Woodworking vacation #15: in advance of dovetail class with Frank Klauz

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 09-27-2009 10:57 PM 2779 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Dovetail vacation Part 15 of Woodworking vacation series Part 16: Day one - dovetails with Frank Klauz »

Well I made it to Berea today. YEAH! Had no travel troubles this year. The weather was perfect, the can ran well, and no college student tried to introduce himself to me through my back bumper. What more could a girl want?

My brother tells me that I’m not really on a vacation unless it involves a little hiking or a museum trip. So when on my way outside of Nashville and just past the state line I saw a sign for a Shaker Village museum I decided to take a side trip. Round trip it was 100 miles out of my way – but it was so very worth it. For one, I had forgotten how nice it is to drive a car with your windows open for fresh air—- you can’t do that in Fort Worth and still breath well.

This is not something you see much where I live either. We have green – but not this green. The color is so vivid and it goes on for as far as the eye can see.


Also – I’ve not seen one of these since I was a kid.



Regardless of your feelings about tobacco—- it’s nice to see that small farmers are still able to produce and I’m hoping sale their goods.

So I made it to the Shaker Village.


Some of you can see this coming – but I didn’t. It was closed——- imagine that. I did get some shots of the buildings. I’m thinking I may try to go by on my way back home – it’s a pretty large village so I’m thinking there is plenty to see inside.





I finished the trip to Berea and decided I better make a dry run out to the school. This is a shot of the historic Boone Tavern. I’ll have to do a little research to refresh my memory about why it’s historic—- will save that tidbit for later though.


Berea is home to Berea College which I believe is the only tuition free university in the nation. It’s a beautiful campus. As a woodworker though there was one thing I could not pass up taking photos off. This is an old tree stump on the edge of campus. The first snap shows the side that I think looks like a ladies hairstyle


The second snap shows the side that apparently had been used to house a sign of some sort at one time or another.


So now I’m going to do a little resting so I can be ready to go to class in the morning.

Stay tuned for my blog about this class.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 09-27-2009 11:17 PM

great post about a great trip. I hope the class is as good as or better than the ride.
I think more people should take woodworking vacations.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 12:12 AM


Looks like you are really enjoying yourself. It would be nice if you could swing up through Pennsylvania on your way home. Some of the leaves are beginning to change color and the farmers are harvesting corn and soy beans.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 01:03 AM

Betsy, I am glad to see that you are able to take in some of the local sites on your way to the class. I will be looking forward to seeing your posts on the class.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 01:29 AM

I enjoyed your post great travels

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 02:05 AM

Hope that the class works out greater than your tour of the Shaker Village.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 09-28-2009 04:31 AM

WOW! Do you need someone to carry your bags, drive, sit beside you during class… Oh drool! : )

Have lots of fun Betsy and keep those photos and discriptions coming…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 09-28-2009 05:07 AM

Good to see that you are taking this course, looking forward to the blog!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 09-28-2009 06:52 AM


I hope you have an incredible vacation at Berea. Thanks for your willingness to share what you learn with us.

(I’ve often thought about visiting Berea to see if the people there are like the Bereans in Acts 17:11.)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 09-28-2009 07:25 AM

Just as a lot of you all like to see what Australia looks like I really enjoyed the journey through your eyes..
I thank you greatly.. I really like to see things that I may not actually be able to otherwise.

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#10 posted 09-28-2009 04:44 PM

Betsy, The Boone tavern still has a reputation for fine food, don’t know about prices though. There is a Shaker village in Harodsburg which quite close to where you are at, if you wish to follow this theme further. Many of the shaker furniture have done the research there and it has quite a lot to see. I’m sorry that we haven’t gotten back to KY yet or I would make a point of dropping down and buying dinner. Best wishes for a great vacation. ralph

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#11 posted 09-28-2009 09:51 PM

Thanks much for the travelogue Betsy. The Shaker village sure looked well maintained as did the Inn. Looking forward to seeing the continuation of your blog. Hope you enjoy your course. Maybe you can teach us old dogs some new tricks afterwards.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 09-28-2009 09:55 PM

Young lady if you want fresh air and green grass come to Scotland it can’t be beaten seriously, we get lot’s of rain and so the grass and countryside is beautiful.And nice fresh air too , here on the Holy loch.So many thanks for the beautiful pghoto’s and I love shaker stuff one day I will get back to USA and see for myself also I would like to meet the Amish people they sound fascinating to me, thanks again Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 09-28-2009 11:43 PM

Betsy, you are so lucky. Franz is a “real’ craftsman.
It would be amazing to watch him in person.

So much to do , so little time.
p.s. I picked that tobacco in my youth. Hardest job I ever had. each stick contianed 30 hands .
3000 sticks to a barn.
6 of us filled a barn(kiln) a day.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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