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Cool thread especially since someone wants to come over and have some of my beer! :)



Is the beer any good?!! [big grin]

This is so typical of an Australian - not a question about the local climate, customs or way of life of the natives. No attempt to ask after Paul's health and success at work -  just a quick one about the beer. Paul will tell you that the beer in the US is great (it is certainly is now that micro breweries have caught on) but everyone has the best beer in their own country - even British beer is pretty good.

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Oh, good zinger, Peter... ha ha

The local brewery makes a lot of hoppy IPAs and brings in a lot of great IPAs as guest taps.  I can't drink the stuff heavily advertised on TV... bleck, the foam off the IPAs is better than a bottle of those.

The three times I went to London, I enjoyed the beers a lot.  Next trip, though, I want to try Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" beer just because :)
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.....  Next trip, though, I want to try Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" beer just because :)

I will endeavour to make that happen !

Peter

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Cool thread especially since someone wants to come over and have some of my beer! :)



Is the beer any good?!! [big grin]

This is so typical of an Australian - not a question about the local climate, customs or way of life of the natives. No attempt to ask after Paul's health and success at work -  just a quick one about the beer. Paul will tell you that the beer in the US is great (it is certainly is now that micro breweries have caught on) but everyone has the best beer in their own country - even British beer is pretty good.

Peter

To be honest, the question would normally be "Is the beer any good and what are the women like?" ... Stephen's just being polite  [smile]

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I have just sent this picture to a friend of mine and then realised that it would fit this thread. My son organised a tour of the Fullers Brewery in London for my 60th birthday - it was great fun but they made me drink so much beer !

I might take Paul Marcel there when he visits London next year as he seems to love his beer.

Peter

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Must be serious beer if you need to wear a safety vest while enjoying!
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Must be serious beer if you need to wear a safety vest while enjoying!

No it is quite simple, he is the guide - after 15 pints of Fullers London Pride you can just spot him at 3 feet and he gently leads people to their taxis.

Peter

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Cool thread especially since someone wants to come over and have some of my beer! :)



Is the beer any good?!! [big grin]

This is so typical of an Australian - not a question about the local climate, customs or way of life of the natives. No attempt to ask after Paul's health and success at work -  just a quick one about the beer. Paul will tell you that the beer in the US is great (it is certainly is now that micro breweries have caught on) but everyone has the best beer in their own country - even British beer is pretty good.

Peter

Good one Peter, and great replies by Kev and Paul. Woke up this morning, switched on the I Pad and  nearly woke up the whole household I laughed so much. [big grin]

However, Peter as you know beer allows you to see the 'history and culture' -  a pub crawl with a local around the bars of inner Edinburgh in 1990 introduced me to warm dark beer. A few days later a really dark ale in a pub half way round a walk in Yorkshire. And so much history in each pub. Now we have two micro breweries making dark ales within 20 km of here. Their ales are a pleasure over winter. In summer though I still enjoy cold filtered beers, something I discovered in Canada, although my favourite now is Japanese in origin. See, social history and 'culture' [and beer] !!   [wink]

Oh, and Paul, I do apologise, now we all have had some metaphoric beer, 'how are you?   [unsure]




  
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Great stuff - we will have to have a get together at some point - maybe next year.

Peter

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I would have really enjoyed talking with Sam Maloof and George Nakashima about design.  Their stuff is so iconic to the point of cliche, but when done right it still looks great. 

I had the opportunity to listen to, and speak with David Moser at a Thos. Moser store in San Francisco. He had some interesting ideas about the industry and I admire what the company has done in the way of readily available hand made furniture. 


I use a bunch of my grandfather's old tools. I would have loved it if he was the one to teach me how to use them. 

I bumped into Norm when I was in a salvage yard buying a clawfoot tub for a bath reno. Nice guy.

But the one I'd have loved to have sat down with for a long time would be Gustav Stickley. Both for his furniture as well as his architectural outlook.

