Tuesday, July 16, 2013

French Oak Roubo Week......Fate Takes It's Course

Fate is a funny thing.

Some people meet their Fate, that's never a good thing because it's usually a description of their demise. I've heard the comment "fate takes it's course". This can be a reference to a good thing or a bad thing depending on the context. In the incidence that I'm alluding to it's a good thing and possibly a historical thing, and then again maybe it's just the continuance of history. "Fate" can also just mean that the right two people meet at the right time and participate in the right conversation and then you just have to step back and see what happens next.

A year ago this past January I invited some toolmaking friends and some woodworking friends to my house for a couple of days over a January weekend. We cooked and ate some BBQ and we talked woodworking and tools. Bo Childs attended the BBQ and struck up a conversation with Jameel Abraham.

Sometime  it only takes putting the right two people together, having the right conversation, and then you just stand back and watch an idea conceived by two very capable people come to fruition.....and that is what's happening in Barnesville, Georgia this week.

The French Oak Roubo Project is well underway and judging by the number of sweaty t-shirts and empty beer bottles showing up at my house, it is going well. Something that started with a gift of trees from Thomas Jefferson to Marie Antoinette over 200 years ago is coming to work benches in Barnesville, Georgia.........you can't make this stuff up.

The entire French Roubo Project entourage is coming to my house for dinner tonight........film at 11'........well, at the very least pictures.

Okay it's after 11:00 pm. I apologize. I was so busy attending to my guest that I completely forgot to takes pictures or video.



  1. I still can't believe you guys could eat. I mean, how could you have an appetite without me there!

  2. Did you make your famous Pie?

  3. And I, for one, am most grateful for that fateful union. My first day back to my real life and all I keep thinking is "I wanna go back!!" That was, without a doubt, one of the top 3 best weeks of my life. And I have this wonderful souvenir to remind me of that week forever. My son will get this bench someday, and maybe his children. I am proud to personally own a piece of history! Thanks, Ron!!!

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