My Mini LJ tour 5-7/8-09

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-09-2009 06:25 AM 1886 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spend Thursday 5/7 taking my son to my daughters home to spend the week while my wife was out of town. Our first stop was at Greg McNabbs home in West Virginia.

LJ Dave with one of Greg’s dogs.

The three of us with Greg at his home.

I had to buy a new camera about 15 minutes from Greg’s home. So excuse the second picture.

We went out to a local Greek Diner to have a nice meal.

It was then on to Woodstock, Virginia to my daughters, the Kramers

Albert with my latest granddaughter.

Today I went to the shop of Charles Neil

I walked in and Charles was working on this giant slab of Bubinga. 36” wide 144” long and 2” thick.

He has already built the Bubinga Dinning Room table and this slab is for making the chairs.

The outer edges of the slab will be used for steam bending of the legs and the center Cathedral grain will be used to make the seat bottoms.

We walked into the back room and he showed me some buckets that he just completed.

There sitting on a roll around cart was this gigantic Bombay Chest.

A customer paid a deposit and then disappeared. No trace, so the chest sits in the back room.

Charles and I posed for a group picture.

Before I left I made a visit to the water closet, and I had to walk through a treasure trove of great looking woods.

As so the day ended after a 5 hr drive back home. It’s nice to visit LJ’ers, but great to get back to your own shop.

-- 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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#1 posted 05-09-2009 06:42 AM

Well, looks like you all were having sweet moment together.
Enjoyed watching the photos, thanks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 05-09-2009 07:00 AM

That was excellent! I love to visit the shops of other woodworkers! It looks like you had a great time.


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#3 posted 05-09-2009 07:09 AM

Wow, that sounds like a fun way to spend the day. I am surprised that you managed to get out of Charles’ shop so quickly. But I guess that Charles ran out of things to talk about. :)

Great trip and it is wonderful that your son got to go along as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-09-2009 07:35 AM

Hey Karson
I enjoyed your visit with Charles it was interesting seeing more of his shop and show room. I enjoy watching many of his dvds and he has many innovative and ingenious approaches to woodworking he is truly a master woodworker. Charles and his wife are some of the best folks out there. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-09-2009 08:47 AM

Looks like a great trip Karson!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 05-09-2009 11:43 AM

this is wonderful!!

I SO enjoy visiting my friends through LJ visits/tours!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 05-09-2009 01:00 PM

Careful not to kick any buckets! Looks like a bucket list!
Very nice tour,thank you.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#8 posted 05-09-2009 02:19 PM

Thanks for the tour Karson.

You’re all over the place, the ”Duncan Hines” of woodworkers.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 05-09-2009 03:42 PM

Next time you gotta stop here, Karson!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 05-09-2009 03:53 PM

Karson, you had a very nice trip and we felt as if we were also with you. You have exposed me to so many things which I have missed earlier and I feel very happy about that. You are a great LJ.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 05-09-2009 03:54 PM

Thanks for the tour!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 05-09-2009 03:57 PM

sounds like you had a fun time karson. ive met mr neil to and he is just a great guy and an amazing woodworker. now that is quite a slab of bubinga. wow

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#13 posted 05-09-2009 05:04 PM

Yes Dennis, he talked very favorily of you also and said that he visited with you while he was on his Woodcraft tour.

Lew I have your address. and I’ve got Millie’s (mmh) so I plan on being there sometime this summer.
DustyAl is just down the road so I guess I better get there also.

-- 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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#14 posted 05-09-2009 05:29 PM

Niice pics Karson and sounds like you guys had a great time. He has a great bunch of wood. Some of those pieces kicking around looked pretty cool. I could think of a bunch of nice things to make with those. That bombay chest looked awesome. He won’t have any trouble getting rid of that. You’re the greatest pal, keep up the tours. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 05-09-2009 05:31 PM

looks like a nice trip…great people!! Who will you visit when you go back to get your son??? lol…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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