Meeting Thos. Angle

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-27-2009 10:36 PM 1527 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning I had the honor of meeting famed LumberJock member Thos. Angle and his lovely wife Carleen. They are just as genuinely nice in person as they are online.

We did not have much time to visit this morning as they are just heading back to Oregon. They will have to make a couple of trips to complete their move to Wyoming. They will be about 2 hours away so I am sure that we will have more opportunities to get together. Everything within 2 hours is considered local in Big Sky Country.

The visit was short and sadly, they did not get to meet my wife Rita because she was at work. But Thos. and Carleen got a tour of the shop and my projects. Now Thos. can vouch for what a hack that I am;) I was quite flattered by the nice things that he said about my work and the fact that he immediately recognized the pieces. I was also excited to show off my Shea Handplane and Leaf Box by Blake.

Well I look forward to Thos. and Carleen visiting again and them getting to meet Rita instead of just me and the dogs. So until then Thos. – Travel Safe.

Meeting Thos. Angle

Peace, Love, & Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 02-27-2009 11:04 PM

Way Cool.

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#2 posted 02-27-2009 11:52 PM

Wow!!! This makes me wish I lived closer to Billings— almost!!! :)

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

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#3 posted 02-27-2009 11:54 PM

Todd -

Great story and a great photo! I like this photo of Thos btter than his LJ avitar. Please give him my best next time you get a chance to visit.



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#4 posted 02-28-2009 01:29 AM

what an honour – for both of you.
Gosh it is so wonderful to hear about LJ’s meeting. It makes this all “real”!

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 01:43 AM

Great Pic, Guys!! Try to cheer up though, willya?! :-) MC

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 01:48 AM

todd , you got all the luck !!! lol

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 02:40 AM

That’s great for you both to meet. Hope you have many more meetings. And yes MsDeb…........ this does make it all real.

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

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 02:41 AM

When are you guys gonna make it down to California?!? Glad to see two great woodworkers come together.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 07:09 AM

I agree with David, Thos. looks way more full of P and Vinegar, and much younger than in his avatar.

Thos. already sent me an e-mail suggesting that with you and Rita up there as well this should be enough impetus to get off the dime and visit. Pam is already psyched to travel up north to make it a three couple meet and greet, or even get some time on horseback. She’s a large animal Vet’s daughter and went to school a few undergrad semesters in Montana.

We were going to try and hit San Fran-Eugene-Portland and end up visiting Dorje in Seattle last year just before the gas hike hit, so I agree a closer LJ vacation would be a blast.

Todd you’re looking fit and well. Jumping off perfectly good rocks seems to suit you… although that Aussie-style rappelling made me wince to watch. I’m too much of a flat-lander (grin).

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

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#10 posted 02-28-2009 07:28 AM

Doug, you are not obligated to jump off of the rock but there are some great trails to walk on top of the rims with some great views over the Yellowstone Valley. You can see several mountain ranges from on top of the rims.

If there is anybody that looks like they have been steeped in the western culture it is Thos. You can tell he is a worker, that man has a serious set of sandwich clamps on him.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 09:25 AM

I’ve also had the privilege of meeting Thos. and he is really a great guy. I’m sorry to see him moving away from these parts, but I’m glad to see he’s already making new friends!

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#12 posted 02-28-2009 06:08 PM

Alright you bunch of knuckleheads, I knew that danged Todd would stick that sorry picture on here!! Actually the pleasure was all mine. If you get a chance to meet Todd, you will understand what I mean. We had a great chat, although way too rushed. Todd’s pieces are even more refined and impressive when you have them under your hands. Great craftsmanship and super finishing. The designs show even more finese in the flesh than in photos. I was very impressed. He also has a great shop. Sorry to miss Rita, but I’m sure we will get together in the future. Todd informed us that Billings has a symphony and they know the conductor. That alone is reason for an over night in Billings. 2 more trips and we are moved.

PS, according to the people of Billings, Todd is the best HANDIMAN in town. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 02-28-2009 06:14 PM

D’OH! You caught the post. I thought that I could slide it in under the radar.

I better set things straight, I realized after you left that when I said “director” you would think “conductor.” We know the business director for the symphony. Anyway we love the symphony and going to the ABT. The great thing for us is that downtown Billings is just a stone’s throw away.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 02-28-2009 06:16 PM

I have to get going, we are going to Chico Hot Springs and Bozeman for the day. The Banff Film Festival is playing in Bozeman tonight. It is the Radical Reels Tour featuring several high energy mountain sport films. LOVE IT!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 02-28-2009 06:17 PM

Montana sure is a lucky state to have such fine craftsmen.

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