I. H. Hart… Maker of things, fixer of stuff. Such will read the sign I plan to put above my shop in the near future. I am in Decatur, a suburb of Atlanta GA. My “shop” is a 16’x20’ shed that currently has no power. In my early 20’s after I bough my first house, my setup was far superior. I had a full basement dedicated to making things. In my bachelorhood I obtained a couple of table saws, a 14” bandsaw, jointer, and a lathe. My primary focus was and still is, woodturning.
9 years and several life changes later i am starting over. All thats left of my machine tools is my lathe, a Nova DVR. I have been in this house for almost 2 years and only in the past couple of months have I started transforming the shop from a ramshackle storage of tools from the glory days into a shop where I can return to my true calling in life… making and fixing.
My current goings on…..
I just cranked up my lathe for the first time in almost 2 years. Didn’t make anything….just knocking the rust off my tools and my hands. Should be adding permenant power in the next couple of weeks. My wife is sick of me leaving drop cords strung out across the yard. I have a medium sized dogwood tree that has died. I’ll be taking it down soon. Spalted dogwood is my favorite wood to turn!!! I think I would like to mill some boards out of it if it turns out to have some nice decay inside. Most fellow woodturners would agree….decay is beautiful. I want to make a desktop humidor. Does anybody know where I can get the trunk milled in the Atlanta area? it goes from 8” to 4” diameter over about 6’ of main trunk.
I am happy to have joined the Lumberjocks community and should be making frequent updates. Not that mine will be the most interesting, but its cathartic for me. I’ll be posting some photos of my shop and some work from the past this week. I’ll be finishing up working 5 nightshifts in a row and will have a few days off. I can’t wait to Return to the shop!!!
-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"