Definitely buy you a beer, too.
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I can't drink the stuff heavily advertised on TV... bleck, the foam off the IPAs is better than a bottle of those.

Hear, hear!!! 

BTW, P-M, have you tried Small Craft Warning from Clipper City Brewery? 

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I can't drink the stuff heavily advertised on TV... bleck, the foam off the IPAs is better than a bottle of those.

Hear, hear!!! 

BTW, P-M, have you tried Small Craft Warning from Clipper City Brewery? 

No! Ack! Anc there's none available within 100 miles of me (per the site). <sadness>  Must be technical; they even recommend the proper glassware to use  [cool]
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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2013, 08:05 PM »
Ah-ha, so Norm could be my woodwork and Festool hero !

Aside from him, I would really like to meet Paul Marcel and Rick Christopherson - before I bought any Festool kit I spent 2 months doing market research, joined the FOG and benefitted  from Paul's videos and Ricks fantastic supplemental manuals. I want to meet them to thank them for their help. I would also really like to meet all of the moderators here on the FOG and thank them for all of the hard work that they do on our behalf.

I would also like to meet the guy who designed the DF700 - a wonderful piece of engineering.

Peter

I have, even more crazy live.  I would have loved to apprentice under the late Sam Maloof.

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My credit card company has voted Paul Marcel their hero, with many runner up on this blog. As my skills have improve I have slowly expanded my reading and appreciation of some of the finer designers that creates some wonderful piece integrating different material and woods.

The other hero is "Beer" a very helpful creative agent that help break down many barriers. Being from Oregon I live the dream, best beer http://oregoncraftbeer.org/,  best creativity and best wood products, the only thing that is missing is the sun in winter.

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Who could forget about Frank Jaksch.  Learned a lot about the capabilities of what festool tools can do by just watching his training videos on YouTube.  Also makes you wanna pick up the German version of Rosetta Stone.
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Who could forget about Frank Jaksch.  Learned a lot about the capabilities of what festool tools can do by just watching his training videos on YouTube.  Also makes you wanna pick up the German version of Rosetta Stone.

I have met Frank a number of times, both in UK and Germany. He is a super chap.

Peter

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I haven't posted in this thread before, but when Peter (Parfitt) started it, I thought of him as a hero woodworker I'd like to meet. Then I thought of Erock, Paul-Marcel, Honeydokreg, Tim Raleigh, Frank Pellow, Rick Christopherson, Brice Burrell, Tinker, CCarroll, waho609, Bill Hendrix, Wooden Skye, Cliffp, and of course Shane, Seth, and Peter (Halle). And I'm sure I've left out a bunch of others here on FOG, and my apologies to them. I'm a newbie to woodworking (other than crude carpentry work), and other than a lot of books, FOG is my main source of knowledge! My thanks to all of you. Of course all you guys are hurting my wallet, and the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know (so many things to learn, so little time).
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Hey Dick, or should I start calling you "Wounded Wing" ?     [tongue]


It was great meeting you and getting a chance to talk with you.    Once you get your shop set up hopefully I could come out to your shop and check it out.  And please let me know how your window screen install works out for you.  I'm interested in knowing if the idea we came up with works out for you.  My shops always open, you can stop by anytime.   Even if it is a 3 1/2 hour drive for you.    [eek]

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+1 to Dick's choices...and I would like to add Festool USA's tech support team - Brent, Lester, and Clint...those guys are the bomb!

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Now this would be a great Festool Promo.  Have us vote for the top 10 of most wanted to be met Festoolonians and have them flown in for an open garb session in Lebanon for all those who can attend. 

Of course there should be a side contest to allow 3 members to attend based on some kind of contest with flight paid for free as well. Hint..Hint!   :-X

On line videos of this would appease the masses of FOG members who cannot attend.

Now as crazy as that sounds at first, does that not extol itself into some good mileage PR if it is done right?  Not cheap....but it could be a real Bonanza type endeavor that makes a lot of inroads and lays new foundations.





