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Talent and Enthusiasm Abound at the Annual Long Island Woodworkers Show

comments (0) November 15th, 2011 in blogs

Tom Tom McKenna, Managing Editor
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Stool by Craig Becker, made of figured maple.
My son, Ryan, got the privilege of announcing winners of DVD archives from Fine Woodworking magazine. Robert Coles, chair of the show, helped with the microphone.
Amazing scrollsawn cathedral by Richard Zimmerman, made of hard maple and walnut. (He built the table, too.)
Cabinet on stand by Brian McKnight, made of birds-eye maple, spalted maple, and walnut.
Writing desk by Rich Macrae, made of cherry, poplar, holly, ebony, fiddleback mahogany, quilted maple.
Coffee table by Adam Scudder, made of mahogany and ash.
Cabinet by Bob Schendorf, made of sycamore, walnut, and maple.
Windsor rocker by Mark Suesser, made of white oak, red oak, and pine.
You could even buy freshly sawn slabs, courtesy of a Wood-Mizer bandsaw or a chainsaw mill.
Stool by Craig Becker, made of figured maple. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Stool by Craig Becker, made of figured maple.

Photo: Tom McKenna

Last weekend my 11-year-old son and I went to the 16th Annual Long Island Woodworkers Show at Old Bethpage Village, just off the Long Island Expressway (affectionately called the LIE by Island commuters). On display was an impressive array of woodworking talent, with a wide-ranging furniture exhibit, tool demos, seminars, and a well-stocked selection of used tools for sale.

The Long Island club, started in 1990, is a passionate group, with more than 300 active members who meet monthly. It’s also a diverse club, with a few special interest groups that focus specifically on wood carving, cabinet and furniture making, turning, or scrollsawing. All of those skillsets were well-represented at the show in both the seminars and the exhibits.

All in all, it was a great father-son day. If you’re interested in joining the club, you can get membership info online, or you can attend one of their meetings, which occur the first Wednesday of each month at the Brush Barn (211 E Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York). Annual dues is $35; membership in the special interest groups is extra.

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