For months I tried to find someone within 50 to 100 miles who had a Shapeoko. No luck.
Two months ago via a local newspaper article I found a gentleman that lives 8 blocks from me who had a Shapeoko XXL. We have met a few times and exchanged stories of the learning curve. Some successes, some, er, less than stellar attempts
We were chatting this evening when he casually mentioned that a friend he has known for years just accepted delivery of a Shapeoko Pro. His friend also lives in our town of 2400 people out here in south central Kansas.
There is nothing like having a woodworking buddy. I live in a rural area and have not found anyone that is interested in woodworking. I have been to some wood turning club meetings over in Tyler and Texarkana but since covid they are not meeting. Plus they are 2+ hours away.
It was quite a trek only to find him still at work. I left my contact information with a family member and bid adieu. I was halfway home when I heard my name being called. Owner #3 had arrived home minutes after I left and learned I had come calling.
After formal introductions we returned to his home and spent the next hour touring his shop and discussing CNC and woodworking.
Then I headed home once again. All of a 5 minute walk as our homes are separated by 3 blocks (2 as the crow flies).
So we now have three Shapeoko owners within 1/2 mile of each other. A Shapeoko3 XL, A Shapeoko 3 XXL, and A Shapeoko Pro XXL