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Forum topic by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 02-03-2015 12:32 PM 1720 views 1 time favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kaerlighedsbamsen

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02-03-2015 12:32 PM

This may my son Viggo (8) and I are going to spend 2 weeks in California. Mainly oriented around San Francisco and the mountains. Being the 2. time in California i am looking forward to coming back like crazy.

Now, what is the best ww-related stuff to see in that area?

My interests are widespread and im thinking people to meet, museums to see, sawmills to visit, furiniture stores, historic sites and buildings to explore, tool stores to drool over etc. Perhaps even a school or event to attend to…
Or perhaps something that shows the best of historical and contemporary American woodwork and design.

All suggestions are appreciated. I would love to learn about your favorite spot!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda


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#1 posted 02-03-2015 01:31 PM

The Muir Woods are definitely worth a visit. The Redwoods are amazing! If you’re spending time around L.A. the Sam Maloof house is a nice destination

-- Just a Duffer

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 01:39 PM

Winchester House in the SF Bay Area,

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 03:38 PM

Super suggestions. Thank you both!
Wil certainly go see Miur Woods and Maloofs place looks wonderful.
How about entertainment for the boy?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 03:44 PM

Since you will be there for 2 weeks, you could consider driving up north to visit Redwoods National and State Park, or driving East and visiting Yosemite National Park. Redwoods looks to be about 5 hours away and Yosemite is 3 1/2 hours away. Lake Tahoe is also about 3 1/2 hours away.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 04:36 PM

Thank you, jmartel!
Yosemite is already on the list. Again. My profile image is taken there with Half Moon in the background. Amazing plaze!
Redwoods National and State Park sounds great as well. Might pass there on the way. Whats to see at Lake Tahoe?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 04:51 PM

IF you can make it down to Pasadena, the Gamble House by Greene and Greene is a must see!!!! http://gamblehouse.org/ They have tours including a special in depth one for wood workers once a month or so I believe.
Safe travels and have fun!

-- Buzz ---- Fare Thee Well!

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 05:01 PM

Thanks Hopdevil!
G&G is a style i newer quite understood. This would be a perfect place to get educated. And seems to be close to the Maloof house..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 06:11 PM

Lake Tahoe has a lot of winter sports that could still be going on in May. There’s also hiking, mountain biking, boating, and lots of other things. It’s the 2nd deepest lake in the US after Crater Lake and 6th largest after the great lakes. Pretty popular destination in CA.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#9 posted 02-03-2015 10:48 PM

Sounds like a place my son is going to love. Thanks!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 02-03-2015 10:53 PM

Wooden boat museum, in the bay area don’t remember the town.but Google it.you’ll see history and some fine woodworking/art.

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#11 posted 02-03-2015 11:12 PM

Could it be the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito?
I see btw that they are looking for a Full-time woodworker…

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#12 posted 02-03-2015 11:55 PM

You might want to check out Asimolar. It’s an old
YMCA camp and it has notable timber frame buildings.
You can stay overnight there.

Also this http://www.blueoxmill.com

Then there’s Fort Bragg, where James Krenov headed
a woodworking program for many years at the college.

Your son may enjoy American amusement parks.

Hida Tool is in the Bay area.

Hearst Castle is in between SF and LA if you come to
So. Cal. The boy may find that interesting.

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#13 posted 02-04-2015 12:44 AM

If you go to Fort Bragg, go to College of the Redwoods.

-- Art

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#14 posted 02-04-2015 10:29 AM

Thanks both!

Sounds like there is an agreement over Fort Bragg here. Looks like a great place. Do you know if there is anything Krenow related to see there?

Asimolar looks like i need to bring sketchbooks and spend some time on all the nice details.

Did not know Hida Tools. From their webiste they look hard core Japanese. Gotta go there and drool over all the nice gear!

Super usefull stuff here. Thanks again!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#15 posted 02-04-2015 10:36 AM

I am sure there are some Krenov pieces around town there. Many
of the students settled in the area. I doubt there’s a museum type
experience available but it’s said to be a nice town.

The distances between some of these places are not insignificant.

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