This photo was taken on the 24th of March, 2007 at the Tampa Woodworking Show in Tampa Florida. On the left is Jay Knoll from Vero Beach, in the middle is yours truly from Punta Gorda and on the right is Tony Falotico from Lake City. Julio Navarro of Tampa was going to try to show up in the afternoon but did not make as far as we know. Tony tried calling him to no avail. We hope that nothing happened except for some sort of tie up.
A couple of things about the guys in the picture. Jay, as you can see, is a lot bigger than you might imagine so try not to tick him off. His good friend who he brought with him is even larger in stature and is a very nice guy to boot. I am sure glad that I was on friendly terms with them. Tony was his normal good looking self but also able to take care of himself. His friend was a delight also. All four guys were just great and made me feel at home right away and made me feel that the drive up there was well worth the effort just to meet them if nothing else. The picture of myself in the middle has some problems. I think that it was a lighting anomaly that created a wrinkled like appearance to my face. Oh well--can't have perfection all of the time.
I think that Tony may have a new tool post soon. I could see the gleam in his eyes.
A short note about the show: Last year I went and it was lousy but this year I thought that it was very good-- A lot of products and demos.
And for the grand finish to the story. I had read so much about Mini Max and was happy to see their booth come into sight. You could see that their tools were quality through and through but that is not the best part of the story. Running the Mini Max booth was our own Sam Blasco of Austin, Texas. I was a little leary as to what to expect as Sam's avitar seems a bit stern but nothing could be further from the truth. He's a terrific guy with a great personality -- A perfect match of personality and quality tools. Here is a photo of Sam and Tony wondering why I do not have my checkbook out.