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Blog series by MsDebbieP updated 132 days ago 46 parts 93875 reads 798 comments total

Part 1: Todd A Clippinger

1604 days ago by MsDebbieP | 16 comments »

March, 2010This month, for our LJ eMag, we meet with Todd A Clippinger and learn a bit about his woodworking journey. 1. How did you find LumberJocks and what was the key feature of the site that kept you coming back? Not long after I bought my computer I was talking with my local tool supplier about some ideas that I had for doing woodworking videos online. He told me about this guy that calls himself the “Wood Whisperer” who was doing video. When I checked out Marc Spa...

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Part 2: Thos. Angle

1570 days ago by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

April, 2010 This month, in our April issue of our LumberJock eMag, I had the privilege of interviewing Thos. Angle. 1. How did you find LumberJocks and why did you join? First, let me say what an honor it is to be asked to do this interview. I can’t remember how I found Lumber Jocks. Maybe from Fine Woodworking Magazine. I know I instantly joined and felt at home. 2. you are known as our LumberJock cowboy but we also know you as the woodworker who is a master craftsman w...

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Part 3: David

1541 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

May, 2010 This month, in our May issue of our LumberJock eMag, I had the privilege of interviewing David. 1. how did you find LumberJocks and what was the key feature of the site that kept you coming back? I found Lumberjocks doing a random Internet search one evening while passing some free time. I spent the rest of the evening exploring this wonderful woodworking treasure trove and I’ve been coming back ever since. The site is uniquely organized to allow, not only interaction betw...

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Part 4: teenagewoodworker

1513 days ago by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

May, 2010 This month, in our June issue of our LumberJock eMag, I had the privilege of interviewing teenagewoodworker. 1. how did you find LumberJocks and what keeps you coming back?I found out about lumberjocks the same way that countless other people have, through the Wood Whisperer. He mentioned the site and at the time I was new to woodworking so I was trying to find every website that I could that had anything at all to do with woodworking. Now what keeps me coming back is prob...

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Part 5: Scott Bryan

1484 days ago by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

July 2010This month, in our July issue of our LumberJock eMag, I had the privilege of interviewing Scott Bryan. Here is the full interview. How did you find Lumberjocks and what keeps you coming back?I became aware of Lumberjocks about 3 years ago as I was browsing the web sites of Matt Vanderlist and Marc Spagnolo. Both were promoting LJs at the time and I thought that the site sounded interesting. This prompted me to take a look at the site and I was floored by the stunning projects ...

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Part 6: RobS

1452 days ago by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

This interview with RobS is from the August, 2010 issue of our LJ eMag. 1. How did you find LumberJocks and what keeps you coming back? ScottB, my brother-in-law told me to check it out, he was one of the first here and I wasn’t too far behind.I come back mainly to check out the projects and blogs for something new and unique. First thing I do every time I log in is go to “my buddies” page and see what they have been doing. Then I try to glance through the items that have been adde...

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Part 7: Dick & Barb Cain

1417 days ago by MsDebbieP | 44 comments »

This interview is from the September, 2010 issue of the Creative Hands Network News. Dick & Barb Cain have been members of LumberJocks.com since August, 2006. Thank you, Barb & Dick, for this wonderful interview! 1. How did you first get started working with wood?I guess I got off to a real early start. Being depression times my Dad was fortunate enough to have a job, so he took on the task of building a new home in 1935. I was three years old at the time. I was always under hi...

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Part 8: JockMike2

1390 days ago by MsDebbieP | 14 comments »

This interview is from our October issue of the CreativeHands Newsletter. Thanks to JockMike2 for taking the time to answer the following questions. 1.How did you first get started working with wood? When I was young we didn’t have much money, heck we were poor. I used to carve a big Bowie Knife out of wood, or make a sword, one time I made a bow and arrow and actually hit a squirrel with it. Didn’t kill it but it probably had a sore side for a while. I remember my buddy...

