Woodworking Tour of the Berkshires

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Forum topic by Glen Peterson posted 02-07-2010 11:26 PM 1467 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2010 11:26 PM

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Hi LJ’s, At the end of next week a couple of my woodworking buddies and I are going to visit some woodworking- related businesses in southwestern Massachusetts. It got me thinking that our trip might be of interest to other LJ’s and that many of you might like to share similar woody adventures in your area. When I’m on vacation I love visiting wood-related shops, galleries, studios, and lumber sources. If any of you are in the Berkshires these places are well worth the visit. They are all a bit of the beaten path, but that’s part of the fun. First we’re going to Bannish Lumber in tiny Chester, Mass. Mrs. Bannish, who is my mother’s age, will probably be in a the office and she’ll give us the key to the “retail shed.” Bannish is a family-run flooring mill but they cherry pick the nicest pieces of wood for retail sales. I still have a couple of 16” wide cherry boards that I bought from them ago 12 years ago. I didn’t have a particular project in mind, but they were too beautiful not to take. Excellent prices on North American hardwoods, but bring a pick up and a couple of flashlights. After that we’ll drive west to Great Barrington, Mass. It’s a nice little town and the home of Berkshire Veneer. A warehouse full of veneer and nice folks who will take the time to show you around. I visited them once about a year ago with my daughter. What a great experience. I bought some 1/8” thick cherry veneer that I’m curently using on the top of a pair of bureaus I’m building for my daughter. The sheets I bought were about 20” wide by 8’ long, and they gave me the sheets that had lots of pitch pockets for 1/2 price. I just used them for the backs. Just south of Great Barrington is Sheffield, Mass the home of Berkshire Products. I haven’t been there before, but I don’t just want to play tour guide. Berkshire Products specializes in highly figured woods and has big burls and slabs. I don’t know if we’ll buy anything, but I’ll certainly enjoy looking around. That might be all we have time for, but there’s a great antique tool shops nearby. Falcon-Wood mainly sells through the internet, but it is physically located just west of Sheffield. I’ve bought a few user tools from them such as a old stanley 4 1/2 with a corregated sole. In April I’m going to be in eastern Pennsylvania to take a turning class with David Elsworth. I know about the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, but are there other places that might be worth a side trip. I’ll also be in Denver at the end of June and although I’ve been in Denver before, I’ve never done any woody things there. Can any Lumber Jocks in PA or CO recommend woody places to visit?

-- Glen

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 01:08 AM

Sounds like a great trip.

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