Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Some interesting things coming up

I know we are all well into holiday plans, holiday parties and holiday gift shopping. That’s going to be on the radar for the next crazy few weeks as we approach the end of December.

And, while I can repeat what I have done for the past three holiday seasons and harp on the gift-building/gift-giving process, what I want to do is use today’s column as a sort of a to-do list. Besides giving you a little break from the holiday hubbub, it will give you a little something to look forward to once the presents are unwrapped and we’re back to normal.

On January 28, Heritage Village, my county’s historical park, is hosting its annual Folk Festival. This event has always proven to be one of the most popular on the calendar. They have music, food and craft demonstrations featuring weavers, blacksmiths and other skilled trades from back in the county’s pioneer past. The only craft I really have yet to see at the event is – surprisingly – woodworking.

That’s why I have asked the St. Petersburg Woodcrafter’s Guild to help me remedy this situation. We’re working on a plan to bring a number of guild members up to Heritage Village that day to build a workbench. Well, maybe ‘build’ is too ambitious of a term. We may need to mill all of the components to size in advance and then bring them to the site to cut the final joinery and assemble it. I’m working now to get some southern yellow pine donated to the effort, and I hope to get over to the park soon to check out any antique fixtures (vises, holdfasts, etc.) that we can use for the project.

Oh… and I guess I’m going to need a plan for a workbench appropriate for – say the 1920s in the deep south… :-)

The week of February 5 – 11, I’m hoping to get some other woodworkers involved in the first ever Get Woodworking Week. Modeled after Marc Spagnuolo’s successful Woodworker Safety Week, this event is an opportunity for woodworking bloggers – and hopefully, more people, companies and publications out in the woodworking community – to encourage others to give the craft a try. I want this to be an open-ended effort with everyone participating having free reign to publicize whatever they want. Some of the ideas would be:

  • Teach a youngster (or group of youngsters) about the craft
  • Share the story of how you got started in woodworking
  • Discuss what a budding woodworker should have in his or her tool kit
  • Design and build some projects a novice could handle with a minimum amount of tools
  • Challenge yourself to build something with basic tools

Basically, anything that can create a buzz about our craft, with an emphasis on sharing your story with others. Offer encouragement for the wannabe woodworker to get off the couch and explore the world of woodworking on their own.

I also have the big art contest coming up in January. Since I’m planning on taking a week off between Christmas and New Years, I’m going to have to get on the stick and start building something to enter. Maybe my first chair? Who knows!

Monday, December 12, 2011

MWA Meeting 5 Atlanta

Another great meeting here in Atlanta.  We met at the usual spot for breakfast, Boulevard Diner, and then headed over to Woodcraft of Atlanta to pick out a few of our own Christmas presents.... well, at least Bill Akins picked up his own Christmas present, a #7 Lie Nielsen plane.  That is one of my favorite planes in my shop and can tell you it would be hard for me to put that one under the tree until Christmas morning. 

I also have a big announcement to make.  I few weeks ago I asked Aaron Marshall if he would be interested in doing a demonstration/ training session of Google SketchUp at a future event.  As most of you know SketchUp is a great tool and Aaron's knowledge of the software is very impressive.  For those of you not familiar Aaron does all of the Google SketchUp drawings for Marc Spagnoulo's Wood Whisperer Guild.  The current guild project is a Roubo split top workbench and the drawings Marc and Aaron have provided have an amazing amount to detail. 

We were able to work out most of the details at this months event and now have a date and place.  Steve Quehl the owner of Woodcraft here in Atlanta has been gracious enough to allow us to use the classroom in his store for the class and we are scheduled to hold the class on  Sunday February the 12th at 1pm.  My guess is that we will just move the monthly meeting to that date since we are scheduled to meet the day before.

As myself and many others on here have said, we want MWA to be about online and offline support, teaching, and camaraderie.  As part of this we plan on making the session available to members online, we still need to work out the details on this but it is a chance for MWA members from across the country to be able to participate in an event together.  So make sure to put the date on your calendar and keep an eye out for the final details. 

If you have not had a chance to come out and join in yet, keep in mind that all are welcome and we would love to have you out. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

MWA Meeting 1 Seattle

This last Saturday was the first meeting of the Seattle Chapter of The Modern Woodworkers Association. This first get together was only myself (Mike Lingenfelter) and Marilyn Guthrie.

