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82001 Mark van Roojen msv@u... 2000‑08‑08 Re: More Galootapalooza recap
Well, I was there too and had a really fine time! Others have remarked on 
many of the highlights, but I'll add a bit some of which will be a repeat.

  Thanks to Doug for hosting and putting together a really nice spread of 
food and places to galoot about in.  Russ contributed his workbench which 
seems to attend these events more regularly than I can.  He also brought 
some chess piece castings and the pattern for the same, that he and Wes had 
salvaged and restored.  Lee Sudlow brought a home made keg of truly 
excellent beer, and one of the few finished homemade infills stemming from 
the early galoot infill project.    I missed the violin-maker's tour but it 
was clearly phenomenally good, as those who went kept raving about 
it.  Alas I was at the mostly rained out Kane County Flea, where I found a 
flat belt (that is line shaft driveable and hence galootinous) metal lathe 
(by Hardinger or some similar name) in nice shape with all the tooling, 
that elicited a surprising number of "you suck" responses from others at 
the event.  Also found a couple of cool saws and an early edition (1801) of 
Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia.  So I had a good day there.

Todd Herli's demo of using lampblack to color epoxy and fill voids in 
gnarly wood kept up the tradition of making the neighbors think that the 
garage was going to be set afire by a bunch of strange galoots.  I 
especially enjoyed his sash-making demo as I have yet to use a coping plane 
and this made the process very clear to me.  The other member of the 
tag-team, Ralph did an excellent job of making a shaker box in 41 minutes, 
or performing each stage of making a shaker box in that time.  Even though 
I did not take the class Ralph sometimes offers, I'll bet I could make one 
now having seen the demo.

The Garfield Farm MWTCA meet was pleasant, but it took me several hours to 
find something to empty my pockets on.   But when I did, I did.  I found a 
nice Preston Bullnose rebate of the somewhat rare half inch variety.  Joe 
Pallazullo (I butchered that didn't I Joe) bought a repaired #62 at a good 
price.  Normally I'm not too impressed with repaired stuff, but this one 
had an expertly done repair that was old.  Aside from a couple of tiny 
bubbles and a slight difference in the coloration of the patina, this 
repair would have been hard to detect.  I'm sure that as a plane to use 
this one will give another hundred years of good service.  Jerry scored a 
neat Yankee screwdriver, of a sort that you don't normally think of when 
you think of Yankee screwdrivers.  Essentially it is a small tube with bits 
fitting in the handle that lock in place via an ingenious mechanism when 
they are taken out to be used.  A really nicely designed tool!

Much more went on, but I'll let the other postings and pictures tell the 
story there.

I was sorry about the number of regulars who could not attend for various 
reasons.  Those of us there had a good time, and I'm looking forward to 
next year.

Mark van Roojen
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