Friday, September 30, 2016

Schecter Guitar Company Tour

One of the great things about homeschooling is the cool field trips we go on. This trip didn't sound interesting at first, but I was glad I went.
I'm not a guitar person. I play piano. I'm okay with the sound of the a guitar, but I prefer acoustic over electric any day of the week. I don't listen to rock music, and I don't know any of the famous people. It's just not really my thing.

But the high school kids in our homeschool group went on a tour of the top of the line Schecter Guitar Company a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. Even though I don't prefer electric guitars, seeing how they are made was really interesting! I mean, I didn't even know until we went on the tour that all guitars start as pieces of wood!
Schecter guitar company gets most of their guitars shipped in from a factory in South Korea. They fine tune them in their shop and then ship them out to the people who have thousands of dollars to spend on their guitars. They also have a custom guitar shop. They make their custom guitars from start to finish right there in the shop. The paint jobs they can do are absolutely amazing!
It was a great tour and I learned a lot about how guitars are made. Here are the pictures....

This is the warehouse where the guitars from South Korea come in
before they are taken out of their boxes and fine tuned.
This is the room where the technicians fine tune the guitars and
get them ready to be played as soon as they are taken out
of the box.
Welcome to the custom shop. Custom guitars start at $2500.
I had no idea that electric guitars started as wood.
I just learned something. That is our tour guide holding a piece
of wood that will become the body of a guitar.

Giant clamps that hold the pieces together while the glue dries.
I think these pieces will end up being the neck of a guitar.

These are going to be guitar necks. The back one has not been
shaped yet.

Here is the machine that shapes the guitar neck.
Inside one of the machines that shapes the neck of the guitar.
There is a lot of sawdust in here.

One of many racks of guitar pieces These have not been sealed,
sanded, or painted yet.
Here are the necks. These have a clear coat on them.
The two in the very back are actually bass guitar necks.
Here are some guitar bodies that are drying. After they have
been painted they look metallic. Now you can see why
I thought electric guitars were made of metal!
This guy is sanding the body. The custom shop makes about
30 guitars a month. They sand them to make them super
smooth. No splinters!

Another rack of guitar parts. These ones are painted, sanded,
and ready to be assembled!
This is where they paint the custom guitars. It is a tightly sealed
room and they guy is wearing all this protective gear. That's
because of all the paint particles that are toxic.
Here is a sample of the paint jobs that they can do. Isn't it

Wood, wood, wood....

The laser cutting machine. We each got a box with this design cut
into it. I think these are made into key chains or something
like that.

This machine winds the pickups. There are 3 miles of copper
wire in each bobbin.
This is the pickup. Each bobbin has 3 miles of wire, so
the pickup has a total of 6 miles of wire. That is a lot of wire!

A guitar made with flame maple wood.
This one was my favorite guitar. I love
this blue color!

I think this one was made out of
something like quilted wood. It has
the pattern of a crumpled up

These are some of the amazing guitar necks they make.
These are some guitar bodies. They really are pretty when they
are all shiny!

This guitar will go in Prince's estate
when it is finished.

This is the insides of the guitar.

The pictures on this post are originals taken by Silent Storm. Please do not duplicate or use these pictures without my permission. Thanks!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Samuel (Kaboo) Morris- Life Abandoned to the Light

Morris portrait 187x250Samuel Morris was born in 1872 as Prince Kaboo, son of a Kru chief in Liberia. His tribe and the neighboring tribes were always at war with one another. One day, when Kaboo was 15 years old, a neighbor tribe invaded his village. Kaboo was taken as a prisoner and the Kru people were forced to pay tribute to the other tribe. Kaboo was often tortured. The other tribe would beat him with poisonous vines.
One day, as Kaboo was being tortured yet again, he suddenly saw a bright light. His bonds were loosed and he heard a voice saying: "Run Kaboo, Run!" Kaboo found that he had the strength to run away. The light guided him away from his captors and through the jungle.
When Kaboo left the jungle, he came across a plantation owned by white foreigners. He got work on the plantation and met another Kru boy. The boy told Kaboo about prayer, saying he was "talking to his father." On Sunday, Kaboo and the other boy went to church together. There, a missionary woman was telling the story of Saul's conversion. When she got to the part about the great light, Kaboo began to cry. He shouted: "I have seen the light!" That day, he gave his life to Jesus.
Kaboo was soon baptized and given a new name- Samuel Morris. He was hungry to learn as much as possible about Jesus, the bible, and the Holy Spirit. He heard about a man named Stephen Merrit in New York and determined to go to New York to find him.
Samuel went to the dock and waited until he found passage as a crew member on a ship headed across the Atlantic. The crew on the ship soon realized that he didn't know a thing about sailing. They abused and beat Samuel. Through it all, Samuel remained calm and went out of his way to be kind. Over the next 5 months, the entire crew gave their lives to Jesus. By the time they arrived in New York, the crew was completely changed.
Samuel asked around to see if he could find Stephen Merrit. A stranger told him that Mr. Merrit lived across town. He offered to give Samuel a ride if he would pay him a dollar. Samuel didn't have a dollar, but when he arrived, Mr. Merrit gladly paid the dollar for him.
Samuel was a witness of simple faith wherever he went. One time, as they were going to Sunday School, Mr. Merrit and Samuel stopped to pick up some clergymen. As they continued on their journey, Samuel got down on his knees and simply "talked to his father." The clergymen were convicted by the young man's simple prayers.
Everywhere Samuel went he convicted and impacted people. He impacted a Sunday School class so much they offered to fund his way to Bible School. Samuel ended up going to Taylor University in Fort Wayne Indiana. At the school, he continued to touch people's lives with his simple faith.
That winter, the cold caused Samuel to get sick. In January of 1893, 21 year old Samuel (Kaboo) Morris died. There was a look of peace and joy on his face when he passed away.

