Even though I’m decidedly un-handy, I always enjoy reading Canadian Home Workshop
magazine from cover to cover. It’s got solid and reliable information and ideas (few of which I’ll ever execute, but still!), fun features (love the Mystery Tool page) and excellent writing. (They also write really great headlines – a dying art, imho). This weekend these good folks are hosting the Canadian Home Workshop Show
at the International Centre in Mississauga. I’m a fan of the show, although I notice I haven’t been invited back to the celebrity challenge since I accidentally let go of the handle on the power saw at the wrong moment and sent a block of wood flying off into the crowd. (To the gentleman in the checked shirt whose block I nearly knocked off, my most profound apologies.) Since I’m not participating, however, you may rest assured that it’s safe to attend the show. Lots of reasons to check it out, such as appearances by the likes of Steve Maxwell, Michel Roy and Mag Ruffman. But the one guy I urge you not to miss if you’re down there is Ralph Swan, a product specialist with Minwax. What this guy doesn’t know about wood and wood refinishing isn’t worth knowing, and he’s got an easy affable way of sharing information and tips. By the way, he and his wife Gayle have a wonderful bed and breakfast
near Guelph that is chock full of gorgeous vintage and antique furniture that he’s lovingly restored. Getaway weekend this summer, anyone?