Today I met and visited the home/shop of fellow LJ, Paul (HarleySoftailDeuce). Paul lives in Bristol, RI about 10 miles from me. We met at a local Dunkin Donut shop and had a coffee and breakfast sandwich. We got to know what tools each owns as well as how much woodworking experience, etc. I thought to bring a small photo album that has some of my projects in it as well as photos of my shop. Paul then asked if I wanted to take a short ride to his home to see his shop and I agreed.
I should back track and say that I arranged our get together by sending a PM to Paul. He replied and I provided my phone number. Paul called me in advance of the visit and one of the first things he told me was he is a firm believer in sharing…if I do not have a tool that he happens to have, I am free to borrow it any time.
Paul has a basement shop and info on it can be found on his LJ home page although he has had a number of updates since posting his workshop. For example he has installed an Oneida cyclone dust collection system complete with 6” metal ductwork. He has amassed a number of great tools. I was impressed with his Powermatic 6” jointer. I didn’t ask but the bed on it must be 6 feet long. Paul also has a Festool circular saw with the long straightedge and attached dust collection. This item is included in his offer to let me borrow his tools! I had to ask him for a napkin to wipe the drool from my mouth. At one point Paul asked if I have hand planes. I explained that I have a few, don’t use them much and need to start doing so. He said I have something to give you and proceeded to hand to me a Stanley Bailey No.4 and No. 5 saying, “These are yours.” I asked “Now why would you give these to me?” He said because I have this and showed me a brand new Lie-Nielson No. 5 1/2. The Bailey planes need some cleaning up but are perfectly fine planes. I have recently been cleaning up and gathering need parts for a Bailey No. 3 that I inherited when my Dad died a number of years ago. With these additions, I will have a 3,4, and 5. This will really get me motivated to start using hand planes more often.
I commented to Paul what a nice crosscut sled he made and how I keep saying I need to make one. He said some snowy day, come by and we can make one together. He added that he has a nice piece of quartersawn fir I can use for the handle/fence. I could go on with things Paul offered…and there IS more.
I guess I am trying to say that I often see on Lumberjocks examples of kind, generous and genuinely nice people and today I had the pleasure of meeting one. Even before meeting me face to face, this man was offering to loan his tools to me! I have to admit that I am not certain I could do that! Now however, I will make an exception for Paul. The visit to Paul’s was not planned so I did not take a camera. I will take some photos when Paul visits me.
Paul it was a true pleasure to meet you and I look forward to having you over to my place within the next week or so. Mi casa es su casa! I’m not sure that’s spelled correctly but you understand. Thanks so much for the hand planes. I will clean them up and tune them up and show you the end product.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI