Earlier this fall, I attended the Toronto Woodworking Machinery Expo (see blog) and one of the representatives that I had the pleasure of speaking with was Norman Framton, the Sales/Marketing rep from General. This week, I connected with Norman by phone and we talked further about the company and product lines. HistoryGeneral Manufacturing is in its 61st year of business and is based in Drummondville, Quebec. With a foundry just down the road, they are able to produce their Canadian-mad...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #13: Wednesday Workshop: Gary CN"s Man Cave with a side trip to the comics.
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...
Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #12: Wednesday Special: With Dusty down at "This Old Crack House."
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...
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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