Woodworking Travel #2: Aussie LJ going to the USA

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Blog entry by Woodfix posted 10-12-2012 09:11 AM 1853 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To put you in the picture, woodworking is not my only reason for travelling. My sister lives in Georgia and I do not like it. She is not only my sister but a good friend and I miss her all the time. The upside of this is the US seems to be my destination of choice, and given the sheer in-exhaustable supply of woodworking opportunities there are there, it is a good choice.

Now for those of you not from Australia, we have this strange employment concept called ‘long service’. Essentially after each 10 years with the same employer (full time) you get 3 months paid leave. Now a lot of my co workers save this up (my boss has 3 lots) for their retirement. No way I say. So I am off to see sis for 8 weeks, yea ha.

The plan is to have an intensive WW experience combined with some travel. Most of the time I am in Georgia, north of Atlanta. But I have a week in Philadelphia, a weekend in NYC, and a short trip to Orlando.

I hope to do some courses, meet some LJs, do a lot of woodworking, and any other WW thing that comes my way.

So I am looking for suggestions. I will be bringing a small tool case which will be featured in the next edition of this blog, and I do have some thoughts about what to do. But please send me any suggestions or refer this to anyone you think might make me a cup of coffee over a few wood shavings.

Thanks for your help in advance.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 10:31 AM

G’day, mate. Welcome to the USA!! I wish I lived near one of the locations you will visit as you could work in my shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m sure there are LJ’s in all those places. they just need to read this in time!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 11:39 AM

Welcome to Atlanta Georgia!

It is my home town (city?) and I live on the north side in the suburb of Sandy Springs to be exact. We have a local Lumberjocks Group and would love for you to join us for some fun. There are a lot of interesting things to do around here if you know where they are. E-mail me at [email protected] and we can chat.

(Rufus Carswell)

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 12:49 PM

If you are driving up I-81 North, I’m about 5 minutes from exit #57. Let me know if you are headed this way and I’ll scrounge up some American black walnut, wild cherry and hard maple samples for you to use while you are here.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 12:57 PM

Check out Highland Woodworking in Atlanta,

They are a full service woodworking shop and also have a lot of classes.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 08:05 PM

I´m not sure where it is but check out Williamsburg vilage where Roy Underhill rule :-)
they do it the old school way there and have some aprentice´s program thing
where they work with oldtools and sell the furniture they produce
its a working museum that is worth visiting I have been told


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#6 posted 10-13-2012 01:17 AM

Check out Rockler, and Woodcraft stores while you are in Atlanta. And I 2nd Highland Hardware.

-- I have Carrie, food, shelter, and wood to turn. What else do I need?

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#7 posted 10-13-2012 02:20 AM

Welcome to Georgia in advance. I live north of Atlanta in a town called Alpharetta and would be happy to share my shop with you during your visit. I just picked up a large load of Ash and Spanish Cedar that you welcome to use. If you like, email me at [email protected]

I second the Highland Woodworking, Rockler & Woodcraft stores. Highland Woodworking has ongoing classed as does Woodcraft. You may also want to check out Peachstate Lumber, but I warn you, you may have to bring a mop to wipe the drool as you walk through the place(I speak from personal experience).

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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Cole Tallerman

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#8 posted 10-13-2012 04:23 AM

When your in NYC, check out makeville studios. ( they have tons of classes and an amazing shop. They have one day or two day weekend intensives if you only have the weekend

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 08:36 AM

Wow. The response is fantastic. Looks like I will have to bring some prezzies for all the LJers I am going to visit. Maybe some off cuts of Australian timbers, especially for the box makers and pen turners. You have got me thinking. I will be in touch with you all.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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