We made a trip to Edensaw Woods, one of the better hardwood dealers in the area. For us it includes a ferry ride but it's always worth the trip. Although, this time it was a little bit of a bust for me. I had been emailing Edensaw for awhile, looking for some Douglas Fir I wanted for a new workbench. After getting there I found out they didn’t have any in stock, even though the guy I talked to said they did!

It wasn’t a total bust, because I still needed some Beech for a project I’m working on, and Marilyn needed some Maple for a workbench she's working on. It was a smaller load than I planned but any wood in the truck is a good thing.

On the way home I decided to stop into Dunn Lumber, a local commercial lumber yard. I was pleased to find some large Douglas Fir timbers, for a really good price. Now I have the lumber for the new bench!

This first meeting for the Seattle Chapter was only the 2 of us, but we have received interest from other woodworkers in the area! I’m sure December is going to be busy for most people, so I will put together a January 2012 meeting, for everyone who has expressed interest. If there are other woodworkers in the Seattle area, who are interested in joining us, my contact information is on our Contact Us page.

Kenny's Shooting Board

One of my favorite things to post is projects that members of our group have built.  Last month at our Atlanta meeting Kenny Boatwright questioned me about creating accurate miters.  There are many techniques that can be used to get the results he was looking for but y suggestion was using a shooting board.  Kenny e-mailed me over the weekend to share pictures of his shooting board that he has built since the meeting. 

The design was based off of the shooting board that built a few months ago and can be seen here High Rock Woodworking: Shooting a Shooting Board.   Kenny also added a few great attachments base on David Charlesworth, David's books and videos can be found at his site David Charlesworth.  The project turned out great and he is now looking for a plane to use with it.  The only suggestion that I mentioned to Kenny was to add block on the downward 45 attachment to be used as a rest to keep the board square. 

To me this is what we are about helping each other by sharing our knowledge with woodworkers new to the craft and in the process learn ourselves.  To be a part of Modern Woodworkers Association just e-mail me or one of our other administrators on our contacts page and we will be more than glad to answer any questions. 

Have a project you want to share? Send us a picture and we will post it for the rest of the group to see.

Great job Kenny and thank you for sharing!  Keep up the good work....


Friday, November 25, 2011

The 16th Annual Long Island Woodworkers Show

This post was originally posted at penultimatewoodshop.com

Here we are!

Two weekends ago, I was lucky enough to take my three (3) sons to the Long Island Woodworkers 16th Annual Woodworking Show at the Old Bethpage Village Fairgrounds.
Entering the show.
This is the 6th or 7th year in a row that I’ve attended the Long Island Woodworker’s Show and they’ve found their rhythm as far as size, exhibitors and venue. Since I’ve been going to the show I’ve seen it migrate from Sports Plus (a now defunct large entertainment venue) to Hofstra University to an American Legion Hall (a space so cramped with woodworking that you could barely walk) to the Old Bethpage Village Fairgrounds.
The wonderful timber framed barn that houses the show.
The building the show is in now is just the right size and certainly the right atmosphere. It’s a large, beautiful, timber framed barn, perfect for a woodworking show.

The show itself is made up of member exhibits, vendors and special interest displays. The Long Island Woodworking Club’s special interest groups are the L.I. Scrollsaw Association, the L.I. Woodturner’s Guild, the L.I. Cabinet & Furniture Makers and the Secret Society of Woodcarvers. Each special interest group (at least is seems like each, but I didn’t check) has a corner of the building where they give live demonstrations and talk up their craft.
What's a woodworking show without Woodmizer?
The vendors aren’t the boutique shops you’ll see at Woodworking in America or the generic guys you’ll see at the Woodworking & D.I.Y. Shows. They were all medium sized and somewhat local. The ones I spend the most time with were Lakeshore Hardwoods and the member used tool sale.

A great photo, taken by Tom McKenna of Robert
having Tom's son draw a raffle winner.
While I spent a good deal of my time chasing my kids around and trying to get them enthusiastic about this joint or that finish, the highlight was the wonderful chat I had with Robert of the Long Island Woodworker’s Club. He let my boys draw a raffle winner, and as I learned in Saratoga, he’s a great guy to talk too.
This cookbook rack was my favorite of the member gallery.
Unfortunately, I missed seeing Fine Woodworking’s Tom McKenna. Matt Kenney gave me a heads up that Tom was visiting the show, and it looks like he had a good time too. Check out his post about the Long Island Woodworker's Show here.

