Lar's woodworking background

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Blog entry by Lar posted 07-18-2007 05:31 PM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you all for your gracious welcome to this sharing site. Who knew? Quien sabes? A few of you inquired about my woodworking background, so here goes.

I am old enough to say that when I was in junior high school (not middle school), we had a choice of wood shop, metal shop, or print shop. Yeah, print shop, where you actual set the type with individual letter characters. Ok, enough of the dinasour references! So, I still have a few of my junior high school wood projects with me. The pine sailboat relief sculpture mounted to the mahogany backboard. The stained pine water pump lamp. The pine stool. The stained pine corner table. The one that got away was the green plexiglas candy dish, the one where the teacher basically cooked a square piece of 1/4” thick plex in his little oven and then formed it on his simple template consisting of a plywood base with four vertical dowels.

Well, there was about a ten year break to achieve some academic status and work with Native American artisans while volunteering in VISTA, followed by a decision to learn how to be a cabinetmaker at L.A. Trade-Tech. You never saw so many shaper knives flying around a room in your lives as I did during my two years there. I am not sure how I managed to escape without shrapnel becoming a permanent part of my being, but luck had everything to do with it. I took a job with a Hopi doing furniture refinishing (I was the expert portable block sander), and then moved onto other professional learning experiences such as furniture repair, residential cabinetry, television props, Rose Bowl parade float building, exhibit making, furniture manufacturing prototype building, custom furniture, yadda, yadda. Have any of you been down this road. There was one course in 3 dimensional wood taken at CSU Northridge’s art department which generated the wooden camera displayed on this site. Now there is a simple two car garage wood shop, that I have to thank my wife for. Well, there has been talk about building her a car port …......................................

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#1 posted 07-18-2007 05:34 PM

So pleased to meet you Lar. that is quite the journey that you have been walking and the woodworking results are amazing.

I hope you can still complete several projects while you build that car port!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-19-2007 02:24 AM

Thanks, Lar. You have already in just two days shown some exciting art. An artist first – wood is the medium. [I can never figure that out – should it be “wood is the media”?]

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 12-02-2008 05:21 AM

great work. I did some exhibit building years ago, but nothing that puts me in your league. Look forward to future projects

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