Peter...I'll partake my vote and say I'd love to me meet you!  For at least a pint I'd hope, if not more!  You're a clever bloke that I'd like to yack with!
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Hi Kevin

An interesting idea and many thanks for the vote of confidence.

I am hoping that it will be possible to have a FOG get together in the October timeframe next year. I have put the idea into one or two clever (Festool) people's heads and we shall see what emerges.

Because we are a world-wide community there will never be a venue that will suit everyone. The answer is to produce plenty of PR from the first event with loads of pictures (and maybe some video) so that those who are unable to attend can get a flavour of the day/weekend. There should be plenty of merchandising created which would be available to everyone even if they were unable to attend. Subsequent events can be held at different locations around the globe - say one a year or one every other year.

If I hear back from the powers that be I will let everyone know what might be possible.

Peter

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Oh, good zinger, Peter... ha ha

The local brewery makes a lot of hoppy IPAs and brings in a lot of great IPAs as guest taps.  I can't drink the stuff heavily advertised on TV... bleck, the foam off the IPAs is better than a bottle of those.

The three times I went to London, I enjoyed the beers a lot.  Next trip, though, I want to try Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" beer just because :)

I really enjoy the local hard ciders on tap throughout England but for beer I prefer some of the German ones.   [thumbs up]

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I grew up watching norm and tom silva. would LOVE to meet them and shake their hands.

From the FOG....You;Peter, Paul Marcell. My CC company too has deemed you guys heros ;) and Festoolfootstool, i owe him a beer or two  [tongue]

Im hoping to make my way over to Britain and Germany within the next year or two for vacation!
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Rob GB from UK (the mans a true craftsman), Vinny in the US & 2 of the top furniture makers in the UK Marc Fish & David Charlesworth.
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Hi Everyone

I am trying to find out who you consider to be your Festool or woodworking hero - maybe you name one under each heading.

Who would you want to meet so much that you would buy a train or plane ticket just to meet him or her at a woodworking show or special event?

I spent 5 years working a long way from home and managed to survive by watching Norm Abram at the New Yankee Workshop. He has been such an inspiration to me that I have used the name 'New Brit Workshop' for my video work as a mark of respect and thanks. I recently took a look at the NYW web site and looked at all of the tool sponsors that have links listed and did not see Festool. So, although Norm is my woodworking hero he cannot be named as my Festool hero - but I would pay money to travel to meet him !

So, who is your Festool hero and who is your woodworking hero? Who would you give up a Saturday or weekend and pay some travel money just to meet?

BTW: Jobsworth is not allowed to say the lady that sells the extra long hot dogs at the D&M show !

Peter

I'm a bit old to have 'heroes' Peter, but given your background, my answer is 'your good self m'man.'  Honest.

Whilst that was in all seriousness, there are also some other 'guru' woodworkers I'd like to meet, (As opposed to Festool aficionados). Jim Kingshott, a fine craftsman, whom I did manage to meet. I feel privileged that we became quite friendly, unfortunately shortly before his demise. I have a great respect for Frank Klausz, whose sense of humour I also like. I do enjoy Norm's videos, and seeing all the stuff he has! The man I know I won't be able to meet, was the man whose books underpinned my woodworking knowledge. I.e. the late Charles H Hayward. So there you are Peter, my 'heroes' throughout my woodworking travels! Cheers, and yes, an interesting thread.  :)
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Great thread!

I, too, admire Norm for his mostly 'down to earth' attitude. I got to meet him a couple of times and, as stated above, he is every bit the gentleman in person that he was on the NYW.

I also met a couple of the regular contributors to Fine Woodworking and American Woodworker magazines. I became friends with one them named Michael Dresdner who is now a luthier based in the Pacific NW. I never got to spend time in the shop with him, but he was a guest at my home and we had dinner and some great conversation. He's a great guy with tons of finishing knowledge, amongst other things. His website is www.rainydayukes.com.

