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135573 Ralph Brendler <ralph@b...> 2004‑08‑03 Galootapalooza recap
Well, Russ just chided Wes and I about not posting a recap yet (BTW, I 
didn't notice yours, Russ), so I figured I would open the G9 recap 
floodgates... ;-)

To paraphrase Richard Scarry, G9 was "The Busiest Weekend Ever".  I was 
basically going 100 miles an hour from Thursday night until late Sunday 
evening, but it was a real blast.  Unfortunately, I was too busy doing 
stuff to take any pictures!  Wes will have to bail me out here...

I picked up Wayne Anderson at the airport Friday afternoon, and we 
headed back to my place (stopping only to fill up on Thai food) for a 
great evening of fun in the shop.  Wayne had brought along 4 of his 
planes to play with, and we had a marvelous time fooling with the 
adjustments and making shavings.  Star of the show was a 
drop-dead-gorgeous chariot plane, featuring carved bun and wedge and a 
"belt-buckle" design on the bridge.  It was one of the most beautiful 
designs I've seen Wayne come up with (and that's saying something!), and 
worked better than any plane I have ever used.  Absolutely remarkable.

His 3-1/2" "palm plane" was another superstar.  It was a really unusual 
design based loosely on a plane that John Wells owns (shown in the Art 
of Fine Tools book), and remarkable for how it nestled in your hand. 
The most unusual thing on this plane, though was the iron-- the tail had 
been filed to a bolection profile!  *Very* cool.  We played in the shop 
long into the night...

EARLY Saturday morning, we loaded up the truck and drove the 2 hours to 
Hampshire Illinois, and Mike Duchaj's uncle's farm.  This is the same 
place we held the event last year, and it just about the perfect venue. 
  Mike and his entire family deserve sainthood for the hospitality they 
have shown us for the past couple of years.  They are some of the nicest 
and most generous folks I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Ben and Doug from Shepherd tool had come down from Ontario to teach an 
infill class, and were already there setting up when we arrived. Shortly 
after 9 am the class got under way, and within minutes the sounds of 
filing and peening filled the barn.  Now, normally I *teach* a class at 
these events, so it was kinda nice to be able to *take* a class instead. 
  Ben and Doug were excellent teachers, and I was amazed at how well 
they handled such a large class.  And in case teaching a class of 10 
wasn't hard enough, everyone was building something *different*!  Hats 
off to these guys for coming down, and doing such an outstanding job.

I have been looking forward to this class for a long time.  I ordered a 
1/2" steel-over-steel shoulder plane kit, and spent last weekend making 
a new "overstuffed" ebony infill for it.  This required me making a new 
bridge to accommodate the larger infill, which was far and away the most 
difficult part of the project.  I was not able to find a thick enough 
piece of mild steel locally, and did not have time to order a piece from 
McMaster, so I ended up using my clockmaking lathe/mill to cut a new 
piece out of some steel rod I had laying around.  It took about 2 hours 
to do the work, but it turned out great.

By the end of the day I had a plane that could take a shaving, but I 
still have a lot of draw-filing to do to finish the sides.  Even though 
I couldn't finish it in one day, I'm still really pleased-- the mouth on 
it is really tight (a couple of thou), and the ebony really looks good. 
  Once I get everything finished and tuned up, I'll post a picture.

While the class was going on, another group of guys were hanging out by 
the forge, making nails and other small items.   I didn't get to spend 
much time out there, but it sure looked like fun!

Another interesting thing from this year was that Chris Schwartz from 
Popular Woodworking used the opportunity to interview Wayne Anderson for 
an upcoming article on his work.  He also asked all of the attendees who 
owned a "Wayne Plane" to bring it along for a photo shoot.  We ended up 
with about a dozen of Wayne's planes on the workbench, which was 
*really* something.  Many folks had never seen Wayne's work before, and 
were absolutely blown away.

The infamous "painted panther" saw also made a surprise appearance.  It 
was fun to see it again-- I had forgotten just how humorous it was.

After the usual marvelous barbecue dinner (and my usual superfund 
chili), we settled down for a great presentation on the history of 
infill planes by Ben Knebel of Shepherd tool.  Ben is incredibly 
knowledgeable about infills, and it really showed in his presentation. 
Between the class and Ben's presentation, I know a LOT more than I did a 
few days ago.

