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Woodworking in the Sac(k)

This last weekend, the Woodworking Shows moved from the LA area to Sacramento and though we we’re still in California, the weather couldn’t have been more different. With temperatures hovering in the low 50’s and an on and off rain, it was downright nippy. My seminars this year focus on embellishing a project and I found real life examples in the Crocker Museum. Located a few blocks from the State Capitol building in downtown Sacramento, this collection of art and furniture would have made great props had I taken attendees on a field trip. The older section of this museum was part of the original Crocker mansion built in 1872 and the woodwork was amazing.

The ornate curved staircases and the carved doors and arches were the signs of wealth and craftsmanship. There were countless panels of walnut and black cherry veneers as well as furniture touting beautiful marquetry and banding. The props in my booth may not have had the aged patina of those at the museum but the hope is that they will inspire those in my classes to learn the techniques that have a long historical link.

Attendees in Sacramento this last week were greeted by the first sales and demonstration exhibit outside the venue’s main doors.

 This large piece of Redwood was brought to the show on a flat bed semi and the sawyers explained the process that would ultimately be used to cut this into furniture grade lumber. Once in the exhibit hall, attendees found the WOOD magazine booth in an annex along with those of MicroFence, Nor-Cal Woodturners and Sacramento Area Woodworkers.

 A club of over 200 members, the SAW had examples of the work made by this very enthusiastic group. The use of sap wood in the Walnut table was striking.

In addition to the display of turned objects, the Nor-Cal booth had an active turning demonstration. This picture was shot seconds before the platter exploded. Anxious to show off his skill, I’m sure that only the ego of this artisan was bruised.  You just can’t beat live entertainment!

  A much more subdued turning display was that of Craft Supply’s Learn to Turn a Pen booth. Attendees packed this booth all weekend and took home a great souvenir of their experience.

 I spent some time talking to Dugan Essick about his school, Essick Woodworks. A very laid back pleasant man, you could tell that he enjoys his craft and teaching about it. The furniture he had on display was beautiful. His Greene and Greene interpretation was very well done.

The winners of this last weekend’s Show Off Showcase were Amy Sams and her “Whirly”, with Andrew Hiroshima’s “Troubled Bridge over Water” second, and lastly Kathy Brown’s “Redtail Hawk” taking third. They all took home a Bosch tool and a sense of accomplishment.

Next weekend, November 11-14, we travel even further north to Portland, Oregon. Definitely one of the most scenic areas on the Woodworking Show tour. The almost ever-present rain doesn’t dampen the spirits of the woodworkers there and we expect a great show. If you’re coming out, please take advantage of the discount coupon by following this link http://thewoodworkingshows.com/styled-6/index.html. From Portland we go to Denver on November 18-20 and then to Chicago on the Thanksgiving weekend.

I really enjoy what I do and especially meeting readers each week. Come to our booth and spend some time. Bring a good story.

 ‘Til then, I’ll see you on the road,  

 Jim Heavey

 WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador




 
 
 
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