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Location: Leongatha Australia
G'day All you wood workers.
Well as you've probably already gathered, I live in Australia. All my life I've been around timber. Some years ago, my father and I had a French Polishing business in Melbourne. My Grandfather worked in a mill and he too was a French Polisher. He taught my Dad to polish. I never knew my Pa, he died 10 years before I was born. It was because of my Dad that I've had so much to do with timber. As my Dad would say "it's in ya blood son".
I've only ever really worked with Australian timbers. Us Aussies are very proud of our timbers. We have some very beautiful timber. My favourites are: Australian red cedar, Huon Pine and Silky Oak. Silky Oak is also my favourite tree and flower. Australian Red Cedar and Huon Pine were almost wiped out some years back. These trees were huge and have made some wonderful furniture. Furniture made from Huon is very sought after and brings in 'top dollars'.
As for me, I love to make small timber boxes. I work in a college in a small country town. The kids I work with love the boxes I produce. I've never kept a box for myself, they've always become gifts for friends or family. I usually make these boxes from scrap wood in the school workshop, although the last box I made from from a piece of Tasmanian Oak. This was the same timber the school kids were given to work with. They were to design a 'container' of some kind to store 'something'. Many chose to make a square box. I made a triangle shaped box. However I waited until the kids had their boxes well under way before I began mine. I wanted the kids to design their own rather than 'make the same as Hagrid'. The kids boxes turned out quite well, they loved mine too. Not all of my boxes have had photos taken of them, so now that I'm a member of Lumberjocks, I'll have to start taking some photos to post.
Apart from timber, the other 'love of my life' is my family. I have four sons and a wife of 17+ years. We are all very happy and healthy. As I said before, we live in a small country town called Leongatha. It's not too small, the population is about 4000ish. It's in the Sth East of Australia in the state of Victoria. The country side is often green and very lush. In summer it will brown off somewhat, depending on the rain fall. I love living in this part of the world.
I hope I haven't been too boring and have been able to give some valued information. If ever I can be of assistance to anyone, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.
Regards to all, from James Wearne (Hagrid)
PS. I also carve in stone.
-- Hagrid, Leongatha Australia
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