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SAPFM Chapter News and Discussions => Minnesota Chapter => Topic started by: msiemsen on July 30, 2008, 10:46:20 PM

Title: August Meeting and Demo
Post by: msiemsen on July 30, 2008, 10:46:20 PM

We will be demonstrating, having our meeting and camping during *Early Minnesota Trades* .

*Early Minnesota Trades*
August 2 (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
August 3 (Sunday) 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

   Come visit the many artisans polishing their skills at Eagle Creek
   Village. From blacksmithing to woodworking and spinning to weaving
   see how lives in early Minnesota were sustained by the tools of the
   trades. Take a ride on a trolley pulled by Percheron draft horses and
   play games. Special appearance by musician Ross Sutter both days.
   Gift shop and food service available for purchase
   Ages: 12+, $8.50; Ages: 3-11 and Seniors $7; Children under 3 are free. (
   for a map and directions (
   park map

   The table and benches we are making are fairly basic so tools needed would be
   planes to prepare surfaces of rough White Pine lumber. Layout tools
   for mortise and tenon. Chisels, mallets and saws to chop and saw
   mortise and tenon. These are fairly large joints, 7/8" and 1 1/2" to
   2" wide. Sharpening stuff. Bring anything that might be of interest
   to the visitors that you would like to share. Maybe we could set up
   a low bench for kids to try out planing?
   The goal is to look appropriate to the time between 1860 to 1890.

   They will feed us at 5:30 and we will have our meeting when we are done eating.

Looking forward to it!
Mike Siemsen
Title: Re: August Meeting and Demo
Post by: msiemsen on August 04, 2008, 11:02:00 PM
We did our demonstration at The Landing. The people there were great hosts and fed us a wonderful meal on Saturday. Bart, Richard, Jim, Brian and I were busy on Saturday planing stock and cutting joints. Several kids showed an interest in planing and gave it a good try. Sunday was a tough day as we were short on people. Jim worked with Bart and I in the a.m. and Richard helped out in the afternoon. We finished one bench and had the majority of the work done on the other three but it was not to be. Bart and I will finish them up and Richard has offered to deliver them. The table turned out great and they were very happy with it and the demonstration. The first two pictures are of the table the third picture is Bart praying that more help will come.