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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
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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2013, 05:35 AM »
I don't have anyone who would fall into the hero category but would love to see Tom Silva just being Tom Silva.  I have spent money to see Steve Bace and Brian Sedgeley showing tips and tricks and would do it again.

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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2013, 06:22 AM »
My wife, she hasn't thrown me out of the house for my growing stack of Systainers!

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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 06:34 AM »
Peter, I met Norm Abram while he was still doing the NYW.

He is every bit the gentleman in person that you'd expect in seeing him on TV.

I've never met Tom Silva, but would like to.

Tom's use of Festool tools on This Old House has only been for the last 6 years or so.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2013, 07:20 AM »
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.

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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2013, 08:32 AM »
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

Hero status is a big ask in my books ... I would tend to save that for someone that saves or changes lives. When it comes to "buy a beer" status though, everyone you've mentioned would qualify, including yourself.

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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2013, 08:38 AM »
Hi Kev

Yes, I understand your point and agree but it is an easier term to use for the thread rather than "who would you like to have a chat with".

Don't let the semantics stop the flow though.

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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2013, 09:06 AM »
From a Festool perspective I would want to meet several of the product engineers who are also woodworkers. 

From a woodworking perspective I would like to meet John Economaki in his woodworking heyday. And a close second is David Marks.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2013, 10:16 AM »
Too many people have contributed to my understanding of Festool to single anyone out, but for woodworking in general it would be my late Uncle Bjarne, a carpenter by trade who built many things with mostly just hand tools, boats, homes, his vacation cabin, furniture, etc. Unfortunately I only had the opportunity to meet him once and was too young at the time to appreciate his knowledge but thankfully saw some of what he did.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2013, 10:45 AM »
Too many people have contributed to my understanding of Festool to single anyone out, but for woodworking in general it would be my late Uncle Bjarne, a carpenter by trade who built many things with mostly just hand tools, boats, homes, his vacation cabin, furniture, etc. Unfortunately I only had the opportunity to meet him once and was too young at the time to appreciate his knowledge but thankfully saw some of what he did.

Uncle Bjarne will be smiling at you now Paul.

There have been so many great people who have trod these various paths before us and it is good that some are not forgotten.

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Thanks Peter. I often learn more trying to understand how on earth craftsmen of old did stuff without the benefit of the tools we have today. This has been a core principle for me in commercial printing and prepress where some folks did fantastic work absent todays digital tools or even predating graphics cameras. For example the story of the success of John James Audobon is sorely incomplete without including the nameless engravers who transformed his bird drawings into the prints we know today. Having seen with my own eyes his original drawings adjacent to the finished product it is clear there are many unsung heros in his success.

The same goes with the great old buildings going back into antiquity, folks doing stuff I wouldn't know where to begin using tools and techniques that today are either scoffed or marvelled at depending on the beholder. Nearby here is an old (by California standards) residence turned art museum, the Crocker, the times I go there I look at the craftsmanship of the old building as much as I look at what it's supposed to house. I realize there are far grander examples back east or especially in Europe and even Asia, but it's good to appreciate quality wherever it is manifest.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2013, 11:52 AM »
...late Uncle Bjarne...

Bjarne...that name sounds scandinavian?

Back to the question. Hero, idols etc are very big words for me. But somehow I'd say that most of you guys who bother answering my questions and replying to my threads or maybe just inspire me by doing what you are doing are "my heroes of the moment".

I admire all kinds of craftmanship!
I admired my late dads weldings...so well done that grinding/polishing wasn't needed.
I admired my uncle who was taught as a brick layer but made beautyfull racing kayaks most of his working life. Now retired making beatyfull furnitures as a hobby.
I admire the beauty in american shaker furniture made by skilled carpenters using hand tools only.
I admire some of the late danish furniture designers who made danish design popular world wide.
I admire....every skilled person actually!

+1 on meeting and having a pint with Peter, Rick, Peter, Paul, Shane, Kev and all the rest of you guys...you're just too far away from little Denmark!  [big grin]

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Yes Henrik, He was a Swede, you naturally caught that  [big grin]
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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. 


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I would have considered myself fortunate to have met John Lucas.  And this evening I'll raise a glass to John for all his contributions to so many woodworkers of all levels. 

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I would have considered myself fortunate to have met John Lucas.  And this evening I'll raise a glass to John for all his contributions to so many woodworkers of all levels. 

