Woodworking vacation #13: Starting to plan my next vacation.

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 01-03-2009 09:01 AM 1553 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Considering that my last two woodworking vacations have had more excitement than I anticipated – I begin the process of planning my next vacation with a little trepidation. Don’t tell my boss about this——he’s told me I can’t take another vacation because I always get in trouble! So – mums the word!

I am thinking of doing another hand tool class or a rocking chair class. I’m starting to gather up some information and pricing hotels, etc. I’m also looking into purchasing a large volume of bubble wrap to put around my car in hopes of avoiding a repeat of last years debacle. So if anyone can get me a good deal on that – let me know. :-)

My thoughts on the different types of classes kind of falls around the transportation issue. If I take a hand tools class – I’d want to take my tools along. I would not want to ship them – so I’d have to drive. If I take a projects based class – then I think I would fly or take a bus to the school. (Yes – I love bus trips – you meet a lot of interesting people and see places you would not normally see when you are driving.) Most schools offer to ship whatever project you are making – it’s expensive – but it could be worth it.

Another consideration is that my nephew graduates from high school this spring. So I’m thinking that maybe I could find a school along the route to Fargo. Then I could schedule a class for before or after graduation.

My last thought is to stay home for the week’s time and do nothing but DVD’s and play with the dog. But that sounds kind of boring – but would sure be cheaper!

As I gather up information, I’ll try to share what I find out in hopes that I can spark your interest in this type of vacation. :-)

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

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 01:14 PM

A woodworking vacation. that sounds interesting. Let us know what you choose.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 07:10 AM

Betsy here are a couple of schools to look at.

This one includes meals and lodging in the class fee.

And this school has great classes.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 04:18 AM

Thanks John. Those both look good.

I wonder about Marc Adams’ school. I’ve heard great things about the classes, but I’ve also heard that the classes are large and you don’t get much one on one teacher/student contact. Have you heard anything like that?

I have heard really good things about Marc’s videos. I’ve read quite a few articles he’s written and he is pretty good.

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

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 04:45 AM


My son-in-law took the segmented bowl class at the Marc Adams school three years ago. His instructor was the author/artist Malcom Tibbets, and my so-in-law was very pleased with the level of instruction. This school of course is located just South of Indianapolis. If you go this route, you will also want to take in the Frank Miller Lumber Company in Union City IN/OH. This is one of the top mills in the country for domestic and exotic woods. It is located about 25 miles North of I 70 at my old home town, Richmond IN. Frank Miller is a real woodworker’s “candy store”.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 04:45 AM

Take a look at my website for Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking I am not that far off of the path between Fargo and Texas. Just take Hwy 35 North! Good luck with your vacation planning.

-- mike,

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