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):
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:
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.
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!:)
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