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Blog series by MsDebbieP updated 04-15-2008 05:18 PM 18 parts 54990 reads 248 comments total

Part 1: Canadian Woodworking

07-13-2007 07:23 PM by MsDebbieP | 22 comments »

well, now, wasn’t today just an exciting one for MsDebbieP?!!!! ! Yes, today I had the pleasure of meeting with Linda and Paul Fulcher, Publishers of the Canadian Woodworking Magazine. Canadian Woodworking is one of our gracious sponsors who have supported our Summer Woodworking Awards! (Two of our Award Recipients will be receiving free one-year subscriptions to this super magazine.) Thank you, thank you, thank you! Linda and Paul took some time out of their busy schedule tod...

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Part 2: Lee Valley

08-03-2007 07:16 PM by MsDebbieP | 17 comments »

Well, MsDebbieP is at it again! Adding to her shop tours and inspections are visits to companies that support woodworkers! Last week I had the privilege of speaking with Robin Lee, President of Lee Valley, one of our Summer Woodworking Awards sponsors. Mr. Lee, heading the family business that was first started by his father Leonard Lee, carries on the family vision of providing quality customer service by “doing what is right” and by “making people happy”. This underlying goal can be f...

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Part 3: Lee Valley, Part II

08-03-2007 07:36 PM by MsDebbieP | 23 comments »

(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! Inside, Don Riley, the store manager, gave me a tour, starting with the warehouse area i...

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Part 4: Steel City Tool Works, Part I

08-09-2007 07:45 PM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

Steel City Tool Works may be the new kid on the block but don’t let that fool you – there is a lot of experience behind the name. The History It was only last year that Steel City Tool Works made their grand entrance at the woodworking show in Atlanta (the equivalent of the Vegas show held last month) and it did not take them long to be accepted as one of the big names in woodworking. Jim McEntee, Vice-President/General Manager of Steel City Tool Works, Canada, credits the fast suc...

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Part 5: OMS Tool Company

08-16-2007 08:18 PM by MsDebbieP | 16 comments »

From Marine Surveying to inventing a woodworking tool: why of course, what else would one do? This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Lindsay, President of OMS Tool Company and inventor of the DowelMax. The HistoryI asked Jim how the transition to inventing took place and he shared a bit of history with me. In 1995, he was ten years away from retirement and not really looking forward to it. Then, one day as he was working in his shop, he had the idea for the soon-to-be “Do...

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Part 6: Roarockit (The Veneering System)

08-28-2007 05:31 PM by MsDebbieP | 15 comments »

What a surprise I had when I started preparing for this interview and I found that the company is located in Toronto, Canada – not too far away from me! Yippee! (Thanks to Roarockit for the original image and to Douglas Bordner, our pixelator, for the photo editing to include MsDebbieP)Ted Hunter and wife, Norah Jackson, started the Roarockit company not too long ago, in an effort to make veneering accessible to everyone. The HistoryNorah and Ted, who has been teaching at the Ontario Co...

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Part 7: Roarockit - Part II (Veneering Lesson)

09-02-2007 12:25 AM by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

This past Friday (August 31, 2007) my daughter, (our Canadian Film Crew, / chauffeur) “volunteered” to drive me to Toronto for a personal tour of Ted & Norah’s new location for their Roarockit business and skateboard school. The first part of the interview is found here First of all, I have to say that the travel gods were with us as the trip took us less than two hours, with no traffic jams. Wow. Anyone who has driven to Toronto knows that this is not a common occu...

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Part 8: Canadian Woodworking Magazine - Part II

09-08-2007 01:18 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

Last month, I visited the home of Paul & Linda Fulcher, publishers of Canadian Woodworking Magazine. (See the first part of this series). This week, I was able to ask some questions for the MsDebbieP’s Company interviews series. THE HISTORYThe Canadian Woodworking Magazine was first published in 1995 and was black and white print on newsprint pages. The magazine was, then, a “freebie” given out at wood show, focusing on the province of Ontario for the most part. Paul and Linda...

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Part 9: Microplane

09-12-2007 12:37 PM by MsDebbieP | 15 comments »

This week, I had the privilege of speaking with Katie Surratt, the Marketting and Public Relations Associate at Microplane. _ Microplane is perhaps best known for their rasps, but there is so much more to this company. The HistoryThe company first began its journey making parts for dot-matrix printers. As the need for these parts began to disappear the company knew that they had to start building something else. The parts, which they had been making for the printers, were extr...

