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Location: Mountains of North Eastern Tennessee
Have been butchering wood and making sawdust for about 40+ years... Started getting serious around 20 years ago and added a 16x23 addition onto my garage and immediately wanted more room. My dream was to have a shop big enough to walk around my tools and have everything mounted solidly instead of on wheels. Retired in 2007 when Ford said 43 years was long enough and offered me a bag of money to go away -- luckily there were no friends standing between me and the door... While visiting friends, we fell in love with the Tennessee mountains and decided to buy some property and I started designing my new shop (and our new house too..). In 2008 we began work on the pole-barn destined to be my new shop.. We lived in that off and on while the new house was being built in 2009 and in 2010 we kissed Michigan goodbye and moved to Tennessee.. We love it here....
New part of life... I went back to work.. Had no intentions about returning to work but I saw an advertisement from the Woodcraft Store in Knoxville.. They were looking for a few retired woodworkers willing to work part-time. I applied and got a job. I now work weekends at the store and absolutely love working around some very talented woodworkers and meeting new people who come into the store. If you're ever in the Knoxville area, please stop in the store and say hello..
-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker