St.Louis area LumberJocks #1: Woodworking show meeting

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Blog entry by SteveKorz posted 02-07-2009 05:54 AM 2402 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was the first day for the St.Louis area woodworking show in Collinsville, IL. I started the day by having lunch with my new found friend, John Gray. What an awesome guy. We had many things in common. John brought a friend, Steve, who was also a very nice guy. (and, they bought my lunch- how can that go wrong??... LOL)

I made my way over to the show. Norm Abram was there for a while, and there was a line that seemed to last forever. When the doors opened, I was the very first person at the booth, then found out that Norm was going to be 1-2 hours late. Unfortunately, I chose not to wait due to the classes that I wanted to take. So, I only got to see Norm from a distance later on, which satisfied me.

I took some hand plane and card scraper classes, and a separate cabinet making class. The hand plane classes were a nice review, but the card scraper classes I needed badly. I never can seem to get those doggone things to work well. Hopefully, this class will change that. John Gray and I took a few classes together. I met Bill- bhack- at the first class, too. He’s a great guy. I really enjoyed his conversation.

So, about 5pm rolled around and a few other LumberJocks met up front (they all came out of the woodwork, I guess). I met Jason- tooldad, Tooldad's apprentice, Bill- Printman, John Gray, and Larry- Mackmaniac.

I really enjoyed the meet… we all shook hands and BS’ed. I quickly realized that these guys aren’t hiding their personality behind anonymous screen icons and playnames, they are, in fact, THE REAL DEAL. What a great bunch of guys!

Here is a quick pic that we shot:

Jason- tooldad, Bill- printman, (the standup of Norm- Hey, he wasn’t available, OK?.. LOL), Me, John Gray, and Larry-mackmaniac.

I’m going back tomorrow for more classes and more LumberJocks.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 06:36 AM

Looks like you had a COOL time!

Check your PM’s…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Tom Adamski

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 07:25 AM

Looks like all had a great time…
I wish there were some woodworking shows in the Chicago area…


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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John Gray

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 07:26 AM

It was a great time….Steve and I are going back tomorrow. I enjoyed meeting all the other Jocks.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 10:29 AM

I’m glad a good time was had by one and all. I wish I could go to, but had to work tonight (Fri) and have to go to fulton in the morning to pick up my kids. I will be planning better next year and will have a vacation day planned for the Friday. Have fun everyone and safe travel to and from the show.

-- Gary, Missouri

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#5 posted 02-07-2009 02:17 PM

Steve, it does sound like you all had a wonderful time. It is great to finally have a face-to-face get together with people whom you know and interact with. Have fun today.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-07-2009 02:39 PM

Looks like you all having a great time. I’ll have to try and get some LJ’s together at the woodworking show in Charlotte next month.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 02-07-2009 02:43 PM

Glad you were all able to get together and meet.

It’s a great opportunity to do that.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-07-2009 11:31 PM

It was a great time

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#9 posted 02-08-2009 12:40 AM

Steve, sounds like a great venue. I know what you mean about the scrapers.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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