Ms Debbie P's 2008 Shop Tour and Inspection #3: March 30 Visit to the Workshop of Le Cheval De Bois

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 03-30-2008 07:16 PM 10571 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Leap Day Visit to the shop of HansonDVM Part 3 of Ms Debbie P's 2008 Shop Tour and Inspection series Part 4: May 31 Visit with MrWoody »

This months tour is closer to home for MsDebbieP, allowing more time for her spring gardening plans (Yes! It’s won’t be that long till Spring).
Our visit is to Ébénisterie Le Cheval de Bois in Montreal, the workshop of LJ Patrick Robinson. His LJ handle is lechevaldebois, and he is the sole proprietor of a cabinet shop, with an enviable workshop.


Flooded with light fitting of an artist’s studio, Patrick has a tightly organized shop, with all the provisions for safety in the shop. Big points for eye and ear protection, fire prevention and safe stock handling. And he doesn’t have to resort to a shirt sleeve (or worse), should his nose get busy during a project. This is evolved woodworking.

I was particularly interested in the fine collection of planes and the designing station. And the clamp collection.
You owe it to yourself to wander over to lechevaldebois's project page for a view of the work coming from Le Ébénisterie.

But the real reason I lobbied hard for the visit was to get a load of the large piece of Texas ebony Patrick purchased from fellow LJ BlueStingrayBoots.


Get a load of that log! After all what is an Ébénisterie without ebony? From some of the comments of the LJs that have worked this timber (WayneC one), this is an exceptional purchase, and potentially a source of some excellent discussion of lumber seasoning. It certainly has interesting aspects of urban logging and international commerce. I can’t wait to see some of this put to masterful use.

Here is a shot with the proud owner, and Debbie who is preparing for the official assay of lumber assets.


We close out our visit with a family moment as L’Enfant De Bois visits the shop, and Debbie prepares for the final tabulations of the Inspection.


I could tell as soon as we saw the overhead extension cord reel how this was all going to come out, sadly remembering my own shop inspection failure (yes, the only one yet recorded in the shop visit annals).


In total, out visit to the Knight of Wood was great. You have one winner of a shop, Patrick. You may download your shop accreditation certificate here.

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

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 08:28 PM

Great visit Debbie!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 08:28 PM

Hi Douglas;

Great job with travel arrangements!

The partners shown look right at home there.

Is Ms. Debbie still stuck?

Very nicely shop and review. I don’t think that log would fit in my planer.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 10:23 PM

I’d love to throw some French in here but I’m afraid that the translations may not end up to be what I had intended! hah:)

Congrats on the pass—and the highlight for me was not the wood but the baby of course!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 11:24 PM

Great blog Doug & Debbie. Awesome array of tools in that workshop Patrick. Yet to see Miss Debbie without a smile so everything must have been OK. Too bad about the extension cord reel Debbie, I hope you didn’t damage it. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 11:43 PM

Nice looking shop, thanks for the tour.

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 02:28 AM

Great visit Debbie and congratulation on passing the inspection Patrick. Debbie and Doug are tough inspectors.

Thanks for allowing us to share a tour of your shop, Patrick.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-31-2008 04:01 AM

OOOh…nice shop.

Great job Doug and Deb.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 03-31-2008 04:12 AM

Great shop and nice tour Douglas and Debbie.

-- 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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#9 posted 03-31-2008 11:30 AM

haha Grumpy… priorities, eh? :)
Douglas? Is your extension cord still ok?? :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 04-04-2008 02:02 PM

Always nice to see MsDebbieP making sure our shops ‘measure up’!

Thanks – great shop and a great tour.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#11 posted 04-11-2008 09:00 PM

Another great tour!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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