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Location: Vadsby, Denmark
Website: http://Hermit.House

I am an American living in Denmark by way of the UK and the Netherlands. I moved to Europe in 1998 at the age of 32.

I come to woodworking, and, in fact, most trade and craft skills, for the first time as I approach 50. I'd had some shop classes (oh, to have access to that shop now!) but I learned none of it as a child and my career in IT took me another direction.

As with most journeys, my arrival at woodworking came about quite innocently. We bought a house in Denmark in 2008, and I needed a saw to cut down the wooden cages our firewood came in. So I bought a tool. One thing led to another and I'd built a semi-decent collection of hand tools for particular problems I'd faced. If a new problem arose and I didn't have the tool to fix it, I bought one when I could afford to and learned to use it, best I was able.

I am still an utter novice and am only moving into what I would consider "real" woodworking, even if of the rough and ready variety, because of another passion: chickens. We've begun breeding heritage breeds, and I am faced with the need for an immense increase in coops space. We just bought in a bespoke coop for around $1300 and, in looking at its construction, I realised I could not only replicate it, I could improve upon it. Of course, now that I have been bitten by the bug, my horizons are expanding and my aspirations growing.

We live on .20 acre, so space for large workshop is limited. I am going to bootstrap my way into both the tools and the constructions I need to make the coops, build a work-shed, and which will act as the foundation of my first workshop. There are a lot of puzzle pieces to be moved around before I can get to the real core goals, but that is part of the process, and I'm excited to be taking my first steps.

After a lifetime of living and working in my head, it is nice to make things that I can see in the light of a sunset.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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commented on Chicken Coop #3: Walls are up and details are ... getting there. Chicks will move in soon 06-09-2016 06:26 AM
commented on Key west table 06-09-2016 06:23 AM
commented on Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #70: Carpenter bees...begone! 05-18-2016 11:43 AM
commented on Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #70: Carpenter bees...begone! 05-18-2016 06:30 AM
commented on HHWW: Box Freezer Organizers (aka crates!) 05-16-2016 10:26 AM
added project HHWW: Box Freezer Organizers (aka crates!) 05-16-2016 07:29 AM
commented on Sword 04-21-2016 09:45 PM
commented on Elevated Gardening Bed 04-21-2016 09:09 PM
commented on Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #11: Some Much Needed Shop Improvements 04-14-2016 02:49 PM
commented on Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #11: Some Much Needed Shop Improvements 04-14-2016 02:29 PM
added blog entry Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #11: Some Much Needed Shop Improvements 04-14-2016 08:41 AM
commented on Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #67: The Practical Woodworker: vol 1 - 4 04-13-2016 07:03 AM
commented on Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #65: Early Birthday Gifts 04-07-2016 04:50 AM
commented on Trump Candy Dispenser 03-27-2016 09:10 AM
commented on Boob Box 03-13-2016 08:45 AM

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technoslick

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 04:19 PM

Good to see you here, Ted! Your background story was a pleasure to see. I know you better here than I ever did on the Big G! :D

Build and enjoy. I need someone to push me along. :)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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Ted Ewen

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 08:36 PM

We just had to find the right context, Paul :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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technoslick

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 12:06 PM

Amen to that. :)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 01:47 PM

Welcome to LJs ! Love that avatar! It’s neat to see what it really is when I opened your home page and could actually see what it is !

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Ted Ewen

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 05:12 PM

Hi Joe, thanks!

It’s a detail of a church in Groningen, the Netherlands. It was used in a Pixar short, the Blue Umbrella (in the same orientation as my avatar, which is mirrored from the original) so, in a way, I’ve been in a Pixar film :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#6 posted 08-10-2015 10:39 AM

Welcome to Lumber jocks

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Ted Ewen

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#7 posted 08-10-2015 12:19 PM

Thanks, Randy.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#9 posted 05-20-2016 06:03 AM

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