Lets make #woodchat like a dinner conversation among woodworking friends.
Monday, October 31, 2011
|The barn that houses the Long Island Woodworkers Woodworking Shows.|
|My Dad's winning carvings from 2010.|
|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.
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
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
Thursday, October 20, 2011
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 email@example.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.
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Todd Hyman, Aaron Marshall, Chris Adkins, Bill Akins|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 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...
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!