NYC Trip Report, Part 1

As promised in a previous post, Linda and I flew to New York City two weeks ago for a spokeshave-making workshop and plane tuning clinic at Makeville Studio in Brooklyn. I apologize for taking so long to tell you about it but I have a good excuse. Yes, hurricane Sandy delayed our departure by three days but I’ll write more about that experience in a subsequent post. We had a number of things planned, woodworking-related, family-related and just plain fun in New York-related. We managed to accomplish pretty much our whole itinerary before the storm had us under house arrest in Brooklyn for three unscheduled days. In spite of that inconvenience, it was a great trip.

Candice and Joel at Makeville Studio
That’s me making sharpening fun for all

The workshop and clinic were a great success, judging by the attendance and general lively ambiance during both. They happened simultaneously so I was busy bouncing back and forth from one session to the other. I’m ever so grateful to Joel Moskowitz of Tools for Working Wood (co-sponsor of the events), Annie Raso of Makeville Studio, Candice Groenke and Linda for all their hard work helping out. We managed to build 15 or so spokeshaves, all of which worked beautifully, and we tuned and at least partially rehabbed a number of vintage planes — most of which also worked beautifully after we beat them into submission. Some just needed a new blade and an adjustment. Others needed a bit more sweat equity before they started making wispy shavings.That evening I gave a short talk, answered some good questions about steel and such, while the last of the shaves were finished up.Then the Tools for Working Wood gang took us out for a great dinner at Bar Tano and then down the street for a nightcap at Lucey’s Lounge, the best bar, with the most energetic and creative bartender, ever. Thanks to all for a great afternoon and evening!

Next post: Linda and Ron (and everyone else on the eastern seaboard) hunker down for the storm of the century.

Author: Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"

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