Posted by John Herrington on Monday, December 7, 2009
I'm afraid I haven't been very creative in the area of my blog. Tell you the truth I have been as busy as the proverbial one armed paper hanger, or as another used to say "as a cranberry merchant" these last five months. Many of you know that I am a full time pastor of a growing church in Thermopolis, Wyoming, in the beautiful Big Horn Basin at the mouth of the fantastic Wind River Canyon. Despite the apparatus on my right arm after the crushed wrist, there has been work to do!
But not everything is work...I have played the banjo every spare bit of time. It was difficult to manage the frailing strum on the old Gold Tone until the steel came off the arm, so I was thrown into the fire to learn a little two finger picking. The recordings of Skip Arnold has inspired me and this allowed me to keep the right hand relatively still during these difficult days. It has been exciting to begin to learn up-pickin with the index finger while down pickin with the thumb.
Now, please remember, (Skip in particular), I'm not very good, but the elements are beginning to come together. It has enabled me to stay with the banjo through the time of recovery. One of these days I might post a tune or two.
I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me during the recovery. What a lift your words have been to me!
I also have begun to work again on the American Long Rifles which I am committed to build (two at the very present) and three gourd banjos I have committed to build also.
Talk to you later, my friends, might evern be able to shake your hands properlu with my right hand, no less!
Old John on the Big Horn
Things are woking well again; the wrist is weak but serviceable and grows stronger by each day, now.
John Herrington Says:
Friday, December 11, 2009 @10:52:30 AM
My apologies for misspelling your name, Chip Arnold, maybe I'm losing my mind!
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @4:17:43 AM
The description of your part of the world brought back memories. I used to travel Wyoming as a salesman in the late 60's and early 70's. I recall calling on a sugar factory near Thermopolis...U & I or Holly, I believe.
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @8:02:58 AM
John, glad to hear of your recovery, hope you continue to get stronger. Best wishes for the new year and the Lords blessings on all your work.
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