Swiss Trip #1: Tour of a lifetime

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 01-07-2011 03:54 AM 4279 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m a part of this great website because I am a woodworker and enjoy new adventures into woodworking with my LJ friends but my passion is for woodcarving. I have been carving for about 14 years and have taken a couple of classes from Wayne Barton the world renowned chip carver. Wayne Barton not only gives classes but because he studied carving in Switzerland he also puts together a 12 day Swiss tour every year. The wife and I have been saving our money for the Swiss trip ever since my first class with Wayne and this past Sept. we took the trip of a lifetime. Photobucket

This trip is not like other tours in that there are no more than 26 people on it and you don’t feel rushed because you stay two nights at each stay. Photobucket

I was indeed pleasantly surprised with how much history, architecture, woodworking, and woodcarving that we saw. Switzerland is one interesting country.

If you have every thought about taking a trip to Switzerland then this trip is a must. This is a very reasonably priced trip.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 04:57 AM

wow…since i cant travel and will never see this place i can say thank you for showing it ans telling of your experience…im sure you had a great time and will never get form anywhere else what you got from this trip…how beautiful ..word dont express the beauty here….if you have anymore you should post them and do a blog in different series…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 05:10 AM

I miss traveling in Europe.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 05:17 AM

wow, wow, wow! what a trip Roger!

Incredible photos. You must have been awe struck!



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 05:53 AM

very nice wood works. I wish i could even think about a trip, but even that is way to much for my pockets.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-07-2011 06:14 AM

Roger: Congratulations on your trip. The pictures look great.

Does this mean that your wife is into carving now?

-- 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 01-07-2011 07:10 AM

You are most certainly right about it being a once in a life time trip. Beautiful country and outstanding craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 10:52 AM

I, too, thank you for posting this and sharing photos of something I probably will never see in person.
What a wonderful time you must have ahd.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 01:36 PM

Lee, Awe struck isn’t even a good word. I’m still looking at details in those 1700+ pictures I took. Ouch! You would have loved to see some of the veneering that they did back in 1100 AD.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 01:38 PM

Karson, my wife will never carve but she sure knows how to SHOP! She did her share of shopping while over there. LOL!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 01:39 PM

Thanks for sharing your trip. Both the scenery and the woodcarving were incredible.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 01:43 PM

Debbie, never say never! I thought we would never have enough to go on that trip but just by saving a little at a time we were able to do it. I must also say that we had no priorities come up during that saving time. The trip is worth every penny spent. Thanks!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#12 posted 01-07-2011 09:50 PM

awesome photos. thanks for the trip.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 01-10-2011 09:09 AM

All the photos are gone already!! ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 07-04-2011 02:30 PM

These photos are beautiful and I can’t imagine what wonderful places you saw and all ov the beautiful woodwork and carvings that you came across.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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