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Part 10: Wood Shows

09-21-2007 03:21 PM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

Next weekend (Sept. 29th) Rick and I are headed to the Woodstock Wood Show. This wood show is supposedly the largest one held in Canada. And that’s pretty cool, since it is local! I will be talking with some of the company representatives as well as drooling over some of the tools and watching some demonstrations. Are any of my fellow Ontarians going to attend? I think the plan is to go in the afternoon, since I’ve heard that the crowds are smaller then. Also, I’d lik...

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Part 11: Steel City Tool Works (Part II)

09-29-2007 10:00 PM by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

Today, Rick and I attended the Woodstock Wood Show and had the pleasure of meeting Jim McEntee, Vice President of Steel City Tool Works.. (See Part I of the interview with Jim) At the wood show, Jim introduced me to Terry Ross, Sales Manager for the Ontario Region, and David Campagna, Sales Manager for Eastern Canada Region. After some discussion about LumberJocks and what we are up to, we talked about the new products that will soon be introduced by Steel City. (for example: the j...

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Part 12: Techtronic Industries

10-02-2007 05:19 PM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

On the weekend, I attended the Woodstock Wood Show (see blog entry for more information) and during my time there I had the opportunity to speak with a few company representatives – including Keith Potts, Trainer, from Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. “TTI” is the umbrella organization that produces product lines including Ridgid, Ryobi, and Milwaukee Tools. The head office for TTI is located in South Carolina. The HistoryAmongst other product lines, TTI a...

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Part 13: Toronto Woodworking Machinery Expo

10-28-2007 11:38 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

Yesterday, after our bonfire breakfast (6:30 AM with our family, sitting around the fire laughing, eating), Rick and I headed to Toronto to the Woodworking Machinery and Supply Expo. Over the past year Rick and I have attended quite a few woodworking shows in the region but I have to say that none of them have been like this one. First of all we had to have a special badge to enter. At the entrance door you had to show your badge AND they had to check it with a digital thingymajiggy to che...

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Part 14: Oneway Mfg

10-30-2007 03:27 PM by MsDebbieP | 10 comments »

My latest journey has taken me not far from my hometown. I had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Clay of Oneway Mtg, which is located in Stratford, Ontario. The HistoryOneway Mtg, which is owned by Kevin’s father, began as a contract machine shop. One day they received an order for a chuck. The order was canceled after the products were made and they were left with 50 chucks, which they then sold to other buyers. From there, the path led them to where they are today. Vision for The Fu...

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Part 15: Sawstop

11-05-2007 02:57 PM by MsDebbieP | 27 comments »

Last month, while at the Woodstock Wood Show I had the opportunity to check out the SawStop table saw and chat with Eric Gewiss, the Marketing Manager. The HistorySteve Gass, Ph.D., a woodworker himself, invented the SawStop technology in 2000. Mr. Gass met with existing manufacturers to have them include his SawStop in their product lines, but did not have any success. After a couple of years of trying, he, along with David Fulmer and David Fanning, built their own table saw and in 2004 ...

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Part 16: General

12-13-2007 06:26 PM by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

Earlier this fall, I attended the Toronto Woodworking Machinery Expo (see blog) and one of the representatives that I had the pleasure of speaking with was Norman Framton, the Sales/Marketing rep from General. This week, I connected with Norman by phone and we talked further about the company and product lines. HistoryGeneral Manufacturing is in its 61st year of business and is based in Drummondville, Quebec. With a foundry just down the road, they are able to produce their Canadian-mad...

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Part 17: Barry Wixey Development

01-22-2008 11:42 PM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

Jan. 22, 2008 With our new “Reviews” Feature at being only a week old, the Wixey products have already received five reviews. I just had to do an interview to find out what made this company so special. And so, this morning, I was given the privilege of speaking with Barry Wixey, the man behind the Wixey tools. (photo from The Company HistoryPrior to starting the Wixey company, Mr. Wixey designed woodworking machinery for Delta and Dewalt tools. Then...

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Part 18: Rob Cosman

04-15-2008 05:18 PM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

April 15, 2008 In March of this year I attended a wood show in Toronto and had the privilege of not only speaking with Rob Cosman but creating a ribbon of wood. Today I had the honour of interviewing Rob and learning about his woodworking history and plans for the future. The History Rob was born and raised into the woodworking world. His father, a shop teacher at the time of Rob’s birth, became a contractor when Rob was about two years of age. Rob’s earliest memory ...

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