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73 years old, got a pocket knife when I was 4 so I have been a woodworker of some sort for 69 years!!! Anybody beat that?
Professionally, was carpenter, both rough/finish, then progressed thru ranks of various construction projects till I ended up as Project Manager of multi-million dollar jobs. My reputation was of "hatchet man", who took over ailing jobs and finished them up. One day I realized that I had not made a good friend in over 20 years so at the end of that job, I stepped down from management and worked in a welding shop as a welder. But made friends.

Built my first lathe in 1964. Wasn't much of a lathe, wasn't much of a turner. First good lathe I built in 1983, have mostly done nothing but turn since. Founding member of American Association of Woodturners, was 2nd president of Central Texas Woodturners, which itself was only the second woodturning club in US. First president of Hill Country turners. Have published articles in Fine Woodworking, Woodturning, and several magazines, newspapers, etc. Have demonstrated in 3 AAW Symposiums, innumerable SWAT (South West Association of Turners) symposiums, before many woodturning clubs, etc. etc. etc.

My shop/home is a 42x64 metal building, with 1500 sq ft. living quarters above. Bottom is mostly wood shop, one side bay is metal shop, other side bay is garage. Live in central Texas on top of a hill, depend on rainwater collection for all water usages, house is well insulated and quiet. Wood shop is 30x40 with 8x8 finish room in one corner. Oh, and has an elevator shaft in it for lifting heavy stuff upstairs. Designed house myself, built what I could...all doors, book cases, counter tops (mesquite), floor trusses, elevator, etc. etc. Hired out heavy stuff, slab, metal building erection, framing, sheetrock, electrical, etc. Shop has 9 foot ceilings, house ceiling range from 9 feet to 15 feet. Shop does not have AC, but does have 9"+ of insulation in walls, ceiling has 4" foam. Temperature in shop in summer rarely exceeds 80 degrees. With fans, that is comfortable.

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#1 posted 06-16-2012 12:53 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

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#2 posted 06-16-2012 01:21 AM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 06-16-2012 02:33 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#4 posted 06-16-2012 02:36 AM

Thanks for the welcome, guys. I expect to be fairly active on this site, but maybe not immediately. Gotta get my camera out and take some photos for you guys to droool over!


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#5 posted 06-16-2012 02:46 AM

welcome to LJ!! Glad to see you abaord ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 06-16-2012 10:04 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 06-17-2012 12:02 AM


From the read it sounds like you are a self made guy! Hope you have some good friends. Just checking in here from your response to my post.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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