You can see my entire Long Island Woodworker's 16th Annual Woodworking Show Picasa gallery here.

Have you found your local woodworking show and discovered who you need to talk to there?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

MWA Meeting 4 Atlanta

Today we had another great meeting here in Atlanta and with a growing turn-out.  We spent the morning discussing woodworking and just building camaraderie in the group.  Rufus brought in a few of his antique planes for everyone to see (of coarse I forgot to take a picture) and Bill brought his purpleheart plane that I posted a while back.  The plane looked great and I can tell Bill is already getting addicted to plane making!

The great thing about the meetings are the chance for woodworkers of all levels to sit down and discuss what we do.  Woodworkers who have be at this for years can share and debate different techniques for doing things such as our discussions today on sharping.  On the other side new woodworkers can ask questions such as, what is the best way to trim a miter cut for a picture frame, my suggestion was to use a shooting board as they are extremely accurate and the proper length can be crept up on, while later another suggested using a Miter Trimmer which is great especially if you are going to be doing a lot of frames or trim.  The point is we all learn from one another.

By having the online world and offline worlds come together we all stand a better chance of getting to know one another and learn from one another.  After each meeting my excitement is renewed about the possibilities we have as a group and can't wait to start hearing about meetings set up by Dyami, Tom, and Mike, as well as any others around the country that would like to join and take the time together to learn more about woodworkers in their location.

If you are not a member of MWA and would like to join the group just send me an email with you contact info or leave a comment here.  We would love to have you aboard!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Heading to the Long Island Woodworkers Show

So it looks like I’ll be heading to the Long Island Woodworkers 16th Annual Woodworking Show after all. My travel plans have been changed and while I’m still not sure exactly when I’ll be going, I’ll certainly be making an appearance there this weekend.
The wonderful timber framed barn that houses the
Long Island Woodworkers Show.
So if you’re anywhere near the Old Bethpage Village Fairgrounds this weekend, be sure to stop in and say to the Long Island Woodworkers Club. I'll see you there.
Have a seat and chat with fellow woodworkers.
The Long Island Woodworkers Club 16th Annual Long Island Woodworking Show runs 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday, November 12th & 13th at the Old Bethpage Village Fairgrounds, 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage, NY 11804.

UPDATE: I've figured out my plan and I'll be heading to the show on Sunday at about 10:00ish with my three sons. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Atlanta Meeting This Saturday!

I just wanted to make a quick announcement as a reminder that the Atlanta chapter will be meeting this Saturday (the 12th) at 9am at Boulevard Diner just a few miles down the street from Woodcraft of Atlanta.  I have spoken with the owner, he is very excited about us using the facility, so for now that will be our regular meeting place.  After breakfast and visiting, anyone that would like can join us at Woodcraft to check out whats new.  I hope to see you all there.

Also, you may have noticed several changes to the site and we are working on more as we improve the site and our direction. 

The address to Boulevard Diner is:

3446 Holcomb Bridge Road
Norcross, GA 30092

Saturday, November 5, 2011

MWA Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Today there is a vast amount of information that can be found online through woodworking communities, forums, blogs, and other social media such as Twitter and Google+.  Through these online connections, woodworkers learn from one another and build camaraderie with fellow woodworkers.  In a sense, we all belong to a woodworking club, the online woodworking club. The Modern Woodworkers Association is a place for the online woodworking community to reinforce our online connections and create personal ones in local gatherings in many regions across the country.

It is a place for woodworkers of all skill levels from professional to hobbyist to be able to share knowledge and learn form one another.  The name Modern Woodworkers Association does not come from the fact that we are powertool users or for that matter handtool users but instead that we have all found a new tool, the online community and the power of information. 

Our goals are create an environment for woodworkers to share and connect online, offline, or both.  

