A Visit With LJ Members

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 11-24-2009 08:45 PM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got to meet a couple of LJ members last night from Auburn, WA and we had a great visit.

I got in contact with Topamax and we decided to get together for a visit right away. Not long after I got to his house, another LJ member showed up. Topamax had called a couple of other guys and one of them, Studie, was able to make it over for a visit.

We talked for quite a while. Not only do we have a common interest in woodworking, but we all have our own business and work in the trades. There were a lot of stories about our job experiences. It is pretty obvious no matter where you go, human nature is the same (for better or for worse.)

Thanks to Topamax for having us over on such short notice, he looked a bit tired when we left. I know I was because I lost my thought a couple of times while talking (could be age too) but I did not have to get up and go to work in the morning.

It was an extra bonus having Studie show up and I am grateful that Topamax was thoughtful enough to call him. It made the visit just that much more of a bonus.

It is great to meet the LJ members in person and see how nice they really are. Studie has been making fibonacci gauges and he brought us each one. Very Cool!

Thanks for being able to get together on such short notice guys and putting up with me.


Left to right: Studie, Topamax, Todd

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 08:57 PM

Very cool Todd.

I’m glad you guys were able to get together. Where is Auburn? I have family in Renton.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 09:01 PM

Auburn is south of Seattle.

I am not sure where Renton is. I have to look everything up as I am not familiar with the Seattle area. I am learning as I go, just like most things:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 09:09 PM

another wonderful LJ connection!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 09:33 PM

very cool folks… would be nice t have some visits here down south…...maybe some day…....glad you were able to get togeather and visit….thanks for the post todd…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 09:45 PM

Great things to hear…..just goes to show how much of a community it is here on LJ’s…..all sharing some common interest. Seattle is a beautiful city…even though it rains like heck up there….I have family on the peninsula…and always enjoy the visit…..

Thanks for sharing your visit with us…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 10:03 PM

reggiek, I’m on the peninsula too… next time you’re in the area drop by for a shop visit!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 11:16 PM

Get-to-gathers are great. Glad you guys were able to get together.

-- 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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#8 posted 11-24-2009 11:24 PM

Thanks Derek for the invite….and the same goes to you and to any LJs when they find themselves around San Luis Obispo, CA.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 11:25 PM

Glad you guys made it over. Work wasn’t too bad today, just demo ;-) When I told my wife Studie was coming too, she said, “We’re not collecting men.” I asked “Would you rather have me collecting women?”

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

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 11:28 PM

lol .. collecting men/women.. that’s funny.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 12:20 AM

Good one.

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

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 12:39 AM

Topamax is cool I think he’s one great guy so are you others tooLOLAlistair

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

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#13 posted 11-25-2009 12:44 AM

I am glad you all got a chance to meet one another. Conversing back and forth as we do here is fine but person to person meetings are much more informative and pleasurable.

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

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#14 posted 11-25-2009 01:35 AM

Man, these are such Great Stories!! And the Pictures, every one of them I’ve seen… Usually when people have gatherings, there are always one or two who look like they’d rather be somewhere else… When Lumberjocks meet, everybody in the pictures is positively Beaming!!! : D
And as long as everybody is offering, if anybody ever finds themselves in my neck of the woods, give me a holler!

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

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#15 posted 11-25-2009 02:10 AM

Todd, I’m having visit envy. I had planned to hook up with Dorje last year before the gas prices rose and the 401K sank. Maybe someday, hopefully sooner than later…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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