Last September, I received the email excerpted below: “Greetings Brad, We have a new case study to create. It is with a system builder partner of ours in the UK…” A fortnight hence, I had finished my work in Leicester, UK, and was traveling the 110 miles south by rail to London with my lady sitting next to me. You see, whenever I go on a business trip somewhere—uh, scratch that. Whenever I go on a business trip somewhere nice (Seattle, San Francisco, the UK) I encourage my girl to go al...
When I was a wee lad of four, my civil-engineering dad’s work took us to live in Puerto Rico. By the time we left, at age six, I took with me my (now long gone) vintage GI Joe and a fluency in Puerto Rican street Spanish. I’ve come to realize that I also brought home a love of travel. The never-ending wonder of new places, new people, new customs, new foods, new vistas and climates gives me a rush to this very day. And so it was on a recent wine tasting trip to Walla Walla, Washington, a r...
Getting closer now, exactly one month till I leave for my ultimate American wood working trip. I have booked a course at Woodcraft and I am trying to coordinate something at Highland Woodworking. But more on the itinery when it iis more final. This entry is about my travelling tool kit. I bought this case to take some of my tools to my WW classes. After much agonizing I have concluded that if I am going to achieve anything WW while in the US I need some of my basic tools with me. ...
To put you in the picture, woodworking is not my only reason for travelling. My sister lives in Georgia and I do not like it. She is not only my sister but a good friend and I miss her all the time. The upside of this is the US seems to be my destination of choice, and given the sheer in-exhaustable supply of woodworking opportunities there are there, it is a good choice. Now for those of you not from Australia, we have this strange employment concept called ‘long service’. ...
... THANK YOU to http://lumberjocks.com/VillageCarpenter – I have driven by the Cloisters a million times, but until I read about it in her blog, I never considered going. workbench in the workshop from the Ephrata Cloister. (pictures go here – but no joy in posting flickr pics, please click the link below) The English Style workbench had no stretchers across the front or back – but on closer inspection, I think I found the mortises where they once were. It̵...
Hello Friends. I am in New Hampshire for work this week but I will have a little time for me before I fly back to France on Saturday. Any interesting woodworking-related places in New Hampshire ? I would be interested in tool shops, antiques or even Lumberjocks workshops etc… I have already been to Woodcraft in Portsmouth and this is the only woodworking-related place I know of in New Hampshire.I considered going to Maine to visit Lie Nielsen Shop but I am afraid that without a...
I was in the DC area recently on business and extended my stay by a day to visit with family. And to try my hand at vintage tool hunting back east. That is why you’re reading this post right? Virginia was home to me as a kid for a few years. Aunt Pat and Uncle Ralph lived in Alexandria, VA with their four kids. As a 12-year old I remember many touring trips. Aunt Pat is a natural docent, well-read on history and culture. And she used those skills hypnotically, as we toured all of DC, Mount...
Saint CroixMaFe on tour November 2010 A good friend of mine called one Wednesday and asked me if I was ready to go to Saint Croix newt Sunday!I asked what was the story, and he reply that he just thought it could be nice.I explain about my health and economy, and he said that I did not have to worry for the pay, and that he was aware of my fragile health, so if I was ill when we were there, I could just stay in my bed, and get better!So no catch, nothing I had to do, just to enjoy and get ...
The Traveling Lumberjock #4: Trenton, GA (Not far from Chattanooga, TN) - July 28, 2010 (w/ pics this time!)
NOTES: A lot of interesting stuff on this trip so I’m breaking it up into separate days. If you want to see the high res picture, click on the embedded picture and it will open a new browser window with the full high res version. This trip has been REALLY cool. There were a few issues, like my luggage not making it here. I guess I was due since this is the first time in five years of hard traveling it’s not made it to my destination. I’ve had it get delayed coming hom...
So it was off to Virginia last week. I’ve been going to Richmond pretty regularly for four to five years now and I really enjoy the area. It’s beautiful, there’s a ton of historical stuff in the area, and of course now that I’m visiting sawmills and lumberjocks, there’s no shortage of wood and sawdust themed adventures. This was something of a short notice trip, so I didn’t have much chance to plan visits or scope folks with portable sawmills. Oddly e...
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