On Friday, a nice crowd awaited the starting bell at noon and attendance stayed fairly consistent until about 4PM. All in all, the Tampa show was a good and it will be on the schedule for the 2012-2013 season.  And, with the current season quickly coming to an end, I hope that you’ll get a chance to see us at one of the last two shows. The Woodworking Shows is very proud of the product that they have created and promise to add even more to next year.
When the Woodworking Shows go to Kansas City each year, I know that I can expect a great weekend.
The 2011 Woodworking Show series opened in Baltimore this last weekend to clear cold skies and the promise of big things. The Des Moines Woodworkers Association always looks for ways to help others, and we’re probably not alone when it comes to woodworkers.
Precious Angles started about 30 years ago to help parents whose premature or newborn children have died. The task sounds pretty grim, but making caskets became a way for DMWA members to work together in groups and turn scraps into something more valuable than just cutting boards.
So check out the Precious Angels Web site, ask them about offering to make wooden caskets, and maybe help them out with some cash. A few days before Christmas, Carter and I put the last coat of finish on 40+ holiday gifts.
I just finished up a sleigh-full (well, minivan) of Christmas gifts in my shop—and just in time! In honor of WOOD Magazine’s 25th Anniversary, we posted 25 Interesting Facts about each of the folks who put out your favorite woodworking magazine. This last weekend, March 16-18, the Woodworking Shows opened their doors in Tampa at the State Fairgrounds. Saturday was definitely the busiest day of the weekend with packed aisles and good sales reported by the vendors.
I did not go home on Sunday as I usually do and I’ve had some issues getting my traveling computer to do as I’ve asked.
We will be in Charlotte at The Park on Briar Creek the week of March 23-25 and finally in the Houston area in Katy’s Leonard Merrell Center March 30-April 1.
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Little did I know that this would start in Annapolis in addition to the show venue in Timonium, Maryland.
One cause that’s allowed our members to put their skills to work involves the Precious Angels organization. When the 2-lb daughter of the group’s founder died, she discovered there were no sources of infant burial clothes and many families in need lacked the resources for an infant-sized casket. Last year, DMWA members built more than 160 caskets like the one shown here, many from plans drawn up by our own Jeff Mertz and offered at the group’s Web site.

I had been working on a china cabinet for my wife, but put that on hold so I could make some projects to give as Christmas gifts. My earliest memory is of helping “John the Carpenter” put down new subfloor in my folks’ house.
The engineer in me wants to see a schedule before it will allow me to switch, but the artist in me does not know how to make a schedule…thus an ongoing conflict!
We have used this venue for years so the area woodworkers knew where to find us and we knew what to expect. Sunday started light but the crowd grew all day right up to the free bandsaw giveaway at 3PM. Second place went to Charles Kested”s “23rd Psalm” and finally, third place was awarded to Philip R Aalli’s “Toward The Sunrise”.
Make sure you preregister to beat the lines at the door and, while you’re there, check out the coupon to save $2 off the admission price.
Next, we revised the plan for the Tile-Topped Keepsake Box, featured in the November 2006 issue of WOOD, and built over a dozen of them in our Greene and Greene style. Attendance at the educational seminars seemed pretty strong throughout the weekend and those who came to my classes spent the entire day in the booth.
Mark was well known to show goers when he sold Leigh jigs and later as a lecturer teaching finishing and model building. Hundreds of these carts have been sent to all parts of the globe with the help of the volunteers at the Florida Woodworkers Club. Volunteer woodworkers make infant-sized caskets—more than 360 of which were sent out last year. Finally, we edge-joined most of our cut-off scrap stock to create a trio of cutting boards.
There was a nice crowd at the award presentation and they were encouraged to submit one of their own efforts for next year’s show.
I don’t build these from a plan, but rather make them from whatever scraps and cutoffs I can muster. Some I glue together, often mixing species, and let the size of the pieces dictate the size of the box. I also had a chance to sit for an hour and have a cup of coffee with a very prolific blogger and WOOD Magazine contributor, Tom Iorvino. Then I fit it with a thin plywood bottom, make a lid and a handle, apply my mark (a cross to signify my faith in Jesus Christ), and finish it with oil and lacquer.
As the “Shop Monkey”, Tom has a unique perspective on the interests and motivation of the average woodworker and writes about it with a very engaging touch of humor.

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