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Blog entry by AJLastra posted 04-19-2012 03:20 PM 1254 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been a faithful reader of this forum for quite a while and finally got up the nerve to join. You guys and gals are such tremendous crafts people and I just wanted to say, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to talk wood with all of you. A bit about me. I am retired Air Force, having spent 18 years as both an active duty and reservist JAG. I am an attorney full time but really, I am a woodworker full time. I started working wood in 1987 by fixing a picnic table in my back yard. I’ve progressed to being able to make and sell items through a local art gallery which seeks to do an exhibit of my work this November. I’m scared to death. I am self taught in all aspects of the craft but I have been immeasurably helped by being able to connect on forums like this one and obtain advice and ideas from some great people. Soooooooooo. now i’m here and looking forward to being a regular contributor. I make clocks and antique reproduction pieces, and some of my own designs. From time to time, I make pens. I LOVE the challenge of wood finishing. Hope none of you mind a few dumb questions from time to time. I still have so much to sort out in this great craft. God Bless.

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 03:32 PM

welcome to LJ’s AJ

ask away
and contribute as you like

and thank you for your service

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 03:44 PM

Welcome to LJ’s and we look forward to seeing your projects and being part of the “family” !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 03:45 PM

Welcome aboard! Looking forward to seeing your projects. I don’t believe there are any dumb questions, so ask away, you will get lots of good advice here on LJS.
Thank you for your service to our country.
Best wishes with selling at the gallery

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 04:00 PM

Welcome to LJ’s…looking forward to seeing your project also….This is a great site…I come here for answers, but mostly to see all the great projects…..

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 04:02 PM

Welcome to LJs A J
I look forward to seeing your projects and your input.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 04:36 PM

Welcome to LJs, AJ! I can’t wait to see those antique reproductions. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 05:33 PM

Welcome aboard. We’re all a bit mad here.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 10:44 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.
Looking forward to seeing your projects.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 03:36 AM

Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 04-26-2012 08:49 PM

Welcome to the madhouse, fellow fly guy. Did my time a bit below you; was an Air Force Policeman. I bust ‘em, you send ‘em away… :)

Only one minor difference; my time was north of the US/Canada border. RCAF, not USAF.

Hanging around here may be good, but taking an active part is GREAT! Jump in with both feet and you’ll find the gang here will give you honest, helpful feedback on the stuff you put up. Try it, you might even like it.

Per ardua ad astra!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 07-03-2012 03:39 AM

Dumb questions??? AJ – I corner the market on that one!

-- Harold

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