Travels #3: An LJs Tale of 2 cities (YVR &SFO) - Part 3 - Rockler and Obi's Visit

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Blog entry by Tony posted 02-15-2008 10:09 AM 2087 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Day two: A not too early start, but we were heading to Pleasant Hill, CA, to visit the Rockler Store, where we had arranged to meet Matt ( ). As we arrived a little early, next door to the Rockler store was “Harbour freight”, after spending a good 30 minutes looking around and buying some items on my shopping list we entered Rockler store. You have to remember that I have never had this kind of experience before, we just do not have stores like this – I have shopped at these stores on the internet, but there is nothing quite like feeling the product before you buy it. I could have saved a lot of money had I had this opportunity when I bought most of my main equipment. I may even have bought alternate brands.

I did have a specific reason to want to go to Rockler, I needed some hardware. Unfortunately they did not stock it as a normal item, Internet only, or special request. But I did find an alternative item, now that I am home was probably the better of the two choices. I also picked up a “Hock” blade and chip breaker for my Record No 4. Unfortunately it does not fit the plane 100% correctly (98%) and the results are worse than the original blade – so I can see me making a No 5 or 6 wooden body to fit to the blade (which is really very nice). The really good thing was they only charged me half price for the blade, at $18, I have no complaints.

We then headed off to Dublin, Ca, where were to visit the Woodcraft Store (I had a gift voucher I wanted to use). I found the staff there really helpful and it was not long before I had started to fill my basket with the second part of my shopping list – One thing I did buy, which was not on the list was some “Purple Heart”, not too much, just a 4’ x 5”x ¾”, which they kindly cut in half for me so it would fit in my suitcase. Please note we cannot buy PH in Finland and I had never seen it before watch out to see how I use it!

It was then time to leave and visit Obi ( ) – Obi is situated in Salida, Ca, which was not too far from Dublin. Matt took his own car and I continued my travels with Wayne after about 40 minutes or so we arrived at the workshop of Obi.


We were greeted warmly and instantly shown the “Finger”,


This was a small finger that Obi had been working on (it was extremely realistic), we just wondered when the rest of the body was going to be completed?


It seemed that he was already working on the head, we found a template for the upper teeth.


Matt and Obi discussing an old guitar.

After many enjoyable hours of conversation it was time for the compulsory Group photographs.




NOTE: Obi is still showing us the finger! And look I did buy a LJ shirt. Wayne’s T-shirt also had some significance which escapes my memory at the moment, but I am sure he will enlighten us all some day

I am not too sure how long we spent with Obi; I do know it was not long enough – the time passed too quickly.

Wayne and I said our goodbyes at this point, he was heading off home, and Matt had kindly offered to drop me back off in San Francisco.

Matt and I spent a very pleasant hour or so driving back to my hotel, where our discussion was all too short.

I would like to thank everybody for making my first real visit to the US such an enjoyable and memorable occasion. The warmth, hospitality, and friendship shown were second to none. So please be warned I am already planning a return trip.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#1 posted 02-15-2008 12:49 PM

Sounds like a heck of a trip!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 02-15-2008 02:23 PM

Nice trip with great friends Tony.
I could tell right away that you were in the US by the pictures. -No beer! (vbg)


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 02-15-2008 04:41 PM

Great trip Tony. Glad you enjoyed yourself. next time come east.

-- 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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#4 posted 02-15-2008 04:42 PM

Thanks Tony, it’s always good to meet friends.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-15-2008 04:54 PM

Did i ever put that stupid thing down? Sticking it out to everyone and asking “wanna sniff my finger?” I think I must have sniffed too much lacquer (which Tony refers to as a plastic coating). The hand is nearly finished so now you’ll have more pictures when you get back.

Built stairs about 2 weeks ago. now you can see the “Upper Deck”

If you give a little more warning, maybe we can plan a LJ picnic and we can feed you too.

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 04:54 PM

Great story Tony. Looks like a good time. We have a Rockler in St. Louis too and a few LJ’s live here so we could have a big get together I’m sure with a little advanced notice.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#7 posted 02-15-2008 06:55 PM

great trip…great people…great conversations…the best part of that day (which I think I mentioned on part one of your trip) was that here we all were…standning in Obi’s shop…4 people who without LJ’s would have never come together…I really enjoyed the day…and one of these days I am getting to FINLAND! OBI—-YOU GOTTA POST THE HAND!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 10:34 PM

It was a great trip. Bummer that your hock blade and chip breaker would not fit the record plane. I have them in my Record T5 and they fit fine. The shirt is on designed by fellow LJ Scottb. Here is a link to one of his blog posts that has a closeup of the graphic.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 02-17-2008 06:57 AM

So, we finally get to see the real WayneC! Glad you guys were all able to get together and have some fun!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 02-17-2008 07:37 AM

Hey Tony,

Next trip you should visit the East Coast and South. Nashville Tennessee is a tourist town….Country Music and all the stuff that goes with it. We do have a WoodCraft store in Franklin

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#11 posted 02-18-2008 06:18 PM

how wonderful.

It’s nice that we got to share a little of it through your blogs.

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

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#12 posted 02-19-2008 01:22 AM

Another excellent blog.

-- BLOG -

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