Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We Do Birthdays Right!

When Christine, a local woman who works with wedding event set-up and planning, called me a few weeks ago and asked if she could use my shop for her birthday party– I wasn't quite sure how it would work out. 

But I said yes. What the hell – if the shop is free, why not use it? 

We worked out a few logistics, and decided that everyone would make a small cheeseboard. I mean, who doesn't love a beautiful handmade wooden board in their home?

A few week before - I started prepping for the party - gluing together the cheeseboard blanks, and cleaning the shop. Eric's always a big help - brushing the walls clean in the bench room. 

The day before the event, my helpers and I rearranged everything, to make more room and to streamline the process. We were so prepared, there was little to do that morning. Except clown around a bit. Here is my "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" crew  - we worked perfectly together.  (Thanks so much, Eric, Kris and Lupe!)

When everyone had arrived at the shop, I gave a small orientation speech, 

showing them how a cheese board is glued together, and how to plane it down and square it up. 

Then the magic began!!! 

Everyone chose a board, and scraped them clean. Seriously, the energy in the room was fabulous, even though a few of these new woodworkers were Strip performers and were tired from working the night before.  Some told me they'd actually gotten to bed about 5:30 in the morning the night before! 

Still, they kicked ass prepping the boards for the planer.

 Eric worked with each one as they planed, 

and after I showed them how to use the chop saw,

  Lupe help them trim their boards square. I'm telling you, we were so organized - that this party went off without a hitch! In fact, I think we might've made a new wood worker or two out of this group. 

Look how carefully she's examining her routed edge! Kris was on router duty, and made sure everyone did a perfect job!

Once we got to the sanding and finishing stage, things started to loosen up.

 Well, I take that back - this was a really fun and loose group, and they had a blast the entire time!

As they sanded, they knew they were getting closer to seeing the finished product - the excitement in the air was palpable.

 Let the oiling begin! 

Here we are - just two hours later - with some kick-ass-fantastic boards. 

Love the hat! 

Anyone interested in a terrific birthday party?  This is like a "Build a Bear" party for adults  - but we make cooler things. 

Much cooler. 

Call me! 

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