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Pennsylvania woodworkers??

by mdbohica
posted 02-02-2010 04:32 AM

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 05:44 AM

Chambersburg, here!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 03:22 PM

Blue Bell, near Philadelphia

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 04:09 PM

Apple Creek Ohio

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 01:29 AM

Pottstown…not far from Valley Forge

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 01:44 AM

I am in northern Maryland probably an hour from you. Your story is heart warming. Mine is similiar but i am fortunat to have my father still with me, except that he live 1000 miles away. When he came to visit me 2 years ago, we did a floor in my house and although the floor turned out excellent, the quality of time spent together far outweighs it.
By far this is the best site of its type. You will find people here who will tell you every technique from redneck to scientific. If you want knoweldge, it is here. But please, share the information you have gathered from your family.

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 02:08 AM

Wilkes-Barre area

-- Scott

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 02:16 AM

Kingston. Pa here, about 2 1/2 hours north of Dillsburg on Rt81. Not local, but everywhere is local on LJ.

-- Guy Kroll

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 02:17 AM

Hi Scott, are you in Wilkes Barre??

-- Guy Kroll

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 02:29 AM

I grew up in the great metropolis of Kralltown or Wellsville, PA right down the road from you. My parent still live out there but I moved to Chester County toward Philly. Welcome to the site and I’m sure you’ll find some people out there.

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 04:02 AM

quakertown, north of philly

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 01:05 AM

I know there are more of us then this. Pennsylvania woodworkers come on. Raise your hand !!!!!

-- Guy Kroll

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 05:54 AM

New Oxford, 10 minutes east of Gettysburg

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 11:17 PM

5 minutes from woolrich, 25 from williamsport!

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#14 posted 02-04-2010 11:40 PM

I was born in Carlisle and raised in Perry County. I live in Hawaii now, but if you get some sort of meeting lined up, I’d fly home for that. My family still lives and loves Perry County. I lost my mom last year too. When she had her first stroke I renamed my business after her, McKee Fine Woodworking. Her maiden name was Mary McKee and I sign my pieces MM. Every time I see those initials a flood of memories wash up… good though.
Welcome to LJ’s.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#15 posted 02-05-2010 01:09 AM

Hi cathyb, always loved the Corvette show in Carlisle.
Send some of that weather back home, Carlisle is going to get clobbered with snow on Friday and Saturday.

-- Guy Kroll

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#16 posted 02-05-2010 01:40 AM

My sister told me that this morning, but you’ve faired better than D.C. this year. You get 8” to their 24”, weird?!
My sister will be coming out here next week for a two week visit. I’ll have her stow some sunshine in her carry on and release it at the Harrisburg airport when she returns on the 25th. Check your calendar-it will be warmer that day.
I have to say, I’ve been in Hawaii for 27 years and I still miss having seasons. After a miserable, gray winter in Pennsylvania nothing tops seeing the bright yellow forsythia bushes and the tulips and buds on the maples and oak trees. Suddenly there is an explosion of color and activity-I miss that almost as much as I miss the beautiful crispness of the fall. Pennsylvania is a gorgeous place….........

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#17 posted 02-05-2010 01:42 AM

Dillsburg here!

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#18 posted 02-05-2010 01:46 AM

Rush Twp. just outside Danville & Elysburg.

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#19 posted 02-05-2010 02:06 AM

Easton here

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#20 posted 02-06-2010 04:48 PM


-- HenryH - PA

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#21 posted 02-08-2010 12:15 AM

Check around for local clubs, here in Pittsburgh we have a woodturners and woodworkers club.

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#22 posted 02-08-2010 02:30 AM

King of Prussia… not far from a lot of you!

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#23 posted 02-08-2010 02:39 AM

just west of Mifflinburg .

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#24 posted 02-08-2010 03:09 AM

Great thread. I enjoyed looking at everyone’s shops and projects that are close to me.

Henry, when is the next meeting for the Phila. woodworkers?

Vincent – what is a boutique sawmill?

Thanks for sharing…great idea mdbohica

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#25 posted 02-08-2010 03:58 AM

A boutique sawmill is a small local sawmill that specializes in local native hardwoods. Spacht Sawmill ( is located in Fairview Village has some nice local hardwoods. Dave Spacht is a great guy to work with and his prices are very good.

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#26 posted 02-08-2010 04:39 AM

Thanks, Vincent. His website is nice. I’ll have to check him out next time I need wood.

