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Forum topic by TechRedneck posted 07-03-2011 09:12 PM 1173 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2011 09:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tours lumber mill training educational gathering

Ok.. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and want to throw an idea out to the LJ community. This may be more for those on the East Coast USA (unless you want a little wood related vacation).

Here is what I am thinking.. Would anybody be interested in a couple days touring actual working cabinet shops, saw mills and timber operations to see where all our wood comes from?

Unlike a wood show where you go to a big convention center, this would be us going to the mills and having some classes at the Wood Technology Center which is smaller and setup specifically for something like this. Hotels are a lot less than a big city, and the air is a lot fresher.

Would anybody be interested in some inexpensive classes taught by people making a living creating custom furniture and other wood related crafts?

For those in business, would you be interested in connecting directly with lumber producers to buy rough cut lumber in bulk?

I have the connections but don’t want to start something that nobody would take advantage of. I’m a fairly busy person but would like to meet some other LJ’s , learn some skills and have some fun.

As a business owner of an IT company deep in the heart of timber country, I have a number of clients in the wood industry from saw mills, veneer , cabinet shops and molding mills. In addition we have a great resource here in Elkins West Virginia called the Wood Technology Center. It’s mission is to promote and encourage basically anything wood related. In addition there are a large number of craftsman in the area (because this is where the hardwood is) who do some amazing things with hand tools. I have had some classes that were very worthwhile there. They have a co-op of 25 woodworkers who share the facility and equipment.

As a destination, Elkins is easy to get to by highway and has other things to do for the wives or family.

Feel free to post your thoughts.

Here are some links on the area if you are interested:

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 12:58 AM

sounds like a fascinating opportunity. (out of my travel area) but I’ll keep an eye on this for the eMag.

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

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