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    I invited a couple of friends to your meet Dave. I got them both started with safety razors a couple years ago and thought they may like to make the leap. I think next go round I’ll skip the heavy razor aspect and just ask if they’ll join me for a day of hanging out like we would for a gun show. It’ll bring in new questions at the very least.

    If I can’t sell them on just hanging out, I can certainly sell them on having a couple beers.
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    Dave, you are so very correct. Some of the top dogs of the straight razor shaving world were at your meet. It was a true pleasure to sit and share all the knowledge, experience, camraderie and friendship, but, nothing would have made me happier than sitting and teaching for the whole time.
    I truly believe that we all have a responsibility to pass on the lost and dying art of straight razor shaving, and to do what we can to keep the flame lit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolodave View Post
    Randy and I discussed this. Nearly half the people there were mentors. Hence, the questions were typically about the finer points in this hobby. Still, we all learned something. Some comments were made about feeling a bit out of place considering the knowledge base of the attendees. This is wrong and needs to be addressed in the announcement of the meet.

    The next meet should be more geared to new people. The teaching of honing will always be a priority but there are so many other aspects that need to be discussed. Simply making a good lather is worth demonstrating.

    Be thinking of ways to draw less experienced people to these meets. The hobby will grow if we make the effort to teach the basics in an environment that does not intimidate the newbs.
    When I was starting out a couple of years ago, I had the good fortune to attend a couple of meets in Denver where there were a lot of newbies. I learned so much, then, about the basics of honing and razor care. I think without that, I might have given up. Thanks for recognizing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolodave View Post
    Randy and I discussed this. Nearly half the people there were mentors. Hence, the questions were typically about the finer points in this hobby. Still, we all learned something. Some comments were made about feeling a bit out of place considering the knowledge base of the attendees. This is wrong and needs to be addressed in the announcement of the meet.

    The next meet should be more geared to new people. The teaching of honing will always be a priority but there are so many other aspects that need to be discussed. Simply making a good lather is worth demonstrating.

    Be thinking of ways to draw less experienced people to these meets. The hobby will grow if we make the effort to teach the basics in an environment that does not intimidate the newbs.
    I think this hobby, and all the aspects of it, in my opinion is an always learning hobby. That’s what I enjoy most about it. There is always something to be learned and knowledge to share no matter how new or seasoned one may be. It’s great to see so many knowledgeable Wet Shavers when we attend meetups. I do agree we can do more to share in other aspects of the Shave, like how paramount prep is.

    Today I honed up one of my favorite Clauss razors using the hone on loan from Randy and also the smaller Escher on wood that I got for my donation to Movember and was brought to us by the kind and generous Richard, thanks brothers. I did use some synthetics, but my Shave results were off the charts. Very happy. I did take longer with prep also. Enjoy the whole process and shaves will just get better and easier as time passes.

    I hope when people attend they are not afraid to ask any questions of any of us. I will demonstrate or do my best to help as many as possible. I know many times with meetups the intentions are to do so many things, but normally ends up being honing and more honing. It is super important and there is so much to learn.
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    I am very appreciative of all the knowledge and sharing each and everyone has provided me with. Look forward to future endeavors with many of you.
    Gonzo

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