Lumberjocks New England - Unite! Sept 2009 #5: Thanks Everyone - That was a Fun Day!

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 09-20-2009 02:25 AM 2618 reads 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the number of tentatives, and number of cancelations, I knew we’d had less people that I had originally planned for this morning, which was fine, but as high-noon approached, I was pleasantly surprised to see on top of the definite-be-theres, a good presence of LJ’s I did not know had planned to come – that was awesome!

All in all we had counted 8 (+1) Lumberjocks (with Daniel’s Wife being the +1 – definitely a +!) it was really nice she came):

Lumberjocks New England United

Special Thanks to Tim (tpastore) for setting up the use of the Lexington Guild House. it is a very nicely setup place where guild members have a full shop at their disposal. I would also like to thank the Lexington Association of Art for letting us use their shop for our get together.

Additional Thank you is to Rockler, who contributed 4 sets of Bench-Cookies for this even which were raffled at the end of the day, and here are the happy winners:

Rockler Bench Cookies winners

these look really great for routing work on the workbench and similar applications.

The day started by touring the shop, which is a fully equipped shop with every needed (220v) tool, central cyclone DC, and several work benches so that several people can work simultaneously. We made sure those workbenches are heavy duty enough for us lumberjocks by spreading our foods/drinks/snacks all over them and utilized them as dining/conference tables – they seem to be able to handle THAT much stress… nicely done.

The day developed into a show-tell circle around the workbenches where we shared where we’re from, what we do for work, and what kind of woodworking we do. I personally learnt more than enough new things to last me until next year. it was a real treat to have such a friendly, positive, and open social discussion with others who share a similar passion.

We also got to tour the rest of the building which includes 2 galleries, and other guilds activity rooms. the current exhibition that is being displayed in the main gallery was quite remarkable. we even found Tim’s wood business card holder being used to …well… hold business cards of one of the artists… if you’re in the neighborhood – I definitely recommend to stop by and check the exhibition out.

We continued with the share/swap of things, I think some of us got some really terrific new toys to add to the collection, while others brought back with them some terrific new stories, and connections.

Sharing and Swaping

I came back home with a few pieces of pen blanks (I don’t have a lathe, but can use them for knobs/drawer-pulls, and similar small accents) that Len (Dusty56) brought for everyone. I got 1 Bloodwood blank, a couple of Brazilian Rosewood, and of course – some Purple Heart blanks… after all, gotta stay true to the LJ Name…

Thanks for everyone that came – Tim, Ellen, (does that qualify as Tim Allen the tool man? lol) Daniel and Joyce, Chelle, Kate, Charlene (Shar Lean), and Len. Without you, it wouldn’t have been as fun.

Hope to do this again soon.

P.S. for all those who attended and have pics and want to share them – post them in the comments :) – and if I mispelled/butchered you name – sorry… PM me and I’ll edit it – please!:)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 02:29 AM

Sharon: I’m glad that you had a great get-to-gather. Having picnics or at least get-to-gathers are a lot of fun.

Thanks for being the driving force behind it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 02:29 AM

A fun day had by all! Thanks again!

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 02:33 AM

sorry I missed it!!
spent the day at Six Flags with my daughter.

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#4 posted 09-20-2009 02:34 AM

Looks like you all had a great meeting. We are having one in High Point, NC on the 10th of October. Will post pictures and highlights of that one too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 09-20-2009 04:26 AM

Thanks for setting things up Sharon. It was good to meet you all, and to see you again Ellen.
Nice set up at the guild.

-- Kate,

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 09-20-2009 04:56 AM

Splendid. You’ve done good, Sharon.
Sign me,
Jealous in the Midwest.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 09-20-2009 05:37 AM

Sharon and Tim ….I can’t thank you enough for putting together such a great event today , and Mother Nature for the beautiful Autumn day in New England : )
It was certainly worth the nearly two hour drive to meet with all of you great folks today.
As I told everyone there , I can’t cook and wasn’t sure what snacks would be there , so I stayed up until 2am and made several pen blanks to share with everyone. Now I’d like to see some pens or knobs or handles that you all will make from them , please !
I am honored to be part of such a great group of people sharing our fondness of this wonderful craft : ) Thank you all so much !
I’m sorry that I don’t have any pictures to share of the event . My camera decided not to co-operate today despite my best efforts and new batteries : (

Note to Ellen : Don’t underestimate the value of your skills ! I’d like to see those great projects that you brought today get posted here .
And this is for the guy that picked on me for examining the business card holder at the Bird carving display table . LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 09-20-2009 06:53 AM

Looks like one great day had by all.. sorry I can’t get to any of your get togethers.. Never know tho.
Glad you all enjoyed yourselves.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 09-20-2009 08:20 AM

Sounds like everyone had a great time. Glad to hear about LJ’s getting together.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 09-20-2009 01:39 PM

Thanks to all who attended. It was so great to see everyone and connect a face with a name. It was also wonderful to know that people are just as nice as they seem on LJs. A special note of thanks to Sharon and Tim – the venue was perfect and the smells of wood in the Guild was awesome. I think everyone learned so much by being there. I do hope we can do this again soon.
Len – I’ll be posting as soon as I finish my current box. Thank you for the encouragement!

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

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#11 posted 09-20-2009 02:01 PM

Sharon it looks like you guys had a great day and new faces to go with old friends i’m very envyus of you guys for having the piece of mind to meet up and share your knowledge and just have a good day


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#12 posted 09-20-2009 02:13 PM

well done ,
i spent the day in the shop ,
thinking of you all getting together ,
and sharing .
i’m hoping something like that happens
around here , soon .

maybe when larry needs a tax write -off ,
he can sponsor a grand get together ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 09-20-2009 03:45 PM

David, I’ll go for that. Maybe after he gets his commission for selling all them machines he’ll plan a grand get together….........LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 09-20-2009 03:48 PM

I am glad that you had such a great time. I really wish I could have made it.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#15 posted 09-20-2009 04:13 PM

Sounds like you guys had a good time maybe I’ll make it next year.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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