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Forum topic by KnotWright posted 05-22-2010 08:44 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2010 08:44 PM

Ok, so A1Jim and I were catching up on things, and a thought crossed my mind, if you could live anywhere and the ultimate woodshop, and just happened to call it “Woodtopia” what would your vision of this be?

Deep in the woods of the great northwest, close to nature off the grid? Over in the Adirondacks so you could sell your creations to the wealthy folks of the city? Or would you become a hermit and not share your treasures with anyone (except the folks here on Lumberjocks of course)

Here’s a start of my vision: it would be a large place surround by large trees, with a HUGE covered workshop that would have plenty of spaces for people to come and work on whatever project they wanted. This way ideas could flow freely in the community and inspire everyone.

I’ve seen a PBS special about glass blowing that has a community like this, its a great learning center and after watching it, I’ve put it on my “Bucket List”.

Ok so everyone send in your dollar, so we can start buying up property somewhere and build this Woodtopia!

-- James

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 10:02 PM

In woodtopia I would work outside year round under a shelter (like a picnic shelter). I would not have to worry about the weather damaging my equipment and it would be secure enough that I could leave the machines in the shelter all the time. The shelter would protect me from the sun but I would have comfortable, gentle breezes year round.

The workshop would be somewhat isolated on a hill side with an incredible view of the Russian River Valley about 70 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 10:38 PM

Huge indoor space with ooodles of open-able windows and skylights. Benches by each window for others to work on.
Heated wood floor, 12’ high ceilings, well insulated. Large DC’s with drops at each bench and a few wide mouth openings at floor level for sweeping into.
A few flat, level, and stable assembly tables.
An engineered finishing room.
A dog and a cat.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 05-22-2010 11:09 PM

Somewhere out in Western Marin County, north of San Francisco. Close enough to civilization but secluded with great views, lots of tall trees, and PERFECT weather year-round.

A barn-like enclosure, huge, with ceilings allowing the construction of grander projects if needed (e.g. spiral staircases!). Like Gene said, lots and lots of windows and skylights. Maybe even a massive retractable skylight roof. :)

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 12:37 AM

I think my woodtopia would be in the middle of an area like Alaska were there are trees and rivers all around but it has weather like southern California and my shop would be large enough to have lots of friends come by and build what ever we want. Even though the nearest neighbors house would be 500 miles away. we would have plenty of room for all. Is this a new Disney film or what? LOL

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:04 AM

woodtopia would have time…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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