(continued from Lee Valley Interview, part I)
Following my interview with Robin Lee, President of Lee Valley, I took my Canadian Film Crew with me as I headed to my “local” Lee Valley Store, which is just an hour away, for my very first public appearance as MsDebbieP, the Canadian LumberJock.
The weather was the hottest that we’ve had all summer and, boy oh boy, was the hat and coat ever hot!
Inside, Don Riley, the store manager, gave me a tour, starting with the warehouse area in the back. Oh my – a woodworker’s heaven – row after row of resources! It was like being a kid in a candy store.
Next, Mr. Riley showed me the plane that Lee Valley donated to our Summer Woodworking Awards event – the Low Angle Jack Plane. What a beauty. The honoured recipient will be smiling when their prize arrives. (Thanks again for this generous donation.)
We also looked at the wood-turning tools…..
… and their display of hinges (notice the number 5 on the display—there are LOTS of hinges!)
Next, we checked out the selection of specialty woods just waiting to be turned into pieces of wood art. I couldn’t help but envision the future pens waiting to be created.
The London store (that’s London Ontario, Canada) has the fame of being Lee Valley's smallest of stores, although they seemed to manage to squeeze a lot of products into their space. Mr. Riley and the other staff were very excited to hear that Mr. Lee had told me during our interview that they would be moving. They weren’t quite as happy to hear that it wouldn’t be right away. Mr. Riley said with a smile, “the sooner the better. Maybe a Christmas present?”
I’d like to again thank Mr. Lee as well as Mr. Riley and the rest of the Lee Valley staff for their hospitality. It was indeed an honour to meet them (on the phone and in person) as well as have the privilege of touring their warehouse.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)