Lumberjocks Meet #1: A Wood Workers Visit

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Blog entry by eddie posted 04-20-2014 10:56 AM 2305 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Being a newbee or at least in the early part of a journey on learning this craft its been a real learning curve .From the start it was for me. Not even real sure on even reading a tape measure to never have hear of a box joint to the many different kinds of joinery , to finishing ,,,to the many endless tools ,or how to use them but am getting there and its because of the many here that share and help .i know many say ill just be glad when he learns to type or at least use spell checker ,im a one finger pecker typer so its slow as i am learning that too but a ways back i meet a lot on line at this site and it was like a school of learning from Masters of this craft to ones like me just getting started .I built a few benches and i couldn’t believe it they sold . and one friend Jeff told me be careful it will turn into work and it did i wanted to make some other builds ,at the time i was tring to learn dove tails and one day in the mail got this dove tail saw in the mail from him and im still havent got them down yet it takes pratice for sure ,but that was just one instance of the craftsmen and craftswomen here and , as time went i meet some close by over at williams and we had a meet it was great . it was a bit for me till the ice was broke as for me its just a frist time meet someone is awkward. here the link to that
but here is some of the times on the trip

first stop was at Texas a LJs Gary

i wish i had of taken pic s of this shop he had its huge . Gary a great LJ and has a sharp wit we had a great visit was there only a short time as was trying to get to a bowl of gumbo in Oklahoma :) we had a bite to eat at a really great cafe and was going to check out a Mortise machine down the road from his place but was as usually running late thanks Gary for the lunch and next time the lunch is on me crawfish and a cold one

next stop was at a LJ Andy a retired Veterinarian but have my doubts he works a lot and a very talented woodworker as all there were . also there was Don and Candy

this is from right to left is Andys better half Mrs gfadvm and Don and Andy with out his hat may be the first time any have saw him without it then Candy and her better half Mr CFrye a wood worker also

heres a shot just some horse playing around had a great time Andy thank you. in their hands is some strops that Candy had made for sharping a edge on a plane . i think they were laughing because i didn’t know what they were at first Candy thank you very much you and your husband are on my Christmas list it was surprise that i didnt expect and see that jar on the table that was apple butter that Candys husband had made well its a empty jar now thank you very much it was delicious ,Candy had also made some wooden spoons thanks again Candy it will hang in my kitchen as a reminder of some awesome folks i was blessed to have meet

this is Don he had made each of us there boot pullers from some barnwood from his family’s old barn they were awesome , Don thank you very much it will be a present that will always mean a lot ,i felt kind of ashamed as i felt like i had come to a party and didnt bring anything , but you are on my Christmas list thank you very much and the Gumbo was the best Don thank you

this is a shot of us proudly showing them off and Andy thank you for tips and you have a awesome shop well organized and the wood miser is a beast and for allowing me to visit thanks again

so got up and headed out to Davids as i was leaving my home in west Monroe La i had planed on taking my lap top but the dog had chewed the cord up so my plan was to just use the smart phone but as i went out of Oklahoma it went out so i was unplugged for the rest of the trip

this is when i begin to realize i was out of the Mississippi Delta :)

this is the Rio Grande Gorge awesome just down a ways from Davids

finally made it to my friends David hes say well it only took ya a year r so :)

heres David putting some endcaps i think they are called on the edge for the roof i did help some there even though it dont look like it he had some braces made to hold them in place till he secured them down very cleaver :)

and the soc if its a flapping no working on the roof unlike Louisiana they have major wind there

a pic of a couple of Davids friends they had beautiful place and great people

heres a view out Davids back door awesome


New Mexico is a beautiful state

David thank you very much for allowing me into you home i wish i could of stay and been of more help but we did get some of it further on down the line ,the home you are building is awesome hope you can make it down here for some crawfish so i can play the hospitality back ho yea i for got it was beautiful weather ,David and i sat up most nites talking till the wee hours and had most the world problem worked out :) had a great time ,i told David i sure wish i could of saw some snow its been a few years well this was the day i was heading back to Louisiana
hes saying why did you wish that lol

thank you all at LJs its a great site to learn and some great woodworkers
thanks Gary,Don,Andy,Candy and David it was a blessing to have meet you all

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 11:23 AM

Eddie, I really enjoyed the visit. It was just too short.
Good job on the blog

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 11:25 AM

Awesome trip. Most of us wish we could make that trip. Wonderful place here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 11:29 AM

thanks Gary and it was to short

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 11:30 AM

Monte is was a great trip and meet some great folks and saw some beautiful land

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 11:46 AM

Eddie, Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Very thoughtful of you and really allows me to get to know you and the guys and gals here at LJs a little more. Happy Easter, my friend.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 12:12 PM

From the looks of it, you had a great trip there, Eddie.
Thanks for letting us see it all.
Great pictures, accompanied by great LJers!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 12:23 PM

Thanks Eddie for sharing your great trip. Wish I could have been there. I love to build and drive and see the west.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 04-20-2014 12:47 PM

What a great trip Eddie…..and some great folks. That is nice that you had the chance to do this…....

Great photos too!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 04-20-2014 12:49 PM

Looks like you had a great trip Eddie… thanks for sharing

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 04-20-2014 01:12 PM

Nice ventures eddie…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 04-20-2014 02:52 PM

That’s a great story and a wonderful trip and I’m glad that you got to make it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-20-2014 03:03 PM

eddie, Thanks for all the great pics of your journey! The pleasure was all ours and you are welcome here anytime.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 04-20-2014 03:34 PM

One of the things that make life enjoyable is meeting and making friends…with the added fun of being able to see beautiful parts of the country…Great…!

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#14 posted 04-20-2014 03:35 PM

Thanks for that visual journey Eddie! Aren’t friends great to have?! And woodworking skills too!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 04-20-2014 03:51 PM

’ ah yes, i remember it well’

good to see our friends in person

i feel blessed to have met so many
and have them come to my home too

something about LJ’s
that brings out the heart in people

the door is always open to all here

and i do look forwards to visiting down that way
with all of you

thank you eddie
for such a great time

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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