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Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #3: Tuesdays With Bob

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 2459 days ago 4010 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Touring Tuesdays First Edition Part 3 of Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection series Part 4: Tuesdays With Lee »

This week we visit the shop and garden of Bob Babcock, the gentleman tree-farmer and Lumberjock of Carver, Mass.

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Deb is checking the posts of Bob’s Lyptus and cedar gate. Say, look at that new pen there. I think it looks so natural with the clipboard.
We start outside, because friends, that piece of Carver, Massachusetts is Bob’s workshop. Tons of garden projects, excellent landscaping with his carpentered focal points on all sides. Did Bob help pick the summer challenge? If not it certainly falls into his strong suit. Check his project showcase.

And here’s the thing. This tour isn’t about things. It’s about vision, and making the tools get there through will and patience. Sliding compound miter, 3HP cabinet saw? Nope. Grit and determination. Plenty.

Looking in

Notice the Henry Disston chopsaw. I would be faint at about 2 inches into the timber. I did wander over into the left corner of the shot, where I heard, very faintly, that lathe singing softly to be reborn. I just know he will be a turner to turn heads once he gets finished with the refurbishment. Deb’s looking in because with me there, and the new Grizzly bandsaw, it’s a bit tight.

At the end of the day, after a fair hike about the gardens, Deb sits in the shade with a cuppa, catching her wind and tabulating the tally. No doubt about it. Bob’s a shoe-in.

in front of Bobs

Bob, go pick up your certifcate

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



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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 2459 days ago

If your new to the tour, start at the beginning with the first in the blog series, and the Where in the World is Ms. DebbieP shots that began the whole thing. Links are on the first blog page.

As always, we are looking for LJs willing to let us showcase your shop. Send Deb or I a message and we’ll set it up!
You can get your own swell certificate to mount on the shop wall.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2459 days ago

it’s a good thing you were paying such close attention to all the tools, Douglas, ‘cause I was a little distracted by the gardens!!

Douglas, this was your best presentation yet! You might just have to start over and redo some of the original visits… you know, in your spare time! :)

Congratulations on the “Pass”, Bob.

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

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Dorje

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#3 posted 2459 days ago

Go Bob!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Karson

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#4 posted 2459 days ago

Great Bob.

And Douglas, and how would it ever get done without MsDebbieP being so willing to travel.

-- 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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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 2458 days ago

LOL…..How are my gates holding up Deb? I need to make sure my brother oils them once a year. Lots of frequent flyer miles on this trip…Maui to Mass.

I will prize my certificate always….definitely need to make a frame.

Great job Doug…my wife is still laughing at “gentleman tree farmer”.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 2458 days ago

Whoops, the veil of illusion has lifted.
I should have done a bit more reading before launching into the ad-man’s land of hyperbole and speculation. I’m pleased overall, if you are Bob. So in order to get the facts straight here is new hyperbole.
“We start outside, because friends, that piece of Carver, Massachusetts and all points between Mass and Maui are Bob’s workshop.”

And what is this about our wives anyway? I certainly consider you to be a gentleman. Oh, well I’d rather have a strong wife than be married to some poodle-woman (not to offend those of you who are either married to a poodle-woman or have pet poodles).
I may need to retain an attorney by the time this blog is done.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2458 days ago

Gates are looking good… I’m not sure, though, if your brother’s done his job this year or not…

Maui was a great place to begin the tour… from the beauty gate and then to your gardens.. I mean to your workshop haha :)

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

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Sawdust2

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#8 posted 2457 days ago

I’d represent you but I’d probably get conflicted out.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 2457 days ago

Thanks. Lee. I appreciate it.

I’ll try and keep the typical outrageous comments down so that you won’t have to recuse yourself (maybe recuse only works as a descriptor for judges, prosecutors or jurors, and not defense attorneys – not sure).

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

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 2457 days ago

I only wish that were my yard…:) I probably wouldn’t get as much woodworking done though.

Did you look at the Maui house gardens online Deb? Just in case you missed it. Some interesting woodwork in there as well.

We love your outrageous comments Doug….:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 2457 days ago

oh my.
just shaking my head…. a whole other lifestyle.

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

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