I'm still a novice with Festool, so while I recognize some names here I'm still too 'green' (get it? :-) to single out anyone. But I'd like to post a standing offer to get together with anyone who is a member here if you're ever in the area...

Trying to be one of the most helpful members on the FOG.

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Whilst that was in all seriousness, there are also some other 'guru' woodworkers I'd like to meet, (As opposed to Festool aficionados). Jim Kingshott, a fine craftsman, whom I did manage to meet. I feel privileged that we became quite friendly, unfortunately shortly before his demise. I have a great respect for Frank Klausz, whose sense of humour I also like. I do enjoy Norm's videos, and seeing all the stuff he has! The man I know I won't be able to meet, was the man whose books underpinned my woodworking knowledge. I.e. the late Charles H Hayward. So there you are Peter, my 'heroes' throughout my woodworking travels! Cheers, and yes, an interesting thread.  :)

John, you are far to kind in that post.

Some of the FOGgers may know my half brother, Les Shafford, who had done work for Viscount Linlay and was so very passionate about his wood turning. He ran his own wood turning school in the south of England. Les passed away suddenly about a week ago but he was in his workshop doing what he loved best and knew nothing about what hit him.

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I have a long list of those i wood love to meet.  I have had the very good fortune to have visited John Lucas on two occasions. He was even more interesting than he showed on his WoodShop Demos. Vinny (Vindango) I met before I fully realized the scope of his talents.  He would have been great for my father to have met.  They are (were in my father's part) both perfectionists in so many directions.  Brice I would love to have worked with on a job somewhere.  Darcey Warner is so very interesting for his love of humongeous machinery and his skill in putting them to quality work.  I would have loved to have worked with him on any sort of project.  JMB has a lot of directions showing his imagination and humor.  Seth, i have met and believe me, his imagination on here does not even show the reality of inventiveness that I have seen for real for adapting the utility of Systainers. I am sure his inventiveness extends into his every day workmanship. There are many who show such a great humor in their very informative presentations such as Paul Marcell and Peter Parfit, I know they would be enjoyable to meet (and have sampling of suds with)  ERock who is not afraid to show his mistooks but shows such great vids with a lot of valuable info in his vids.  

I would be thrilled to have been able to look over the shoulders of some of those old craftsman/artists who did such fine stone carving in the German cathedrals I have visited.  Or to have seen the engineering inventiveness in lifting such huge timbers and stones so high in those structures way back in the days before internal combustion engines and hydraulic equipment.  

There is a very long list of those i would like to meet.  I have left out many who I have thought of as i have read thru the posts above.  There are even more who i will think of as soon as i sign off.  There are many who have been listed already that I can name but will cut short with a long list of "ditto's".  for now, i have to get on with my day job.
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Whilst that was in all seriousness, there are also some other 'guru' woodworkers I'd like to meet, (As opposed to Festool aficionados). Jim Kingshott, a fine craftsman, whom I did manage to meet. I feel privileged that we became quite friendly, unfortunately shortly before his demise. I have a great respect for Frank Klausz, whose sense of humour I also like. I do enjoy Norm's videos, and seeing all the stuff he has! The man I know I won't be able to meet, was the man whose books underpinned my woodworking knowledge. I.e. the late Charles H Hayward. So there you are Peter, my 'heroes' throughout my woodworking travels! Cheers, and yes, an interesting thread.  :)

John, you are far to kind in that post.

Some of the FOGgers may know my half brother, Les Shafford, who had done work for Viscount Linlay and was so very passionate about his wood turning. He ran his own wood turning school in the south of England. Les passed away suddenly about a week ago but he was in his workshop doing what he loved best and knew nothing about what hit him.

Peter

Peter,
My condolences on your loss. It's true that if we can choose how we go, we would all want to be where we most enjoy life. Remember the good times.
As for my endorsement of your channel, you are most welcome.
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