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I am retired from the Construction industry, I was a contractor for 37 years, owned two cabinet shops and an Estimating firm as well as my Custom home business.
I started turning wood at age 9, sneaking into my dads shop while he was away working, I had watched him turn wood and use all his shop tools and felt I could do it too until I got busted, I paid the price but it did not stop me, I just enjoyed it too much and ended up working in wood my whole life except my time in the US Navy.
I still have my dads old lathe, it brings a smile to my face everytime I look at it..
When I retired and sold my cabinet shops, I did keep enough tools and equipment to keep me busy and my mind thinking. I moved from California to Missouri and bought a nice home and enough land to build a shop on. I knew what I wanted, a 30' X 50' shop with 16' high walls. I built a loft area over 1/2 of the shop to store my green wood to season.. Here in Missouri hardwood can be bought very reasonable. I keep a lot stored in the loft so as I will never run out of fine lumber to use. I keep a lot of red oak, Black Walnut, maple and insenced cedar in my loft. I build quite a few dulcimers and a few other musical instruments, plus I enjoy turning wood bowls from trees I have cut down and a lot of segmented bowls..
-- Joe in Missouri
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