We had a great weekend demonstrating at the American College of the Building Arts and Lie-Nielsen’s Tool Event. I got to set up my little workbench and carve to my heart’s delight for 2 days! What more could I ask for?
It was a great turn-out and after all the weathermen said that Saturday was going to be constant thunderstorms, it turned out to be a great day with no rain. It was fun to work with all the Lie-Nielsen “gang” again and it’s always good to see Christopher Schwarz. There was a new woodworker in the mix, Caleb James, who is a chairmaker out of Greenville, SC.
I am working with Lie-Nielsen and Auriou tools (the French company that makes the hand-made rasps) to make a set of my favorite shaped fishtail carving gouges. I can’t wait! I have 4 of the prototypes that I have been testing for a few weeks, and I LOVE them! Hoping to have some available for sale within 3 to 6 months. I’ll keep you updated.
I also got to see some stone carving friends from the upstate, SC. Clint Button, who carves amazing marble and granite sculptures, and David Gillespie, who carves beautiful traditional slate grave stones. It was wonderful to see them and their families while in town.
I wanted to show the true southern hospitality thing and attempted to host a bon-fire while everyone was in town – with a combination of steamed oysters, marshmallows and beer (sounds like a wicked chemical combination). But alas, the rain on Friday night washed that idea out. Maybe try again next year??