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Part 9: SnowyRiver

1358 days ago by MsDebbieP | 16 comments »

This interview is from the November issue of “CreativeHands Network” Newsletter.SnowyRiver has been a member of LumberJocks since November 2008 1. how did you first get started working with wood? I first began building things with wood when I was very young. Probably around 8 or 9. Although my dad was a weekend do-it-yourselfer and not a carpenter, I would help him build things around the house. Things like yard sheds, fences, a gun cabinet, and yard art. Even though he...

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Part 10: CharlieM1958

1324 days ago by MsDebbieP | 37 comments »

This interview is from the December issue of our CreativeHands News. We head to the workshop of CharlieM1958 to learn about his woodworking journey. Charlie’s first comment was, “These are hard questions. I didn’t know I was going to be on 60 Minutes! :-) “ 1. How did you first get started working with wood?In January of 2005 I was walking through Home Depot with a little extra cash in my wallet when I noticed a Ryobi portable table saw on sale for $89. I bought...

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Part 11: kolwdwrkr

1291 days ago by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

This interview is from the January 2011 issue of the “CreativeHands News”. Thanks to kolwdwrkr for taking the time to do this interview. Before we start, are you still doing woodworking or have you moved on? “I’m pretty much moving on. It’s not happening overnight that’s for sure. I still have a couple of projects to wrap up. After I posted that I wanted to quit people have taken an interest. It’s hard to tell them no but I’m trying too.” 1. How did y...

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Part 12: GaryK

1268 days ago by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

This interview is from the February issue of the CreativeHands Newsletter. Thanks to GaryK for taking the time to do this interview. 1. How did you first get started working with wood? In Junior high school I took my first class on woodworking. In high school I took it also, but only for a short time. There were no girls there and believe it or not I took a power sewing class. Lots of girls there! :-)I didn’t pick it up again for years after that. I had “more important&#...

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Part 13: TopamaxSurvivor

1227 days ago by MsDebbieP | 27 comments »

(This interview is from the March 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag)Thank you to TopamaxSurvivor for taking the time to share his story with us)  1. How did you first get started working with wood? I started when I was about 8 or 10 whittling toys with a pocket knife my grandparents gave me for Christmas. I helped my dad and uncles building and fixing things on their farms as I grew up. I had lots of early exposure and responsibilities to not waste too much precious materia...

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Part 14: WistysWoodworkingWonders - Shop Tour

1227 days ago by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

While checking out workshops I noticed this one by WistysWoodworkingWonders. I smiled when I saw that a single idea blossomed into a multi-purposed space. Wisty’s work space began as a typical garage workshop and then, during a casual (and joking) conversation with a neighbour the idea started to form. But I’ll let Wisty tell you about the journey himself.   “Debbie asked if she could drop by for a tour of my shop [in Victory, BC, Canada] which of course is...

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Part 15: Dennisgrosen

1198 days ago by MsDebbieP | 20 comments »

This interview is from the April 2011 issue of the LumberJocks’ eMag. Thanks to Dennisgrosen for taking the time to do this interview.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? it all started i think the same summer my parents build their house; I was on summer vacation at my uncle and aunt’s and he had this lovely basement with a lot of different handtools – a candystore to come down into for me. Even today, I wouldn’ be able to tell you ...

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Part 16: Napaman

1163 days ago by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

This interview with Napaman is from our May/June 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood?I began my wood working in 1982—-in the 7th grade…when I signed up for the Woodworking class at Venado Middle School. The teacher Mr. Diederich was great…and I still consider him my favorite teacher of all time and a big influence on my own teaching (although I am a Social Studies teacher). His class was welcoming…focusing on safe...

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Part 17: Patron

1129 days ago by MsDebbieP | 38 comments »

This interview, with Patron, is from the June-July 2011 issue of the LumberJock eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood? as a kid , head high to a dinner table i would walk under them and wonder why the stain and finishwould stop at the edge , and not continue underneath .the bottoms and inside edges had glue and stain fingerprintsand score marks from tooling left un-sanded and rough.screw heads not set or the slots all rounded outlooked real shoddy and rushed ...

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Part 18: Lew

1107 days ago by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

This interview, with Lew, is from the July 2011 issue of the LumberJocks’ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood?My first recollection of woodworking was playing with Lincoln Logs. The smell of those pieces and creating a structure seemed to satisfy something in me.   2. What was it about woodworking that initially caught your interest, enticing you to get into it at the level you are now?Making things has always been part of my mindset. At...

