew what was going to happen."

Thank you, Peace Movement, for giving us the lowest point in American history, and handing millions over to Communist butchers to be slaughtered.


Thursday, April 9, 2015


A million little Whack-A-Moles have emerged while I'm waiting to ship out . . . here's the latest thing . . . S.L.

Reason I have been so silent recently is a last minute job came up to produce these doors and the project has grown arms and legs on me. The client wants a pair of sliding barn doors for the interior of their rustic home. They have to be SOLID OAK and as such they weigh a TON. Spoke with client yesterday - now I have to take the doors apart and hit all the edges with a plane to give them an ancient rustic look, then stain & sand back to give it a "washed" look, then prime & paint all the bolts black . . .

. . . these doors are the mose MEDIEVAL DOORS in the ENTIRE HISTORY OF DOOR-DOM . . . I'm quite sure they will stop 9mm Luger maybe even .45 ACP . . . LABOR INTENSIVE and I'm waiting on visa paperwork to ship out of here ANY DAY NOW . . . well those damn doors ain't gonna finish themselves so I'm outta here ! ! !

VIKING DOORS PROJECT UPDATE: The doors are complete, but a last-minute consult with the client required me to completely disassemble to recreate a "rustic" look. Here you see the stain applied, and a comparison of how the stain looks when sanded down to create the "washed, stressed" look . . . next time I'll know what questions to ask the client up front . . .


Thursday, April 2, 2015


. . . and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else" - Ernest Hemingway