A woodworking trip to Maine disguised as a vacation…

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It’s our last weekend with the car before giving it up for a year, how do you sell your wife on a woodworking trip to Maine? Disguise it as a real vacation! Not hard to do when it’s Mid-Coast Maine. So off we went, first to dinner at Mabel’s Lobster Claw in Kennebunkport (lobster day #1: check). We traveled on to Bar Harbor and Arcadia, and had a lobster enchilada at EL EL Frijoles (lobster day #2: check). But wait you say, what about the woodworking part of the trip? Sounds like pretty standard vacation stuff so far…

Well, while you’re on Bar Harbor check out the Gallery at Somes Sound. The gallery has studio furniture by all the big names: Wendell Castle, Gary Knox Bennet, David Ebner and a few I know, too: Garret Hack and Jon Brooks. It’s well worth the visit! As you make your way back south, swing by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Messler Gallery, and then less than 5 minutes away check out Lie-Nielsen tool works. We need more lobster you say! Well, about 45 minutes south of Lie-Nielsen, order one of the best Lobster rolls you’ll ever have at Red’s Eats (lobster day #3: check). This also ensures that you’ll get the OK to visit the Thos. Moser gallery in Freeport. Speaking of Thos. Moser, on our way back to Boston we also swung by the Maine College of Art in Portland, where they were running an exhibition entitled Thomas Moser: A legacy in Wood, and if you have a bit of extra time in Portland check out Allagash Brewery. So there you have it, a perfect way to spend the weekend to relax, recuperate and get ready for the Fall semester at North Bennet St., and stuff yourself full of lobster too!

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