Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection

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Blog series by Douglas Bordner updated 12-17-2007 06:03 PM 21 parts 145350 reads 299 comments total

Part 1: We've Moved

07-11-2007 12:11 PM by Douglas Bordner | 12 comments »

It’s official, the tour has become a blog entry. More Jocks, more shops, more celebrity visitors. Coffee still allowed.More to come. Ms. Debbie P: The Star of the tour, humble despite all that fame has brought her and keen as mustard for the road.Cast: You- More than a thousand internationally recognized woodworkers in support of Lumberjocks.Crew:Martin Sojka: Producer, Technical Services, Post-production support (The Man with the Lumberjocks plan.)Douglas C. Bordner: Art Dir...

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Part 2: Touring Tuesdays First Edition

07-17-2007 09:39 AM by Douglas Bordner | 20 comments »

We cross the pond to Broadstone, Dorset, UK, and the shop of Phillip Edwards. Deb is again heartened by the presence of a fire-extinguisher, great organization and good lighting. I am completely agog in the presence of Phil’s collection of wooden-bodied and moulding planes designed and built with his own hands (in addition to the one received from the hands of Krenov). Phil is no stranger to Photoshop himself, and has a justly famous website: The cognoscen...

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Part 3: Tuesdays With Bob

07-24-2007 10:23 AM by Douglas Bordner | 11 comments »

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

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Part 4: Tuesdays With Lee

07-31-2007 07:33 AM by Douglas Bordner | 28 comments »

This week Ms. Debbie P visits the shop of Lee A. Jesberger Lee is a professional woodworker, inventor, entrepreneur, and a model Lumberjock. He has prepared several blog series including some very detailed entries on vacuum clamping, veneering, jigs and fixtures and tool-making. He maintains a website with a vast array of tutorials : Here Deb takes the readings on a positioning jig to hold work steady during carving. That is one swell post he is working...

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Part 5: Tuesdays with Mot

08-07-2007 07:25 AM by Douglas Bordner | 10 comments »

This week it’s a return to Mot’s shop. Sure we visited Mot in the early days, before things got more organized. But that was a social call, and this is, after all the more serious matter of an inspection. MsDebbieP likes the ambient dust filtration, the tight organization and the lighting. I was excited by the Cat5 cabling and shopcam. For a small shop, there are all the necessary tools and some very high-tech toys. Mot has been experimenting with a lathe instruction ser...

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Part 6: Tuesdays with Schroeder (and company)

08-14-2007 07:57 AM by Douglas Bordner | 14 comments »

We are off to Oregon to visit Schroeder's shop. The Gnarly Wood Shoppe is a man’s shop (well actually two to three and a dog, according to the sign). From the taxidermy to the office art, it’s pretty clear that this is a manly environment.And this is what they make there. The über table and the über Thorsten side table. I’ve made jewelry boxes that took days to make that don’t come up to that drawer. And that book-matched crotch-grained top, breadbo...

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Part 7: Tuesdays with Thos. Angle

08-21-2007 04:58 PM by Douglas Bordner | 12 comments »

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 t...

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Part 8: Tuesdays With Mark Decou

08-28-2007 10:38 AM by Douglas Bordner | 14 comments »

This week’s visit is to the shop of Mark Decou in the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. I grew up in Kansas, and fished and hunted on “the old home place” not far from Mark’s neck of the woods. Big sky, broad vistas, rolling prairie hills with flint and limestone outcrops, farmsteads with Osage Orange hedgerows and babbling creeks. Plenty of serene space to contemplate the meaning of one’s existence. And contemplative is a natural adjective for Mark. He has done m...

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Part 9: Labor Day Tuesday with Robb

09-04-2007 07:31 AM by Douglas Bordner | 8 comments »

In the interest of furthering an appreciation of Geography, and all it’s nuances (Heads up, prospective Beauty Queens!) we are traveling north of Deb’s home turf to the shop of Robb. Robb is starting his third week as a Lumberjock, and extended an invitation to visit his shop. Where would it be, you ask? On some frozen tundra, near the Arctic circle?No it’s in the U.S.A., in beautiful Holland, Michigan. Robb and his wife live on a farm property and his shop space occupies a ...

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Part 10: Tuesdays With OKAlbert

09-11-2007 02:56 PM by Douglas Bordner | 8 comments »

We are off to the shop of OKAlbert in Bartlesville, OK, USA, and therefore off to the engaging blog of a Man’s Journey to find roots and a shop he can call his own. You’ll have to read how Albert (He’s French-Canadian, don’t ya know) got here, and it’s a tale. But once we got here, Deb had to tour the acreage on the ATV, and wash away the dust with some tea (she has a service, including a tea cozy in a special rattan traveling bag – so cool). I li...

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Part 11: Wednesday Special — Tribute Tour of Karson's Shop

09-19-2007 08:59 AM by Douglas Bordner | 14 comments »

This week it’s a repeat visit to Karson's shop. You may remember that Debbie visited Karson's long ago in the early forum version of the tour, exhibiting her mountain goat-like scaling abilities while inspecting Karson’s incredible collection of lumber. This tour is a recognition of Karson’s contributions to Lumberjocks. Yes, Karson was one of the pioneer members of LJs, with nearly 500 days of membership logged. Here he is at the beginning with our founder and several of...

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Part 12: Wednesday Special: With Dusty down at "This Old Crack House."

