East Lumberjock Meets West Lumberjock

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 10-26-2012 11:43 PM 1884 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today a western Lumberjock met with an east coast Lumberjock. I had the pleasure of meeting John (Woodenwizard), who is from Colorado, here in Rhode Island at my home/shop. John is here on the east coast visiting his son Troy and his family in Connecticut. John mentioned this visit to me several months ago and asked if I was amenable to a visit during his stay, and of course, I was. Troy drove his Dad the 45 miles or so from his home to mine. It was a pleasure to meet John and Troy and show them my shop. We enjoyed discussing/comparing various tools as well as shop layout and woodworking techniques. Additionally, while in the shop John used my drill press to make an adjustment to a number of wine balancers he had brought east with him.

Here is a photo of John and Troy hard at work at the drill press:

John generously left one of the balancers with me (see photo). Thanks again John! You have wonderful marquetry skills.

I sought to reciprocate with an offer of some maple cutoffs I have, but John respectfully declined as it would be difficult to transport the stash back home. However, he did not leave RI completely empty-handed. I presented him with a bottle of Autocrat coffee syrup. Here in RI, “coffee milk” was declared the official state drink in 1993. Coffee milk originated in the state. You can Google it for more information but it is essentially coffee flavored syrup mixed with milk. In the photo, I am presenting the syrup to John:

John commented that he has “met” some wonderful people on LJ and I echo that sentiment. It’s twice as nice to actually meet a fellow LJ in person. John, when/if I am next in Colorado, I will surely be in touch. Until such time, let’s keep each other informed of what’s happening in the shop.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 11:52 PM

John you bet me to the punch, Lenny is one of those Lumber Jock I would love to visit and have a great chat with in the shop…Chalk one up for the Jock site thanks for sharing fellow woodworker I know you both had a great visit…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 12:03 AM

Hi Lenny & The Western Men !

Good to see the friendships and sharing of skills on Lumberjocks!
Nice balancing wine board to be sure! Love the sailboat…(having owned one long ago)
Go ol’ East West hospitality fo sure!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 12:18 AM

Always nice to see two fine craftsman, and friends getting together.
A couple of thousand miles separation means nothing on Lumberjocks !

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 01:20 AM

I’m sure it wasn’t like fishermen getting together; no lies ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 02:24 AM

Great story, Lenny. The LJ community is certainly a unique and friendly one.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 03:00 AM

Very cool!

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 05:06 AM

Great story, Lenny.

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#9 posted 10-27-2012 05:39 AM

Lenny, it looks like John and Troy like your drill press, and I know it’s always fun having new people in the shop. The coffee sounds so good I might need to take a 600 mile ride to try some one day :) Sounds like a good visit!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 10-27-2012 10:06 AM

Thanks everyone, for the kind comments.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 10-27-2012 12:46 PM

Oh yes. That’s how this wonderful world goes round. Good times, good folks, many memories. I hope you are healing/healed up Lenny. I always look forward to seeing your builds.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-27-2012 12:47 PM

Amen Roger!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 10-27-2012 01:52 PM

Thanks to Lenny for the post. I truly had a great!!! visit. Thanks to my son for taking the time to drive me. Lenny is a terrific host and my son said it was amazing how much alike our shops were. Picked up a couple of ideas while I was there and admired Lenny’s work first hand. Doesn’t get much better. Not only that but Lenny let us use his new drill press to do some adjustments to about 30 wine balancers. I had originally drilled the holes a 1/4” too small. Lenny provided the right sized bit and not only let me make a mess he vacuumed it up as I went along.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#14 posted 10-27-2012 04:01 PM

A very nice posting!

The wood world is shrinking!

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

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#15 posted 10-28-2012 02:53 PM

thanks for sharing the moment with us :-)
as woodworkers that tinkering around in the cave alone
and isn´t to be pulled out of there unless we have been prommised a trip to
the lumberyard or the local tool-pusher
then it is BIG when a freind come fora visit in the shop for a woodworking talk :-)
we deffently have much to thank all L J members for


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