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Part 19: Purplev

1074 days ago by MsDebbieP | 17 comments »

This interview with PURPLEV is from the August 2011 issue of the LJ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? My first few projects (spread over several years) were out of necessity for some tables/cabinets/shelvings for personal use that required custom dimensions, and custom features. It wasn’t anything much to look at, just some plywood cut with a circular saw and screws holding it together. no glue, no intricate joinery, but it did what it was bui...

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Part 20: degoose

1040 days ago by MsDebbieP | 29 comments »

This interview with degoose is from the September 2011 issue of our eMag 1. How did you first get started working with wood? Well Ms Debbie, quite a few years ago, we needed a wall unit, for the TV, in a house we had just bought… it was an older house and we wanted solid timber furniture… well, the pieces I liked, we could not afford and what we could afford, we really did not like… so I said to my wife, “If I had a router, I could build us a unit…. what is so hard about that…...

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Part 21: Interviews from the past

1037 days ago by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

I first began providing the interviews in the eMag (the first was back in 2009) and I thought I should provide a link, here, for those who didn’t get the chance to see them. Karson Ellen John Looser Trifern Philip Edwards

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Part 22: Cajunpen

1011 days ago by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

This interview, with Cajunpen, is from the October 2011 issue of our eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood?I can remember being about 8 or 9 years old and building my first scooter. All of the older guys will remember the old scooters – taking an old pair of the iron roller skates that used to “clip” to your shoes. Put two wheels in front and two in back. A piece of wood for the bottom, joined by a 90 deg. board for the riser and handles at...

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Part 23: Mafe

982 days ago by MsDebbieP | 33 comments »

(This interview with MAFE is from the November 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag) Will you please give me the hammer Mads?Without thinking I grabbed the hammer and gave it over to my grandfather, and also the little box of nails that I had spent the evening before pulling out of some old boards, then straightened on a piece of metal and finally put in little tins with two drops of oil in each and then the little shake that I can still hear like a sweet music from the past.We s...

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Part 24: Lee A. Jesberger

953 days ago by MsDebbieP | 21 comments »

This interview with Lee Jesberger is from the December 2011 issue of our LJ eMag   Lee: “This is like taking a test! I didn’t study for it, so I’m going to have to wing it.” 1. How did you first get started working with wood? As a teenager I worked for my father’s plumbing business. I was exposed to the various building trades. I always seemed to gravitate to the carpenters and the cabinet makers. Between that and wood shop in school, I real...

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Part 25: Helluvawreck

918 days ago by MsDebbieP | 17 comments »

This interview with Helluvawreck is from the January 2012 issue of our LJ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? From the time that I was born, in 1950, until I was ten years old my family lived in an old two story house that my grandmother owned. In the cellar, where the heating system was, there was an old work table and on the walls were a few simple hand tools. They were apparently forgotten years before by someone in the past because they didn’t bel...

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Part 26: Mot

890 days ago by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

This interview with Mot is from the February 2012 issue of our LJ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood?I started working with wood, playing with scraps and off cuts, around my dad and his projects. He used to build boats. Sailboats and power boats. When I was quite young, he and my brother built a small tunnel hull hydroplane. It was just for a 15HP motor, but my brother and I terrorized our local lake, in that boat, for years! Dad was always fiddling wit...

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Part 27: PanamaJack

857 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

This interview with PanamaJack is from the March 2012 issue of our LJ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? I remember, way back in the mid-60”s, watching my Grandpa Carl Fritz making what I call the old “School House” hexagonal type wall clocks. Sometimes I got to help in cutting the woods he used. Most times however he told me to just sit there on my own little chair and watch. Told me many a time that I could learn a whole lot by...

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Part 28: Spoontaneous

799 days ago by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

This interview with Spoontaneous is from the April 2012 issue of our LJ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? I grew up in an orphanage from age 6 until I graduated high school and there was never any introduction to woodworking, art or craft. The exception that probably set the course, was one day the Superintendent of the orphanage showed me a walking cane crafted from burnt matchsticks made by someone in prison. I got it in my head that one day I wanted ...

