Welcome Bob, I live in N Central Missouri. You did just miss our meeting. Having a get together in the fall. I am sure the other memebers will fill you in. give me a shout if you are ever up this way or need help with something, even though I still am new to this addiction.
I welcomed you on the "Introductions" forum and left a note there for you. I will give the gist of it here. Below is a link to a PDF file that gives a light but broad overview of the tools, methods, finishes and pens themselves.