Let’s see, the weather was OUTSTANDING! The Gem and Mineral show was HUGE, fun and interesting. I found a few nice pieces of Lapis Lazuli for inalys.
Spent most of the time was spent hanging out with our son and his SO. But, I took a side trip to see Bryant, AKA Mesquiteman, a fellow LJ. He has a lot of AWSOME wood. His mesquite selection is huge, varied, and oh, so enticing. Mesquite burls, huge slabs, book matched flitches, straight grained and wild, the possibilities boggle the mind. He also has some Claro Walnut to die for, that he cut from one monstrous log. And, he has some mighty fine Juniper slabs, too. He has one quite large piece of Desert Ironwood that is worth the trip to just see it. Don’t try to buy it, though. He calls it his “Pride and Joy”. I’ve been to some of the shops in Mexico and seen lots of Iron wood, but I’ve never seen a piece this large before.
If any of you are planning to be in the area, you must contact him and arrange to visit. Well worth your time. Take money, you won’t be able to resist bringing some home! I succumbed, so will you. And, Bryant is just one heckuva nice guy, to boot.
Another highpoint of our trip was getting to spend some time with fellow LJs Richard, AKA Dusty, and Paul, AKA. Shipwright. Dusty/Richard is a long time resident of The Old Pueblo and Paul winters just south of there in Green Valley. All three of us are Shopsmith owners/users.
Dusty is contemplating embarking on a few furniture projects for his daughters. They should be really nice and I hope he shows us his creations.
Paul is about to build an old French designed, manually operated marguetry cutter that will give him more precision in his designs. I don’t see a darned thing wrong with his scroll saw work, though. I’ll leave it to Paul to describe and title the machine, as it’s French and, even the pronunciation is beyond my unskilled tongue.
We had only an hour or so to spend together but that hour was some quality time that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. We hope to get together again for maybe a shop session.
Living in such a remote area as we do, I don’t often get to meet and talk with other woodworkers. This was a special treat for Phyllis and I.
-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton