Shady Lea School of Woodworking #1: Traditional Woodworking School Open House

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Blog entry by shadyleawoodworking posted 03-08-2012 04:30 AM 8465 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone at Lumber Jocks, I am a new member and am very excited to share stories and projects with you all. I also wanted to invite everyone to an open house at my woodworking school in RI. We’re called Shady Lea Woodworking and are located at 215 Shady Lea Rd. suite 107, North Kingstown, RI 02852. The open house is March 24th and 25th from 12-5pm both days. We have live turning demos, saw sharpening demos, food and refreshments and more going on the whole weekend. It’s also a chance to meet all the instructors and some of the students. I would love it if anyone could make it out. It should be a good time and it would be nice to show you all the type of work I’m into while also introducing you to our school. You can check out the schools website or mine to find more info on the school and type of work we do.

-- Ryan Baird,

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 05:53 AM

too far for me to go. but welcome to the site. Got any pictures of your shop and tool types?

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 10:02 AM

Welcome to LJ’s but a bit far for an Aussie to travel. Best of luck with your school.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 05:10 PM

Welcome to LJ. Looking forward to your posts. Good luck with your school. Let me know if you decide to open a branch here in Norway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 02:02 PM

Thanks guys, I’ll definitely be posting some of my work soon as well as pictures of my shop and my school. Hey Mike since you’re living in Norway you’ll appreciate a project i helped design last year. A customer of mine that I build furniture for is building an exact replica of the Borgund stave church in Norway. The director of the church wouldn’t release the blueprints to my customer so I had to proportion and design the whole thing off of 2 measurements taken from the actual church and then I used the phi ratio pulling arcs and points to layout the elevations for the whole church. It was an awesome project and I will try to post the drawings at some point if I ever get them scanned. (:

-- Ryan Baird,

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 05:21 PM

Thanks Ryan. I have visited several of these stave churches, but Borglund yet. They are pretty amazing. There is also an American replica of the Hopperstad stave church in Vik, Norway. It is located in Moorehead Minnesota. Below is a link in case you are interested.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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