Sunday morning was a good time to go to the Log Home show... when I went it was practically dead, which meant I didn't have to fight the crowds to look at the stuff I wanted to look at. I meandered from display to display, taking my time, and not being jostled or having people step in front of me.
It also meant that I got to spend time talking with the fine folks that run this neighborhood, without competing with others for their attention! I spent a lot of time talking with Donna and Sara, as well as Elaine, who lives in the Building Systems
neighborhood. Chatted with Mike a bit, and finally got to meet Andrew as I was heading out the door. When I walked up to introduce myself formally (we've chatted online), I thought his 1,000-watt smile was just because he was really happy to finally meet me (I am quite a charming guy. Modest too... ;-) Turns out he is a Penn State fan and apparently the Ohio State/Penn State game was one for the history books. I'm betting he's still smiling about it.
The show itself was about what you'd expect; lots of builders, lots of people selling stuff that would go well in a log home. I didn't spend much time talking to builders; considering I'm years and years away from building, just didn't see much point. I did spend time wandering through the everything else. I think that's where I did my best daydreaming; picturing how that copper sink would look in the bathroom, how that bed would look in my bedroom, and how that pool table would look in my game room. By the way, does anyone have $6500 I can have for a pool table with beautiful wood inlay?
While my little 'block party' idea was a bust, I did talk with the See Dirt Run people (unfortunately, I don't recall their names. Sorry - I'm really bad with names!), and they educated me a bit on their process of using cobs and ground glass to clean the logs. Very interesting!
I didn't take as many pictures as I could have, or wanted to - Not only was I having issues with my flash, but I was getting some weird looks. Rather than offended anyone, I kept my picture taking to a minimum. I've posted them in the photo gallery.
All-in-all, it was a good show. Good for wetting the appetite, making sure that log home dream doesn't die. Picked up a few magazines and brochures, fantasized about what it'd be like to have a nice solid bed (the wife and I are in the market for a new bed; I guess that's why I took so many pictures of beds!), and mostly talked with the Log Home Neighborhood folks, who are always fantastic and wonderful to talk to.