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snuff
From: Belgium
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iconBart:

I guess we'll be meeting up in Brussels anytime soon.


Really looking forward to it, I'm sure I'll pick up a few useful things from you guys that will improve my shaving and honing. Greets Ron
2011-10-05 06:58
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Oldengaerde
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Too bad you aren't coming, and worse for the reasons: illness (beterschap thuis!), disappointment and lack of response. The latter doesn't sound like Theo Doeleman (proprietor of the Scheermuseum and organizer of the meeting) at all. I know him as a fine gentleman, passionate about his hobby and generous in sharing both materially and in knowledge.

Whatever happened, I'm sure lack of response wasn't due to there being someone else available for sharpening. On the contrary, Theo was, ís much looking forward to getting together as many enthousiast as possible, from all exotic corners of the barbering hobby. When he told me four or five people were thinking of coming all the way from Belgium especially for the honing side of things, I positively heard a tiny bit of pride and a huge amount of joy and anticipation in his voice.

No doubt, he'll be disappointed to hear something went amiss. As he was disappointed about the strict provisions the Railway Museum set regarding buying/trading/entrance to the museum, even though he managed to find a sponsor to bring down the fee to around €5,-

Anyway, I too was really looking forward to meeting you guys IRL and I'll keep a keen eye on developing plans to visit the Scheermuseum and/or a meet in Brussels. If anyone does decide to come next Sunday, my advice would be to forget about email and web-forms, and just call Theo on his home number published on his website: +31(0)514-581524 (home after 6pm).
2011-10-05 20:55
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snuff
From: Belgium
Posts: 69
I just got a email from Theo, the price has gone down to 5 euro indeed and the rule that only the people with display tables could buy/trade/sell is also out the window. I really hope that they get a lot of visitors, it's not easy to set up such a meeting after all.
2011-10-07 07:28
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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Yes, I received that e-mail too.

I'm prepared to reconsider my plans for the weekend and try to be present from around noon. But not if I have to take the trip all by myself. I'm willing to collect passengers in a circle of 30km around Heist-op-den-Berg or in the vicinity of the route between my place and Utrecht. It's about an hour and 45 minutes driving and I would leave around 10.30. I would aim to be back home around 19.00h, so we could stay in Utrecht until 17.00h.

Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-10-07 10:42
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Oldengaerde
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That's great!

Have you found fellow-travellers yet? I'm asking because if you are coming, I'll leave the Coticule section to you, and concentrate on other hones to bring. If you're not coming, I'll make sure to include a good selection of old barber Coticules in different styles.

Selecting is difficult: for the general public it's best to show an attractive cross-section of commonly used razor hones, and not to go into too much detail on varieties and rare finds - exactly what the hone afficionados would want to see and try and talk about...

On my list so far are mainly a lot of Thuringians with various labels and shapes, on request by a hone collector (from outside the shaving world) writing a book on European hones. Amongst those a number of Eschers to demystify differences between colours and companies.

And further:
- vintage Turkey/Greek/Cretan hones
- Vosgiennes/'brown Eschers'
- Schwedensteine
- La Lune/Special Stone
- Charnley Forests & Co (Llyn Idwal, 'toad-stone', and some unidentified stones)
- The Scots (Dalmore Blue and Yellow, Tam O'Shanter, White TOS, Water of Ayr)
- Silkvein
- Gotlandsbryne
- Due Medaglie fine and coarse
- Yliskylä/Orivesi Slate

To retain overview other stones, including the large categories of Welsh slates (Salmen/Master/Yellow Lake etc) and Japanese hones, have to stay at home - unless someone has a request.

All of the hones I'll bring (except the few unlapped) may be used by anyone who wants to try.
2011-10-08 20:09
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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I'm afraid that no one from the guys who stated earlier to be interested, will be attending tomorrow. And I really don't feel like spending close to four hours on a Sunday alone in my car (possible traffic jams not counted).

I am sorry, but I'm going to pass after all. Maybe another time.
I hope the meeting is going to be a great success, and those took a rain check will think twice next year. :)
Do share the pictures afterwards.

Best regards,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-10-08 21:33
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Oldengaerde
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That is as understandable as it is regrettable. Ah well, 'volgende keer beter' :)

As for pictures: I'll try to capture the atmosphere as enviably as possible ;)
2011-10-09 00:32
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snuff
From: Belgium
Posts: 69
Would love to hear how the meeting turned out?
2011-10-12 09:01
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Oldengaerde
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It was great! Mr. Bos (the other hone guy) is a walking encyclopedia. It was a pleasure talking with him about his numerous visits to hone quarries all over Europe and the people he met there. I saw a couple of Thuringian labels I didn't know, and even some European hones I never knew existed.

Fun too: talking with the kids, explaining how to sharpen razors. Most of them came to see the trains, but some of them had to be dragged away by their parents to do so. Sharp steel has a mesmerizing quality...

There were other attractions too. Someone with a huge collection of all manner of sharpeners, most of them for DE blades, but some 19th century implements designed for semi-automatic whetting and stropping of straight razors too. A Romanian gentleman with hundreds and hundreds of DE blade wrappers. The museum's own Station Barber (employed full time!), barbering, guiding visitors around his shop, and staging straight shaving demonstrations.

Theo Doeleman (the 'victim' in one of the pictures of such a demonstration and organizer of the meeting) was a perfect host: apart from bringing top pieces from his own Barbering Museum, he saw to the logistic and security side of things, and had arranged for copious amounts of coffee, tea, cheese and ham rolls.

Knowledge was exchanged twix participants, and between participants and visitors. Goods too: I had some DE wrappers I got with some stones which turned out to be missing in the wrappers collection; Theo gave away a Coticule he got with safety razors to a budding straight shaving visitor and sold four of them for a tenner to a participant. The one he gave away, beautifully dished by years of barber's use, was subsequently exchanged for a useable lapped stone and landed with a collector. A 8/8'' Tiger razor (fine example of early Puma craze) changed hands for 20 euro, high end 5/8'' NOS Solingens for 15. And so on and so forth.

It was great fun! Pressed to think of misgivings, I'd probably say that because of the setting with lots of unbriefed visitors (and lots of hone guys' absence!) it did not come to much serious honing, and discussing thereof. Oh, and the lack of a borrel afterwards...

Enough of that - pics! The PR guy at the Railroadmuseum today was so kind as to send me a few. I made some too, but I haven't even seen those myself; I left my camera when I visited a friend afterwards.

[edit: their width exceeds that of the page, and they don't seem to be automatically resized - to see the full pictures, right-click and open them seperately]





















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2011-10-12 18:54
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snuff
From: Belgium
Posts: 69
thank you very much for the report on the meeting and the pictures!
2011-10-12 21:06
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Wim Decraene (decraew)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 447
Love those spats on the barber!
I hope fashion will reintroduce these again, one day ...
2011-10-12 21:57
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
Thank you for the pictures. (I fixed the size for you, just a matter of putting "=900" after the IMG-tag)

I sure looked like a lot of fun. Now I regret even more to have been absent.
Let's hope it's organize again next year and we can assemble a worthy Belgian participation then.

Jan Heideman not only looks like a first-class barber, but also like a great performer in front of an audience. :thumbup:

Kind regards,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-10-13 00:58