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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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commented on 1959 DeWalt Radial Arm Saw Complete Restoration 83 days ago
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added blog entry Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #6: Pimp My Table Saw (EYE Candy) 174 days ago
commented on Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #5: Attic is Done 201 days ago
added blog entry Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #5: Attic is Done 201 days ago
commented on Incra Router Table (FOR SALE: $350 obo) 201 days ago
commented on Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #4: Sketchup Plans 238 days ago
added blog entry Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #4: Sketchup Plans 238 days ago
added blog entry Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #3: "Before" Photos 246 days ago
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Max

55956 posts in 2899 days


#1 posted 2500 days ago

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

34870 posts in 3026 days


#2 posted 2500 days ago

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

12260 posts in 2723 days


#3 posted 2500 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

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

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Greg Mitchell

1381 posts in 2695 days


#4 posted 2500 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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

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Blake

3437 posts in 2500 days


#5 posted 2500 days ago

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

1763 posts in 2623 days


#6 posted 2499 days ago

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

1011 posts in 2720 days


#7 posted 2499 days ago

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

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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PanamaJack

4469 posts in 2703 days


#8 posted 2499 days ago

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

3437 posts in 2500 days


#9 posted 2498 days ago

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

8768 posts in 2725 days


#10 posted 2498 days ago

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

1381 posts in 2695 days


#11 posted 2456 days ago

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

1823 posts in 2649 days


#12 posted 2453 days ago

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 2396 days ago

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 2390 days ago

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

13495 posts in 2400 days


#15 posted 2327 days ago

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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