Woodworking Travel #1: Lee Nielsen

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Blog entry by Woodfix posted 10-15-2011 02:30 AM 1785 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have just returned from four weeks in the US and had a great time. While I was there I bought some tools and went to a few places. One of those was the Lee Nielsen factory in Maine. Maine is spectacular and worth a trip there for the scenery and the lovely villages. I stayed in Camden Maine which is very close to the factory and also to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

If you are travelling from Australia, make sure you take some cash to the factory as it will break your heart to walk away with nothing. A $245AU shoulder plane cost me $195US, with the dollar for dollar exchange rate. I bought a spoke shave as well and a couple of small items and the lovely young lady on the counter threw in a t-shirt for free. I would of loved a tour of the actual factory but my son was asleep in the car. But they have the tools set up in the shop front and you can play as long as you like. Also there is books and DVDs as well.


The visit to the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship was just a drop in but it is lovely with a great gallery as well. The campus is magnificent and the workshops look great (from the doorway). One day I will have the time, freedom and money to visit and do some actual work.

On this trip I also dropped into Highland Woodworking in Georgia and Woodcraft store in Alpharetta Georgia. These are also worth a visit, if for no other reason than to chat to the staff.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 02:37 AM

Dang Woodfix…I can’t believe you didn’t stop by David’s place while you were in the States.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 02:42 AM

As a Mainer, glad you were able to visit us. We have some spectacular coastline, great seafood, a governor that keeps us at the top of the list on the Daily Show on Comedy Central and some wonderful craftsmen. Camden is a little fishing village that overflows with tourists during the summer. It and it’s nearby towns Rockland and Rockport and a few others are alive with boat builders, Guitar and violin makers, and we even have a harpsichord builder to mention a few. The arts take center stage with music conservatories and multiple painting groups. Come again!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 12:46 AM

That seems like a wonderful tour.
You have seen the most important – tools.
Big smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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