      Connect via MWA blog and social media
      Place to share our projects and shops
      Ask advice/offer answers
      Share about woodworking
                                                   Our means & methods
                                                   Our interest
                                                   “Inside Baseball” talk
      Keep up with woodworking events and shows
      Community blog

      Translate online relationships into physical ones
      Get together to
                                                   Take classes/seminars
                                                   Grab a meal
                                                   Shop woodworking
                                                   Just talk shop
      Attend woodworking shows and events

Monday, October 31, 2011

Get Your Woodwork Chatter On #tweeetchat

Once upon a time, woodworkers gathered on Twitter to chat about woodworking. It was usually driven by a topic, with lots of great participation and sharing of ideas. It was really good. But then it stopped, and we miss it. For some, their path to becoming a better woodworker took a detour. It's time to get things back on track.

Woodchat's Future
After a lot of conversations in the last three weeks with Dale Osowski (Timberworks Studio), Dyami Plotke (Penultimate Workshop),Matt Gradwohl (UpperCut Woodworks) Vic Hubbard (Tumblewood Creations), and Tom Iovino (Tom's Workbench), we will berestarting #woodchat this Wednesday November 2nd at 6pm pacific time, that's 8 central and 9 eastern. We've got permission from the former woodchat crew and have been working behind the scenes to ensure to define how we'd like this to work best for everyone.

Lets make #woodchat like a dinner conversation among woodworking friends.
Our First Four Woodchat Principles

1. Easy for People to Get Involved
There are lots of woodworkers already on twitter, and it's easy to sign up, so continuing to use the #woodchat hashtag makes things very easy. No special download, no separate account. So we'll start on twitter but may incorporate other technology as things progress. Right now, Tweetchat is the easiest way to participate.

2. Approachable for All Skill Levels
If you're a beginner woodworker, you will be welcomed in and find people ready to help and encourage you. If you're a skilled woodworker, you'll also find encouragement and help, and be asked to share your experience and knowledge by welcoming and being helpful to new woodworkers.

3. Focused on Actual Woodworking
In the past #woodchat drifted off topic at times. We'll focus on woodworking: inspiration, design, stock prep, joinery, finishing, tool selection, shop safety, or shop layout, for the beginner, part time hobbiest or full time woodworking business. No preference towards power tools or hand tools.

4. A Team to Make it Successful
To make sure that chats happen on Wednesdays without one person carrying the workload, we're going to work together to ensure success. We all have busy schedules with our day jobs and families, but with five (or more) people committed to making this successful I'm sure we'll establish a regular rhythm.

Woodchat is Yours
Ultimately though, woodchat is ultimately driven by those who participate, so we need to know what topics you'd like to discuss, what technology you might suggest that we incorporate, what days and times work best. Let us know on Twitter or leave a comment below. See you all Wednesday night.

16th Annual Long Island Woodworking Show

Though it appears I will be missing this local event to take my kids to visit my Grandmother, I’d like to invite everyone to attend the Long Island Woodworkers 16th Annual Long Island Woodworking Show.
The barn that houses the Long Island Woodworkers Woodworking Shows.
The show is being held in a beautiful timber framed barn on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds for the 3rd (or 4th) year in a row. It’s a beautiful venue and the building is just the right size to house the small to medium show.
My Dad's winning carvings from 2010.
As with most shows, it’s a combination of member exhibits and vendors, with the odd lecture thrown in for good measure.

Members of the Long Island Woodworkers Club (& Chirs Schwarz in the background)
at our group dinner held at the Northeast Woodworkers Show in Saratoga Springs
in March, 2011.

If anyone is in the area and thinking of attending I’d encourage you to use the comments here as a method of coordinating your trip so it can serve as a Modern Woodworkers Association meetup too.

I’ll post if my plans change, but assuming I’ll be on Cape Cod for the weekend, have a great time.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Every Time a Bell Rings a Woodworker is Born

As a child growing up I always heard stories that every time a bell rings a woodworkers is born.....or something like that anyway.  Well, this week the bells have been ringing off the hook!  Today our very own woodwhisperer Marc Spagnuolo and his with wife Nicole had there new baby boy and for what we hear although early doing well.

As I said the bells have been ringing because we also had news that our Atlanta member Aaron Marshall and his wife also just brought home their new adopted baby this week.  I think I can speak for all of us and say that we wish both couples the best and as they are entering a new phase of there lives.

Not to take away from all of the great news this week but I also wanted to take the time to thank Marc, Shannon, and Matt for the mention of MWA on Wood Talk Online last night.  Thanks for the mention guys we appreciate all of your support.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bill's Purpleheart Plane

Below is a post that one of our Atlanta members Bill Akins posted to Lumber Jocks.  This was Bills first shop made hand plane and it turned out great, I am honored to post it on here and Bill should be proud.  