Having met John, the next on my list is Wharton Esherick (1887-1970). Of course, I didn't find out about him till only recently, so, I will just have to meet him through exploring his creations.

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There are so many woodworkers that I admire and all are fine craftsman.

Many are on this site.

Its difficult to choose.

They are so very talented which is why I dont post photos of my work.

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I worked with a guy in Houston, S. B. Hancock. His work was pretty amazing.

He didn't use power tools.

His furniture was stunning.

He made violins. One of his violins was played by Andre Previn. I once asked him how he made violins. His response was, (essentially), get some wood and take away everything that doesn't look like a violin.

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A friend of mine was an apprentice antique (woodwork) restorer and has had his own woodworking business for years. He no longer advertises at all. All of his work comes through the A list community by word of mouth. His work goes all over the world, he uses amazing materials and finishes and his work is stunning. He is the guy I turn to when I need advice and he lets me have a few off cuts now and then.

But...I already know him and see him regularly and so he cannot be on my hero wish list.

Seeing what Jobsworth said earlier, I think that it would be super to meet up with fellow FOGgers - I really enjoyed meeting up with him and Green Fever last weekend; great guys - like all woodworkers around the world (and skill level does not come into it at all).

I would like to meet Bob Marino (because I know he looks after his customers) but I am lucky enough to know Warren Smith of Toolfest who is the UK equivalent of Bob and a great dealer with a true regard for customer service. He lent me the DF700 that I have used in all of my (DF700) videos - at no charge AND he paid for shipping.

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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2013, 04:00 PM »
+1 on meeting and having a pint with Peter, Rick, Peter, Paul, Shane, Kev and all the rest of you guys...you're just too far away from little Denmark!  [big grin]

Likewise, should I have ever the opportunity to visit Denmark, you're on.

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Hi Shane

Of course - you're great buddies with Norm, lucky guy - you not him (that is Brit humour!).

Please tell your friend Norm that he has at least one fan over here in Blighty - and tell him that I expect to meet him about this time next year.

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Probably a bit of a tangent ... but I'd love to be able to sit and watch one or two of the finest craftsmen that make such things as violins, etc and just be able to ask "why are you doing that?" about a hundred times.

A craftsman (one of the locals) Mark Riley, that makes Balsa surfboards would be one of the people I'd like to ear bend for a while ... http://shop.balsasurfboardsriley.com.au/


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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2013, 03:34 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

Hero status is a big ask in my books ... I would tend to save that for someone that saves or changes lives. When it comes to "buy a beer" status though, everyone you've mentioned would qualify, including yourself.

Kev.

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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.  


My thought too. A great grandfather, two grandfathers and a father all craftsman in wood and no longer available for long talks about their skills, some of which are now lost to us all.


I would also like to meet Festool's head designer.

There are also some FOG members, but I will not embarrass them or myself. And there are others I could just share a beer with and talk tools.

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

I'd love to get together with all the nuts with video cameras; give and get tips, ideas, "can't believe I left that on the bench when I recorded" stories; fun stuff.

FOG hero to meet, though... Vinny, definitely (VSM_4 the artist formerly known as vindingo).  Great work and a lot of green in motion!

There are some movie set builders here, too. The whole way it is built differently would be intriguing to see; tight schedules, very temporary, needs to look like any number of things. Likely some creative problem solving going on there and that's always interesting.


Kinda awkward having to pick one person here; plenty I'd like to hang out with and a lot of great craftsmen.
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Great thread...I would like to meet lots of people from FOG...I have learned from and admire so many folks from here.  Vinny's work is inspiring and I always appreciate Peter's thinking and how to use tools....great ideas.  I have had the pleasure of meeting Paul-Marcel at WIA last year (although he may not remember me) and would love to see him make videos.  One of these days I will hopefully meet Shane.

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Nothing to do with Festool, but slightly to do with woodworking (and lots of other projects) - I'd like to meet Adam Savage.

I've always liked Mythbusters, but recently I've discovered the Tested YouTube channel. There's all sorts of random stuff on there (and I've lost probably a couple of days over the last 3 weeks or so) but I really like Adam's 'one day build' segments. They hark back to his days working as a modelmaker at ILM, and have to some extent inspired my latest custom systainer project, which I've been doing over the last couple of days & will be posting about this weekend.

