The Northeast Woodworker's Association 2011 Showcase
has finally come and gone, and what a great weekend it was.
Though a call from the school nurse delayed my departure by a few hours, the enjoyment began as soon as I reached Saratoga. Though we were late, my Dad and I managed to meet up with Mike Lehikoinen
, Ian Mackay
, Guy Bucey
& Ben Lowery
on Friday night. We shared a few drinks and a wonderful conversation.
|The woodshop floor.|
Saturday began by getting up too early and getting the barn ready. Though I completely understood the need, as there were so many people coming over, I must say it felt silly vacuuming the entire workshop floor just because we were having guests.
|A scroll saw demonstration at NWA.|
Unfortunately, after getting the barn ready, I was late getting to the show and missed Chris Schwarz's
lecture on the Anarchist's Tool Chest
(I understand from good sources that it was a great lecture).
Once I did arrive, I spent some time going over the show floor (picking up a new Veritas Router Plane
along the way) and I made sure that I was front and center for Chris Schwarz's
Petite Roubo talk (I'll post a video of that talk soon). After the talk Ian and Mike and I headed out for some lunch and after finding the bar with the worst services in town, we settled in at The Parting Glass for a good pub meal.
Following lunch I caught a quick dovetail demonstration by Chuck Bender
and immediately bought his Dovetailing Apprenticeship DVD
|Some beautiful showcase pieces.|
I also took my time going through the member showcase. Let me tell you, the members of the Northeast Woodworker's Association can turn our some beautiful pieces.
I wrapped up at the show as they were closing and headed back to the barn. After picking up ice, I found myself behind the Long Island Woodworker's Club's
bus & convoy. This was helpful, as I repeatedly got lost going to and from the barn all weekend.
|A packed house for dinner.|
Dinner turned out great. Besides the bus getting stuck when the driver decided to make a U-turn in the soft mud, everything seemed to go well and I think everyone had a great time talking wood. Though not all of our confirmed guests ended up showing for dinner, we had a great time with those who did. Besides the Long Island Woodworker's Club
I'd like to thank Ian Mackay
& Mike Lehikoinen
for coming down from Canada, Ben Lowery
for walking over from Saratoga Springs and especially Chris Schwarz
. While Chris was already in Saratoga, he certainly didn't have to come to our dinner and I really appreciate that he did.
|The stuck bus.|
How was your weekend?