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Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #7: Tuesdays with Thos. Angle

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 08-21-2007 04:58 PM 4862 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Tuesdays with Schroeder (and company) Part 7 of Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection series Part 8: Tuesdays With Mark Decou »

Off we go to the shop of Thomas Angle and his wife Carleen, in Jordan Valley, Oregon. Here he operates two businesses, Owyhee Design and Thos. Angle Saddlery. I asked Tom about the name of the wood business Owyhee. Named after the local mountains and river that brace his property, Owyhee when sounded out takes on a different slant.
“In about 1812? Peter Skene Ogden came down the Snake River with a trapping brigade from the Hudson’ Bay Company post at Vancouver, Washington. He had two or three Hawaiians with him who were trappers. He sent them up an unnamed river that emptied into the Snake. The “Owyhees” never came back and no trace of them
was ever found. Owyhee is an old spelling for Hawaii.” As Tom put it, ”So… I guess us buckaroos in this neck of the woods can wear them flowerdy High-wayan shirts if we want!!!” I think I’d pay good money just to see that!

Here is a shot in from the front door

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Good lighting. Check. Nice big cabinet saw, planer (there’s a big orange jointer tucked away down there, too)
I like that B.O.S.S. spindle sander down there. Tom has just finished an outfeed table for the saw as well as this massive workbench. Gotta build a station for that Oscillator, too!

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Plenty of dog holes to manage large stock. Wait till you get a load of the handplanes he’ll use here,

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Beautiful storage for this arsenal…Check! Kreg jig, Check!

Next it’s to the sheet stock storage and another venerable woodworking partner “Big Green”. It’s a Delta from just this side of the Rockwell era.

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and why you ask would Tom need to remind someone to use this saw for wood only?

Because tucked away in another part of the shop is the leather room… (no lewd thoughts allowed here, boys)

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I could smell the Fiebing dyes before we were 10 feet away. My Grandmother was the repair and gold-leaf lady in an old-fashion luggage and tack shop in Topeka, Kansas when I was growing up. I had the run of the place as a kid, and this was like old home week.

I had to steer Deb away from this little nook. Extension cords…sheesh…gotta watch ‘em like a hawk.
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This is the thing… the perfect marriage of saddle work and woodwork. Check this out! Absolutely unique and beautiful.

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Wow. This shop and it’s owners pass the inspection. Thanks for the invite, Tom. Get your certificate.

WIWDPTour

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



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 08-21-2007 05:18 PM

oh yah.. I was in heaven!!! One of my artistic dreams is to mesh my hobbies together, either with wood and photography or wood and leather. And here I was surrounded by all those hides and leather works.. ooooooo ((drooling)). Good think you kept me away from the electrical cords and such, Douglas – cause drool and electricity just don’t mix!!

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

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Bill

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#2 posted 08-21-2007 06:25 PM

Very cool shop. Interesting combination, leather and wood.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 08-21-2007 06:46 PM

Doug and Debbie, Thanks for dropping by. Too bad you couldn’t stay for some of Carleen’s great apple pie. By the way Doug, I’ve got that Delta spindle sander trained to jump up on the big work bench when I tell it to.
Saves my back.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-21-2007 07:24 PM

Hi Doug and Debbie, and Tom

Poor Debie, all that traveling around, she must be beat. Too bad we didn’t get to see her riding a horse with Tom.

Great Space to “PLAY”

As usual Doug, you travel arrangements are terrific!

Lee

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

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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 08-21-2007 08:30 PM

Wow…what a great shop Thomas.

You know just when I think I’m OK with my little shop I get shop envy again…....:(

Nice job Doug and Deb.

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

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Bill

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#6 posted 08-21-2007 09:55 PM

With all those frequent flyer miles Debbie is piling up, she should be taking a vacation in the south seas during winter.

Nice work Debbie and Doug.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 12:45 AM

yah, I sure do appreciate Doug’s efforts and the great idea he had, starting all this off. And to think, it all began with a silly and brave moment in front of a camera!

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

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Don

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#8 posted 08-22-2007 01:55 AM

Man, I’m enjoying these visits!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 08-22-2007 03:44 AM

Tom,
Can I send my Performax 10-20 out your way? If you could bust it to hopping down (and sweeping up) when it’s time to spray the waterbourne lacquer, and then jumping back up, I would be eternally grateful.

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

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Karson

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#10 posted 08-22-2007 04:33 AM

Great shop Tom and Thanks Douglas and Debbie for the tour.

-- 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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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 08-22-2007 05:56 AM

Send ‘er out here Doug, I’ll take a crack at anything!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dorje

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#12 posted 09-13-2007 04:04 AM

Looks great in there! I can smell the leather from the other room.

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

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