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Location: New Castle, IN

I've always likeed making things with my hands, especially with wood. My first project was a paddle for my mom when I was 10 years old. This was after my dad died when I was 9. For many years after that I would make something when it was needed, but I did'nt get serious about woodworking till about 30 years ago. I made a lot of furniture in the past but I always liked making boxes. About 5 years ago I got away from the big stuff, so now I do marquetry and boxes, some with marquetry inlays.

About 40 years ago my wife and I were looking for new furniture. One of the local stores had a dining table with ten chairs that a local industrialist had ordered from France in the late 1890's. No one in the family wanted it so they were reselling it. The top of the table was covered with a picture made out of little pieces of wood. I later found out that it is called marquetry. With two young boys and working that was put on the very back burner.

In 1999 I was at a book store and seen "The Marquetry Manual" by William a. Lincoln. In the next month I read the book twice before I started my first picture. I could tell I needed to do a lot of improving. That picture has never left my shop.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 11:09 PM

Welcome to LJ’s . Thee place for all avenues of woodworking. Look forward to more of your projects. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 05:26 AM

Hi Don thanks for choosing me as a buddy. I too have William Lincoln’s old book – from the days before many illustrations , and yes you had to read it over and over to understand, where a few pictures would save a thousand words. I also have his other book ‘The Complete Manual of Wood Veneering” – another very good read – think I got it off EBay for peanuts.

Some fine individual and unique boxes in your list of projects!

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 03:37 PM

Don thanks for the comment. I looked over your great projects. I think treasures would be a better word. I think we share the same love of wood. My dad lasted a little longer in life for I was 15 when he died.
I see we are close to the same area of working with wood, I am in to using power tools and you, knives. Look at my projects and you will agree. I was in to the jewelry boxes for a few years but my style took way to long to finish one box. I also decided the least amount of wood is better as long as I can still express myself. Being 81 it seems like everything is wanting to shut down and look for that rocking chair. Some of my clocks show my last want in life and that is carving. I told my wife about a year ago if anyone else can carve. It might take a few days to learn but hey I got a whole life left so here goes. But I do it the easy way. No knives, just a Dremel, a flexable shaft and bits…I’ve been at it a little over a year and am happy of my progress.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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