As part of being a member of MWA I want each person to be able to share your own woodworking and projects.  This is just as much about the online friendships as it is at group meetings.  So if you have something you would like to share just send me an e-mail and I will be glad to post it.  

This is my first home made hand plane. A couple of weeks ago our group of Georgia woodworkers met for breakfast and then went over to Woodcraft. Chris Adkins of http://www.highrockwoodworking.com/ brought his set of planes that he had made. I was so impressed I bought a block of purpleheart and a Hock 1 1/2” blade and chipbreaker set. Using some plans from the internet I made this plane. It is 11 3/4” long by 2 3/8” wide. This is the first time I have worked with purpleheart and Hock blades. After sanding to 400 grit, I finished the plane with a very generous coat of BLO. After letting that soak in awhile I wiped it down and then used EEE polish followed by 2 coats of Renaisance wax. Other than scorching the end grain a bit I am pleased with the finish. I am going to have to get use to wooden planes but I think it has a permanent home in my shop. I hope to make jointer and block planes to go with it.
Also our little group decided to set regular dates to get together, coverse about wood working and general fellowship. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bringing woodworking to life

I’m not sure why this claim was made, but a rumor was going around at Woodworking in America that online woodworking is dead. Deceased. No more.

What a strange thing to say, because the folks I met who blogged about woodworking and marketed their tools online seemed to have a very lively and robust exchange, and they relished the thrill of posting what they were doing for all the world to see.

In fact, I think two more blogs were born in the short time between the end of the conference and this posting, with a few more folks looking to get in off the sidelines.

And, I don’t think it would take much more to convince others about the power of online woodworking. In fact, there are a few opportunities coming up that just might help get more folks involved in the craft and enthused about building.

The first opportunity was created by my friend Chris Adkins at High Rock Woodworking. He and several Atlanta Area friends have been meeting at some local woodworking haunts. This inspired the idea of creating the Modern Woodworkers Association.

It works when woodworkers get together with other woodworkers in the area to build, source lumber, shop or just shoot the breeze. The only thing you would really need to do to be listed would be to take some shots of the event and … well.. we’re still working on a way to get those babies uploaded. But, imagine if we had ‘chapters’ of the Modern Woodworking Association around the country – and the world. Wouldn’t that be a total blast to see what Chicago, London or Sydney woodworkers were doing?

The other opportunity comes with the Woodworking Shows. Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when the Woodworking Shows makes its rounds around the United States. It kicks off this weekend in Dallas, Texas. Demonstrations, classes and cutting edge products always draw woodworkers from miles around. My friend Jim Heavey of Wood Magazine is also out yukking it up with the crowd while teaching some valuable shop tips. I know that last year, Andy Chidwick and his wife Shari were working with the show managers to get the online woodworking community out in force. I spent my time at this year’s Tampa show working the crowd at a booth of my own, and had a great time talking to central Florida woodworkers.

There are 19 stops on the show’s route this year, stopping in major cities from coast to coast. Again, wouldn’t it be awesome to get a bunch of woodworking folks together at each of the stops for a little camaraderie, fun and telling some big fish shop tales? If you know that you are going to be coming out, why not e-mail the organizers and let them know you’ll be out there in force? After all, if they know you’ll be there, maybe they’ll help roll out that red carpet for you! The e-mail address is info@thewoodworkingshows.com.

I don’t know about you, but if we’re going to demonstrate that the people who write online woodworking content and watch it to gain valuable insight into the craft are alive and well, they just may believe the hype that online woodworking is overrun by woodworking zombies.

That would be kind of frightening…

Monday, October 17, 2011

MWA Meeting 3 Atlanta

Todd Hyman, Aaron Marshall, Chris Adkins, Bill Akins
As many of you know a group of us Georgia woodworkers have gotten together a few times over the summer and had a great time.  It is a great group of guys and I really enjoy us talking and learning from each other.  So far we have met at different locations with no regularly scheduled dates.  It is difficult to keep this going as I will tend to procrastinate until last minute which is what I did this last meeting.  In the end there were only four of us but many other keep asking to be left on the list for future meetings.

