Monday, September 20, 2010

Back in the Saddle

After 2 1/2 months of waiting, I finally got my table saw back from the repair shop. It was under warranty and that's the good news. The bad news was the amazing ineptitude of ...I don't know who. The repair shop blamed the folks at Ridgid, but their excuses seemed a bit lame to me. In the end I suppose it doesn't matter. I will never buy another Ridgid tool. I have lost my faith in their products and their company.
With that said and out of the way, I can go on to say I have had a couple of fun days making pipe racks again. I didn't realize how much I missed it. As many of you know, I am a painter (the artist kind) and I love painting, but it is a pleasure to do something else from time to time. Making pipe racks and working with wood requires a different type of thinking and it is a joy to exercise that part of my brain again.
Anyway, I'm back in the saddle and if you've been waiting on a pipe rack I should have it ready soon.-T

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Richmond & CORPS

26th Annual CORPS Exposition & Celebration

1, 2, 3 October 2010 - Richmond, Virginia, the Tobacco Capital

Celebrating our 26th Pipe Smokers' Exposition and our Enjoyment of our PIPES & TOBACCOS!

Our friends, our pipes, our tobaccos - Since 1984

I just made my reservations. It looks like I will really be going to the CORPS show in Richmond this year. I have had big plans the last two years, only to have something come up and prevent me from going. I've got my fingers crossed and I think I will make it. Unfortunately, Mark will not be with me. It looks like I will be flying (figuratively) solo, unless I can do the hard sell on my buddy Chuck.
I'm looking forward to the Richmond experience. I've had more than one person tell me that while the Chicago Show is The Meca of pipe smokers, Richmond is the Soul of the pipe world. I'm not sure what that means, but I sure want to find out.
I'll be driving over and camping on the way. I can't decide between Warriors Path State Park in TN or Hungry Mother SP in Virginia. Both sound good. I still have nearly a month to decide. For now I have the fun of pouring over maps and websites for info.
More about the trip later -T