For Everyone Who Attended The Midwest Woodworking Sale Event
Last night’s dose of Advil has all but worn off by now. My body aches are likely to continue as I begin to move the 450 bd/ft pile of lumber from my car’s garage spot into the storage locker in my basement. However, these are not complaints. They are the lingering reminders of what was considered by most of the 200+ attendees an extremely successful event. Friday was in fact a personal day off from work my company refers to as a “Curiosity Day” a paid day off each employee is given to get out and try something new, different, and perhaps and experience you can bring back to your job and clients.
Although Frank couldn’t be there yesterday, he and his family, along with a number of his employees who have recently been place on furlough sincerely appreciate everyone’s patronage and patience. And with the exception to the two guys who left the mahogany pile on the first floor in a state of chaos – we’ve got photographic proof fellas – Frank has always been very clear that he’d much prefer the wood be used by craftsmen and hobbyists like many of us, that having it sold in bulk to one bidder. His father Joe would have had the same sentiment.
At the end of the day, tens of thousands of board feet of lumber made it’s way out the door. If you combine the last few weeks of visits leading up to the sale event, as well as future orders that are in the process of being fulfilled, Frank and his family are financially much better off as a result. Much like Chris Schwarz said in his blog post yesterday, who knows if this opportunity will come up again. I’m assuming not. But if you still want to try to get in to the building over the next few weeks, it will probably be open at various yet inconsistent times. After that, your guess is as good as mine. If you are looking for their hours and availability, I’ll keep people posted on my blog towards the top of my homepage.
I wanted to especially thank Frank and his family for believing that this could be a viable option for them. Mary and Daryl have spent weeks cleaning up the shop and preparing things, and the staff stayed well past the 2pm close time on both days. Ian Grunder also generously gave up both of his days to help everyone out as well (not to mention his truck). Finally, thanks to the folks at Popular Woodworking Magazine and Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press for the additional social media amplification and promotion they provided leading up to the event. The posts I made leading up to this event received over 7,000 unique page views. The social connections and friendships I’ve garnered within the woodworking community played a critical part in this. Nearly everyone who attended the event either knew about the event from my blog or Chris.
For anyone that’s curious, I came home with a mix of massive bubinga slabs, ribbon sapele, sugar pine and teak – all exceptional specimens in their own right. Not to mention a small stick of Brazilian Rosewood for furniture accents. Sure, the bubinga’s density will dull my tools and crush my fingers, but it’s fun to say “Bubinga”.