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Forum topic by MRod posted 05-03-2008 08:30 AM 1207 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2008 08:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: community colorado schools local website

I would like to get the conversation started on creating local forums/mini-sites in LJ/local hang outs, here’s my reasoning:

I love the web’s ability to connect me to the world, but I also want to meet local wood workers to organize locally and understand the scene around me.

For example, through a Craig’s list posting I came upon a local woodworker about a mile from my house. She needed some scrollsaw/bandsaw help and gave me some wood in exchange for the work. THAT’S AWESOME to me, I want a place where I can find more exchanges like that.

Recently I posted a titled, Colorado - Interested in Road Trip for 1000bf of Walnut, Oak, Chestnut?

It would be nice to hook up with folks locally to buy wood, especially here in softwood land of Colorado.

- As these local sites build up with people local advertisers could run ads and to offer services to them.
- There is a local woodworking school, Red Rocks Community College,, that has an EXCELLENT program for wood workers. I bet most wood workers in the state don’t even know about this. I would want to share this information.

These are a few examples, but I know there are more. Of course I would LOVE To be a community leader for a Colorado community. I am sure other folks across the world would also like to do the same.


-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado by way of Brooklyn!

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#1 posted 05-03-2008 04:32 PM

I think it’s a great idea. I belong to a woodworking club, but the meetings don’t do all that I want from a “Buddy” in woodworking. it would be nice to find someone or thing closer.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 05-03-2008 04:42 PM

I agree with Karson. The nearest club in my neighborhood is about an hours drive. That is a little far for attending on a regular basis. Other than that there simply isn’t any local network available.

Good idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 05-03-2008 06:01 PM

It sounds like you want a Lumberjock picnic!

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#4 posted 05-04-2008 09:07 AM

A yes – exactly Dennis. A local get to know a fellow LJ – LJ picnic would kick off local groups nicely.

I’ll put that on the agenda. That works great this time of year too!

Keep your ideas around this subject coming folks!

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado by way of Brooklyn!

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#5 posted 05-04-2008 03:32 PM

sounds like a good idea to me. i am in the red rocks program and it is great. hey by the way what happen with the walnut?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 06:06 AM

You mean the walnut open for auction, or the walnut I asked recently about that I have drying out back that is more WHITE than BLACK.

Well, the walnut is still drying, and the auction is over – I didn’t bite but it went for $358 = 1000 bf uncut black walnut logs. WOW! That’s like $2.80 a bf, not including shipping.

QUESTION: Are you taking classes in the program towards a degree, certificate, just for fun? I was thinking about continuing this fall with the artisan program. That will get my feet wet in everything from lathe work to veneering..

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado by way of Brooklyn!

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#7 posted 05-06-2008 03:18 AM

With the cost of gasoline, I think it’s a good idea. Knowledge share, local wood species and swapping items would be easier.

Maybe I didn’t understand, $358 for 1000 bf should be around $.36 a bf. Depending on grade, that’s a good price for logs. But I did see some large defects.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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