It's That Time Again!
Why are they smiling?

Yepper-do, it's time for Galootapalooza XI !

Saturday, August 5, 2006

Time to pack up your very favorite tool-related T-Shirts, that big canvas tool tote bag, a cooler full of your favorite beverages and ample water supply. Load 'em up in the Galootmobile and head to the country*.

This year's Galootapalooza will be held at our generous host, Mike Duchaj's (pronounced Dooo Hi) brother's farm in lovely Hampshire Illinois. Here's a link to the mapquest map. You can get your directions to the farm by utilizing their "web-based application".

This year's event has a "Back To Our Roots" theme. The main event will be a symposium on tool tune-ups. Bring that "project tool" that you bought in the dark during a rainy flea market, and we'll work together to make it useful and bring it back to life.

We'll prepare our location to handle sharpening saws, sharpening plane irons or other blades, removing crud and surface rust, analyze and repair wooden handles , re-handle chisels and more. Everyone can chip in with their favorite techniques and tricks.

Larry Williams and Don McConnell will show us how they heat treat plane irons at Clark and Williams. You'll also be able to see some of the great planes they create. Check out the Clark and Williams website for more.

We'll set up some blacksmithing equipment and give anyone who wants a chance to pound some iron.

Bring tools to trade, tools to sell and money to buy tools. No reason we have to wait until Garfield to do that!

As always; bring something fun for show-and-tell. The main reason we put Galootapalooza together every year is so we can get together, talk tools and catch up with each other. Relaxation. Fun. Tools. You bet it's a good time!

Festivities will start around 10:30 and we'll take a break for a light lunch of sandwiches and snacks and have a barbeque dinner around 6:00 PM. Bring a dish for the dinner buffet. If you can't cook to save your life, or you burn your brownies, just pick up a bag of chips and some salsa or something similar for all to share. We'll have some hamburgers and brats available based on the number of RSVP's that we receive before the event, so make sure that you tell us that you're coming.

You can RSVP by emailing Wes Groot by clicking HERE. There will be a request for donations to off-set the cost of lunch, dinner and restroom facilities, but it won't  be much, and you'll get your money's worth.

If you can come out a little early and help set up that would be much appreciated.

The next morning is the M-WTCA Area E meet at Garfield Farm just west of St. Charles Illinois. Map to that meet is here at the Garfield Farm website. The meet gets going at about 6 am, and the public is allowed in at 9 am. Non-members can get in as guests of M-WTCA members.

That's all for now. Please email me with any questions and I'll try to answer them correctly!




* If you live in Indiana or Kansas, Hampshire might seem pretty urban to you.