Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Noodle Cutters and Lumberjacks

When AD and I visited Silver Dollar City last month there were two main things on my agenda.

Daughter wanted a new noodle cutter. We make a lot of noodles in our family and we love the noodle cutters from Silver Dollar City. I, personally, have 3. The first one I bought was back in 1976.

It cut many a noodle and after many years of use one of the blades (for lack of a better word) somehow got a nick in it. I could still use it but I had to go back and cut each place where the nick went over the dough.

So when Daughter got married 20 years ago, I bought her a noodle cutter and a new one for myself. 

Last month this gentleman made our new ones.

It always amazes me when I watch the craftsmen at Silver Dollar City at their work. They make each of their crafts look so easy.

During this year's Fall festival there were a couple of lumberjacks showcasing their skills.

The pole shown above was 40 feet tall. The crowd was told that normally lumberjacks compete climbing poles that are 60 feet in height.

They can shinny up and down those poles in less than 30 seconds. WOW!

There were also sawing demonstrations as well as axe throwing.

But the competition I really wanted to see was log rolling. These two guys did some of that but my photos didn't turn out very well.

Here they were running from the shore across several logs out to that platform.

They both fell in a few times.

Oh, I think I forgot to mention that the temperature that day was in the high 40's and there was quite a wind blowing across the water.


At one point one of the lumberjacks just stayed in the water until he absolutely had to get out. AD said he was probably warmer staying in the water.

All I know is I was freezing and if I hadn't wanted to see that demonstration so bad I would have been inside somewhere drinking a nice mug of hot chocolate.


  1. Thank you for sharing. I'd imagine that water must have been terribly cold!

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  2. I want a noodle cutter!!!!! I didn't even know they had such a thing! I would also LOVE your recipe!!!!! Will you SHARE??????? xoRebecca

  3. Now I want to go back to Silver Dollar City! The noodle cutter looks like fun! Do you have a noodle recipe for us?

  4. I have never seen a noodle cutter, neat. I can't wait to go back to Branson! Haven't been there since summer of 2010.


  5. Those are very nice photos. I love watching things like that but I would never have the nerve to do it.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Happy day

  6. We had friends that went a few weeks ago and said the crowds were thicker this time than in times past. The last time we went was last year about this time. Crowds weren't that bad but it was cold!

  7. sounds like a really fun trip! We have not been to Branson in so long, but when we finally do get to go, I will be looking for a noodle cutter.

  8. I have been wanting a noodle cutter for a long time but can't seem to be able to find a place that sells them online, or locally do you know if tSilver Dollar City does online sales?

  9. I love watching those manly lumberjack shows from the comfort of my living room ;-)

    Neat noodle cutter! Homemade noodles are the best!

  10. we are headed there next month...Lord willing.

    30 seconds?? that would make me way nervous to watch!

    mountain mama

  11. Rebecca and Parsley, I'm sorry but I just make my noodles by sight and feel. I'm going to make my Thanksgiving noodles in the next few days and freeze them. I'll do my best to take pictures and measure what I use. Then I'll do a blog post.

    moonlitfantaseas, I don't know if Silver Dollar City does online sales but you might check the website.

  12. Your noodles are legend. And I want a noodle cutter just like that. Yum.

  13. Nice post. I love to go to Missouri. Hugs, Ilene

  14. Just visited Branson last month, but didn't make it out to Silver Dollar City this time. I don't think I have seen the noodle cutters- must get one.

  15. Faded Roses and I went with our hubs right after Thanksgiving last year. Everything was decorated for Christmas and was so beautiful. We all love Branson. Silver Dollar City was all lit up, but very cold!!!

  16. I would love to learn how to make homemade noodles. I don't think I've ever eaten fresh noodles. And I know I have never seen one of those noodle cutters.
    Those lumberjack competitions would be cool to watch. I don't think they have them around here.