#37 Wood carving: The Wood Working Show, Schaumburg, IL
Had a great day today at the Wood Working Show(post #26). My brother Rick and his son-in-law Aaron came down from Michigan to enjoy the show with me.
Managed to clear Dunkin Donuts by 8:10 and made the parking lot by 10 o’clock.
The first thing I learned at the beginning of the day was to check on-line for coupons. Aaron had coupons good for reduction in entry fees and for give-away items in the show. The Schaumburg Center was a nice venue, easy access and plenty of well lit space.
The first treat of the day was the “Show Off” section on the way into the show. Most of the pictures included in this post come from this section. As you can see, the work was absolutely spectacular. The fret work, the rocking chair, the intarsia tables, and the wood sample wooden boxes were truly eye pleasing and well done. The work displayed made me want to turn right around and head for my work room.
The show itself was filled with great tools, ideas, demonstrations, and conversation. We spent a lot of time at the “Wood Miser” portable saw mill. Too bad computers can’t emit smells while you read. The smell of fresh cut oak is energizing. I learned that one should cut lumber 1 and 1/8th inches thick to allow for shrinkage and planing.
We also spent a lot of time at the wood shop set up by Cook Mills. I will show you some of the cool woods they had for sale in a later post. I am surprised that at least one of us didn’t come home with wood in hand. I think my wife was too. I learned about a wood called “Snakewood.” It comes from Suriname.
We had a great time talking to Al Carter(well known turner) and other wood turners. The wisdom and the skill packed into some folks takes your breath away. There are always new ideas and techniques one can glean from conversations with those who practice the art of wood working. I learned there are gouges with replaceable tips.
It was great fun to listen in on all the different demonstrations. The new tools and new products were fascinating. One tip came from a band saw demonstration. There is a unit to place on your band saw which allows for less binding of the blade because the roller wheel has been place face on to the blade instead of sideways. Hoping to make this work for me.
A successful outing. Now to put some of the ideas and toys into use. A great day and great company.
“He (God) does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the
peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” Daniel 4:35b