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Forum topic by scottishrose posted 11-04-2009 03:40 AM 1880 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2009 03:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource networking sharing skills

It looks like I am not going to be going to the show after all – family emergency mostly.
Now I know a few of you are going and would like to get together and meet.
I also know that some of you live in Vancouver which is just across the bridge.

Seems you guys could find a place or someone in Vancouver could offer a place – maybe a church social hall, some paper plates and cups and everyone bring something for munchies. It looks to me like there are about 9-15 or so of you going to the show at some time durring the weekend, so it wouldn’t be too big of a problem finding a place big enough to meet.

Please someone take the initiative here and everyone else chip in for the refreshments and clean-up. That way no one will be put out too much and everyone would have a chance to get to know each other face to face and find out what you have all been up to in the shop.

I have found about 35 active members of LJ who live between Vancouver Wa and 1 in Bellingham. There are at least 2 more in Wenatchee. Those are just the people who have posted in the last 45-60 days there are many more that have been here and not posted for a year or so who may be interested in a face to face group.

I was hoping we could get a woodworking club going – meet once a month, by monthly etc. or so – do show and tell, some of the more experienced ones could mentor the less experienced, share shop tips in person, whatever folks are interested in doing. Maybe even have a weekend seminar or something.

When I was having a problem with a woodworking class I was taking Karson sent a post that his woodworking club was having a weekend class building a hall table $85 including supplies. Unfortunately Karson lives in Delaware so the commute to class would have been a bit expensive. By the way Karson did post his table that he made at that class if any of you wants to check it out.

Seems to me that’s a lot of knowledge – and the internet is great, but working together and building friendships with folks who share in interest sounds like a great idea too. This get-together could be a seed to start something like that. Maybe we could have a South Wa branch, a Central Branch and a North Branch with a possibility of an East WA branch. Then we could all get together once in a while for big events or cooperate in offering seminars. I saw two shop teachers among us – possibility of renting school shop classroom for seminars? I supposed if we had insurance included in tuition and a liability waver that would help.
Those are some of the ideas I wanted to bring to the table, however I won’t be there to set it.
I Hope Those of you who are going to the show will step up and organize a get-together. Let the folks here know how it turned out. There are lots of us here in Western WA, Many just can’t make the show but would like to meet some of the other members in the area.
Make it happen then post pictures and tell us all about it.

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 05:40 AM

I would be willing to smoke a pork butt and have folks meet at my house. I live in Battle Ground WA. About 30 minutes north of the Portland airport. I will have to clear it with the boss, but I think we can do it without a problem. In the meantime please let me know who would be interested.

I would also be interested in a woodworkers club and I know Saksman would be interested as well.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 05:44 AM

I hope that you can get a club setup. I’ve got our copy of a constitution and Bylaws that I could provide for you to start making yours.

Goodluck in getting together for the Woodworking show. Any way that I can help I’ll try.

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

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 08:39 AM

I’m not going to Portland this weekend, but I’ll jump in with both feet for the orginazation :-))

-- 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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#4 posted 11-05-2009 05:22 AM

Unfortunately the wife is having a root canal Friday afternoon so she won’t be up for company but I would like to meet up with LJ members at the show.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 07:47 PM

I’m up for meeting somewhere. Maybe we should keep it simple and just arrange to meet at a nearby restaurant/pub, for a meal/snack and one’s beverage of choice? Letting somebody else do the cooking/cleanup would allow more time for swappin’ lies. :)



-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 06:02 AM

Did this ever get off the ground? I live in Battleground, WA and would be interested.

-- "An armed society is a polite society."

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#7 posted 10-25-2010 06:19 AM

I’m in Redmond WA and would also be interested.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#8 posted 10-25-2010 07:02 AM

There have been several tries to get a WA LJ get together going, but not enough interest ever shows u when push comes to shove :-(

-- 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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