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Location: South Africa

Hi there all woodwork enthusiasts. Born and bred on the “ vlaktes” of the Orange Free State province in South Africa, the year was 1956. The boy, future woodwork aficionado, Jan van der Westhuizen. Growing up on the farm Krompan, I had a definite appreciation and love for nature, in particular the natural home grown trees such as willow rhus, buffalo-thorn, wild olive etc. Yet, along with the indigenous flora, there is the problem of peregrine trees for instance the mesquite and its subspecies. The mesquite tree can be utilised for various woodworking and other tasks such as charcoal making. I would like to eradicate it from my farm and restore the natural balance of the eco-system.

I knew then as much as now that I would mould and shape nature to strive and possibly achieve perfection and the means should be woodworking.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 06:43 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 06:54 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 01:48 AM

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 05:18 AM

Thank you for welcoming me, I am looking forward to participate in Lumberjocs.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 05:32 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
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Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 09:50 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Todd

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