Spring 2018 Feature: Over~Unders

By on January 4, 2018

By Tom Huggler, Dave Books, Jeff Nedwick and Joseph Sands. Illustrations by Glenn Wolff.

Excerpts from Over~Under

I’m Durable…and Dutch by Tom Huggler
I’m probably not as old as the guy who bought me for three bucks at a garage sale back in the early ’70s, and I’m clearly in better shape, too. After all, cast iron cookware lasts a long time, which is why some of my ancestors are 300 years old. They say Paul Revere designed my No. 10 flat lid with turned-up rim to hold coals, along with my three stubby legs for better heat conduction and air
circulation underneath. Could be. All I know is that I’m a USA-made Wagner Ware Dutch oven with the “Griswold cross” stamped on my hefty bottom right above “Pat’d March 16, 20.” I’m guessing I was made after 1957 when Wagner, which began operations in Sidney, Ohio, in 1891, bought out competitor Griswold. Tom plucked me from the rummage pile, along with a set of scratched Melmac dishes for a dollar. I was in rough shape … [read more in the Spring 2018 Issue]

First Impressions by Jeff Nedwick
The typical bird hunter owns several shotguns over their lifetime. From finely crafted, rarely fired masterpieces to purpose-built reliable workhorses, every gun shares a history with its owner. Regardless of how many guns a hunter accumulates over their lifetime, though, the bond between a bird hunter and their first shotgun is unique. Mine was a Christmas gift from my parents when I was 11 years old. The brightly colored, Santa Claus-themed paper (undoubtedly my mother’s choice) used to wrap the gun symbolized the paradoxical world of an 11-year-old boy poised for a headfirst plunge into adulthood. The single shot H&R 20-gauge may have been considered a youth gun, but I felt like an adult holding it in my hands that Christmas morning. I explored every feature of the gun in detail, handling it like one of the fragile ceramic figurines my mother kept on the mantel. Upon reaching the gun’s exposed hammer, my fingers came to a puzzled stop. Sensing my confusion … [read more in the Spring 2018 Issue]

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