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AZWoody

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12-22-2017 05:55 PM

I’ve been talking with some others about arranging a get together here at my shop in the coming months.
My dates are pretty flexible but for those interested, I’d like input on what dates would be best?
I would like to keep it to the cooler months as it can get pretty hot where I am. The last BBQ we had here I believe it was around 116 and well over 100 in the shade inside the shop. It was still fun though :)

We’ll have food, drinks and can do some exchanges of info, wood, and other things.
I was thinking of doing a raffle of some wood I have from my sawmill and if anyone wants to bring logs to mill, we can do that at a vastly reduced cost (mainly to cover cost of blades). That way, everyone can come and watch logs being milled and we can all learn from each other.

Any other suggestions are welcomed and hope this can turn into a fun way to put a face to the username here.

I’m thinking anytime from January on can be arranged but the earlier the better for me as I also am a full-time farmer for my real life job.


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Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 07:36 PM

+1

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#2 posted 12-22-2017 07:49 PM

Woody – we do the same thing in the Sign Makers world on a routine basis.
we run articles on social media as well as in the sign craft magazines.
they are not free – most events are about $50-60 per person which includes a T-Shirt for the event,
snacks and lunch, and try to get as much supplies donated by vendors as possible.
advance registration is required to ensure everyone gets as much as possible out of the event
and the event host does not get stuck with an abundance of unused products and personal expenses.
safety is of the utmost importance. we have the fire marshal inspect the building to ensure
everything is up to code. The event planner also reaches out to the insurance company to
insure there is ample coverage in case of injuries (which sometimes do happen).
meets during the frigid winter months are scheduled in the South and vise-a-versa.
here is a meet that was held at my sign shop in 2002. the theme was “A Gathering of Craftsmen”
we had about 112 people show up and it was a blast for everyone.
we try to make it around the government holidays where those that have “real jobs” would have a long weekend.
as you mentioned – we all have different skills and when a group gets together to share, teach and learn
in a comfortable atmosphere, it is quite rewarding. and everyone makes a new friend.
http://www.letterville.com/meets/springfling/index.html
and another one
http://www.letterville.com/meets/migration/index.html

I don’t know how many people you can safely accommodate at your place
but I can guide you through the hurdles and pitfalls if you need some help.

-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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AZWoody

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 08:16 PM



Woody – we do the same thing in the Sign Makers world on a routine basis.
we run articles on social media as well as in the sign craft magazines.
they are not free – most events are about $50-60 per person which includes a T-Shirt for the event,
snacks and lunch, and try to get as much supplies donated by vendors as possible.
advance registration is required to ensure everyone gets as much as possible out of the event
and the event host does not get stuck with an abundance of unused products and personal expenses.
safety is of the utmost importance. we have the fire marshal inspect the building to ensure
everything is up to code. The event planner also reaches out to the insurance company to
insure there is ample coverage in case of injuries (which sometimes do happen).
meets during the frigid winter months are scheduled in the South and vise-a-versa.
here is a meet that was held at my sign shop in 2002. the theme was “A Gathering of Craftsmen”
we had about 112 people show up and it was a blast for everyone.
we try to make it around the government holidays where those that have “real jobs” would have a long weekend.
as you mentioned – we all have different skills and when a group gets together to share, teach and learn
in a comfortable atmosphere, it is quite rewarding. and everyone makes a new friend.
http://www.letterville.com/meets/springfling/index.html
and another one
http://www.letterville.com/meets/migration/index.html

I don t know how many people you can safely accommodate at your place
but I can guide you through the hurdles and pitfalls if you need some help.

- John Smith

Thanks, I appreciate it. I’ll pm, you soon.

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AZWoody

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 05:36 PM

I’m free on any weekend from Jan 27 on.

Jacklewis emailed me earlier and wants to bring some of his extra pieces and would like others to bring what they have as well for an exchange. That’s a great idea so let’s make the most of it.

Any other ideas are welcome.

I am going to make sure I have some logs on hand for sawmill demos. I should be having a large pile of cottonwoods by then.

If anyone wants to bring a trailer for lumber, that’s also alright by me. By then, all the lumber I won from that cabinet maker’s auction should be here. Everything should be well below what you can get at any hardwood dealer in the city.

Once we can get a date settled on, I’ll set up a link for rsvp so I can figure what all we will be needing for food and other such fun things ;)

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#5 posted 01-02-2018 09:10 PM

I would like to make the trip from Las Vegas, but will be in California for the next month or so. If you have this at the middle to the end of February, or later, I would be up for the trip.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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Myles Standridge

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#6 posted 01-03-2018 12:19 AM

I’m up in Heber-Overgaard ~5 hours away so I’ll have to see when the time comes

Myles

-- Average people have wishes and dreams. Confident people have plans and goals.

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#7 posted 01-03-2018 12:50 AM

Charles, let me know what the times will be, from am to pm. I’ll let the folks know in my turning club and the woodworkers club also. Maybe could get a carload of people or even better, a pickup load…............ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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AZWoody

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#8 posted 01-03-2018 02:47 AM

I’m open to suggestions on time. I’m thinking a lunch would be best though. So maybe we can start trickling in around 10am or 11am and have lunch start a little after and then really get to going on some sawmill stuff and the swaps right after lunch. That would give us the afternoon to do whatever.

That’s cool Jerry on your turning club. Would be fun to meet others as well.

Paul, so 3rd week in Feb at the earliest for you?

Myles, wow, that would be a trip for you. Anything that you can bring up there to throw on the sawmill that I normally don’t find here in the desert?

Also, i was thinking. For the people who have to drive a ways, there is a Microtel about 30 minutes from my farm.
I can get info for anyone who would want to stay the night and not have to drive back late.

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Rich

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#9 posted 01-03-2018 04:34 AM

I’d like to join in if you all will have me. I’d love to buy some lumber if the price is right. Mesquite and walnut are the tops on my list right now. I’m in Tucson.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Knockonit

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#10 posted 01-03-2018 01:34 PM

Sounds like a hoot of a time,
I’m in phoenix, so a couple three hours in the rig and can be there, as for time, i’m pretty open, have a couple trips planned for heading to midwest, but no absolute date yet, the boss here will dictate that.
looking forward to it
Rj in Az.

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 01-03-2018 01:56 PM

I’m in Snowflake so the info about the little motel would be very helpful.
Rich, I have a few 4/4 rough sawn Walnut boards I’d give you. No charge. They are 8”-10” wide and 8’-10’ long. I’d have to cut them to fit in the PU bed which is 6.5’.

-- 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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Rich

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#12 posted 01-03-2018 04:40 PM

That would be awesome, Gene. Six feet is pretty much the limit of the SUV anyway. I usually have the lumber yard cut 10 footers to 6 feet and 4 feet.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 01-03-2018 05:10 PM

You got it, Rich. Want some pin oak, too?

-- 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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AZWoody

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#14 posted 01-03-2018 07:30 PM

The hotel closest to me is the Microtel Inn & Suites in Wellton, AZ
Then, Gila Bend would be the next closest to me and i believe there is a Best Western there. An old one though.
That is an hour away.

Wellton is 30 minutes to my place.

I might have some Palo Verde short logs I’ll be throwing in to raffle off. Just came across one that was cut up in a house that’s going to be demolished. Also some cottonwoods and eucalyptus trees. I’m thinking a cottonwood crotch also. Those are beautiful when turned.

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AZWoody

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#15 posted 01-04-2018 05:48 PM

So if we plan on Feb 17th, would that throw a wrench in Valentine’s day plans for anyone here?
Does moving it to the following week work better if that’s a problem?

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