The group today included Bill Akins, Aaron Marshall, and Todd Hyman.  After leaving we are all pretty excited about seeing this continue and made a few decisions.  First the name, we have just been calling this the Georgia woodworkers get together and well.... that petty much just sounds lame.  Most of the woodworkers and those that follow this blog are what I and others now refer to as "modern" woodworks, and by this I mean that we are hybrid woodworkers.  We don't feel that it is necessary to say that we are only hand tool or power tool users and whatever range in between.  We also learn from not only putting sawdust on the floor in the shop and in classes but also from social media and the blogging community.  For this reason the name Modern Woodworkers Association seems the most appropriate.

We have also set time and place to meet on a regular basis.  We will meet at the Boulevard Diner (let me know if you need the address) a few miles up the street from Woodcraft here in Atlanta at 9am on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  From there after catching up we will stop by Woodcraft.  Steve Quehl the owner of Woodcraft of Atlanta has been very accommodating and is excited about the success of the group.  Aside from the regularly scheduled meetings we will also have "field trips" from time to time to explore local woodworking and projects that we can work on and learn together.

This group is about learning from each other and helping to continue the grow of woodworking.  Anyone that wishes to participate can send me an e-mail at highrockwoodworking@gmail.com and I will add you to the list.  We would even like to encourage those that live outside of Atlanta to join even if you can't attend the meetings, we can all learn from each other and please spread the word.  There are no obligation, if you can make it to meeting then great but if not thats ok too.  I do hope many of you will join us and help spread the word.

Keep on woodworking!

MWA Meeting 2 Atlanta

Today was the second local Georgia woodworkers event and we had a great time again.  For this event Lamar set up a tour with the owner of CAG Lumber Steven Brown.

When Lamar set up the tour to visit Steve's mill I expected a large saw mill but when I arrived at the address typed into my GPS, there was nothing there.  I asked a neighbor if she knew where the saw mill was and she said she didn't know there was a saw mill around....I thought I was totally lost.  I called Steve and he gave me directions on in the way guys back home in North Carolina give directions, second road on your left after the church at the mechanics sign. 

After arriving, Steve brought us up the hill to watch him slice up a Beach with his Wood-Mizer, wow that thing is awesome, I have watched this before but am still amazed at how easy the machine handles the logs.  The first pass just cleans the bark off and makes a thin cut after that he can slice whatever thickness he wants with no binding.  The first few boards cut are mainly 8/4" but later Steve made a few cuts for mantle boards that where 4" thick and the Wood-Mizer cut the boards with no strain at all, amazing to watch.

Other than the Georgia heat the only part of the work that brought a sweat was when Steve had to change the blade, it is crazy to think that the blade on this saw cost pretty much the same as the blades on my own band saw in my shop!

After finishing with the Beach log we took a tour of Steve's shop and a few project going on in there while having a cold drink.  Several tables and chairs made from beautiful Walnut and I couldn't help but admire the corner Big Green Egg stand...

Next Steve brought us around to see his stored lumber, I must say that I was not expecting the stock pile that he had.  He had rack after rack of Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Cedar and much more.  He even pulled out a few pieces of his private one-of-these-days-I-will-build-something-with stash and has some beautiful and interesting stuff, like Sassafras (smells just like root-beer). 

Steve was a great host and we all really enjoyed the tour around his mill, he has a great stock of most any thing you want and can get just about anything else, and with great prices...plus he is just a nice guy.  You can visit Steve online at http://caglumber.com/.

The past two events have allowed me to meet many great local woodworkers and I really hope we continue and grow to bring in even more woodworkers.  Any others that are interested in joining our group let me know and I will add you to the e-mail list of events to come.

Keep on woodworking!

MWA Meeting 1 Atlanta

Last month while listening to a live session of Wood Talk Online, several guys in the live chat room mentioned that they lived in the Atlanta area and were interested in getting together.  After much e-mailing we finally met yesterday for the first time.  We all gathered a Highland Woodworking here in Atlanta and had a great time checking out all of the wonderful tools, talking about woodworking, and later having lunch together.

Next Saturday (Jun 25th) with the help of Lamar Bailey we are meeting at CAG Lumber yard in Gainsville, GA for a tour of the lumber yard at 10am.  After the tour we will probably grab some lunch together.  

Anyone interested let me know and I will send you the address.  

The pictures in the post were sent to me from Bill Akins, thanks Bill!  Also, the last picture is of the new planer Bill pickup while we were there.