My favorite WW show was the first one held at Reliant in Houston some years ago.
A gun show was going on next door. My planned purchase of a new (table saw,
jointer, planer, etc.) managed to transform itself into a 40 caliber flintlock
Unlike Leon, I enjoy the shows at the Katy civic center. It's much smaller than
Reliant, but not nearly the hassle to get into and out of, plus parking was free
and not $15. A difference I note with the change in venue is that it seems the
show is a bit more oriented toward the hobbyist. I now have all the "big iron"
I need for the rest of my life (except for a 15" planer) and have zero interest
in laser carving machines or those you feed a tree in one end and get a chair
out the other. Someone who makes their living working wood might differ. I
certainly enjoyed the hand tool seminars they have provided the last couple of
years, and have improved my techniques from what I learned.
Would I go if it was back at Reliant? Sure, especially if it would be a large
enough venue to convince Lee Valley to attend. And if they could schedule it
the same weekend as the Houston Gun Collectors show, that would be a great, but
very expensive weekend for me.
Richmond. I take the Grand Parkway to I-10 to get to the Katy location, or come
in on 90A to get dumped off near the Dome. Just about the same distance to
either location, just a lot less traffic hassles to Katy, and no toy trains to
run into me.
BTW, I mostly just lurk here and go for months without posting, but I want to
tell you how much I enjoy the posts and pictures you and Swing put up about your
builds. For example, I finally unearthed my CS, and plan to make a cabinet
similar to the one you have on your Jet (posted last March). It seems like I
always learn a little something in those discussion threads, and just wanted to
say thanks for all the posts and sharing from you guys before I go back into
From whom did you buy the flintlock at that gunshow? IOW, do you know
my old bandmate in a number of bands, hunting buddy, gunsmith, builder
of firearms to Presidents, and longtime friend Chris Hirsch?
I bought that particular flinter from a dealer from Indiana However, I am the
proud owner of the only cherry stocked rifle Chris ever built. He found out he
was allergic to cherry during the build and said he would never work with it
again. The rifle is an early 19th century Virginia poor boy he styled from one
His Golden Age rifles are truly works of art. I've admired several that have
passed through Collector's Firearms over the years, but never when I could
afford to acquire one. I have the American Rifleman issue showing him
presenting one of his NRA rifles to President Reagan on the cover. He is a very
talented and gifted man.
Did Chris ever tell you the story about how mortified he was, standing in
the Oval Office, when Reagan threw that rifle up to his _left_ shoulder? :)
AAMOF, talked to Chris yesterday. About 30 years ago I'd loaned him my
truck to tide him over while he was waiting on delivery for one he'd
bought, and it turned out to be an extended wait. He called because he'd
heard I was having truck trouble, was looking for a newer one, and he
wanted to return that old favor if I was in need. I wasn't, but good folks
are like that.
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