After supper, Chris and Wayne needed to finish up the interview, so the 
three of us went to a local brewpub and talked for a few more hours.  We 
all had a swell time, but it was after 1:00 am when Wayne and I got back 
to the hotel.  Given the fact that I needed to be at the MWTCA meet at 
5:45 to help open up, that made for a VERY short night!  I wouldn't have 
traded one minute of that day for anything, though!

After what seemed like about 15 minutes of sleep, we were back in 
action.  I was co-hosting the LaFox MWTCA meet this year, so I arrived 
early to help Dick Chapman get folks registered and set up.  The meet 
was really well attended this year, and we had one of the largest dealer 
setups we have ever had.  We also had a very large walk-in turnout.   I 
haven't seen the numbers yet, but I think we came pretty close to our 
attendance record.

There was a ton of work to do, and I was kept pretty busy, but I still 
managed to pick up a couple of weird patented calipers, and even have 
enough time for schwaetzing with some of the galoots in attendance.  I 
finally got out of there at around 2:30 (just in time to get called in 
to work-- yuck), but I eventually made it home.

All in all, I have to say that this was far and away my busiest event 
ever, and one of the best.  I had a great time despite the sleep 
deprivation and overwork , made a bunch of new friends, and 
learned a ton.  As usual, I can hardly wait for the next one!

Next year will be the *tenth* year we have been doing this-- it really 
doesn't seem like that long ago that six (!) folks got together in my 
basement in Oak Park, drolled over my new toolchest, and killed a keg of 
Lee Sudlow's hefeweizen.  Each year galootapalooza gets bigger and 
better, and I expect next year to be the same.  Mark your calendars now 
for the first weekend in August 2005, and you can be part of G-X with us!
Ralph Brendler, Chicago, IL
Eamus Catuli!  AC:005996

135617 rcallen@x... (Russ Allen) 2004‑08‑05 Re: Galootapalooza recap
Ralph "Richard Scarry" Brendler write:

> Well, Russ just chided Wes and I about not posting a recap 
> yet (BTW, I didn't notice yours, Russ), so I figured I 
> would open the G9 recap floodgates... ;-)

  For the record I was chiding them for not having _pictures_ on a 
web site somewhere.  Back in the day of galootapalooza one Ralph took 
a roll of film (celluloid based strip that went in cameras long ago Jeff)
to a one hour photo place and had pictures up before noon on the day 
after- unheard of speed back then.  What a difference nine years makes.  
There are already three web pages for those looking for a vicarious thrill-
Wes' is notably absent.  Rumor has it here is a stash of other pictures on 
the verge of surfacing.  Perhaps we could hook up a webcam for galootapalooza
  I've been holding back on posting my own recap because it must contain- 
dare I say it? - a gloat or two.  By rights I should not be able to gloat
about anything for quite some time- if ever.  I've also been waiting for 
my newly registered domain to kick in.  Ok, so here I go.  Galootapalooza
was a blast- as always.  Easily the woodworking highlight of the year for 
me.  My shoulder plane kit is nearly complete after a single day of
effort.  I got to meet a bunch of galoots and catch up with the familiar 
ones who I don't see often enough.  The day was over in a flash.  
  The following morning brought what has to have been the largest turnout
ever for the Garfield Farm meet.  They would have been hard pressed to 
squeeze in another dealer.  This brings me to my noteworthy acquisition.  I
found a recast Stanley 95 (edge trimming block plane Jeff).  There isn't 
a lever cap yet but I plan on borrowing one and casting a copy in bronze. 
Isn't that (the 95) how Lie-Nielsen got his start?  Mine is at:
  The second gloat is how I found the plane.  Ralph came across it before 
I did and was kind enough to point me in the right direction.  "Did ya 
see the recast 95 about half way down that row?" was all it took.  Galoots 
are a fine lot in general and Ralph is a good one in particular- even 
when sleep deprived enough to make a Richard Scarry analogy!  Thanks Ralph.

Russ Allen

135611 "Bruce Love" <brucelove@c...> 2004‑08‑06 Re: Galootapalooza recap
> There are already three web pages for those looking for a vicarious thrill-
> Wes' is notably absent.

Wait...did I miss something?  Those of us who could not attend would love to
see pictures of other Galoots having fun...

Bruce Love
Pipersville, PA
(who spent most of his vacation this week at the Jersey Shore, but did manage
to sneak in a trip to a flea market where I found my first Everlast Chisel,
for $1)

135615 wayne.a.anderson@a... 2004‑08‑06 Re: Galootapalooza Recap
If pictures are what you want to see, check out this link:


Scroll down to the G9 section and follow those links. Loads of images here.


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