Thursday, February 5, 2015

Remembering Roger

Many of us attended memorial services yesterday and today for one of our long time members, Roger Bares.  Roger was a friend and a mentor to us all.

Roger Bares
1941 - 2015

Roger was one of the charter members of our group, joining in the summer of 2008.  He very soon established himself as a mentor to us all.  He had a passion for woodworking and toymaking specifically.  The first order of business for Roger was to make a sign to tell people who we were.   
His first toy for the toy program was a John Deere Tractor.  He liked them so much, he made 300 for part of our first year's toys.  Some lucky kids at the Club for Boys were very happy on that Christmas Day!


Pastor Ray helped with the first toys as well.

Roger soon started a splinter group to talk about the techniques of Scroll Sawing.  He held these meetings in his shop.

On Nov. 21st, 2011, Roger showed us the technique for making signs with free-standing letters. Remember that one?

Read more about this in the December 2011 newsletter - the Cutting Edge

Time went by and it became obvious that Roger was deserving of our newest award, Master Toymaker.

Wednesday evening, November 21, 2012, the Scrollsaw Special Interest Group gathering was held in Roger Bares shop.  During the event, Roger was presented with somewhat of a lifetime achievement award for his involvement in the Toy Program for the Rapid City Woodworkers Association.  Roger has been a key figure in the production of hundreds of toys since 2008 when the Toy Program was started.

Roger Bares receives the Master Toymaker Award

Click here for more about this award.

lick on the link below to learn more about the Rapid City Woodworkers Association activities on the main page of the website:

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