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Wood Shows #13: Niagara Woodworking Show 2010

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 1363 days ago 1658 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Woodstock Ontario, 2010 Part 13 of Wood Shows series Part 14: Kitchener Ontario, 2011 - LumberJocks' meet? »

A month or so ago, Kevin posted a blog about his woodshow Niagara Falls (Canada). Rick and I decided to make the 2-1/2 hour drive, to hand-deliver some LJ pencils, meet Kevin in person, and have a lovely drive as a bonus.

The drive was lovely and, having given ourselves lots of “get lost time” we arrived at the Home Depot at about 9:30 AM.

At the wood show, I met Kevin, did a quick handshake and then headed off to the restrooms. (That was the last I saw of Kevin. He received an emergency call and had to leave. I hope all is well.)

Because things were still getting set up, we took a look around the store. Rick commented that we do have a Home Depot just a 1/2 hour from home. (Funny guy).

During our aisle walking we found that several tool reps were located throughout the store. This is a pretty cool way to have a wood show, I think. Nice Job, Kevin.

During our walk we found a … ta da…. LumberJock Banner!!

One of the displays was for Dremel, which of course reminded me of our current “Shoe Carving Challenge”. I spoke to the representative, who said that he was more of a “generalist” with the tool because there is just SO much more you can do with it than just carve.

I check out the little handle thingy that you can attach to the dremel, fitting it nicely into the grip of your hand. I wondered what the weight of the dremel would feel like but it worked well. Felt very balanced, at least for the 20 seconds that I was holding it. He also said, if you are interested, that if you buy one of the attachments and it doesn’t fit your current Dremel you can call the company and they will send you an adapter. NOW he tells me!

There was also a gentleman doing some lathe work – spinning out bottle stoppers and tops left and right. Besides the speed of his work I was fascinated by this little jar of finish that he had. The jar is attached to a little square of wood so that it won’t tip over and the brush goes through the lid for quick access and return to the jar. No muss. No fuss.

Oh.. and at the displays, along with projects for the contests, were lots of handtools, including this lovely scrollsaw.

And then… the “woo hoo” of the show. (in my opinion, anyway)

“Claude Maurice” (who I saw polishing the case and made the correct assumption that he was the artist) created this extraordinary bike and rider. I forget how many hours it took him. It really didn’t seem that many, knowing how much work is involved in this piece – or I should say “2 pieces”. The rider is separate.

Now if the bike and rider doesn’t make you go “wow”, perhaps the stories behind it will. As we talked, my eyes kept getting wider and wider:
  • in the bottom of the case are a couple of drawers which hold news articles about the artwork as well as some of the templates used to create the components of the bike. Each of these little tidbits were amazing on their own
  • also in the drawer is a photo album containing photos of other pieces of his work, including a rocking horse that was “spotted” – with each of the spots being a dowel… wow
  • and… the biggie….... (I wish I had taken a photo of the piece from another angle) .... anyway.. drum roll….the biker is the FIRST carving he has ever done. Say what??? !!!! He has a beaded necklace that is removable, a ring on his finger, fingernails, glasses, and hair blowing in the wind. Yah… a “first”. SWEEEET

At this point, having found out that Kevin had to leave, Rick was getting antsy (it’s still hunting season and he had already given up his morning hunt for me) and so we headed back home. (Another lovely drive and a lunch in a small (beautiful) town on the way.)

It was a great morning. I am glad I made the trek.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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stefang

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#1 posted 1363 days ago

Sounded like fun Debbie. Thanks for sharing it with us. Is that motorcycle a wooden indian?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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RandyMarine

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#2 posted 1363 days ago

If I had known I would have gone…I am 2 and a half hours away In Central New York. sounds like a great trip…I love going to the Falls anytime I get a chance.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 1363 days ago

THAT REALLY IS A BEAUTY DEB, AND QUITE A DRIVE FOR ALMOST NOTHING. YOU DO GOOD WORK, SO DOES RICK TO TAKE THE OPENING DAY OFF FOR YOU. MY WIFE WOULDN’T EVEN ASK. LOL. MIKE

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1363 days ago

It looks incredible, Deb! Thank you so much for taking the time to take picture and share them with us! I really enjoyed seeing it a lot!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 1363 days ago

I wondered what type of bike it was.. but then forgot when I got to look at it up close …

here is a closer look at the gas tank

Randy—remember to check out the “upcoming events” in the newsletters (and to people hosting an event – make sure you let me know so I can post the info in the newsletters)
That would have been nice to meet you.

JockMike: ask???? :) I just said, “we have a wood show to go to” ... :)
And it’s not opening day – so I was lucky there.

I thought of our “scrollsaw-ers” when I took a picture of the antique pedal=power machine.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 1363 days ago

I forgot to say that the bike was intended as a “rocking horse-bike” and was even on a rocker originally. But then the artist realized that the pieces were too delicate for children and it went onto the platform instead. A good decision.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1363 days ago

I think it is a Honda Valkyrie. A six cylinder Honda. My ex-boyfriend used to have one. :) I loved the pic of the old scroll saw too! :) Thanks for thinking of us!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 1363 days ago

the scrollsaw pix was for you, actually :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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ellen35

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#9 posted 1363 days ago

Great trip, Debbie! Thanks so much for posting this… I feel like I am there with you!
Glad to see the LJ banner!
Ellen

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

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Karson

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#10 posted 1363 days ago

Debbie: A great post on your tour. If you had gone to your local HD you would not have had anything to say about the carving, dremel etc. So tell Rick to buzz off.

LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 1363 days ago

haha :)
he came home sick … so didn’t get out hunting last night after all :(

it was a LOVELY morning, though.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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GaryD

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#12 posted 1363 days ago

Great post Debbie. Thanks for the pictures.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Kevin Violette

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#13 posted 1363 days ago

Thanks for coming Debbie and Rick!

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 1363 days ago

not a problem. We enjoyed ourselves.
And bravo to you for organizing this show. A great asset to the community.

Next year, we’ll sit and chat!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 1363 days ago

Nice, Ms. Debbie.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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