My Reflections on the Life of Samuel (Kaboo) Morris

Kaboo is a great example to me. His simple childlike faith is so amazing. He trusted God so completely to provide for him, even when it seems impossible.
His miraculous escape from captivity shows me that God still does work in ways outside our comprehension.
Kaboo was so intent on going to New York to learn more about the bible so he could return to Africa and tell the Kru people about Jesus. He trusted that God would provide a way for him to get to New York, even though he didn't know where it was!
Kaboo was a light for Jesus everywhere he went. He impacted and touched people even through the simple act of getting down on his knees and talking to God-his Father. His life was abandoned to living for the light that had brought him salvation. In fact, he impacted one young man at Taylor University so much that after Samuel died, he went to Liberia to carry out Samuel's dream of sharing the gospel with his people.
Samuel (Kaboo) Morris was an amazing young man. I look forward to meeting him in heaven some day.
The same light, Jesus Christ, that saved Kaboo still saves people today. He has saved me and I, like Samuel, want to live fully abandoned to the light. 

My Sources:
Torchlighters: The Samuel Morris Story. Dir. Vision Video. Christian History Institute, 2012. DVD.
"Samuel Morris." Malachi Project Comments. International House of Prayer, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2016. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1 Peter Sword Study

This summer, my family, along with another family from our church, went through a 12 week Bible Study together. It is called Sword Study, by Mark and Tammy McMahan (Word in the Family Ministries). The book we went through was First Peter.

Everyone had their own age appropriate book, from Jelly Bean to Mom and Dad.

I loved every bit of the sword study. Throughout the summer we probably read 1 Peter about 16 times. We copied the entire book of 1 Peter and memorized lots of Bible verses.

Some of my favorite parts of this Bible study... I loved looking up key words in the Strong's Concordance and finding out what the Greek word really means. It gives a lot more meaning to the passage. In fact, I liked it so much that I've been doing my own Greek word studies! I just might post some of those sometime...
I also thoroughly enjoyed the end of the chapter summary diagrams. I have a very artistic and organized brain (although looking at this blog, you may not think that it's true) and so having all the things that we learned in that chapter in one spot (and in an artistic form) was wonderful!
I also liked looking for lists and interviewing the chapter. I loved to answer the questions, but I will be honest, some of the questions didn't make much sense the first time I read them.
I liked the dig deeper sections. I love getting as much information as I can about everything.
I also like looking up cross-references and letting the bible explain itself.

Oh, and then there were the Family Bonfire times. We met with the other family and talked about what we had learned and sometimes went swimming. We reviewed what we had learned mostly by answering questions. We made it a competition by splitting into 3 teams. We were neck and neck for most of the bonfires!

I learned a ton from this study. I now feel like I know the book of 1 Peter backwards, forwards, inside out and upside down. And it feels good. In the past, I have never really come away from a Bible study feeling filled. But with this Bible study method, I dug deeper than ever before and I loved it.

Here is what I learned:
The main theme for the book of 1 Peter is Stand Firm.
Peter, the author was also a disciple of Jesus who was formerly a fisherman. His real name was Simon Petros, which means "the rock." His brother's name was Andrew. Jesus promised to build his kingdom on Peter. He was, thus, and elder of the early church. Peter denied Jesus 3 times and was forgiven after Jesus rose from the dead. Peter was also put in prison by King Herod, and released miraculously by an angel of God.
The recipients of the letter were Christians who were scattered exiles experiencing persecution throughout Asia Minor (modern day Turkey).
The recipients were scattered because of a great persecution that arose after Stephen was stoned. But even as they were scattered throughout Asia Minor, they preached about Jesus wherever they went and many more became Christians.
I learned that I need to follow Christ's example of how he suffered-patiently, without evil or reviling. I learned that I need to submit to authorities. I learned that I need to resist the devil. I learned that going through fiery trials refines my faith. I learned that God with Restore, Confirm, Strengthen, and Establish me after I have suffered for a little while. I also learned that persecution and suffering is a part of being a Christian and I need to expect and not fear it.

What a study! Like I said, I loved every bit of it. I would strongly encourage you and your family to get your own copy of the 1 Peter Sword Study.
DodgerDog and I loved the Sword Study so much, we are doing another one- 1 John. Our friends who did it with us are doing the 2 Timothy one.

I encourage you in your Bible Study, whatever book and method you choose- don't give up! Keep pressing on, because it is worth it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mischief-a Poem

Forks in the grass
Streamers on the house
Toilet paper hanging
From gates and trees.
Quiet as Ninjas
Dark, early in the morning,
Running down the street,
Don’t giggle or talk!
The window is open,
The dog is loud,
The light is on,
We can’t get caught!
Giggling, smiling,
Boy this is fun! 

-Original Poem by Silent Storm