Going to local shows. #3: Melbourne at last

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Hi guys Just got back from Melbourne.. went down courtesy of the boys from Torque Work Centres..
What a blast… 3 days of talking to woodies about timber, tools, techniques and just shooting the breeze with a great bunch of people.
Some timber for you all to drool over… I know I did..
The venue was at the Flemington Markets… just down the road from Flemington Race course.. the home of the Melbourne Cup… the Horse race that stops a Nation. Very large place… long walk from our display stand in the demostration end to the toilets and the exhibitors lounge for coffee..
Even boat building … real sweet boats there too.
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. This, my friends, is. THE SLAB MASTER. This one is smaller than most at just over 20 feet long. Dresses and sands slabs. And that is Keith operating it.
A demonstration of dressing a slab of Silky Oak…Lacewood… only took a few minutes on each side for this small slab. The operator is Luke.. one of the boys who make the machine..He is a boilermaker by trade and we are teaching him all about wood.. lots of fun…. he is catching on really fast under the watchful eye of Keith.. master woodworker and designer of all the Machines.. including a swag of really huge CNC machines…

Good site plan…well spread out.. wide aisles and heaps of bargains… not that I had time to scratch myself let alone get to any of the bargains available..

One for all the galloots out there.. lots of antique hand tools… Charles Jackson III you would have loved this display .. even a pedal powered scroll saw and spring loaded lathe

More slabs of cedar.. drool drool

Here are some Burls and stumps for tables…

Roger Gifkens Dove tail Jig stand…really nice piece of kit this.
Me showing off with the “Wee Beastie” lol,

I just had to include this fantastic artist..

Just a few shots of the stand with some of the boards I took.. brought most of them back but I did sell almost AU$1000.00 over the weekend.
And to top of an already great weekend.. had a chance to chat with Stuart Lees from Stu's Shed

PhotobucketFantastic down to earth bloke.. had a wonderful time chatting with him.. I must have impressed him because he took some pics of my work and told me that he would include me in his blog.. OK I though “nice.”
Did not expect this though.
Well that is just about all from me for this show/
Next Month I am off to Bundaberg.. a few hour north for a wood show.. stay tuned.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1765 days ago

Larry, it sounds as if your trip to Melbourne was a success both from a personal as well as business standpoint. Those are nice pictures of the show and I really enjoyed seeing the ones of the slabs and burls.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1765 days ago

Isn’t this your job now? Looks like you’re having to much fun!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 1765 days ago

I love going to WW shows. I get really exited and same up all my money lol.
Buy anything?
I like the look of that slab master! bet their pricey though.
congrats on your profits.

BTW, you look very much like my next door nieghbour lol

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#4 posted 1765 days ago

Good Show, Mate!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 1765 days ago

Bob Just a little tired…
Brody… The slab master is about 8 grand.. different sizes available though.. save them pennies.
Scott I did have fun…There was much more timber but I did not have time to see everything let alone take pics.. oh well next time…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 1765 days ago

It’s very interesting to see the subtle differences between shows up here (in the Atlanta area) and down under.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 1765 days ago

Ok the show is over. Was it a successful show. How about your boards sales?
I hope it pays off. Now take a rest and start woodworking tomorrow morning!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1765 days ago

well done! you would probably sell more of your stuff at craft shows and not made for woodies. we all look, admire and think “we can do that! wait a minute! we can’t! oh, we can! yipee!”.

I wish I could come. there are no wood shows that I know of her in NZ. these shows speak directly to the hunter/gatherer part of our brain.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 1765 days ago

glad you made it through .
take a break .

you look like you had a good time thought ,
and made some good connects , i’m sure .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 1765 days ago

Larry: Looks like a great time was had by all. Congrats on your sales. A great looking collection of boards.

Those slabs look like some great wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 1765 days ago

great sales and still work to take to the next show
looks like all the hard work paid off and you had a good time what could be better

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 1765 days ago

Wow Larry That like a great show and your booth was mind boggling great job

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 1764 days ago

Glad you had a good time Larry. Considering that mostly woodworkers attend those show I think you sold a lot.

Have you thought about selling wholesale to some up-market kitchen equipment and utensil stores? If they are anything like here in Norway they sell stuff at really high prices to well off would-be gourmets. I would think your boards would go like hotcakes at a place like that. Also I would try food fairs and festivals. I’ve seen quite a few from Australia on TV. Sorry, I know you didn’t ask for marketing advice.

Those work centers are really amazing. One of those with some good quality electric hand tools can really take the working out of woodworking. What would they call it then, just wood?

Thanks a lot for taking the time and trouble to show us these photos and tell about the show. Time for a beer and a nap! That’s what being lazy is all about.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 1764 days ago

Impressive show Larry and it sound like a great time had by all, thanks for taking the time to show the rest of the world that woodworking is alive and well down under. Caboolture must of had clear sky while your were away…LOL take care…Blkcherry

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#15 posted 1764 days ago

Looks like you had way too much fun. I wish I could have been there. Interesting blog. We always like to here whats going on with you. Never a dull moment.

You should have smiled in the first picture of you at the Work Centre. All that woodworking stuff and you look bored.

Thanks for sharing, now go back to work!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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