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Location: Orleans Ontario

I am now retired from an aviation career and am devoting considerable time to my woodworking. As part of retiring we moved to a new house (new to us) and I spent the last several months building a new basement shop. While I have some machinery my focus is on hand tools and I recently completed several pieces of furniture and am now underway on a hall table and remodeling our kitchen.

My woodworking background started with designing and building a home and a number of agricultural buildings. This was followed by completion of a restoration of a large Victorian home for use as a B&B. I then became interested in boating and restoration of antique wooden boats and spent about 16 years very involved in that. I decided that hobby was too expensive for retirement and converted to furniture, clock and box making and other related projects over the last four years - the small stuff is primarily used as gifts and seem appreciated.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 09:21 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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#2 posted 09-08-2010 09:22 PM

Don, Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll love it here because it’s a wonderful place for woodworkers of all kinds.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 11:06 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 02:24 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 04:37 AM

Welcome and enjoy the – “Lumber Jock” – experience.

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 06:40 PM

Thanks all for the welcome – I appreciate it and am enjoying my new experience as a lumberjock!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 09:58 PM

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

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 10:01 PM

You are right about the addictive part – I find it fascinating to exchange info and other thoughts with folks.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#9 posted 09-10-2010 01:14 AM

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

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 09-10-2010 01:37 AM

Thanks Jim

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#11 posted 09-10-2010 10:35 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! The greatest web page around!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 09-10-2010 05:31 PM

Welcome to the forum! We’re glad you’re here.

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#13 posted 09-20-2010 06:28 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


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

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#14 posted 09-20-2010 01:09 PM

Hey Wisty – thanks, it is fun and I will be sure to tell my wood buddies about the site.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#15 posted 09-28-2010 02:02 PM

From one Aviator to another enjoy retirement!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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