We spent the day roaming around Berea KY today, visited a bunch of very talented woodworkers. Sorry, no pics but IT DID HAPPEN
So, I'll put in some web links
We started out the day visiting Kelly Mehler, you may have seen his demos at some of the woodworking shows or read his book. He has a school here, a wonderful place nestled in the woods. Even though he was "off" he said come on by when I called. He was very welcoming, the school shop is very well set up with a lot of Euro machines on the ground floor (can you say Felder and Festool) and a light airy bench room on the second floor. In addition to his own classes, he brings in other "big guns" for classes.
Then we visited Brian Boggs chairmaker, he was planing down a tabletop glueup when we arrived but decided that he would take a break and give us a tour. Oh, I wish we had the camera with us, the number of special made tools/jigs he had was all too interesting, especially a rube goldberg looking thing that turns bark into the thin strips used to make chair seats. Lots of "old iron" in the shop as well, sorry didn't get the names.
He was very generous with his time, showing us the whole work flow from wood storage to finished product. He is working on a new gateleg table design where the legs will rotate around a central hub and don't have to be out 90 degrees to remain stable. We saw the prototype in the shop and the hinges he machined out of brass bar stock.
We also visited Warren May's shop
This is a great place, except the town is DRY so if you enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner, plan on staying someplace else.
Tomorrow we are off to Pleasant Hill to immerse ourselves in Shaker stuff