Lumberjocks New England - Unite! Sept 2009 #1: Picnic Time!

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 05-30-2009 04:20 AM 2271 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while, and was waiting for the right moment to get this going. After talking about it with several of you MA residents, and getting a good vibe from you guys. I think it’s time we make it official:

Lumberjocks of New England Picnic Day

Aiming date – 2nd weekend of Sept – when the weather is a bit less humid, and more convenient. based on weather – this might be changed to 3rd weekend if needed.

Location – Since I’m bringing this up – the event can be held at my place – we have a large grassy patch, next to the garage/workshop. I’m conveniently located in Winchester, right off of 93/128 intersection, near route 3A, and Fellsway. It’s a central location in East MA near Boston which might be convenient also for NH, VT, ME, and also CT, and RI peeps to get to – but with that in mind – any other offer, or suggestion for a different location is also welcome.

The Plan – Fun time !
Getting together face to face with all the other Avatars, BBQ, Bring your kids – Bring your better half, Bring your worst half – it’s all fair and square, and the more the merrier.

Everyone is welcome to bring any woodworking related items they wish to share, or introduce to everyone else

If anyone has access to ‘free’ materials/tools/ideas – feel free to bring a bunch and spread it around – I already can account for Masonite sheets (40”x48”) and Granite Slabs (for sharpening purposes, etc)... I’ll try to come up with others if I can…. but you get the idea.

If anyone can think/get a sponsor to help out – GREAT! (whether it be sponsoring a location, or t-shirts, or key holders, or magnets… you get the drift)

If anyone thinks they can run a short class on a certain technique or the likes- that could be another fun activity to go through…

any ideas – feel free to bring to the table.

I know your names, and I know where you live – dont make me come over and get you :)

Peace, and have a great weekend.

Sign your name here if you plan on attending. Hope to see you there.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 05-30-2009 04:25 AM

Wow, nice idea, wish I lived closer so I could attend. Don’t forget to post pictures of the event.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 04:41 AM

That would be close enough for me to make it out!


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#3 posted 05-30-2009 05:19 AM

sounds like it might be fun will have to see how my schedule shapes up


-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#4 posted 05-30-2009 05:24 AM

Sounds like a great idea. I’ve been to three different LJ picnics and they are great.

We’ll try to get the one at lower eastern shore Lee Jesbergers Shop set up soon.

-- 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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#5 posted 05-30-2009 05:43 AM

Sounds like a good time, and like you’ve got a much better spot for it than I do. That second weekend will be tight for me, I’m heading to Maine that Sunday to run a conference, but I’ll try to make it.

-- Chelle

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 08:57 AM

I live in Wakefield, work in Billerica, and I am a member of the lexington arts and crafts society woodworkers guild and ART.

I could probably host it at the Guild’s huge woodworking shop as kind of an open house. Gotta run it by the board.

BTW we will be having the woodworkers gallery show starting on Fathers day and going through July 5th.

I know of 2 other local jocks. Skozub and Jon3

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#7 posted 05-30-2009 10:39 AM

Southern Maine here. About 100 miles away. Sounds like it’s doable. The time is right too.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 05-30-2009 12:18 PM

Sure, put me down.


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#9 posted 05-30-2009 12:55 PM

I’m in.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 05-30-2009 02:36 PM

I hope to make it – sounds great.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#11 posted 05-30-2009 02:45 PM

Coming from mid eastern Ct, marked my calender, can’t wait !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#12 posted 05-30-2009 02:45 PM

I like the idea of meeting at the guild’s workshop. I’m in Western MA, about an hour or so away. Will try to make it if schedule permits.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#13 posted 05-30-2009 04:54 PM

I’m in Western MA as well….Please keep me posted as to the location of this outing : )

Dusty56 at
Thanks Lev…..I’m going to try to see you on my next trip to Tewksbury if the invite still stands .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 05-30-2009 11:32 PM

I too like the idea of the workshop meeting, but if we want to bring family, it would be tough. I can’t imagine keeping my 2 and 4 year old boys contained in a place like that…

Either way, count me in. Can’t wait!

-- Ryno

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#15 posted 05-31-2009 04:00 AM

great response! hope to see all of you there. Dusty – offer still stands, as always – just give me a heads up when you’ll be coming around.

I figured this will be more of a get together, and getting a chance to see everyone face to face – more than a woodworking event – hence the bring kids and others – but it’s up to each and everyone to do what works best for you guys. I have my 2 y/o here :)

The guild might be a good idea as well – I’ll PM you tpastore to see what’s there and what we can do – not sure if there are any limitations as far as food-drinks..etc if we do decide on the guild?

pictures will definitely be taken – like it or not – so dress up and look pruudy ;)

Curt – come on … it’s just a little drive… no big deal right?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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