Well, last Saturday I had finally had the opportunity to do something I been wanting to do for a while now. As we all know it is not uncommon at all to develop incredible friendships from the pages of this great site many of have grown to love. I know I for one have found many a good and talented craftsmen I can honestly call friends. Two of them I am lucky enough to have live within driving distance from me. So after running it by my bride a couple weeks ago it was unanimous we where heading West…. I made a few phone calls to see if folks would be around the house that day (which all worked out perfectly) and patiently waited for the big day like a kid waiting on Christmas (Ok I think I was worse…lol)... It finally arrived!
So around 7 in the morning we load up my brides gas sipping ride, swung by and picked up my Father In-Law, and hopped on good ole I-30 west bound towards the big “D”.....
So where was our first stop?..... Good ole Sulphur Spring, Texas to visit my friend Robert (rsmith71) and his family.
Robert and I became friends not to long after I joined here on Jumber Jocks a while back. He has always went out of his way to help explain stuff for me when I was green to the core when it came to woodwork. Not only that he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse… “Come on over to visit and I will load you up with some lumber”... We still laugh our butts off on how much wood we where able to cram in my brides old PT Cruiser last year…lol
We got to do some visiting and Robert took the time to show me an awesome loft bed he built for one of his kids (I am currently designing one for my daughter now). I can’t begin to tell you Robert how much I appreciate all the info you shared with me on these beds… As always you where a ton of help.
(Yea, you can tell Robert knows his stuff on these)
We where able to stick around for a bit and look at some of Roberts handy work and talk about his really cool Joker Boards he builds. I got to say the pictures just don’t do them justice on here. Top notch looking game boards and sounds like an incredibly addictive game (I’m going to hold you to that promise of showing my bride and I how to play one day Robert…lol).
Well, It was time for us to be heading down the road and we started to say our good by’s then Robert handed me a gift bag…. Of course being a well trained husband I automatically handed it to my bride for her to open (I know how it works…lol). Inside was a beautiful gift that Robert made for us….
He knew my bride flat out loves crosses. I think he definitely done good! Thanks again Robert… You Rock!
So we hopped back in the ride and headed farther down ole I-30 headed toward Dallas. About an hour and a half later we came up on Garland Texas…. Home of a my very good friend Mike (the one and only Cozmo35). Now I got to admit… I chit chat with this crazy “Coon Ass” nearly every day about nothing and everything…lol. My bride swears we where cut from the same mold some times.
I been threatening Mike for a while now about coming to visit him and was flat tickled to death to finally have the opportunity to just hang out…. And by God that is exactly what we did….lol. I can honestly say time just flew by while we where there. Never a dull moment the entire time we where there.
Let me also add about Mikes beautiful family… Flat out nice and fun people. My bride mentioned something about it taking a special kind of women to put up with guys like Mike and I…. Not sure how to take that…lol.
Well, what woodworking trip would be complete if we didn’t make a road trip down to Rockler? We just had to check out the big sale they had going on…lol
After we got through with that Mike treated us to a killer local restaurant called “Babes”... Wow! Good thing we don’t have one here. I think my pants don’t fit well now?....lol
Now as soon as I knew we where going to be heading to Dallas two weeks ago I had to come up with a project to make for Mike because every time I turn around that crazy sucker is sending me some kind of cool handy work of his. Take for instance this flat out awesome cross he made us….
Well, I wanted to do something nice for him. What to build? What to build? Then I seen some folks on here posting up tool totes. I loved them and wanted one for myself… Ahh Ha! That’s It! I will build Mike a tool tote… What woodworker wouldn’t want one of these?
So for two weeks I busted butt trying to get Mikes gift ready…. I am so glad I was able to get it done in time.
Well, just when I think I was catching up to Mike in the gift swapping category he brings in this jewel…
All I can say it WOW! Thank you Mike!
After staying on into the evening I suddenly realized we had about a three hour drive home. As much as I hated it… It was time to say our goodbyes. Like I mentioned earlier… Time just flew by…
We made it home safe and sound a little after midnight and was dog tired, but so tickled to death we made the memorable journey. I want to send my most sincere thanks to Robert, Mike, and their families for such a wonderful day. I truly feel like a lucky man to have such great folks as friends…
Can’t wait to do it again!
Thanks for reading….
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.