I Met LJ Member Dave Mitchell Tonight!

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 09-27-2009 06:19 AM 1471 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LJ member Dave Mitchell and his wife stopped by tonight.

Dave, also known as Splinters, lives in the far northwestern corner of Montana in West Glacier. That is at the western gate of Glacier National Park.

He and his wife are traveling to the midwest for a visit with family and they had to come right by my place in Billings, MT. Since I live just spittin’ distance off the freeway and the KOA is just down the street they decided to stop by.

Dave is a real Montana kind of guy, a real mountain of a man! I felt so small standing next to him.

Dave Mitchell

We had a great visit. In the morning, Rita and I plan to have breakfast with Dave and his wife before they take off. It was fun to have him stop by, to show him my shop, and have a good laugh. I swear that LJ’s are the best people.

Dave Mitchell

I just wish we had a couple of days to hang out and swap shop stories.

Peace, Love, & Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 09-27-2009 06:36 AM

cool looks like alot of LJ’s are starting to get together.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-27-2009 06:41 AM

Nice to see LJ’s getting to meet.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 09-27-2009 01:50 PM

I will be doing the LJ tour one day soon..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 09-27-2009 03:17 PM

Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, VT

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#5 posted 09-27-2009 03:22 PM

Thanks Todd. It’s nice to meet other woodworkers and LJ’ers/

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

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#6 posted 09-27-2009 08:16 PM

Todd, What a great post. Glad to see you all had a great time. I p[lan on meeting several at the LJ picnic in High Point, NC in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the pictures as I am making an album of LJ meetings so I can put avitars and names together.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 09-27-2009 09:21 PM

Really cool!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 09-27-2009 11:41 PM

Good one Dave & Todd.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 09-28-2009 05:51 PM

very cool…sounds like a nice visit…

AND NOW I KNOW THERE IS A KOA down the street—-so when the week long workshop (at $500 each for 5 woodworkers???) we dont even need to pitch the tent in your yard…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 09-28-2009 07:55 PM

There are two nice campgrounds just a stone’s throw down the street.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 09-28-2009 08:00 PM

He looks like Billy connolly.Although that might sound like an insult as I can’t stand him.LOLAlistair ps Billy Connolly that is.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 09-28-2009 10:13 PM

see (two nice campgrounds comment)!!!! 5-7 jocks…getting together learn, woodwork, camp (they have comfy cabins!!!), fish…hmmm? Plan it for a time when work is a bit slower…hmmm? Think of a fee plus materials…(this I have no idea on…) it could be a traveling school…each summer a new jock hosts…OR its the beginning of your school…

No one signs up…NO LOSS…ok…I will shut up…how many times have I teased you on this…the truth is once you showed us those hiiking shots near your house…plus your great posts (and not toooo far for a summer road trip since I am a teacher)...I dont tease anyone else on this—-so I am not sure if this is an honor to you or if I am a pest, lol….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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