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    Road Trip Update

    Hi everyone

    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.

    http://www.kellymehler.com/

    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.

    http://www.brianboggschairs.com/

    We also visited Warren May's shop

    http://www.warrenamay.com/

    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

    Jay

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    Great post Jay! Berea is on my short list of places to visit this fall. It's about a 3-4 hour drive from where I live and is a great place for a family style outting!

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    Hey Jay,

    Bring me back ten of those Brian Boogs sculped fan-back ebonized chairs. Let me see---- 10 x $9,500 equals $95,000 plus tax. On second thought let me think about it for a day or two.

    Sounds like that you are having a great trip.

    Allen

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    Kelly runs a fantastic school, I have been there many times.

    Brian Boggs is ALWAYS generous with his time. That man is a mechanical genious! His dry chair joints "pop" when pulled apart, the tolerances are so tight.

    When you go to Pleasant Hill, make sure you tour the top floors of the meeting house. They are not open except for tours. Well worth your time.

    Sounds like you are having a nice road trip.

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    pictures man! some of us will likely never get much more than an hour or two from the shop (me) and need to live vicariously. glad you`re having fun!
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    Further down the road

    Hi everyone

    Spent a day at Pleasant Hill, the restored Shaker Village about 40 miles SW of Lexington KY. Stayed in the inn for the evening, our room was in a restored building, lots of historic charm, good food (but still a DRY county so no wine with dinner) yes this is a WHINE , but lots of candles.

    Got to a place where we actually have a good internet connection so I thought I"d put in some pics

    Most of these were taken in the Meeting House, the truss work is in the attic, it supports the second floor so the big room on the ground floor is wide open, no posts in a room that I think is at least 60' wide. All the truss work is hardwood, the guide said that there wasn't any pine in KY when these buildings were erected!

    Jay
    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 11:23 AM.

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    thank you for the pictures jay!
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    Wow Jay, nice pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay
    All the truss work is hardwood, the guide said that there wasn't any pine in KY when these buildings were erected!
    and after they were erected, there was a LOT less hardwood
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    On to West Va and Pa

    Well, we visited some friends in West Va near Beckley -- there is a place called Tamarack on the interstate, great craft gallery

    Here is some of the stuff that was on display

    And then we went to Falling Water, the Frank Lloyd Wright House near Pittsburgh. Sorry, no pictures allowed in the house or posted on a website so here is a link to their website
    http://www.paconserve.org/index-fw1.asp

    We are off to Maine tomorrow after a stop in a quilt shop in Intercourse PA (no this is not a violation of the COC ) for "The Navigator"
    Might have time to check out the Rockler shop in Portland Maine before moving on to Nova Scotia!

    Jay
    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 11:23 AM.

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    Sounds like you are having a great trip! Thanks for sharing the adventure!

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