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65852 "Alan N. Graham" <agraham@w...> 1999‑08‑02 Galootapalooza 4 or the locusts return - long
Galootapalooza 4 has come and gone and the Chicago area galoots once
again made it a memorable outing.

The usual suspects were there plus a few I hadn't met before. Amontg the
assembled were

Jerry 'I will buy anything with Yankee engraved on it" Servisss
Ralph ' The Driving Man' Brandler
Russ 'There isn't a tool made I can't copy' Allen
Mike ' The hell with it, I'll just make my own tools' Lingren

As well there were a number of remembered faces from Galootapalooza 2
such as Gil Chesbro, Wes Groot, Joe Palazzolo from Indiana,  plus new
faces (to me) like Todd Heurli, Mark van Reujen (sorry, I forgot how to
spell your last name),  Charlie Nunemaker and, as always, a few more
whose names this old mind failed to memorize.

Also ran into Ron Harper who was pillaging the Kane County Flea Market.
As Ron noted in his posting

"Oh BTW our reputation grows. I asked one dealer who had some tools if
he
had seen any galoots?   This produced a visible flinch and he said "
yeah
they came thru hear awhile ago like a bunch of locusts".

The locusts almost starved at the Kane County Flea Market. There were
fewer vendors than normal, possibly due to the 100 degree heat the day
before. Pickings were slim and only Mark managed to find any gloatable
items. This lets Gil Chesbro off the hook, and this year's goat is now
Mark, who managed to scoop the best finds from both the Kane County meet
and the Sunday MWTCA meet by getting there before anyone. For the next
twelve months we can enjoy progressively more outrageous stories about
Mark's finds until next year's gathering, when a new goat will be
chosen.

While most of us searched in vain, Ralph Brendler hosted a Shaker Box
making class, and the results werw shown off that night. Joe's boxes
were especially striking as he used lacewood for the tops.

The Saturday night gathering a Jerry Serviss's place was wonderful.
Apart from the good food and great conversation there were several great
demonstrations.

This year's comparison was on mitering tools. Ralph Brendler came with
his Lion style miter trimmer with the amputation blades, Wes Groot
brought his Chaplin's Patent Chute Board and Plane and Mike Lingren
showed off his 51/52 Chute Plane made from Russ Allen's castings. No
definitative winner, but each tool produced true polished cuts at all
angles.

Todd Heurli, planemaker extraordinaire, gave a demonstration of heat
treating moulding plane blades.
Although I have tried to follow discussions on this subject on the list
for the last couple of years, I learned more in 20 minutes of
demonstration that I had in a year of reading. Todd teaches classes in
plane making, and his excellent explanations and patient answers to even
the most basic questions (mine) make me believe his classes would be a
worthwhile experience to many galoots. I hope to take one in the next
couple of years.

Russ Allen also demonstrated how a casting would be made to duplicate a
Stanley 71. Once again, a single demonstration is worth a lot more than
multiple postings. Seeing is believing.

While the core of these gathering may be conversation and tool hunting,
there is tremendous benefits to the sharing of knowledge through these
Saturday evenings. The scope of knowldege that galoots share when they
get together is astonishing.

The MWTCA meet on Sunday was fun, and I even managed to find the few
items I was looking for at reasonable prices, plus a couple more I
didn't even know I needed until I found them, Funny how that works.

My host, once again, was Ralph Brandler, an extrordinary fellow who
shared his home, his extensive knowledge and his truck throughout the
weekend. Ralph must have driven at least 300 miles this weekend, much of
it ferrying me from place to place. There are no words to describe
Ralph's wonderful generosity.

For sheer entertainment, and to broaden your knowledge of our collective
mania, nothing beats gatherings like this. If you can't get to one of
these around the country, think about organizing your own. They can't be
beat.

Alan N. Graham


65860 Mark van Roojen <msv@u...> 1999‑08‑02 Re: Galootapalooza 4 or the locusts return - long
Alan's Message summarized it nicely.  Jerry, Russ and Ralph did a great job
putting together an interesting day of tool related activities on Saturday.
Todd's metal tempering demo was utterly simple - just the thing to get
someone thinking about doing it for themselves.  He also brought along some
really nice plane's he'd made to show off.  And a son who displayed
promising toad catching skills on Sunday.  From the evidence of the work
brought back, Ralph's boxmaking workshop was a great success.  And Russ's
pattern mold-making demo nicely showed the basics of how patterns and cores
are used to make a mold.

I met and remet a number of people whose acquaintance I enjoyed.  There were
enough people that I won't list them since I'll screw up and leave someone
out if I try.

Allan did write the following:

>The locusts almost starved at the Kane County Flea Market. There were
>fewer vendors than normal, possibly due to the 100 degree heat the day
>before. Pickings were slim and only Mark managed to find any gloatable
>items. This lets Gil Chesbro off the hook, and this year's goat is now
>Mark, who managed to scoop the best finds from both the Kane County meet
>and the Sunday MWTCA meet by getting there before anyone. For the next
>twelve months we can enjoy progressively more outrageous stories about
>Mark's finds until next year's gathering, when a new goat will be
>chosen.

I suppose it would be good form to  list what all I found, though I've done
better on occassion, and I think that a number of the gloat's I've read here
over the years come to mind as much better finds.

Saturday:

A cheap  box'o'tools with a decent two patent #8C, several eggbeater drills,
files, rules, axes, and a trashed #7C.
A $10 miter jack which was really my find of the day.
several small machinist's tools
A Ohio #4 1/2 with the wrong knob that I noticed covering a hole in the bed
which I didn't. (bad move on my part)

Sunday:

A cheap Dosch Miter trimmer like Ralphs' that he nicely demonstrated
Saturday.  The cool thing about this thing is that it has adjustable stops
at 90 and 45 degrees as opposed to just at 90 degrees like my old Lion.
A very nice Disston 16 inch backsaw that I had to buy a Marsh  miter box  to
get.
A very cheap #604 with cracked rear handle.
A nice Yankee catalogue.
Odds and ends.

All of this stuff was attractively priced, but I think that the bottom line
here is that the tool show beat the flea market as a place to buy tools by a
good bit, even underpriced desireable items.  This strikes me as very much a
function of eBay sucking items away from the flea markets and also causing
those who remain to raise their prices because they saw something "just like
this" go for ....

In any case,  I really enjoyed the evening at Jerry's and the event Sunday
morning (though a 6 am starting time is early when you are staying an hour
away).  I'd like to thank the hosts and also the many galoots and cohorts
who contributed time, energy, food and conversation to a very nice event!

Mark



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