This will get a little patriotic and emotional, so bear with me :) I love to share here on LJ’s and only LJ’s with the seasoned folk, friends, and the new-to-woodworking from my own distorted new fresh experiences (Jet 15” planer rebuild, my crappy mobile base projects, my dust collection projects, etc). I’ll continue to do so with this private chapter as well. I will share with folk who care about the voyage I am intelligently (or foolishly) embarking upon.First qu...
Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City
Wow! I made it, I finally made it, and oh what a surprise to find a museum with Iconic Furniture pieces intermixed with a lot of European, Asian, Native American, Egyptian, and some strange Contemporary Stuff that someone else calls “art”. ————————- WARNING: If you are easily offended by my silly notions of what looks good and is well built, please don’t read any farther. I’m just giving my opinions, that is what ...
I continue to be amazed by how many amazing things there are out there by which to be amazed. I find new ones every day online, and have for the last decade. One I found this week is a 1/500th scale miniature of all of Moscow, built in 1988, and maintained ever since. It looks to be all balsa, or basswood. If the city changes, or a new house is built, they correct the model. It’s stayed current for the last 2 decades. Tons more pictures How hard could it be?
I officially renamed our virtual LJ city to LumberJockVille. It’s so funny so far…. I couldn’t resist to repost the discussion here ;) [23/12] Martin: Welcome to our brand new LumberJocks City![23/12] Jamie: Hey Martin! Pretty neat… Reminds me of the old sim city![23/12] ToyGuy: Martin: there is a spot in the back there I want for my new shop; THANKS ![23/12] Mot: I need a free standing shop! Thanks for the space![23/12] Buckskin: This ought to be the most creative...
Dan has invited us to his virtual mini city Galoottonia. I found it pretty cool and fun… and decided to establish virtual city for all LumberJocks ;) Each visit increases the population. To become a new inhabitant just click on this link http://lumberjocks.myminicity.com. Let’s see how our virtual LJ city grows and prosper. I will keep you updated in this blog series.
Yesterday, after our bonfire breakfast (6:30 AM with our family, sitting around the fire laughing, eating), Rick and I headed to Toronto to the Woodworking Machinery and Supply Expo. Over the past year Rick and I have attended quite a few woodworking shows in the region but I have to say that none of them have been like this one. First of all we had to have a special badge to enter. At the entrance door you had to show your badge AND they had to check it with a digital thingymajiggy to che...
Well, my wife and I went to Kansas City today to visit some friends that moved their this past summer. I recently gave them a cutting board listed as a project here, and like cajunpen suggested they don’t want to use it. We spent a good part of Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and it is worth the trip. The museum was very impressive. My wife being an artist loved it and so did I. The collection was extensive and the new addition the Bloch building was awesome. I did however wa...
Today, Rick and I attended the Woodstock Wood Show and had the pleasure of meeting Jim McEntee, Vice President of Steel City Tool Works.. (See Part I of the interview with Jim) At the wood show, Jim introduced me to Terry Ross, Sales Manager for the Ontario Region, and David Campagna, Sales Manager for Eastern Canada Region. After some discussion about LumberJocks and what we are up to, we talked about the new products that will soon be introduced by Steel City. (for example: the j...
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...
Steel City Tool Works may be the new kid on the block but don’t let that fool you – there is a lot of experience behind the name. The History It was only last year that Steel City Tool Works made their grand entrance at the woodworking show in Atlanta (the equivalent of the Vegas show held last month) and it did not take them long to be accepted as one of the big names in woodworking. Jim McEntee, Vice-President/General Manager of Steel City Tool Works, Canada, credits the fast suc...
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