As many people have said there are so many fantastic members on here it's hard to single one or two out. I'd love a 'FOG expo' at some point - a massive 3 or 4-day FOG meet with hundreds of members from all over the world, with demos, classes, and lots of good beer & food!!! That's probably the only thing that would ever cause me to sell some Festools to buy a ticket!
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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]
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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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]




  
« Last Edit: October 11, 2013, 04:48 PM by Stephen B »
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Great stuff - we will have to have a get together at some point - maybe next year.

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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.

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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).
I have one notch done on my wish list: had the pleasure of meeting Eric/erock and visiting his neat shop last weekend.  [thanks]   [not worthy]

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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]

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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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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: Sorry for your loss.

... 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.  ...

Tinker: I have met erock, and spent an enjoyable afternoon in his shop and house; well worth it, and he is exactly as he appears on his great video's. And I agree that it would be great to meet PaulMarcel and Peter Parfit. I'd also like to meet my fellow engineer Rick Christopherson, partly to find out why he is so much smarter and cleverer than myself! AND, I'd love to meet YOU, Tinker.

Regards, Dick

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Guido Henn would be an interesting guy to spend a few days with. My kayak building guru, Mark Rogers of Superior Kayaks, is one of those guys who exemplifies the 'simpler is better' approach. He can do more with ropes and knots than I can do with a rack full of clamps. A great teache who does skin-on-frame kayak building classes, four folks at a time, and you leave with a kayak designed for your body size and paddling skill level; in 9 days! Check out his website if you are so inclined: superiorkayaks.com
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AND, I'd love to meet YOU, Tinker.

Regards, Dick

I've had that honour, and he's a real star! Every bit as you would expect, and then some.

Not that the other foggers I met weren't, they were great too!
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Guido Henn is one I have thought about since my previous post.(You beat me to it Greg) He has come up with some truly great ideas.  I have never understood a word he has spoken on any of his demo vids. My darling wife could interpret, but words are not necessary.  I come away from those views with a great education.  He does not have to speak in anybody's tongue, but he is so very explicit in getting his point across, even a complete moron would understand every move ... and remember.

For JRB:  That was a very enjoyable meeting, nearly an entire day short.  You and your girlfriend were great and she was so very upbeat.  She could be an inspiration to all of us. All who were there that day enjoyed a wonderful and memorable meeting.
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I would like to meet the guy who thought up the domino!
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I would like to meet the guy who thought up the domino!

There are many of us who believe in a Greater Being, called by different names but meaning the same to us all....

Well if you believe in a greater Festool being who guides the hands of the Festool designers, who gives comfort in times of need to the Festool staff and knows every word that is placed on the FOG then have faith that one day our chance will come to meet the Domino designer or maybe others like him...

It will not be in 2014 but could be in 2015.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Peter

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Karl Hungus who was involved in the Nihilismus Schule would be a blast to meet.
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Trust you Steve  [poke] [scratch chin]
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I grew up watching Norm but I have to say Marc Spagnoulo (spelling?) from thewoodwhisperer.com has been my guy I learned a ton from Marc and he introduced me to my festools.

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That would be you, Mr. Parfitt, as i like your didactics, i believe..
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I would love to meet Norm Abrams and Tommy Silva... Also, Pete Nelson (the treehouse guy), and Henry Klumb, a german architect who had worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and finally settled in Puerto Rico, where he had a furniture factory. His furniture designs are totally consistent with the weather on this Island.

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Roy Underhill. I plan on taking a class at the Woodwright's shop later this year.

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The late great James Krenov. Although he may be considered the anti festool but still love reading his books and looking at his work.

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For me it would be Norm Abrams, Tom Silva, Roy Underhill. I grew up watching them on public television in my area.

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I think it would have to be Noah, building an Arc with the equipment he had. Would have like to have seen that.

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Most of my woodworking has been self taught through YouTube, so I'd start there. Steve Ramsey and Mark Spagnuolo of course, Frank Howarth, Etc. But the one guy I'd like to Han out with for a day is Jimmy DiResta (he uses a Domino, it counts). If you haven't seen his channel and his stuff on MAKE: then you really are missing some cool stuff.
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Not only would I like to meet him, but I'd kill to spend a couple of weeks in Jory Brigham's woodshop watching and learning the way he works. His style is very much what I endeavor towards and his pieces are unmistakably recognizable as his own.

I am happy to say I was a fan of his work long before the Framework win.

(Plus we both spent some of our school years in Hawaii!! [smile])

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Well, actually - it would be Peter Parfitt.

