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Location: Devon, England, UK

I've done many jobs in my time from computers to shelf stacking but the one constant has been my hobby of box making. I do some furniture occasionally but mostly boxes (without visible splines). Recently I've become interested in patterns and use these in boxes, cutting boards and wall hangings. This has developed into the use of all over patterns on boxes.

I like using exotic woods and found Lumberjocks whilst searching for Ebony.You'll see a lot of that, plus Purpleheart, Padauk and a lot of other highly coloured woods in my work.

I woodwork for the challenge and enjoyment it brings. When I'm in my workshop all the everyday problems seem to disappear. Planning projects and overcoming woodworking problems are where I get my mental kicks. I design the vast majority of the things I make and whilst I do NOT provide plans if you follow the blog I sometimes do of a project its not that difficult to work out how things are made.

An important note for anyone following my work. Particularly the blogging part. When I demonstrate techniques, guards and safety features are not shown in the interest of clarity of the particular point being made. It is YOUR individual responsibility to take any and all safety measures you see fit in order to protect yourself when woodworking. I am NOT in the business of telling you what safety measures to take. So no whingeing and don't bother telling me I need to work safer. My safety is MY responsibility.

I like trying different approaches and techniques. Unfortunately though I never got on with turning. I'm a great one for accuracy.

I like making my own tools and jigs but these are only a means to an end for me. Enabling me to complete whatever project I've just dreamt up.

Before you get any ideas about me being competitive, I march to my own tune thank you. Like most of the world I design in and use the metric system. If you need to know the imperial equivalent of one of my measurements there is a calculator in the device you are using to read this with. There are 25.4mm to 1 inch. Its not rocket science.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 10:04 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 10:05 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

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 11:00 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 12:17 AM


Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjo

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

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 12:18 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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#6 posted 02-02-2010 02:09 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 05:23 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people super projects and outstanding woodworkers. Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 09:18 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 08:27 AM

Hi there,
I too am somewhat new to LumberJocks and would like to welcome you to the site. The folks here are great and the projects will absolutely blow your mind. There are some very talented people out there…
Sit back, enjoy the ride and be careful, this site is extremely addictive…
Welcome to LJ

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 09:27 AM

Hey, welcome to the site. Glad you found us. You’re gonna like it here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 09:54 PM

welcome to the family always good to have a fellow brit on board

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Rob Drown

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#12 posted 04-05-2010 01:36 AM

WELCOME!!! Glad you found us.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#13 posted 04-21-2010 02:01 PM

Great work! I look forward to learning your techniques. Glad you are part of the site.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#14 posted 05-03-2010 03:49 PM

I’ve got to say Martyn, thanks for sharing your work. Once I get the 2 projects that I have on the go done, I want to try my hand at some boxes (simple at first). Your work is very inspirational. Don’t be surprised if I start pm’ing you for help if I get stuck! Thanks again!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#15 posted 05-03-2010 10:18 PM

OK Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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