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09-08-2015 11:10 PM

I was thinking about being inspired, you know either by someone else’s work or an old lumber mill, or a museum of old woodworking. I used to visit a place called Mystic Seaport, it’s a place in Conn. We would go at least twice a month if time allowed back when we lived within 3 hours of the place. It’s a small village, refurbished back to the days of whaling, 1790’s. They have the old blacksmith shop, the print shop, watchmaker shop, the old ship building shops. The display of tools and the horse drawn carriages. The smells of the old whale oil being used, the hemp ropes being made, the pot bellied stoves and the best part the wood shops. In the main shop they have a 90 foot wood lathe, they build the masts there, quite a sight to see. Then of course comes the bakery with the old time molasses bars and the hermit bars and the scones, gaining pounds just thinking of it. Seemed as though you were transported to a much simpler time, actually saw couples holding hands, kids playing with a metal hoop and a stick, no video games. Well, just curious if anyone wanted to tell of a place they enjoyed, or got inspiration from, have fun, make some dust.

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 11:41 PM

We like the Ozark folk center close to what you have described.


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#2 posted 09-09-2015 12:57 AM

Paisley, Scotland.

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 12:58 AM

Waffle House!

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 01:20 AM

Hey Mrjinx, tried the link but it wouldn’t go, would have liked to take a look. Jimbo, a friend of mine goes to Scotland just about every year looking up his family roots, he says it’s great. Cab, that’s a different kind of inspiration, lol.

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 01:38 AM

Maui, my wife and I got married there. Very special place.

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 01:41 AM

I love Mystic, too, Clarkie. I went to college in New London, so we went to Mystic all the time. I had friends get married at the Seaport, which was a blast. Special place in my heart for that place.

I also love Watch Hill, RI. Not too much woodworking there, but we’d go for bike rides there when I was young and ride the carousel (oldest operating carousel with horses that are suspended by chains), hoping for the brass ring, then get some ice cream. Related to that was Misquamicut beach, which I still love more than anyplace in the world.

My other favorite place for memories is Lake Winnepesaukee, NH. Went to summer camp up near there for years, as camper and counselor, during my younger years. I think of the place often, and the fun times and the people I became forever friends with there.

Coming in in solid bronze medal position is any National Park, especially those in Utah. Simply stunning, and good memories there as well.

Thanks for making me reminisce. I’ll enjoy reading other responses here too.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#7 posted 09-09-2015 01:56 AM

Not sure why the link copied two extra dashes and other things at the end. This should work.


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#8 posted 09-09-2015 03:49 AM

Related to that was Misquamicut beach, which I still love more than anyplace in the world.

First job I ever had was working the concession stands and ice cream stands at Misquamicut! Best beach in New England.

There are some amazing places in NE, such as southern RI, Newport, RI, Cape Cod, Bar Harbor, ME, etc.

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#9 posted 09-09-2015 04:09 AM

Sonic Drive In! Been going there since the 70’s!

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#10 posted 09-09-2015 04:36 AM

My local mosque.

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#11 posted 09-09-2015 09:34 AM

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls has never failed to totally awe me, and I’ve probably been there 20 times in my life.

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#12 posted 09-09-2015 11:49 AM

Hello Heywood, can relate to Maui, spent couple months in Hawaii in 1969, beautiful. Mrjinx, thanks that link did work, great place. Mrfid, seems like you have more than one favorite, that’s a lot of travelling, nice to know there are so many places around. Super, hey, I am from Newport, has lots of old stuff there, but sadly is no longer the place I grew up in. Never been to Niagara Falls, least not yet. Guess we’ll have to make a bucket list. Never been to a Sonic either, guess I’m living a sheltered life, lol. DKV, good for you, we all need some place to feel relief. Mini vacations to places that offer a break and some form of appeasing seem to be getting harder to find, or maybe I just stopped looking, either way, good to hear about them and their effect.

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#13 posted 09-09-2015 02:32 PM

Anywhere in Southwest VA (south of DC). Had to leave in 2005 to keep a paycheck, still plan on moving back after reitrement in 3 years. I go home every chance I get.

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#14 posted 09-09-2015 02:50 PM

Williamsburg. Bermuda. My shop.


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#15 posted 09-09-2015 02:58 PM

The Center for Wooden Boats

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