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Location: Santa Cruz, Ca
Website: www.openarmsphotography.com

I am a firefighter in Santa Cruz county, CA. I have been woodworking my whole life but started taking it seriously a few years ago when I acquired a few pieces of shop machinery from my father-in-law as a wedding gift. It was the greatest gift of my life.

After setting up a shop on my grandparent's property I started out by building small projects like jewelry boxes and gifts. I still love building boxes but my main focus is now on building custom furniture.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Max

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 08:36 PM

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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Karson

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 09:53 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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WayneC

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 09:54 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Greg Mitchell

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#4 posted 10-18-2007 03:34 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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Blake

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#5 posted 10-18-2007 05:45 AM

I’ve got my shop description up (sorry it’s so long), photos will follow soon.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Dorje

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 05:04 AM

Are you sure you’re not a hat salesman? Welcome Blake – great boxes you’ve posted!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Jeff

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#7 posted 10-19-2007 06:09 AM

Welcome to the community, Blake. You are among kindred spirits.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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PanamaJack

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#8 posted 10-19-2007 02:21 PM

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Blake

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#9 posted 10-19-2007 05:22 PM

Thanks everyone for the welcome. Dorje, that pic was taken in a hat store. I liked that hat but didn’t buy it. Now I wish I had.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 10-20-2007 03:08 AM

Welcome to LJ.
I just checked out your shop. Love your enthusiasm. LJ is the place for you.
The west coast is fertile ground for high end woodworkers.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Greg Mitchell

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 08:46 PM

My wife wishes there was room for a car now. Her car has been out of the garage for awhile now. Maybe that is why she has not talked to me in such a long time. Thanks for the comments.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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TreeBones

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#12 posted 12-03-2007 06:08 PM

You have some great projects. Burl, boxes and benches are my favorite. Keep your eyes out for trees in your area , I hope to bring my mill to Santa Cruz this year. Glad to see you here, I think this is a great site.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Jimthecarver

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#13 posted 01-30-2008 02:46 AM

Thank you Blake, I knew I seen it but couldnt remember where. But I loved the Idea I had to put it to use with my carving.
Thanks again
Jim

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Scott Bryan

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#14 posted 02-04-2008 09:56 PM

thanks for the comment on my lumber rack. I guess that since Dadoo and I both have science backgrounds that great minds think alike (NOT).

When I saw a post of his shop I was pleasantly surprised as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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ND2ELK

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#15 posted 04-08-2008 05:02 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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