Lumerjocks Meet #1: Meeting Grizz in Verbena, Alabama

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Blog entry by Schwieb posted 08-03-2015 01:55 AM 2348 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As many of my LJ buddies know, My wife an I have been on a cross country trip which is a a story all by itself. We returned home late this week and have been getting out lives back on track after traveling for 7 weeks. We had an awesome trip and saw some remarkable country side. I looked up a few people along the way, like and Air Force buddy that I hadn’t seen in 40 years and a few lumber guys; that will be for another post. We had planned a stop in Northern Alabama to pick up some wheels, axles, and metal parts for a wagon I was planning to build for a team of horses we have. It presented the opportunity to meet LJ Grizz at his home in Verbena.

It was so neat to see and touch some of the projects he has posted. His ability to work with the wood by trying to make the best use of it; his really big heart in making special items for people in his life; I just have to say it was a privilege for me to meet him and consider him a friend. I was delighted to meet him and his wife and his student and spend a little time in his workshop. He knew I had been in search of some wood along our journey and graciously gave me a nice natural edge walnut board to bring home.

Thank you Bob for a nice visit and I can only hope to return the favor. Here’s a photo of some of the stuff wood, stone and other stuff , we collected along our journey.

Well I guess I strike out here. After waiting forever for the last photos to download 2X and LJ says the file size is too big and I can’t figure out how to make them smaller. I’ll have to try this again.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 02:29 AM

I’m really jealous ,Bob and his wife= ares high on my list of buddies from Ljs I wish I could meet in person,glad you had a good trip and had the opportunity to meet grizz.


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#2 posted 08-03-2015 04:11 AM

You hit the mother lode Ken. I think if we polled LJs for their favourite buddy the result would be a landslide of “Grizzman” votes ......... and you got to meet him.
Lucky you.
It makes me smile to see two of my favourite LJs enjoying a bit of quality time together.

Thanks for the great photo.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 05:43 AM

It is an experience to actually meet some of the members of LJs. Last year I noticed that Kiefer lived about 2 hours away, we have met up 3 times and I consider it a privilege to meet someone with so much talent a to call him a new Friend. I keep hoping some of his natural abilities might rub off? As I am heading out to the West Coast in the next couple of weeks I have been trying to figure out some way of getting over to the Island and if I am Lucky, see Shipwrights amazing Shop?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 05:46 AM

You would be more than welcome Andre. You should bring Klaus with you. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 09:51 AM

You are so lucky Ken to be able to visit such an iconic LJ member as Grizz. It was good to see that he is up and in his work clothes after his recent heart attack and also looking so good to boot.

Glad you had such wonderful summer holiday and I’m a little jealous that you got to see some of your LJ buddies.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 08-03-2015 02:31 PM

Andre That’s wonderful you were able to visit Klaus. Klaus and Paul are a couple of the most creative and talented people on LJs if a person can get talent by visiting talented and creative folks you would then be Super woodworker after visiting these two great guys.In addition to Paul and Klaus there are many more talented members that I wish I had the pleasure of meeting in person,but I’m very pleased to be able to get to know folks through their work and comments on LJs,isn’t the web the greatest thing ? :))


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#7 posted 08-03-2015 03:27 PM

That’s a great story, Ken. It sounds like ya’ll had a wonderful visit together had a fantastic trip for all of those weeks. Grizz is a fine feller.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 03:28 PM

Well Paul, not sure if Klaus wants to ride all the way out there on the back of my Bike? If there is anyway possible I will try to get over to the Island!

Yes Jim if only it worked that way, no such luck! I even got to use some of Krenov’s tools and nothing happened?
I am still very talented at making wood shavings? The amazing creative talent on this site should keep all of use very humble.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 08-03-2015 10:42 PM

Why should the meeting of two people I’ve never met bring a smile to my face? Because I’ve had the opportunity to meet other LJ’s in person and know what a special occasion it is! Even more so that I consider each of you a Buddy and friend!
Ken, I’m also a little envious that you got to see, in person, the hoard of lumber that Grizz has and that he gifted a piece of it to you. ;-) Looking forward to see what you’ll create from it.
Great picture of your meeting. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 08-03-2015 11:26 PM

Sounds like a very exciting, and fulfilling trip. Good times

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 08-04-2015 05:11 PM

it was a real good day for me when Dr Ken came to my home, he motored up in his RV and i saw his wife first, then there was ken, it was a true pleasure, and like candy has mentioned, it brought a smile to my face right off, we had a great visit , spent some time in the shop, which was pretty messy, but seeing ken and his wife Hidie was the cherry on top of the visit, it was the best day for me in a long while, ...take care ken, i cant wait to see the new wagon that you will build.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 08-04-2015 10:24 PM

I feel so bad that I am so technologically challenged that I couldn’t somehow (translate simply at the POE) reduce the size or resolution or something and post the pictures I had wanted to. LJ’s limit is 5 megs. Mine were 6. something. Yes, high resolution images, but that’s why I bought a good camera. It seems so overwhelming to me to make a copy of the original image, edit it, save it in a different place and then go back to the website and try to download it again. I don’t like watching the little circle go around or watch the little window on the task bar telling me how much I have to wait. There really should be an easier way. Complaining I know, to put it in perspective I’d rather be hand sanding or doing something just as important it the shop.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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