What I would really like to do is start milling my own stuff. I just bought a used chainsaw and borrowed an alaskan saw mill. I have a red oak on my property that came down a few months ago. I can practice on that. After that, I need to find some cool wood.

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#27 posted 02-08-2010 05:03 AM

Guy, I live in Dallas, about a mile from Misericordia. I teach high school math at Hanover Area.


-- Scott

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#28 posted 02-09-2010 11:36 AM

Scott nice to meet you. We will have to have coffee someday, maybe at Hillside. That would give the opportunity to give you the 10 cent tour of the farm. We are building a huge workshop this year, 28” x 60”.
That goes for all the local LJ’s and any other that are close. When the new shop is complete, I will have to have everybody out the farm for a tour.

-- Guy Kroll

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#29 posted 02-09-2010 02:43 PM

Mohrsville here just south of Hamburg

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#30 posted 02-09-2010 03:46 PM

North Hills of Pittsburgh here

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#31 posted 02-09-2010 06:35 PM

Bradford,Pa. here anyone close?

-- Nick,Pa.

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#32 posted 02-10-2010 02:08 AM

West Chester, PA

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#33 posted 02-10-2010 04:48 PM

Washington, PA

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#34 posted 02-10-2010 04:58 PM

York PA

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#35 posted 02-10-2010 05:01 PM

Troy ,Pa Just thru there on way to E.Sportsman show, on Monday
1 hr from Willaimsport 30 miles from Elmira N.Y.

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#36 posted 02-10-2010 05:03 PM

Bakersfield, CA!! How close am I?.............LOL

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#37 posted 02-10-2010 05:20 PM

Well, I’m in Ridgely, MD now, but I came from a small town called Waterford, PA, About 10 min. southeast of Erie.

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#38 posted 02-11-2010 10:21 PM

I am in Kutztown. Been through Dillsburgh many times.

This is a great thread. Seems like there are a few LJs in my area too. (Hi Bert, my daughter lives in Mohrsville.)

I want to mention that I hope many of you can make it to the Woodworking Show in Reading March 5-7. I have been writing and trying to get them to come to PA again for the past few years. So I am hoping there is a good turn out and they will continue coming here.

Also there is a good mill near me (Baileys in Kempton) for those having trouble finding nice lumber. It is less than 10 miles off exit 40 on I-78. They always have a nice selection.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#39 posted 02-12-2010 12:04 AM

John Harris

MCWWG meets the first tuesday of the month at Phia Furniture workshop. Check site for updates.

-- HenryH - PA

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#40 posted 02-12-2010 04:01 AM

Thanks, Henry!

Beeguy, I’ll be at the Reading Show.

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#41 posted 02-12-2010 10:48 PM

Garland, TX….I can throw a rock and hit Dallas!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#42 posted 02-13-2010 10:44 AM

Im glad someone finally did this… I always wondered if there was anyone from LJ close by. Hagerstown, MD here!!!

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#43 posted 02-21-2010 04:24 AM

Philadelphia here , not all that far from ya .

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#44 posted 02-27-2010 02:27 PM

west of snowy Ashland here

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#45 posted 03-05-2010 03:31 AM

Guys, here is a smoking deal that I just saw on the Philly Criagslist for a 1 hp dust collector and accessories for $75:

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#46 posted 03-07-2010 07:37 PM

Richboro here, lower Bucks County near Newtown. A local woodworkers group makes a lot of sense as I have noticed that Lowes and Home Depot have reduced their finer wood offerings, especially 1/2” and 1/4” 4×8 ply. We need to let them know this is unacceptable!

Also Lew.

-- Smile!

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#47 posted 03-07-2010 08:19 PM

McKeesport…..just east of Pittsburgh

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#48 posted 03-08-2010 05:34 PM

Just outside of Lansdale and Blue Bell.

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#49 posted 03-08-2010 06:32 PM

While I am not geographically close to you, I understand your reasoning for wanting to carry on the woodworking. My father, and grandfather were both woodworkers. (Dad is still with us, but no longer woodworking due to health issues not related to woodworking…).

I have often wondered if there is something, well… genetic about us woodworkers and fellow crafts persons that makes us do the things we do.

I do agree that there should be geographic groupings. I don’t know if Martin wants that much of an administrative nightmare though…

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#50 posted 03-09-2010 02:46 AM

I am glad to see there are wood workers in the west part of Pa. Now how many in the north west? Hi to evrery Pa wood worker.

-- Nick,Pa.

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