6 Jun 2007
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It was a very productive, successful and enjoyable trip.
The prospect of travel reduces me to a nervous wreck, but once en route it always turns out to be fun.
The class at Marc Adams was well attended and the students were friendly and appreciative, they always are. I knocked my single lap dovetail together at a few minutes to three when we had to pack up and rush to the airport.
Some nice photos were posted on the Woodnet forum.
Transport was very well managed by Chris Schwarz's friend John. No repetition of rental car writeoffs and cracked ribs! Many thanks to John and his delightful family. Our best evening was a dinner at their home. Don't ask about trying to negotiate a basement workshop staircase with a very heavy English pattern bench, after dinner where a certain amount of very good wine had been consumed......I told them it wasn't going to fit, but Chris, Tom and John felt the need to be absolutely sure.
Don't worry about the holes in the wall, Daddy will fix them later..........
The other embarrassing question is why Tom and I managed to miss a plane when we had been safely delivered to the airport with a reasonable margin of time.........
There is a new film crew at the Toolworks and I feel confident that DVD number 6, which may be a double, will be the technically the best yet. Many thanks to AJ, Sarah and Jeffrey.
I spent a delightful day off with Wolfgang and Polly, walked on the beach with their tribe of Dachshunds, and played competitive Scrabble for high stakes, (25 cents). Wolfgang filmed and edited the first five DVDs.
The open day on Saturday was fun and I was very pleased to see Tim McKinney who showed me photos of the magnificent bench he has built since attending a short course last summer. (Charlesworthish with recessed wedged tennons and a nice end vice). It seems that the benefits of the sliding removable toolwell are only appreciated by those who have seen it demonstrated! And it appears that my minimalist design is too simple to attract the attention it deserves.
Blueskye farm B&B has seen a few changes but is still the best possible place to stay if visiting Waldoboro or the Toolworks. The Hummingbirds arrived a couple of days after I did and the blackflies were minimal after a late cold spell with much snow.
I was very happy that the weather was relatively cool and the photo shows Karl on a sunny morning. Karl was our mascot on the first DVD and he is a little older but in fine fettle. (Photo courtesy of L-N).
There are several more stories, but they will have to wait till my week off, after the second short course.
NB If you are ever in the bar at Indianapolis airport please remember you can't hear the PA.
|posted by davidcharl at 20:40 | comments |
|posted by Marc Waldbillig [ http://woodnotes-marc.blogspot.com/ ]||7 Jun 2007 at 20:10|
May I quote from your post: "It seems that the benefits of the sliding removable toolwell are only appreciated by those who have seen it demonstrated! And it appears that my minimalist design is too simple to attract the attention it deserves."
No, you aren't right even in Germany, woodworkers build removable tool trays. Just look here:
For the design you may be right... but as long as woodworkers install workbenches in the swimming-pool, they won't much care about design. I do not think the design isn't right on this bench.
Best regards, Marc
|posted by david charlesworth||7 Jun 2007 at 21:39|
Thank you very much for that interesting comment and link.
I did not know that removable tool trays were common in Germany.
Fine looking bench!