FLORIDA WESTCOAST WOODWORKERS CLUB
serving Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte counties

Category: Shop Meets

November Shop meet – Marvin Stoltzfus

Marvin showed us his beautiful shop and some of the turnings he has made. He also showed us the history of his sphere turning machine.

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March shop meet – Jeremy Williams

We were all blown away by Jeremy’s shop. I have never seen so many top of the line tools at one shop; Festool, Sawstop, Powermatic, Luguna. His has a power tool users dream shop.I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Doesn’t everyone have three large band saws?IMG_1011IMG_1014   IMG_1015  IMG_0996

Just to prove he really does use them, this beautiful rocking chair.IMG_1006

Did I mention the lumber: Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Wenga, Zebra wood, just to name a few.IMG_1009  IMG_1012

We hope it didn’t take Jeremy too long to clean up all the droll off the floor after we left.

 

February – Fred Damianos shop

Fred’s shop occupies the area at the end of his garage. Everything is on wheels. He has top of the line powermatic  table saw, band saw, joiner, dust collector.IMG_0956

He took us inside to show us the mantel that he made from a solid piece of mahogany. IMG_0955

He told everybody to come a little hungry, but he should have said a lot hungry; he put on quite a spread.

IMG_0957You’ve set the bar pretty high for the rest of the shop meets Fred.

November Shop Meet – John Philips

In spite of the up coming Thanksgiving holiday, and all the people who are out of town, 15 people showed up at Johns shop, and they weren’t disappointed. John had several hands on demonstrations for people to try. One of the most popular was the shaving horse.

John demonstrating the shaving horse.

John demonstrating the shaving horse.

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Drum sander in action.

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Routing using a templet on top of wood.

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The results

John’s drum sander was cool to watch. John demonstrated his pin router using a templet for his clock gears. I didn’t get any pictures of the flex tool carving station, or the sanding station.

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Watch your fingers Mike!

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John’s wife, Fay, served up some delicious home made goodies on the lanai.  Boy can she bake! It was worth the price of admission just for the food.

 

April Shop Meet

April’s shop meet was at Reuel Detweiler’s shop. Reuel lives in a mobile home so space is limiter and by necessity everything has to be organized. Reuel makes some beautiful intarsia which fits well in his limited space. We all had a good time poking around Reuel’s shop, admiring his work, talking  and eating.

So that's how it made!

So that’s how it made!

You can see the detail in the bright light.

You can see the detail in the bright light.

Bambie

Bambie

Puzzles anyone?

Puzzles anyone?

The beginnings.

The beginnings.

Come on in

Come on in

This shop has multiple rooms.
This shop has multiple rooms.

Everything in it's oplace

Everything in it’s oplace

March shop meet

Marches shop meet, was it Bob Esslinger shop.  As you remember Bob won first place and best of show at the state fair for his pi table. Even though we were 10 days late for pi Day, March 14, 3.14, give it, Bob and his wife served two delicious homemade pies. Nobody dared  to eat there pie on his pi table. We all had a great time visiting and snooping around Bob shop. My shop will only be as clean as Bob’s in my dreams.

Can you see 3.1416?

Time for pi, I mean pie Time for pi, I mean pie

Can you see 3.1416?
Visiting

Visiting

Yumm

Yumm

Joe & Ed

Joe & Ed

Shop meet Feb. 24, 2014

.Possum stew and cobbler

Around 20 people attended the shot meet at Mike Swart’s workshop last Monday. Mike came through as promised with the big pot of stew cooked on an open fire in a Dutch oven.stew When asked what was in it, he claimed it was Possum. He followed this up with another pot of cobbler served with ice cream. I can’t say for sure whether it was apple or peach, because it was gone by the time I got to it.eating

Mike gave a demonstration of his gripper push sticks, showing all the different configurations. Demo 1

But, as usual, one of the main attractions was just having time to visit with fellow club members.talking 3 talking 2 talking 1 If you miss this shop meet,  you missed out on a good time and good food. Next year Mike promises to have armadillos stew.

September 22, 2014 Shop Meeting at John Phillip’s

John was nice enough to host a shop meet and provided all of us with some tasty treats, many of them from his own fruit tress in his yard.  We look forward to his next shop meet.

The only action shot I could get of John.

The only action shot I could get of John.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the great turnout, John's shop filled up quickly.

With the great turnout, John’s shop filled up quickly.

John's carved turtle.

John’s carved turtle.

 

Various bowls John has made.

Various bowls John has made.

A carving.

A carving.

Horse's head carved by John.

Horse’s head carved by John.

Let sleeping dogs lie!

Let sleeping dogs lie!

 

 

Dolphins playing.

Dolphins playing.

Carved figurine.

Carved figurine.

 

 

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Sail boat in glass display case.

Sail boat in glass display case.

Sail boat and rigging in glass display case.

Sail boat and rigging in glass display case.