I learned all about Festool from Peter and he is an inspiration for me to learn more about woodworking and I truly admire his channel and all of his videos.

I love his level of perfection, work ethic and the way he explains/teaches methods and attention to detail.

Thank you Peter!  Well done!

Cheers,
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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #80 on: August 09, 2015, 04:08 PM »
"who would you like to have a chat with".

Sounds like a euphemism for something entirely different, and that's quite a long list i imagine...

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Paul Schurch

I won't say he is a huge Festool advocate and when I started following him I dont think he used the Festools. Now he has some video using them.

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tie.  both named Peter though...Halle and Parfitt (Alphabetically, of course [wink])
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If we are talking strictly Festool Jerry Work just has to be at or near the top.

Back in 2008 Jerry wrote up an MFT table instructional that I think was 52 pages. It still holds up even though the MFT is different now. He was an early advocate of getting rid of the table saw, which I never agreed with, but he proved it could work.
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The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

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One regret I have is never traveling the few hours to meet James Krenov when he was alive and teaching at the College of the Redwoods within driving distance of my shop.  I've read all of his books and he is the person who most inspired my furniture building.

I did a weekend workshop with Sam Maloof that I will always remember and of the people out there today, Roy Underhill is a delight to watch with his tool history and also a very talented craftsman Timothy Rousseau from Appleton, Maine an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.  Tim publishes a lot of his work with details in Fine Woodworking magazine.

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Peter Parfitt and Norm Abrams.
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There are many people on this forum that I have learned many things from and they have helped me greatly and I thank them all.  I have to say Erock (Eric) has helped through all of his series of videos on Youtube as (MrBigerock) the most for what I am trying to learn.  The LR32 video was great for me.  I also thank you, Peter for all of the superb reviews and instruction you do.

 

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Peter Parfitt and Norm Abrams.

Many thanks Chris for all of your support both here and through YouTube.

I need to say something about all of this...

When I created this thread I was toying with the idea of arranging a FOG get together here in the UK. Not an informal bash in the back garden (Ron - I admire you and your wife for the efforts that you have made doing just that) but something a little more elaborate. I needed a sponsor (or funding) and I also wanted to get a celebrity to attract FOGgers to the event.

I am a great fan of Norm Abram and would so love to meet him. I thought that he would be the "must have" guy to invite to the party. When I was new to the FOG I got a lot of help from the work of Paul Marcel and so he, with Norm, were my "dream team" for the FOG event. I have exchanged emails with Paul from time to time and he has always been very helpful and I count him as a (distant) friend.

I did not get the help that I sought for the big UK FOG bash and if anyone that I asked for help now steps in to remedy matters then great but if not then I will chalk it down to experience and me putting too much faith in companies rather than people. I have no intention of embarrassing anyone who was involved so don't ask about this detail.

So, this thread was all about drumming up some interest which I then though would lead to a big announcement that Norm or Paul (or both) would be here in the UK. Bang goes my chance of meeting either of them but if either of you guys read this - thank you for everything and you are my woodworking heroes.

Thanks everyone.

Peter

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Pers Svenson would be high on the list... Along with Guido Henn and Eric ( Boisetmetal)
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Hi
    Not so much heroes but I have the utmost respect for those craftsmen who worked with timber when tools were limited but skill was very high such as the images below. In my home town these carvings are found on the main supports of one of the oldest timber framed buildings here in Bury st Edmunds from the early 1600's.
    They are relief carvings of the 'merchant' family who commissioned the building. The roof is made up of Queen and King post components with fantastic jointing and at nearly 500 years since being put together is still holding up.
    Will get some of the interior but need to ask permission as it is now a ...............sports shop!!
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Top of the list would be Norm since my fascination with woodworking and power tools started from watching the New Yankee Workshop as a teen.

I'd really like to spend a day in the shop with ERock too. I learned so much about using the LR32 from his youtube videos, I think I could really learn a lot more from him.

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The Festool (Hero) I'd like to meet is myself. I still don't know him, so God, I'm dying to find out.

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The Festool (Hero) I'd like to meet is myself. I still don't know him, so God, I'm dying to find out.

I'd like to meet you to.  If you can find yourself.

All kidding aside, I would love to come overseas and meet a ton of you and experience an entirely different way of woodworking.

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I think it would have to be Noah, building an Arc with the equipment he had. Would have like to have seen that.

The Local tribes have similar flood stories. It is ubiquitous.

If you talk to him, then find out "what happened to the unicorns?"

