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Location: Cullman, Alabama

I started woodworking when I was about 13. I use mainly a scroll saw as my tool of choice. I would love to be able to build furniture one day, but as of right now I am happy just scrolling along. I built my first "shop" with the help of my sisters boy friend at the time. It was just 8x10 foot. We used recycled wood from a chicken house that had got destroyed in a tornado. The tin came from that also. I first saw the scrollsaw at Big Lots. It wasn't anything fancy, a cheap made in China, saw. It lasted all of a couple weeks and went back. I bought a craftsman after that. It was better, but by much. It was good enough to get me hooked. I had added on to my shop by now another section that was also about 8X10. My shop was nothing fancy by any means. I did love it though. And for the first year or so I just had power from an extension cord from my dad's shop to mine. Then after adding another addition to the shop, another 8x10, my father and I ran me some REAL power to it. I stayed out there so much. It was like a getaway. I loved scrolling and by the time I got real power, I had got a small bench top band saw, table saw, drill press and other tools. I had also got a RBI Hawk 16" scroll saw. It was leaps and bounds the best saw I had used to date. By now, I had found the internet wood working sites. The first place I joined was on yahoo. There was a great group of scroll sawers there. They were all so friendly. Then they mentioned something about a site called wooders. I started going there to chat to scrollsawers also. If it wasn't for these two sites, I'm not sure where I would be in now. They taught me so much, and I consider the users to be valued friends. I never had met them face to face, but they were also a few clicks away when I needed something. Finally in 2000 I got to meet some of them face to face at a scroll saw picnic. A few weeks before the picnic, I had a table saw accident. I cut my middle and ring finger on the table saw. I had to have surgery and had wear a molded plastic 'cast' on it. (I still can't moved the tip of the birdie any!) From that point on, my scroll sawing did nothing but get better. I truly miss those times I had in the chats. Now, my old shop is falling apart. About 3 years ago I moved into my grandparents house. The house has a full basement and I moved all my tools into it. It took some time to get all the 'junk' of about 35 years out of it, but I am so glad to have my tools there. For about the 2 years though, I had all but forgot the scroll saw. I didn't saw that much and then last year, I got the urge to saw again. I love it more now than I did. I use it more to relax than anything. I had done craft shows before, and made some money at them, but I just lost my urge to saw. I plan on making a come back this year and having some projects that I have never had. I am so glad I am back again. It's hard to believe that I lost a couple of years at the saw just because I was "lazy". Right now I have 6 scroll saws. The craftsman from my beginnings, RBI 16" also from the start. I added a DeWalt 788 and started using it instead of the RBI. It was a much better saw and I loved it. Then I bought a used Delta Q3, never used it much, but I couldn't turn it down because of the price! A Hegner I bought from a school auction. I have never used it. It is missing a blade clamp and I need to buy one. It seems like a nice saw. Now I am using an Excalibur ex-21. This saw should be my last one bought. I love it. It is truly a wonder to saw on. I bought it before General Machinery bought out the Excalibur company. It's purple, but color doesn't matter. I have also added a bigger and better table saw, lathe, another drill press and I'm sure something else I can't think of.

In the mid 2000s I started designing patterns for the scroll saw. These were made using the portrait technique. I enjoy making portrait patterns, but I don't consider them to be true designs. None are to me. I have seen some with hundreds of cuts in them, and still, it is not as impressive as a fretwork clock with the same about of cuts. But they are some awesome looking portraits out there. I will cut some patterns that are in the portrait style, but I love fretwork. I hope to one day design some.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to reading all the great info posted here at lumberjocks!

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 03:01 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 03:48 PM

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

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#3 posted 07-15-2010 05:00 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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#4 posted 07-16-2010 03:20 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 07:15 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#6 posted 07-17-2010 08:20 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome! I just updated my ‘home’ page and I look forward to being here and learning!

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 05:19 AM

A1 Jims welcome wagon

Here is a list of links that might be helpful for new members
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Who to contact regarding Lumber jocks questions
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#8 posted 07-22-2010 09:15 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-27-2010 12:44 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 08-04-2010 06:03 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do, I’m sure you will.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#11 posted 08-12-2011 03:09 AM

Leldon, Welcome to LumberJocks from a fellow Alabama member.

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#12 posted 02-05-2013 11:33 AM

Hi Leldon. I read your basket blog. I have seen these in magazines from time to time and I always wondered how they were made. Your blog was very interesting and instructive. Everybody likes baskets, so they should make great gifts, especially since they are a lot more sturdy than regular woven baskets.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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