09-26-2007 07:22 AM by Douglas Bordner | 10 comments »

This week is an homage to Dusty and his venerable blog “This Old Crack House.” I actually heard of it before I was aware of the existence of Lumberjocks. The name slays me every time, but aside from the subtle Norm reference, this house was exactly what the name implies. A blight on the neighborhood and an eyesore.I asked Dusty if he could give me a paragraph to describe his motivation behind the project and the blog, and here is what he had to say: ”Honestly I would have to...

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Part 13: Wednesday Workshop: Gary CN"s Man Cave with a side trip to the comics.

10-03-2007 10:36 PM by Douglas Bordner | 20 comments »

It’s a visit to Gary CN's workshop, another of Deb’s northern US neighbors in Michigan. Gary is a fairly new member who invited us to tour his great home workshop. We are just a bit like vampires of lore, we need to be invited in before we can tour.This tip of the hat to Gizmodyne, WayneC, Bob Babcock, Bob2, Thos Angle et. al. John's Lumberjocks Comics are great. Better close the door before you visit or your spouse will wonder what in the Sam Hill you are doing. Trust me on th...

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Part 14: Wednesday Workshop: Bill's Workshop

10-10-2007 08:08 AM by Douglas Bordner | 7 comments »

We waited patiently, and here they are. The pictures of Bill’s shop have arrived and Debbie was quick to sign on for a trip to sunny California. We visited Bill's shop in Turlock, along the Lumberjock corridor that runs along California Highway 99 (from WayneC’s in Sacramento, down to Obi’s in Salida and then to Turlock). And she went right to work. We both liked the offcut storage by the saw and the anti-fatigue mats at the various workstations. Plus Bill has a gr...

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Part 15: Wednesday Workshop: Bob2's shop.

10-18-2007 06:00 AM by Douglas Bordner | 20 comments »

Bob2 has described his current shop digs as “A collection of tools at or near electrical outlets.” The space is in his business warehouse until he is able to pour concrete for a dedicated home shop. I feel instantly at home in this environment as there is a lot packed into a small space, and it’s none too organized. No sense burning brain cells on prettifying and organizing when the thrust to learn and create is where the true fire exists. As long as you know what pil...

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Part 16: Wednesday Workshop: WayneC's shop

10-25-2007 12:31 AM by Douglas Bordner | 17 comments »

This week is a continuation of a homage to the Lumberjocks California Highway 99 group (including Bill Brooks, Obi and WayneC). Wayne, as many know who follow his blog series has a passion for rehabilitating older tools with an emphasis on hand planes of all types. And he has awakened the desire in this woodworker (for one) to brush up my hand tool skills, as well as to give new life to tools that are looking for a new home. He also has a fair menagerie including birds, cats and (surprise) do...

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Part 17: Thursday Tour @ the shop of YorkshireStewart

11-01-2007 08:15 AM by Douglas Bordner | 22 comments »

Our inspection this week is to a another garage-based shop in Great Britain. We visited YorkshireStewart, whose facilities are “just a half mile or so from the rapidly eroding boulder clay cliffs of the East Yorkshire coast.” Here’s a map to identify the location of those of us that were daydreaming about shop class while we were in geography class. In this shot it’s apparent that there is no small measure of wonder being manufactured there. This is a wooden ...

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Part 18: Wednesday Workshop: Blake's Workshop

11-07-2007 06:05 PM by Douglas Bordner | 10 comments »

This week’s visit is to Blake's shop in Santa Cruz, CA. Blake is a part-time firefighter and student, who eventually wants to fight fire full-time. He has been a member for only twenty days, but burst on the LJ scene with his claw box challenge, and has been active in posting boxes, jigs and blog topics since signing on. He has a great shop with a host of good tools, some new and some handed down from his Father-In-Law. And he has posted the rehabilitation of a 1959 Dewalt Radial Ar...

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Part 19: Thursday Tour RAH's Workshop

11-15-2007 10:22 AM by Douglas Bordner | 15 comments »

This week’s tour is in Delhi, CA, just down Hwy 99 from WayneC and Bill Brooks. Lot of Californians on this tour. Could it have anything to do with the advancing winter in Canada (and Nebraska for that matter)? I expect more Midwesterners to step and volunteer for a tour!Ron is a roofing contractor who has annexed a 20×30 foot area of his 40×60 metal building for a wood shop. The rest of his building is reserved for his business as a roofing contractor. Here Deb takes note ...

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Part 20: Thanksgiving Thursday Tour with Dataman

11-22-2007 05:15 PM by Douglas Bordner | 9 comments »

This week’s tour is at the Colorado shop of Ray “Dataman” Merrell.The home and shop are dome shaped, which makes for interesting storage, lighting and insulation considerations. Ray is very inventive, with most of his tools and assembly tables built on mobile bases for optimum configurations for the job at hand. Here Deb takes a read on the great lighting provided by the windows and a skylight in the 14 foot ceiling. We both liked the under-saw storage unit, based ...

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Part 21: 12-17-07 Tour and inspection of JPW 1995's Shop

12-17-2007 06:03 PM by Douglas Bordner | 18 comments »

Most of the pre-Christmas furor to engineer wood gifts is over for me and it’s time to post a tour I promised weeks ago to JPW1995. It’s time for a tour to the south, now that the ravages of winter have set in with a vengeance, although JP’s shop is far enough north that there is a chill even there. Of course Deb is ready for inclement weather with the beaver hat and mackinaw. But the coffee is on, and when the container is done, I’m sure JP will find good use for it. ...

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