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All kidding aside, I would love to come overseas and meet a ton of you and experience an entirely different way of woodworking.

Same here Peter, same here. Not especially for the woodworking, but just to see America and its people. And would love to meet some of you FOG heros. [smile]

Ah well, one day....

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I've always enjoyed Frank Pellow's posts. With his cabin and just general informative projects, I could sit down with him, have a beer, and look out into the woods and talk tools and woodworking. There are Norm, Tom, Tommy Mac and others I wouldn't pass up a visit with.

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Just saw this thread.  I think David Marks would be very high on my list.  He does incredible work. 
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I would like to have spent time doing woodworking with my grandfather. I was too young when he passed away to really benefit from his knowledge.

He was a builder in New Zealand around the 1940s and 1950s. He was known for building to a specification, not a price, and if it wasn't right he would pull whatever wasn't right down and do it again. I remember when his eyesight failed and he couldn't do woodworking anymore. He passed away a few years later.

People say that I take a lot after him, and my middle name is his first name.
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@Grakat
You brought some great flooding memories for me with my grandfather who passed away (94 years old) when I was 14 years old . He was Danish and immigrated to Australia before WW1 and fought with the aussies and after the war migrated to Dunedin NZ. He had a carpenter / cabinet shop  in the "Octagon" (main street of town) in the 1930's.

I remember him making his own wooden clogs, cabinets, stools, woodworking benches and anything else that was wooden. To this day we still have his stools. Simplicity but solid. I remember all his woodworking tools and his bench saw etc etc.

It's funny when you get older, you think about these things more. I too wish I spent time woodworking with my grandfather.

Sorry for the rant but great to have someone feel the same way.
Cheers


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@jasen

No apology required mate, sounds like a similar story to mine. Goes to show our heroes are sometimes a lot closer to home than you think.

Thanks for sharing.
Regards
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I was very close to my cousin's grandfather, a farmer, and he was my favorite Old Timer.  I still have his two man saw over my fireplace. I had spent time at the other end of that saw with him on occasion. I was living on my great uncle's farm in those days being raised by my father's cousin and her husband. Great Uncle and great aunt lived in the same house. I called him "Grampa" and my Grt Aunt I called "Gramma". "Grampa" had a garden to the wonder of all within a radious of miles.  Towards the end of his life, I had just returned from my two years vacation with Uncle Sam with a side trip to the orient. Grampa was dying slowly and I was able to help him out in his garden somewhat every weekend when i visited.  I have often wished I had spent more time with "Grampa and Gramma".  He had so many little tricks to raising vegetables earlier than anybody. He was so attuned to nature, I wish i could have learned so much more from him.  The person I wish I had listened to was "Gramma".  She had soooo many wonderful stories, especially about my great grand father and even more about my great great grandfather who was a missionary in Hawii.  I seldom listened with concentration to her stories, those were always about "ancient history" to me.  I preferred listening to my cousin (her son-in-law) and his friends.  Those stories were about hunting and fishing and farming in a time and place  i could better relate to.  Gramma was stricktly old time.  I had no time to listen to her "rambling".  Today, I wish I had listened better.  I somehow picked up the story telling habit from those folks back in my farm living day, but I never had time to listen to "Gramma".  She was the treasure I never fully appreciated.
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I was absorbed on YouTube last night when it jumped into my mind that my answer to this thread is clearly mirock.  His creations are so darn clever, creative, and well engineered I eagerly await his next masterpiece and have tried to view all his older videos.  Watching him design and build his shop made machine shop using earlier generation shop made machines is fascinating.

I might have to wait for the weather in Ukraine to become a little more relaxing before I visit.

Stay safe, mirock!

Cheers - Gary

PS  I should also mention his cinematography and editing - among the best on the 'net.
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Well Peter for me it would actually be yourself that I'd like to meet. Just like Paul was an influence on you buying Festool you were the same for me. I will of course bring biscuits and a breakdown of how much you owe me for the money you've made me spend! You've also been very generous with your time with emails etc.



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Well Peter for me it would actually be yourself that I'd like to meet. Just like Paul was an influence on you buying Festool you were the same for me. I will of course bring biscuits and a breakdown of how much you owe me for the money you've made me spend! You've also been very generous with your time with emails etc.



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Hi Stuart

That is very kind but when I started this thread all that time ago I was hoping that we might have a Festool get together here in the UK. I even had a pretty big venue organised, free of charge, not far from the centre of London.

