On Sept. 26, 2015, a small group of members took the opportunity to take a shop tour of three of our members: Ted Monk, Bob Baird and Gary Dumas.
The shops were quite different, reflecting the available space, the preferred wood projects, and the personality of the owner. We had lots discussion and good questions. At each stop, I picked up a few tips and tricks – and I know that I wasn’t the only one.
Shop 1: Ted Monk
Our first stop was at Ted’s who shared many of the tools and strategies for the amazing work he does turning bowls and art pieces. I might have to give turning another try. Ted also showed us the greenhouse that he has been building in recent weeks.
Shop 2: Bob Baird
Next stop was Bob, who says his claim to fame is keeping things simple. He had some great ideas for jigs and storage (I don’t think it will be long before Gary is duplicating some of those small drawer units).
Shop 3: Gary Dumas
The final shop on our tour was Gary’s where we found some ways to really maximize space.
After our busy shop schedule, we made a quick stop at Pilot’s Pub to finish the day. It was a fun and inspiring outing. Big thanks to ours hosts for opening their shop doors for visitors. We will definitely be planning another tour, perhaps in the spring. Let Gary know if you are willing to be one of the points on the tour. No shop is too big or too small. It would be great to get two or three sites in the same part of town as this made it much easier for us to connect.
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