MsDebbieP's Company Tours #3: Lee Valley, Part II

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 08-03-2007 07:36 PM 5462 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(continued from Lee Valley Interview, part I)

Following my interview with Robin Lee, President of Lee Valley, I took my Canadian Film Crew with me as I headed to my “local” Lee Valley Store, which is just an hour away, for my very first public appearance as MsDebbieP, the Canadian LumberJock.

The weather was the hottest that we’ve had all summer and, boy oh boy, was the hat and coat ever hot!
Lee Valley london ontario

Inside, Don Riley, the store manager, gave me a tour, starting with the warehouse area in the back. Oh my – a woodworker’s heaven – row after row of resources! It was like being a kid in a candy store.

lee valley warehouse London Ontario

Next, Mr. Riley showed me the plane that Lee Valley donated to our Summer Woodworking Awards event – the Low Angle Jack Plane. What a beauty. The honoured recipient will be smiling when their prize arrives. (Thanks again for this generous donation.)
Lee Valley Veritas jack plane

We also looked at the wood-turning tools…..

lathe tools, Lee Valley

… and their display of hinges (notice the number 5 on the display—there are LOTS of hinges!)

hinges Lee Valley

Next, we checked out the selection of specialty woods just waiting to be turned into pieces of wood art. I couldn’t help but envision the future pens waiting to be created.

wood Lee Valley

The London store (that’s London Ontario, Canada) has the fame of being Lee Valley's smallest of stores, although they seemed to manage to squeeze a lot of products into their space. Mr. Riley and the other staff were very excited to hear that Mr. Lee had told me during our interview that they would be moving. They weren’t quite as happy to hear that it wouldn’t be right away. Mr. Riley said with a smile, “the sooner the better. Maybe a Christmas present?”

I’d like to again thank Mr. Lee as well as Mr. Riley and the rest of the Lee Valley staff for their hospitality. It was indeed an honour to meet them (on the phone and in person) as well as have the privilege of touring their warehouse.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 08-03-2007 07:52 PM

You are one HOT lady Debbie!

Cool Interview/visit Debbie.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 08-03-2007 07:56 PM

Well done Debbie. Thanks for making that sacrifice in the name of journalism (the hat and coat in summer). A great story both parts!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 08-03-2007 07:57 PM

thanks P.J. and Bill.

I’m thinking about submitting a “danger pay” bill to Martin! haha it was HOT.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 08-03-2007 07:58 PM

Well maybe Martin has been brewing some LJ Tea in the back to help you cool off. Or LJ lemonaide?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 08-03-2007 08:03 PM

oooh lemonade would be good! I did see some wonderful kitchen gadgets at the store when I was there…. hmmm I wonder if they have a lemon squeezer??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 08-04-2007 12:43 AM

MsDebbieP, you’ve come a long way, Baby!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 08-04-2007 02:22 AM

it sure has been a fascinating journey, Don.

this interview was very informative, in a variety of ways. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to do it.

I’m definitely going to be looking at lathes in a new way, that’s for sure.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 08-04-2007 03:09 AM

Great tour Debbie. nad thanks for sharing it.

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

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#9 posted 08-04-2007 03:55 AM

Tks for sharing Debbie…looks like there is a store in Calgary…I might just have to take a road

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#10 posted 08-04-2007 04:33 AM

I saw a set of legs and some tools that looked familiar…I didn’t really pay attention.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 08-04-2007 11:13 AM

you didn’t pay attention, Tom??? you still living on the dark side?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 08-04-2007 11:54 AM

You the WOman!!!! MsDebbie….

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#13 posted 08-04-2007 11:41 PM

I love LV. We do not have one here in NL but there is one in Nova Scotia . . . and I believe work will be bringing me there this fall. I cant wait.

Oh . . . great job Ms D.

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#14 posted 08-05-2007 11:55 AM

Thanks Sawhorse, Zuki.

Zuki, lucky you! It is nice to be able to see products in person. Of course, touching the plane did have a magical effect on me—it was kind of like this force took over me and a voice said, “buy me.. buy me.. buy me.” I’ve never used a plane before but it felt so nice!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 08-05-2007 03:20 PM

Thanks for this series Debbie. I’m sure Mr. Lee appreciated the time spent with you equally. You are as good an ambassador for LumberJocks as he is a customer service-minded company leader.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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