Whenever I'm on a layover where I actually have enough time to roam around (rare) I try to find something historic or woodworking related. Last week I flew into San Jose. I remembered seeing something about a woodworking store nearby so I pulled up my trusty Google Maps app and started walking.
The Sawdust Shop is a very nice woodworking store with a great woodshop attached. They have some lumber, a nice selection of General Finishes finishing supplies, a decent selection of books, and general shop supplies.
Yesterday I had a chance to visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Late last year they opened a new Art of the America's wing which has a large collection of period American furniture. Since they allow non-flash photography I took as many photos as possible with my phone. I apologize in advance for the quality - especially some of the description plates. I'm posting all these pictures just to give you an idea of what they have to offer and hopefully motivate you to see the collection yourself. I won't provide any comentary as most of the shots and their accompanying description plates are self-explanatory. This is not the entire display. I focused on
Yesterday I flew into Laguardia Airport (LGA) in New York City and was spending the night at our crew hotel right by the airport. We don't have too many flights into LGA so I don't get to stay there very often and most of the time when I do stay there we get in pretty late. However, yesterday we were scheduled to get in at 1pm. Being in NYC that early in the day I knew I had to do something with my day. I immediately thought of paying a visit to the Tools For Working Wood showroom. Joel has mentioned on his blog several times about being located in a warehouse and after doing a little map study on Google Maps I knew it was a pretty industrial neighborhood.
In this job every so often things fall into place that allow you to do cool things on the cheap. Today was one of those days. My last flight got into PVD at 1:00pm which is much earlier than usual and left plenty of time for an excursion. The weather was forecast to be nice so I lined up a rental car and hit the ground running.
When I was at WIA one of the seminars I took was "Early American Furniture: Anatomy of a Masterpiece" with Jeffrey Greene. Well, it turns out that Jeffrey Greenes retail shop The Ball and Claw is in downtown Newport, so naturally that had to be the first stop.