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Location: Augusta, ME

Hey everybody. I've been a visual artist for most of my life and recently turned to woodworking to fulfill a lifelong dream. My father was a woodworker and my happiest memories are of watching him create amazing works with nothing but a Sears radial arm saw, a saber saw, and a few hand tools. No jointer, no planer, no drill press.

I took a leap of faith a couple of years ago, quit my job as a non-profit administrator, and enrolled in the 12-Week Intensive program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (CFC) in Rockport, Maine. Best move I ever made.

At the moment I am ekeing out a living - if you can call it that - making burial urns for people and pets out of recycled lumber. I run a home for orphaned boards and cut-offs. The only lumber I pay for is sheet goods and 2x4s. (Should I insert my address here in case anyone is about to burn something? Ha.) I work out of my home in a smallish basement shop - I actually like working in a smaller space - it forces me to be organized.

Most recently I went back to CFC as a "Studio Fellow," meaning I get free shop space and the joy of the company of other makers. I tackled an interesting project - took a piano destined for landfill and made a piano bench from the wood and hardware. I will be posting pictures soon - it's a little unconventional, to say the least. Along with my love for wood is a love for old hardware, so I like to incorporate metal in my work, too.

I'm currently updating my web site and will be launching into trying to market my work.

Aside from woodworking, the joy in my life comes in the form of two fabulous Welsh Cardigan Corgis and a kind and devoted man named Dorn. He puts up with a lot, as do all of our spouses.

Happy to be here at Lumberjocks getting to know a great community of fellow makers!

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#1 posted 2368 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2368 days ago

Welcome to LJ. Have fun, laugh, love, give and take. Be safe.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 2368 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#4 posted 2368 days ago

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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#5 posted 2368 days ago

Hey! Welcome to LJ! It’s a good group of folks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 2367 days ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 2367 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

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

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#8 posted 2367 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#9 posted 2366 days ago

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 1641 days ago

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and projects.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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