I first met Steamdonkey when he signed on to LumberJocks. I grew up in the Kansas City area as a teenager and I sent him a message of welcome.
After the LumberJock Picnic held at Mark DeCou's home in the summer of 2007 we were wondering about where to hold the summer of 2008 picnic. I did some looking around while in KC after the 2007 picnic. I found a couple of places but they seemed to be looking to make some money off of the LumberJocks. So I didn’t go any further. Until now.
I had a quick trip to Kansas City where my daughter Karrie wanted to take her two babies (23 months) to visit grandmother (my wife’s mother). As long as the children are under 2 and they can sit on the lap, they are allowed to go free. Since there were 2 children I went along as the second child carrier.
An interesting side benefit. Since there are only 4 oxygen masks in a row of three seats, no one else was able to sit in the row, so we had an empty seat between us.
I called Eric (SteamDonkey) and told him I was coming to town and I would like to meet him and I wanted to see if he’d sponsor the LJ Picnic in KC. I told him we could talk later.
I also called Joshua Stewart and told him I was coming. Josh was going to make it to Mark’s Picnic but his wife was having a baby the same day so he thought he should pass.
I didn’t make any plans as to when we’d meet, but that I’d give them a call.
It turned out that Monday night was a good night so i called Eric and checked out if that day was fine. He said yes so I called Josh and he said he’d check and let me know.
A couple of other people (My brother-in-law and a friend) were invited but were unable to make it. Mark DeCou would liked to have made it, but has been under the weather for 2 weeks.
I got my GPS all programed and set out on my path to the KC bottoms. I think this is where the old KC stockyards were years ago. It’s an area of old warehouses. I pulled up in front of this old building on a dark street and about 15 seconds later a car pulled up behind me. It was Eric, so I guess we were running on the same time.
We went into the entry way and into the old freight elevator. about 4’ square, maybe a little bigger. To get plywood into the shop you have to lower the elevator below the floor and put the sheet goods in from the top. One or two sheets are all you can carry. We entered his floor and outside the elevator I was greeted with this:
The first of his piles of lumber.
This room was a friends bedroom at a previous time.
Other items in his shop.
The funnel hanging from the ceiling is just that, a funnel that was used to send seeds down from upper floors to the lower floors to a willing buyer.
The finger on the left is Eric and the red shirt on the right was Josh. So much for people pictures. You’ve seen Eric’s Tool chest in one of his projects.
You might be a LumberJock if you take pictures of the shop and don’t get any of of the owners of the shop.
It was at this point in time that my batteries gave out on the camera. So to see the pictures of the three of us. Josh will have to post them.
The current project that Eric is working on has these panels resawed. I’ll stop writing any more on this project.
I asked Eric if he’s be interested in having a picnic at his shop. he replied yes. No dates are being discussed. I asked him to check what his vacation might be so we don’t have any conflicts.
So all of you Mid-America LumberJocks, make plans to attend a picnic at Eric’s shop. Bring a show-n-tell, something to demo. We’ll get Eric to do a demo of some of his tools, have a great time and fellowship. And bring your wives, KC shopping is available.
Contact Karson, Eric or Josh or post a message on this blog to let us know of your desires. Eric and Josh’s profiles are above and mine is as the author of this blog.
Eric and Karson
The three mouseketeers.
Josh, Eric and Karson.
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