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Behind the scenes of my shop and YouTube channel #3: I made it to Reno......and Beyond!

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Blog entry by CharlieK posted 01-13-2016 03:26 AM 1896 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Travelling to Reno Part 3 of Behind the scenes of my shop and YouTube channel series Part 4: David Marks, Michael Cooper, Peter Brown, Ray Mowder, & Zac Higgins!!! »

The first leg of my trip was driving from Minneapolis to Reno so that I could interview Zac Higgins.

Me and Zac Higgins

The drive was long, but pleasant. I haven’t been in the mountains for a few years and the scenery through Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada was beautiful!

There was a long stretch outside of Casper WY where the sky was bright and sunny, and the surface of the snow was crystallized. For miles and miles, the snow looked like it was coated with bright shimmering diamonds. The word “awesome” is overused, but it was just that.

Reno is a special place for me because I lived here when I was younger. I attended elementary, middle, and high school here, but this is the first time I have been back since I was 17 years old! I really looked forward to seeing how it has changed and I was surprised by how familiar was to me. I recognized all the major streets and had no trouble finding my way around. I drove past my old schools and the places where I had lived and was very surprised to see that they are still there.

Reno is a nice town and the one thing that did surprise me was how close and how big the mountains are! I guess since I grew up there I didn’t recognize how special that really is.
Unfortunately, downtown Reno does struggle with some of the same problems that other cities struggle with.

In the stairwell of the downtown parking ramp:

But I digress.

One of my best memories from growing up in Reno was visiting the Harrah’s Automobile Collection. In its day this was the largest and probably the best automobile collection in the world, really! At one time the collection contained 1400 cars! It is not that big anymore and it is now called the National Automobile Museum, but there was no way I was going to pass on a chance to stop in and look around!

John Wayne’s 1953 Corvette

1936 Mercedes

OK, back to woodworking!

I met Zac Higgins at his shop in Carson City, NV. He shares a 4000 sq. ft. space with his father. His father is a pretty cool guy, too!

Zac and I spent several hours together and I did both an interview and shop tour with him. Zac has a full woodshop and lots of cool lumber, but his main focus right now is casting specialized pen blanks. Zac has spent a lot of time honing his craft and I am quite impressed with his methodical and disciplined approach. I will say more about this when the videos are ready, but suffice it to say that if you are at all interested in specialized pen blanks then you owe it to yourself to check out his web site http://nvwoodwerks.com/ and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaiEQvv5CgXjk1qN7qevQUQ

Zac has zillions of ideas for pen blanks! His most popular blanks are inspired by college and sports team colors.

This is his Saints pen blank.

Zac is not too happy with this bandsaw!

My next stops are:
Sacramento to visit Ray Mowder of TabLeft Workshop

Sebastapol CA to visit the great wood sculptor, Michael Cooper

Santa Rosa to visit Peter Brown

Los Angeles to visit Matthew Morris

Las Vegas to visit Braxton Wirthlin

Denver to interview Andrew Klein

I will definitely let you know how it goes!

Charlie

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 03:51 AM

Charlie,

I learned something that I didn’t know about you. You aren’t a Minnesotan original. Like me you are a transplant. You left at a good time. MN winter. LOL! Looks like your having a great and wonderful ride. I’m envious! LOL!

Casper Wyoming is only a place I can dream about.

Looking forward to your new career.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 04:01 AM

Thanks Tom. It looks like I got out in the nick of time!

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 04:20 AM

“You Betcha!” LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 05:00 AM

Matthew Morris is in L.A.? Didn’t know that. That’s my area. Speaking of the area: You’re into car museums, are you, Charlie? Google this – http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/. It’s in Sylmar. (NE end of the Valley.) Been there a couple times. Really enjoyed it. Would go there often, if it weren’t fifty miles from Whittier, through some of the Southland’s nastiest traffic. Not just a car collection. It’s a feast for the fancy wood aficionado’s eyes, as well. And, it’s free. They require reservations for the full tour, but the main car collection is open every day. See the website.
Oh, if interviewing the masters is what this trip is about, know this: Boris Khechoyan (LJs “Borchik – http://woodcarver4u.com/) is in Anaheim. I’m sure that you, being a master-planner, built flexibility into your itinerary.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 06:08 AM

That car museum looks fantastic! If I can work it into my “flexible” schedule then I will go. Boris seems familiar to me, but I don’t know from where. Does he teach at Marc Adams school?

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 07:22 AM

Looks like you’re having a blast, Charlie! Enjoy the rest of the trip!

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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CharlieK

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 04:18 AM

Thanks Matt! Yes, I am having a great time and it is going very well.

I will be in the Santa Rosa area when I visit with Michael Cooper and Peter Brown so I contacted David Marks to see if he would be able to meet with me while I am in the area. I just heard back from him and it looks like I will meet with him sometime next week. He sent me this photo of a hollow vessel that he is currently working on:

David Marks Hollow Vessel

Matt, I want to congratulate you on being the new co-host of Wood Talk! http://www.woodtalkshow.com/

I listened to the Jan. 4th episode and you did a great job, way to go Matt!!

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 04:38 AM

I’m sure you have already made plans, but if not there is a nice place to stay about 30 min. outside of Santa Rosa. It’s in Guerneville
http://www.ferngrove.com/
Nice cabin atmosphere, heads above the old hotel stay. We stayed there about 3 months ago and were very pleased.

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

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CharlieK

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#9 posted 01-14-2016 05:00 AM

Thanks for the tip jaby! Hotels have been hit and miss on my trip. One of the biggest issues is that the hotel internet can be pretty spotty. Ferngrove looks like a great place and I would enjoy staying there.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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#10 posted 01-14-2016 05:39 AM

Wow Charlie,

This is looking great!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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CharlieK

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#11 posted 01-14-2016 06:15 AM

Thanks Tom, I am pretty excited about all this and am really looking forward to the next few weeks!

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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Matt Cremona

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#12 posted 01-14-2016 08:24 AM

Thank you Charlie! Have fun visiting David. I just read about the hollow form project. Extremely ambious

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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TabLeft

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#13 posted 01-15-2016 08:54 PM

Haha, when I recommended that you go to the auto museum in Sacramento i didn’t know you had just come from one. lol

-- Family Man, Woodworker, Maker, Youtuber, Geek, Wiseass

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CharlieK

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#14 posted 01-15-2016 09:22 PM

HI Ray,

That is OK! I love auto museums. I was glad for the tip, I did go to the one in Sacramento and I enjoyed it very much!. In fact, it was only about a mile from the hotel where I was staying.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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