The plan was to try and encourage people like Paul Marcel to come over here for the event. I also had (and still have) a burning ambition to meet Norm Abram despite him not being a known Festool user. He, unknowingly, helped me to retain my sanity when I was working away from home for 5 years.

Cheers.

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I think you should do an open day at the New Brit Workshop Peter! I can bring cake!

Actually this was my last Birthday cake:




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The Festool (Hero) I'd like to meet is myself. I still don't know him, so God, I'm dying to find out.

Ditto!  [scared]

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The Festool (Hero) I'd like to meet is myself. I still don't know him, so God, I'm dying to find out.

Ditto!  [scared]

There were few ways to take Alex post, with some being double entendres. Pretty humorous. 

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Brilliant birthday cake Stuart !

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Given only one choice, I would choose Seth (@SRSemenza).  Since I joined this forum, every post of his I read, and every bit of advice he gives, almost seems like something he just finished doing himself 20 minutes ago!  Without a doubt, he if for me the voice of experience!
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Dang man, thanks very much!  Not sure I deserve hero status.

You are correct though, I have just finished everything 20 minutes ago ....... well sometimes 25.  [smile]


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If only he was still alive....I would like to meet Sam Maloof....premium woodworker and museum quality furniture designer....oh if only I could rock in one of his rocking chairs.

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If only he was still alive....I would like to meet Sam Maloof....premium woodworker and museum quality furniture designer....oh if only I could rock in one of his rocking chairs.

We did a tour of his house in Upland, Ca... Or Azuza, or somewhere off the 210 FWY.
It was Jan '16.

Yes - I rocked in the chair.

Some of it was a bit over the top, like wooden hinges for the doors.
Yes one CAN do that, but it is the wrong material.

Really that is about all I did not like. Everything was good on the tour.
So you can still visit it.
And I recommend it.

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If only he was still alive....I would like to meet Sam Maloof....premium woodworker and museum quality furniture designer....oh if only I could rock in one of his rocking chairs.

We did a tour of his house in Upland, Ca... Or Azuza, or somewhere off the 210 FWY.
It was Jan '16.

Yes - I rocked in the chair.

Some of it was a bit over the top, like wooden hinges for the doors.
Yes one CAN do that, but it is the wrong material.

Really that is about all I did not like. Everything was good on the tour.
So you can still visit it.
And I recommend it.

I took a weekend workshop in Berkeley at the "Cutting Edge" store shop in the 1980's with Sam making a chair over the weekend.  He was one fantastic guy who didn't hesitate to share his knowledge and even gave us his shop telephone number to call him if we had any further questions from the workshop.  I did take a few pages of notes over the weekend and did wind up calling Sam to get some clarification on his finishing technique and it was like talking to an old friend.  He was a very special man.

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VERY easy to pick: Norm Abram, because he is the only woodworking hero who i would love to meet in person is still alive. I became a woodworker because of his New Yankee Workshop...he made furniture making look doable for any average person.

However if the thread question also covered giants no longer with us, the choice became too tough (in alphabetical order):

Tage Frid (general woodworking), James Krenov (hand tools), Sam Maloof (chairs), and George Nakashima (live-edge creations).

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VERY easy to pick: Norm Abram, because he is the only woodworking hero who i would love to meet in person is still alive. I became a woodworker because of his New Yankee Workshop...he made furniture making look doable for any average person.

However if the thread question also covered giants no longer with us, the choice became too tough (in alphabetical order):

Tage Frid (general woodworking), James Krenov (hand tools), Sam Maloof (chairs), and George Nakashima (live-edge creations).

I totally agree with your list and when I first got started Take Frid's "Teaching Woodworking" was an invaluable book.  Reading all of James Krenov's book gave me much insight into the natural look of wood in furniture and a very fine appreciation to hand tools and sharpening those tools.  I have mentioned previously that I met Sam Maloof and took a weekend workshop that he ran in Berkeley, Ca back in the 1980's.  I have a great appreciation of George Nakashima's use of live edges and slabs in furniture construction.  We have been lucky in the past decades to have so many great men and women in the craft.

Jack

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The two I would love to meet have unfortunately passed away. Allan Peters and James Krenov
I should add Edward Barnsley to the list, it would have been brilliant to spend some time with him in his workshop.
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The two I would love to meet have unfortunately passed away. Allan Peters and James Krenov
I should add Edward Barnsley to the list, it would have been brilliant to spend some time with him in his workshop.

