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Location: Southbury, CT

Since I was a kid I have been interested in carpentry and woodworking. My first real experience with woodworking came in high school when I took two years of shop class. During my second year I was bored with the regular projects and started making up my own projects to do, including an Adirondack chair and end table set that I auctioned off for charity.

Through college my woodworking was put on hold due to a combination about a lack of interest and opportunity. When I graduated college (Univ. of Conn. '08) I moved to New Orleans to help run a non-profit rebuilding organization.

Eventually I was entered into something called the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment's Apprenticeship Program. This was an educational and work program training apprentices in how to adapt high quality old world building techniques to modern building practices. In this program I was trained in making architectural millwork--doors, windows, moulding, fireplace mantles, ornamental brackets.

I'm now working as an Store Manager for Lumber Liquidators. I really never thought much about flooring before I started working there, but have since learned a ton about wood which I really have enjoyed. Since I really haven't had a shop lately, I have spent much of the last year trying to learn much as possible.

My wife and I purchased a house in July of 2012 and have spent all of my free time working on everything that the house needs (which was pretty much everything). That was going all well and good and then we had a baby in October 2013. Now the list of projects still sits there, but the amount of free time isn't as plentiful.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 04:26 AM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 05:34 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 05:51 AM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 06:14 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 03:39 PM

Welcome. Photo with Prince’s very impressive.)

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#6 posted 05-20-2011 04:53 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#7 posted 05-20-2011 05:10 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! A basement in New Orleans? Isn’t that called a swimming pool?? LOLOL I was born and raised in New Orleans and now live in Bush, just across the lake.

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 10:39 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#9 posted 05-24-2011 06:07 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Enjoy your stay here.

-- Rule #13: Never, ever involve lawyers.

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 05:22 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as I have!

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 07:27 PM

Welcome neighbor. Hope that you enjoy your time here at Lumberjocks.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 08-03-2011 01:52 AM

that is a very awesome prof pic. wow… that is one memorable handshake. Welcome to LJ’s. You’ll find it all and then some here

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 07-02-2012 02:34 AM

Houston to NOLA. I-10….. That is one boring a$$ drive.

Is that an ‘02 Tundra?

-- I love Jeeps

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#14 posted 09-08-2012 08:57 PM


-- Norman

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