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Location: Hills of Southern Indiana
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I really enjoy making boxes. The design phase is what I like the best when I'm working with my hands in wood. Building houses and furniture takes months or even years to finish; however, you can dream up and create another box every few days. In the past two or three years I have crafted over a hundred boxes and sold them mostly through local art galleries, no two boxes are exactly alike. My goal is to craft boxes that will withstand years of daily use, are pleasing to see, a joy to touch, and a pleasure to use. Mostly, my boxes are crafted from recycled materials.

As I craft boxes carefully and one at a time, shapes, sizes, methods of work, materials, uses and designs keep evolving. It is wonderful play, and sales help support my tool habit. It seems there is a fine line between woodworking and tool collecting.

Sometimes I tell the wood what it wants to be and sometimes the wood tells me what it wants to be. So far the wood and I are both comfortable with this arrangement. The joy of working with fine wood and getting to peer into the souls of ancient trees never grows old for me. Trees are one of nature's greatest feats.

-- Big Al in IN

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Max

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 05:27 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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a1Jim

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 05:54 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 12:49 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 01:05 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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Roger

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 11:35 PM

Look forward to seeing more of your very awesome boxes. Keep makin dust. Work/play safe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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jacob34

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 03:22 PM

I hope after practice my boxes look half as good as yours. My wife is from Indiana as well little north of you though.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 12:36 PM

Wellcome to Lumberjock’s! Hope to see more of your interesting boxes!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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SgtSnafu

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 11:35 PM

Hey – Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

—Scotty – aka… SgtSnafu – Randleman NC

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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Chad256

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 02:07 PM

You have created some of the best boxes I have ever seen. That gives me lots of inspiration. They are all beautiful!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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Heisinberg

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#10 posted 01-09-2014 03:02 PM

Amazing and inspiring craftsmanship on all your creations.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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jusfine

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#11 posted 03-04-2015 11:57 PM

Al, I have not been on LJs for any length of time for quite awhile, had not seen any of your posts or projects before today – well done!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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OldGuysRule

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#12 posted 11-28-2015 09:13 AM

Well, I looked though all 75 projects you’ve posted. Darn fine Craftsmanship on every thing. And I’m glad to see you haven’t completely ”BOXED” yourself into only making one kind of project! I seen at least two other things in there. Like the spoons. Nice work Al keep up the fine Craftsmanship!!!!!!

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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boxcarmarty

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#13 posted 03-17-2016 11:21 AM

Howdy neighbor, that’s a mighty fine selection of boxes ya got there. I like ta git sidetracked and build a box from time to time, maybe I should try talkin’ to ‘em more…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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