What a day. I spent the better part of Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia at Highland Woodworking, location for one of Lie-Nielsen’s Hand Tool Events. I have wanted to attend one of these shows for quite some time; I have seen videos and photos from various Lie-Nielsen events across North America, but never at a location and time which worked for me. When I saw Lie-Nielsen’s announcement for the Atlanta event, I made a point to be there. And since I own a LN #4 smoother and a #60 1/2 R block plane, I really wanted to go. By the way, I used my cell phone to take these photos – they are a little fuzzy…
I had received a message that the MWA Atlanta group was going to meet there at 10:00 a.m. When I arrived it was already crowded. One reason: the appearance by Chris Schwarz.
I spent a lot of time talking with Scott Meek of Scott Meek Woodworks. Scott makes premium wooden body hand planes in the Krenov style. The monstrous plane shown above is his three foot jointer, beautiful, big and so easy to work, a child could use it – two did just that while I was there.
And then there were Lie-Nielsen tools…
The Modern Woodworkers went out for lunch and then it was back to Highland Woodworking for some last minute shopping before I embarked on the three hour drive back home (I met others who had come from afar: one woodworker from Cullman, Alabama who wore a University of Alabama hat – awesome, and one gentleman from Tennessee).
This was a blast. For a moment in time, a lot of the internet stuff I have seen and read was right in front of me: Chris Schwarz and items seen on his blog, Scott Meek’s hand planes, Charles Brock, profile pictures seen on Twitter feeds, and so many handsome LN tools; too much fun.
There is a woodworking club in my home town, but I don’t participate (I should though). The friendships I have developed online make MWA a stronger connection. If you have the opportunity to attend a Lie-Nielsen Tool Event or join MWA, you should do it, just sayin’.