By Ty Higgins
Earlier this year, one of Ag Educator Jeremy Ryan’s FFA students at the West Muskingum Chapter, approached him about a restoration project. Sure, Ryan has heard of restoring a
tractor or maybe an old cabinet, but he has never been a part of a project like this.
Chapter President Jordan Glosser took on the challenge of restoring a cannon.
“My first thought was holy cow,” said Ryan. “It was definitely something that I have never been around and once I got over the fact that there was going to be a cannon in my shop, I thought it was pretty cool.”
Glosser, in an age where video games and television rule the majority of a teen’s life, is quite the history buff. In fact, he is heavily involved with Civil War reenactments, which is where he first fired off this particular piece of artillery.
“When I first started being a part of reenactments, it was just about firing the cannon and making it go boom,” Glosser said. “Now it is about the kids. There is nothing better than seeing little kids eyes light up when you fire the cannon and sharing your knowledge with everyone about that time in our Nation’s history.”
It was during a reenactment last year that Glosser noticed that the cannon needed a little T.L.C. The process included stripping everything off of the relic, sanding it down, cleaning out the tube, giving it a fresh coat of paint and greasing the wheels.
Ryan said it sure sparked some interest around the school as the prep work was being done.
“We have been driving the cannon around the parking lot to rough up the wheels a little bit to get that worn look back to it,” Ryan said. “It’s definitely been the talk of the school.”
Sure, it may look as good as new, but does it work? The answer to that question came on the Friday morning of FFA week as Glosser and his chapter gave it a shot, literally, hoping to bring attention to the school’s FFA program.
“A lot of the students in the high school had no idea that the Ag building was here,” Glosser said. “It was neat for us to show them all what we’ve been doing and how much fun we have in the FFA.”
“Through those years I can honestly say that FFA has changed me,” Glosser said. “It teaches you leadership skills, communication skills, public speaking, community service and lessons I will use for the rest of my life.”
Video of Friday’s morning’s blast