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Forum topic by Lenny posted 01-31-2010 07:58 PM 3134 views 1 time favorited 45 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2010 07:58 PM

Calling all interested Lumberjocks! Let’s have a New England get-together.

Hi folks, as I have mentioned on two recent posts on LJ, I am seeking to organize a get-together of New England Lumberjocks (others are also welcome). I have taken some steps towards that end and I’m making this my first post regarding the status. I feel we should wait until Spring for this to avoid a postponement or cancellation due to our sometimes harsh winter weather. And while April-May might seem far off, it will be here soon.

I have contacted the North Bennet Street School in Boston’s north end and confirmed that they will allow us to hold a meeting at their location. Here is a link to their website: “North Bennet Street School” My contact, Camille, said it would be best if we could meet while school is in session and added that late April or early May would be best. I stated that a Saturday would be the preferred day of the week. Accordingly, I am throwing out for consideration the following as possible dates: April 17th, April 24th, May 1st and May 8th. Let’s see what kind of replies we get and make a final date a bit later. When/if you reply to this post with a comment that you will or hope to attend, please indicate what, if any, dates you can make.

Camille said she has thoughts on which rooms might be appropriate for us and is heavily leaning towards one in the Cabinet and Furniture-making section. As you will see on their website, they also offer classes in jewelry making and repair, carpentry, violin making and others. I expressed that the primary purpose of the meeting is for us Lumberjocks to meet and get to know one another a bit. She has asked if it would be alright to have some of the school’s students join us. As she is being gracious enough to have us, I said sure. I later told her that we might initially want an hour or so to meet and introduce ourselves. Purplev (Sharon) commented that to his line of thinking they are welcome for the entire meeting. We might recruit some new Lumberjocks. That makes sense to me. How do you feel about this? Camille said we can have a tour at some point during day.

Regarding the “agenda” for the day, unlike Sharon who kindly allowed folks to arrive at noon last year, I am thinking of a 10:00 a.m. start. The first 2 hours could be to meet and socialize and then have some kind of activity, presentation, or whatever folks might like to do, and then break for lunch at noon. More on lunch in a moment. We could reconvene at 1:00 for a tour and perhaps more chit chat about projects, things folks brought with them, etc. This is just a suggested agenda. I am open for other thoughts/ideas.

Regarding lunch, the Italian north end is a wonderful place to dine. There are nice restaurants in various price ranges as well as pastry shops. (Sharon and I are partial to “Mike’s Pastries”.) If we take an hour (or more) for lunch and Italian food is not your choice you can also take a walk from the north end to many nearby restaurants including the famed Quincy Market where you can not only eat but shop too . I will make restaurant information as well as driving directions available to everyone. Speaking of driving, parking WILL be an issue. The school does not have sufficient parking to make it available to us. As you might imagine, free on-street parking in Boston is practically non-existent. There are plenty of parking lots and garages available at varying costs. If familiar with the commuter rail and “T” in Boston, you could park at a commuter rail or T station and ride a train in. I will offer any help and information I can, but I am afraid this area will be up to individuals to manage.

Lastly, I will be working on a couple of sponsors to offer some items we can raffle or award to the winner of a quiz or contest. At the very least I will be contacting Woodcraft and Rockler. If anyone else has ideas or can assist in this area, the more the better. So, spread the word to any “jocks” you think might be interested. I think I will post a link to this post on the other two posts I mentioned. The 2009 gathering had 8 jocks plus a spouse. I think we can increase that number at this meeting, right folks?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 08:34 PM

Glad to see it posted!

I think May might be better weatherwise, and will give people a little more time to plan ahead.

another thing we can do is carpool to minimize the parking issues in Boston. since most of us leave outside the city, we can probably pick each other up, or something similar in concept.

last time around I didn’t have enough time to go through a sketchup hands on turorial – so many this time around we can dedicate some time for that as I know some people would still like to have that going.

I’ll contact another woodworking company and see if I can get more sponsors.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 03:58 AM


This sounds like are great day! I agree that the closer to the summer the better for scheduling purposes. I will make every effort to get there. Thanks for putting this together.


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#3 posted 02-01-2010 05:15 AM

It’s cool when Lj members get together.


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#4 posted 02-03-2010 03:07 AM

Let me know. I will do all that I can to be there.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 03:11 AM

Sharon, Mike and Chip, so glad to hear you hope to attend. I will post periodic updates.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 03:31 AM

I would suggest Tommy MacDonald as a possible sponsor for your get together. He was a graduate of the North Bennet Street School

-- 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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#7 posted 02-03-2010 03:38 AM

Hi Karson. I actually communicated with Tom recently but did not address sponsorship with him. I forgot that he has his “Major League Woodworking” website. That’s an excellent suggestion that I will follow through on. Thank you.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 02:13 PM

I’m in. Whatever day you plan, I will adjust my schedule of sock washing and watching paint dry to attend.
Great idea!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 02:58 PM

I would like to be there. I took a few workshops at NBSS. It would be a great location for the event. If anyone plans to take the commuter rail or T, it is a 15 – 20 minute walk from North Station. And yes, Mike’s Pastries is dangerously close.

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 04:55 PM

Lenny, I’d gladly participate, just pick a day. Have been looking for an excuse to visit North Bennett Street for awhile.

-Jeff in Norton MA

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#11 posted 02-03-2010 06:02 PM

Sounds like a good time, count me in.

-- Mark,

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#12 posted 02-03-2010 06:51 PM

I’m new to LJ but this sounds a great way to jump in, I’ve also wanted an excuse to visit NBSS for awhile. May would be better.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#13 posted 02-03-2010 07:07 PM

Lenny let me know when.

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#14 posted 02-03-2010 09:30 PM

Sounds good. As in my email to you, lots of things going on in the spring, graduations, weddings etc in my family. I’d need to see where you guys narrow it down to and then get back. Enjoyed it last year. Hoping to let you know when all the particulars are done.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 02-03-2010 09:32 PM

I replied yesterday, or so I thought! barring a family gathering that will occur some where in that time frame, the only other thing I have that I know the date on will be 5/29 (Memorial day w/e)

sounds like fun!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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