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Blog entry by Grandy posted 02-16-2009 10:19 PM 996 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I grew up loving the smell of sawdust! My Great Uncle John Rutherford had a woodworking shop and a huge garden. I remember sitting and watching him turning stairway spindles for hours…and he did it all by hand without a duplicator! That was over 45 years ago! My Dad was also a woodworker. He built my bedroom suite and numerous pieces of doll furniture. He put beautiful pine panelling in the home I grew up in and remodeled a home that was originally built by a civil war veteran named Hezachia McDaniel in Thomaston, GA. That is where he made his home for 43 years. My Dad passed away last year and I inherited his home and workshop….now it’s my turn!

Up until two months ago I had no idea how to use a powertool. The classes offered at Woodcrafters have really been fun and great information. The instructors are all woodworkers and love what they do. I am now skilled enough to use the Mac-Daddy Saw Stop Table Saw, a band saw, drill press, jointer, planer, compound miter saw and the router. The turning classes have been my favorite!

OK…I have taken every class offered in the past 2 months, but the safety issues have been addressed and the hands on classes really let you know you have learned what has been taught. Skill saw class is this coming Sunday! Next step is to join the local clubs and guilds so I can make more friends! I learn so much just listening to the conversations around me.

I am learning that woodworkers are quite a special community. I attended all three days of the Woodworking Show that was recently in Atlanta and noticed that there weren’t very many women there. I have not been the only woman in any of my classes though and it has been wonderful making new friends. Everyone is so friendly and helpful on this website and in the classes. I am so happy to have joined this community!

I have an eight year old granddaughter and I hope she will “catch” my passion for woodworking. She is already quite the little artist!

The “remodel” of the woodworking studio should be finished in the next 2 weeks. I can’t wait to be able to make sawdust from daylight to dark!

-- Anne, Georgia Gal, New to Woodworking!

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 10:27 PM

Welcome aboard, Sounds like you are on the right track cant wait too see your projects.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 10:34 PM

Welcom Anne:

If you haven’t already been there, Highland Woodworking in Atlanta has a wide assortment of classes. they even have a female instructor.

I’ve taken two classes there, sharpening, and hand planes, both taught by Jim Dillon.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 11:02 PM

Congratulations Grandy! I hope you have fond memories of your fathers woodworking and are able to pass those to your grand daughter as well. It sounds like a really exciting life change for you. I do hope you find a couple of other woodworking buddies. It really helps with the social side of WW. Regardless of the social side, there is still not much more satisfying feeling than to have a project turn out close to what you wanted it to ( I’m convinced I’ll never do a project the way I want it) and have others say did you do that?!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 02-16-2009 11:30 PM

Welcome! Let yourself go and pile up the sawdust. Plans are great but inspiration is wondrous… Remember that no matter how many “oh darn”s there are, the “wows” are worth them all.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 02-16-2009 11:44 PM

Welcome to the site and my hat off to you for getting into woodworking. Enjoy!

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 01:41 AM

As the Beech Boyz sang:

GO Grandy, Go Grandy, Go Grandy, Go Grandy, Go…...

Get it huh get it…do ya get it the Beech Boyz?

Seriously good for you, you already built a real nice cabinet.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#7 posted 02-17-2009 05:20 AM

Hi Anne

You are definately going about getting into wood working in the right way. It is nice that you have classes near you that gives you the hands on training you will need. What is really special is that you can use your dads equipment. How proud he would be that you are following in his foot steps. I have been in furniture design and building my entire working career. Now that I am retirered I am looking forward to getting my new shop done and building things for me and my grand kids. Woodworking is very relaxing and enjoyable. Enjoy your new found hobby!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 02-17-2009 05:23 AM

welcom to the family we are all students and this is a great place to learn.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 07:08 AM

Welcome! How wonderful that you inherited your father’s workshop and want to put it to use. We’re looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 02-18-2009 02:50 PM

Thanks for sharing. Everything you build will have some of your dad in it. I’m looking forward to pictures. Post anything your granddaughter does or helps on. That will help light her fire.

I wish I lived closer to the Woodcraft store. I’m in Dallas Ga. The other side of Marietta. I could use some classes myself but distance and time… know.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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