.....three great names in the industry that cover all areas.
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In no particular order Norm Abram, Roy Underhill, and Bill Ng are at the top of my list.

If I should ever make it over there I would ring up Peter Parfitt and ask to visit with him
just to personally shake his hand and say thanks. His reviews and videos have helped me
on more than one project.
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.....three great names in the industry that cover all areas.
Rg
Phil

I've had this for nearly 30 years and treasure it more than any other book. His design towards the latter part of his career was genius and a massive inspiration for me
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In no particular order Norm Abram, Roy Underhill, and Bill Ng are at the top of my list.

If I should ever make it over there I would ring up Peter Parfitt and ask to visit with him
just to personally shake his hand and say thanks. His reviews and videos have helped me
on more than one project.

If you bring Norm with you then you can both stay for dinner !!

Peter

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@alkaline would be my pick.
His work brings "a smile to dial".

And the inlay work of (dovetail?)

In a tie for third would be all the other fellows doing the littler things that I seem to relate to, or the ones providing insight.

I did have the honour of a visit with @iamnothim... and anyone who is in the area here, should fell free to drop in for a cup... But I am no hero. Neither within the haus, nor without. ;)

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I had the honor of visiting John Lucas a couple of times. I had enjoyed his How To vids and tool comparisons, and even bought a router table from him. Shortly before he moved to the Greatest Wood Shop, he threw a party in his shop in RI. There were half a dozen of us and had a very fun time.  John was very knowledgeable, but of more interest, he was so very inquisitive.  He was joy to talk with and he truly loved to spread his knowledge.
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I had the honor of visiting John Lucas a couple of times. I had enjoyed his How To vids and tool comparisons, and even bought a router table from him. Shortly before he moved to the Greatest Wood Shop, he threw a party in his shop in RI. There were half a dozen of us and had a very fun time.  John was very knowledgeable, but of more interest, he was so very inquisitive.  He was joy to talk with and he truly loved to spread his knowledge.
Tinker

How cool is that !
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Re: Who is your Festool or Woodworking Hero?
« Reply #123 on: November 19, 2017, 11:33 AM »
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

Hero status is a big ask in my books ... I would tend to save that for someone that saves or changes lives. When it comes to "buy a beer" status though, everyone you've mentioned would qualify, including yourself.

Kev.

Kev,

You are my hero mate [not worthy]

wood working wizard  falls into the most cleaver jig making person Ive ever met and Johnny Round Boy is a close 2nd

Tim Tool Is in a class by himself with some of the stuff he comes up with.

Don Ware is one of the most knowledgable in the use of festools techniques and applications , non festool person Ive met recently. I started picking his brain recently and he's great with advice.

Overall Thom Bader TBWRL (I can never remember those initials) is the best overall Ive met great with tools festool and non festools, equipment, materials where to find hard to get items and has been very generous and helpful to me and what I see he is the same here with others and on other forums he frequents. another one who freely gives advice on the various aspects of woodworking, repair and finishing.

Tom Bellmare is one I really miss. Tom was/is a star.

I have met a few Foogers
Phil Beckley
Peter Parfitt
Jointer 71
CopCarCollector
Garry Martin
GB
Green Fever
Johnny Round Boy
Wood Working Wizard
JMB
FestoolFootstool
Alan Kensley
Warren at Toolfest
Steve Bace

Sorry if I left anyone out your all great here on this form

Ill add to my list as my memory allows.. Im getting old.....
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@Holmz  is my enduring hero of everything.
Someday I will run to him.
 He'll blast free jazz while I eat a kangaoo's face.
 We will take turns brushing each other's hair.

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Hi
    Not so much heroes but I have the utmost respect for those craftsmen who worked with timber when tools were limited but skill was very high such as the images below. In my home town these carvings are found on the main supports of one of the oldest timber framed buildings here in Bury st Edmunds from the early 1600's.
    They are relief carvings of the 'merchant' family who commissioned the building. The roof is made up of Queen and King post components with fantastic jointing and at nearly 500 years since being put together is still holding up.
    Will get some of the interior but need to ask permission as it is now a ...............sports shop!!
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Reminds me of an Egyptian chair from 1450 BC.  How did those guys do that with just bronze and stone?  I think I'd like to see how he used inferior tools to do something that cool.  Although I have to admit that it looks really uncomfortable.  (BTW, the seat is restored, but I think the rest is original.)