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Location: Hadley, People's Republic of Western Massachusetts, aka Connecticut River valley.

Semi-retired, meaning there's always something to keep the devil from setting up shop in an otherwise idle mind.
Husband and father of four children; none of whom dare to enter my shop of ADD horrors. (But, it's my mess and they know that something's put back where it was originally assigned to, I'll never find the damn thing again.)

It must've been a Divine Inspiration by God to have steered me in the direction of (actually) building creches instead of gazing at them like I used to when I was a young kid, and an overgrown one as well.

Now, if the good Lord who gave us trees to work with can get around to giving me more skills in the "people-making or people-carvin'" side of the business of building Nativity Creches, then I'll be on my way to fame, riches and getting my own show on PBS: "This old creche"

My inspiration in this area comes from Oberammergau, Bavaria. Ever since I was an officer's dependent living in Germany some 40 + years ago, I've always had great memories of the workmanship those "lifers" create in that little town. The next major "learning experience" falls under the art of not-mangling poor Jesus anymore than what the Romans (or Mel Gibson) have done already.

The picture you see is of my biggest creche, or more commonly know around my house, "The Mother of All Mangers." She was fun to build, anyway, and a great lesson on how NOT to use the KISS principle!

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#1 posted 06-27-2007 11:47 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! We’re happy to have you.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 06-28-2007 01:00 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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#3 posted 06-28-2007 01:04 AM

Welcome. Enjoy the site.

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

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#4 posted 06-28-2007 05:09 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-29-2007 10:42 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks fellow “Massachusettsian.” Many years ago I spent a great deal of time in Hadley, and the Pioneer valley…

-- John

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#6 posted 06-30-2007 05:00 PM

A big hardy welcome from the best place on earth to be…LumberJocks website. Thanks for joining us.

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

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#7 posted 06-30-2007 07:58 PM

Thank you John.

The Hadley you know of in past years is inexorably turning into a real suburb of that town my family and I all hail from…that one immediately to the east of Hadley. It’s also fast becoming a battleground between the so-called “tree-huggers” and people who aren’t afraid of additional development. For us woodworkers that means the “big box” boys of Lowes and Home Depot, both of whom will one day (hopefully sooner than later) build their stores on Rte 9 across from the two malls, of which, Mtn. Farms has been rescued and transformed by Barnes n’ Noble, Wally World, and other quality chain stores. None of these boxes pose any threat to the Amherst niche-loaded economy or any place else in the so-called “Pioneer Valley.” About the only things this are pioneers in happens to be the exiling of people who are practical enough to realize that nice vistas won’t pay their tax bills, mortgages, etc. The enviro gestapo also goes overboard almost everywhere it can do its’ best to stifle and stiff any prospective business that migh’t provided something rather banal such as a non-academic job, as opposed to bagging more grants from Washington (i.e. OPM, “other peoples’ money”).

It’s one thing to be worried about the effects of sprawl, and we should all be. But not at the expense and dashed hopes of people needing the jobs and opened doors these new businesses could offer.
When I think of sprawl, I think of Rte.9 in Framingham/Natick, or worse, the vast spread of little communities, strip malls and large malls, not to mention condos, etc. one might find in the upper northwest corner of the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. Progress, sure. But, at what price? I’m not knocking that area in contrast to the Rte 9 shopping mall district in Hadley. Just putting things into perspective. It’s just that the area directly in the east of Hadley’s town line keeps finding ways of killing jobs, whilst Hadley was smart enough to realize that farming will one day become too expensive, and other uses will need exploring. Even if it means a few more cars a day on that route connecting Amherst and Northampton.
I’ve gotta split, my time on my “confuser’s” up.

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 10:26 AM

Welcome to LJs if you need anything just ask anyone . jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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