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