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Location: Le Sueur, MN

Hi! I'm Jess! I'm less of a woodworker and more of a crafter, but since meeting my husband to be, a wonderfully skilled craftsman and woodworker, my interest in this medium has begun to build (pardon the pun). Being sensitive to loud noises, I have always shied away from the shop, but the call to make stuff is strong and I can no longer resist the pull. Also standing in my way before was the stereotype that females were aliens when it came to tool time. Well, I say, screw you and your ignorant wood too! This stereotype was often implied in the school setting, making it difficult for me to take the classes I really wanted to take: shop, welding, etc...Well thank God for college art classes that let me explore the things I always longed to do in secondary school! I've come to realize that as my confidence builds, so does my art. And thanks to my hubby, who encourages ALL of my interests and lets me use his tools!

I am a mom of three and just finishing a degree in writing and art. My goal is to be able to support my family doing the things I love: writing, crafting, and building. I am inspired by clean lines, modern furniture and pieces, people who do what they love and love what they do, and aren't afraid to blur the line between reality and creative fantasy. I am also inspired by my little guys who aren't inhibited by all the things us grown-ups are. And my girl, who is happy all the time despite all the odds stacked against her. Live, love, laugh!

-- crafty ladies love wood too!

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 06:11 PM

Welcome, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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#2 posted 06-29-2008 06:33 PM

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 06-29-2008 06:35 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 07:03 PM

Welcome to LJ’s…and congrats on busting through the “wood ceiling” a high school teacher (and part of that corrupt bureaucracy—-dang I cant evn spell it)...I often tell “kids”...when you get to college…take AT LEAST one class for exploration each semester…something that has nothing to do with your “intended” major…and you will get soooo much more out of your college experience—-no to mention life…for me in college it was photography…and I wanted to take ceramics soooo bad and regret never getting around to it…

Good luck with your venture into the shop..and most importantly life…maybe your story will get my wife into the shop with me more…thanks for sharing your story and hope to see your progress in the shop!

LJ’s is truly a great place to share and learn!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 06-29-2008 07:55 PM

Welcome to LJ, the best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your projects and comments.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 08:10 PM

Minneapolis is a great area for supporting the arts.

I have had some good conversations with women regarding shop oriented arts. Many are intimidated by the machinery and the “weight” of things. This is a bit of a shame because women seem to have a better sense of design.

Love your spirit about it all.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 08:11 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. You said, ”the call to make stuff was strong …”; great line and one I can identify with. I know you’ll enjoy your time here.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 08:28 PM

Welcome to LJ. I look forward to seeing some art on your site. I love to design too.

-- Scott - Chico California

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Rob Drown

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 08:30 PM


Buiding things is in our souls. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 09:01 PM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome. I teach woodworking classes to women. They’re great.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 06-29-2008 10:03 PM

Hello Jayjaylove,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding element of your woodworking adventure.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 06-30-2008 12:29 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 06-30-2008 01:10 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks. I hope you take advantage of all the possibilities LJ’s offers

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 01:11 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks JayJay. This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-30-2008 02:14 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! There’s an empty hunk of log right here that we`ve been saving for you. Sit and jaw with us awhile.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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