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    Garrett Hack's Demilune Table Class

    Larry Merlau, I am reporting in as promised. I am keeping notes and taking pictures.We arrived in Port Townsend on Sunday so that I could be ready for class early on Monday. The weather was a little overcast with a marine push as our ferry left the dock at Keystone, but the sun broke through as we arrived in Port Townsend. The weather has been great ever since with mostly sunny weather in the high 50's or low 60's.There are 9 kindred souls taking Garrett Hack’s Demilune class. Four of us were in Garrett's Splay Leg Table class last year at Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Five of us are from Washington ( 2 from Bellingham, 2 from Seattle and 1 from Spokane) and one each are from California, Montana, Massachusetts and South Carolina. We have a banker, two lawyers, two software developers, two engineers, and one retired person.Monday was spent designing the demilune table, building the bending forms for our front aprons and preparing the 5 thin layers (1/8") of wood required for the front apron. They were bandsawed from stock and the outside faces of the stack was hand planed to a fine finish as it would be difficult to do after they are bent. Here are some pictures of some legs and a front apron that Garrett had brought with him from Vermont to show us what we were going to be doing the first couple of days. The legs are of some beautiful pear and the apron’s outside face is apple.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	69000Tomorrow, I will post more pictures of our progress on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the meantime, here is some pictures of this mornings walk along the beach to class.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	69004Rebecca walked over to the school and on our way back to our lodging we stopped on the high bluff at Fort Worden Park and just enjoyed the evening. It is great to be here!Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Bill Satko; 07-18-2012 at 02:30 PM.
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    Now if you can make furniture as beautiful as the scenery you have it made in woodworking.

    Have a great class and ENJOY,

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    Real shame that boring ol' class is in such an ugly part of the country. <--- That green is indicative of my envy. Sounds like a great time, and looks like it's in a gorgeous place.
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    Wonderful, whatever you had to give up to attend, I'm sure would be worth it!

    Say "Hi" to Garret for me if you get a chance, ask him when he is coming to Japan again?
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    Looks like you have another great class Bill and love your area, a must to get back over there some year...
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    Looking forward to following along
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    thanks bill for the update,, glad you get to live out a dream i once had..enjoy the weather and the time there.
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    I'll be watching with interest Bill. Looks like a great experience in a beautiful locale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Say "Hi" to Garret for me if you get a chance, ask him when he is coming to Japan again?
    Stu, I will relay your hello to Garrett. He is going to Japan this year. I believe in the fall and also he mentioned that it would be to the far northern part of Japan. I will get better information about his trip. On Sunday, as we were walking around the neighborhoods where we are staying, we bumped into Garrett and spent about an hour catching up. He mentioned the many things he had coming up and I can't remember exactly when his trip over there was planned.

    As for everyone else, thanks for the responses and I will try and document a lot more of what we are doing with plenty of pictures. I desire is to show what it is like taking a class like this. First and foremost is the friendship of mostly total strangers who have the common thread of woodworking. Everyone is a joy to be around, because they are so happy. They are doing something they enjoy so much. It does not matter your background, profession, religion or politics as you instantly become friends with a common love. The day I landed off the ferry over here, the stress of work and other concerns dropped away and I felt like a kid again with no worries. I am sure everyone feels the same in the class. We are just a bunch of really happy people having a great time and with a thirst to learn. The way life should be every day for us, but seldom is.
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    I thought I would give a little background on where the school is located. Fort Worden was an Army base from 1902 until 1953 when it was sold to the state. It was part of three forts that were constructed to protect the entrance of Puget Sound with their large gun placements. All of the guns were removed and shipped to Europe during WW1, but all of the concrete placements are still there. Then in 1971 it became a state park. It is an active place as besides the woodworking school leasing space here, there is a printing company and Goddard College of Vermont has their western campus here. Seems Goddard College has several summer programs going with students attending from all over the US. Beside all of that, the state park has housing and dormitory rentals and camping facilities for the general population. It is popular vacation spot for state locals.

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    What I don't show is the miles of trails in heavy woods and the miles of beach, including a lighthouse.

    Next, on to the woodworking.
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