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 Posted: Sun Oct 8th, 2017 01:07 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Hello everyone, At our fan meet there was some discussion about possibly hosting a fan workshop in PA sometime later this year or toward Spring '18. I don't know at this point if we'd host the gathering or if it will be hosted elsewhere, but PA would be the area. 

This would not be a regular meet, and in fact we would discourage bringing fans unless you want to work on them as there'll be limited space. 


The purpose of this gathering would be a low-key , low effort event to teach, learn, and share restoration techniques. Hosting one full featured fan meet is enough for a year, both effort and finance-wise.  This would be strictly a pizza and beer ( um, soda) , event. This would be geared toward those very new to the hobby and focus on basic (and advanced) restoration techniques.  


I envision enlisting our local experts and restorers if they'd be so kind to share their tips (Tim Marks- paint, brass- OK everything , Tony Clayton -stator removal , Mike Heffernan -motor tips- come to mind)  . Maybe we tear down a GE AOU or Emerson from scratch and restore it during the course of the day or days, showing what to check, and what to do to do a proper restoration.  Electrical, mechanical, brass, maybe paint. 

Guests would be welcome and newbies strongly encouraged.  A lot of basic questions get posted here all the time, and I think this might be a welcomed event. 


Please let me know your thoughts and if you'd attend such an event, and just maybe it'll happen in the near future. I think it'd be fun! .

Cheers, 

Lane

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 12:09 am
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Bruce Allen
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Hi Lane,

Sounds like a great idea.

On another note, we had talked about my place in Wilkes Barre, PA for a spring event to replace the Lehigh Valley meet. If there is enough interest I would be happy to host a meeting.

Anyone interested? Reply or PM me.

I'll need some mentoring as to what I would need to do to put on a successful meet.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 12:22 am
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Lane Shirey
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Hi Bruce,  Thanks for the offer! 

Tom Zapf will be hosting the spring meet this year, but maybe check with him. Maybe there's a possibility of you guys switching off? The workshop I suggested would be a third event, much lower key. But there doesnt seem to be much local interest apparently. 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 11:49 pm
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Robbie Lawrence
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I just wanted to put my two cents in, because I was also approached at both Tom's and Lane's on this matter. After some shopping around, I spoke with some folks at my church in regards to hosting a meet in our community center sometime next summer and they are on board with the idea. The venue is indoors, air-conditioned, and everyone would be able to lock their fans up overnight if they set up early and we can use as many tables and chairs as we want. I'd love to keep Robin's meet in the Lehigh Valley. Nothing's official yet, and let it be known that this is ONLY an idea at this point, but I think I have a good lead!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 11th, 2017 01:24 am
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Lane Shirey
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My purpose for posting was to judge interest for a WORKSHOP, not a meet. The difference is that there is a TON of preparation, cost, setup, distraction and effort for a standard meet, and while several times, I've intended , and invited others to demonstrate restoration skills,  there never is time, or enough attention to make it happen. 
Justifiably, everyone is much more interested at normal meets in "helping everyone unload" ( it's funny no one ever helps to load) and wheeling and dealing than learning to restore. That's why I said, at this proposed workshop, selling and trading would not be the intended purpose. 

This idea was not meant to replace the normal meets in the Northeast, but to supplement them. 

As far as Northeast Regional meets next year, Tom has committed to a late Spring meet in place of the Lehigh Valley meet which is posted on the events calendar for next year, and Jeanie and I are intending to have an early Fall meet again, so if others want to join in and host a meet in Summer, feel free to pick a date and make it happen. 

In my opinion, in the Northeast, the more the merrier. Maybe someone with an indoor, air conditioned venue would want to consider hosting a summer workshop or make it a multi day event with day 1 being sales and trading and day 2, the workshop. Just ideas.... 

I'd be happy to help with an instructional portion. 

Last edited on Wed Oct 11th, 2017 01:29 am by Lane Shirey

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 Posted: Wed Oct 11th, 2017 03:11 am
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Jamie Williams
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Robbie,

If you are able to work out the details to host a meet next summer I would certainly attend. Thanks for your interest in keeping this going.

PS- I'm not sure how I feel about the air conditioning. If it weren't for butth0les like Willis Carrier, we might still have more awesome fans in production today! (Joking, I also would not likely have a job).

Jamie

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 Posted: Wed Oct 11th, 2017 11:38 pm
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Bruce Allen
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Lane,

I would attend a workshop. Excellent idea. I need to learn more about certain aspects of fan restoration/repair.

Count me in as an attendee. and a volunteer if needed. Winter is a good time for obvious reasons

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Robbie and I are in touch about replacing Robin's meet. We'll work together to make something happen. More later.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 12th, 2017 12:42 am
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Lane Shirey
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Last edited on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 01:26 am by Lane Shirey

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