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Part 29: Roger

770 days ago by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

This interview with Roger is from the June 2012 issue of our LJ eMag. 1. How did you first get started working with wood? I will try and paint this picture, but, it is a bit long, and I appologize for that. I do like to talk. :) When I was 10, we moved from Brookpark, Ohio, to Lorain, Ohio in 1965. We moved next door to my Mother’s sister, Aunt Vern, who was married to her new husband, Herman. We called him Uncle Herm of coarse. He actually had 2 shops. One in his garage, w...

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Part 30: Richgreer

738 days ago by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

This interview, with richgreer, is from the July 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? I was raised on the family farm and was actively involved in farm work from the time I was physically able. I particularly enjoyed the “working with wood” projects on the farm. We were often building, modifying or repairing calf pens, corncribs, wagon racks, etc. My Grandfather was quite talented and taught me many basic lessons a...

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Part 31: William

707 days ago by MsDebbieP | 23 comments »

This interview with William is from the August 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag.(Note: William’s projects were hijacked earlier this year and photos and descriptions are not what was originally posted.)     1. How did you first get started working with wood? I got started in wood work by accident I guess you’d say. I was struggling to find something to keep myself busy that I could handle due to health problems. I lucked up and acquired access to a ...

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Part 32: Sheila Landry (Scrollgirl)

675 days ago by MsDebbieP | 27 comments »

This interview with Sheila Landry is from the September 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood? Many years ago when my children were small, I used to do sewing projects to earn extra money for the household so that I could be a stay at home mom. One of my favorite things to design was mohair collectible teddy bears. For the bears, I designed not only the bear itself, but the costumes and many props that I included with them....

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Part 33: dbhost

641 days ago by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

This interview with dbhost is from the October 2012 issue of our Lj eMag.   Q:) 1. How did you first get started working with wood? A:) While I came back to woodworking in my late 30s, I have been working with wood since I was about 5 years old when my grandpa gave me a Cub Scout knife for Christmas. I took immediately to carving rockets, bugs, faces and other items into small bits of wood, limb pieces that came off the trees on our property etc… I loved wood shop clas...

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Part 34: Grizzman

623 days ago by MsDebbieP | 25 comments »

This interview with Grizzman is from the November 2012 issue of our eMag 1. How did you first get started: When i was in high school i took a shop class that i fell in love with; i have always enjoyed making or fixing things and this class opened up my world to wood working. I made three things that year, one was a large trunk -like box; it was made from plywood that I stained and gave to my mother; the second thing I had made was a cutting board, and the third thing was a table made f...

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Part 35: gfadvm

554 days ago by MsDebbieP | 27 comments »

This interview with gfadvm is from the January 2013 issue of our LJ eMag. 1. How did you first get started working with wood?I got started in WW because I needed a new indoor activity. I made bits and spurs for many years until the saddle shop where I sold them closed due to the death of the owner. I thought that I might enjoy WW even though I had zero experience and no WW tools. 2. Tell us a bit of history of your journey from that beginning to where you are todayI bought a Ryo...

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Part 36: Monte Pittman

521 days ago by MsDebbieP | 29 comments »

This interview with Monte Pittman is from the February 2013 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? Partially from both parents believing that is you can make it for yourself, then do so. A lot from my mother. She helped build the dairy barn, house, corrals, made all the kitchen cabinets and living room furniture. At 83 she still does wood burned pictures as well as numerous other arts and crafts.   2. What was i...

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Part 37: StumpyNubs

491 days ago by MsDebbieP | 23 comments »

This interview with StumpyNubs is from the March 2013 issue of our GT News.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? I suppose I started like everyone else, with a hand saw and some old scrap 2X4’s as a kid. I’ve told the story in my blog about my grandfather’s big green monster. It was his 1950’s Dewalt radial arm saw that he kept tucked in the corner of the basement with a blanket over it, waiting for the time he could retire and use it. We we...

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Part 38: HorizontalMike

435 days ago by MsDebbieP | 29 comments »

This interview with HorizontalMike is from the May 2013 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood? As a home owner, I have built the deck projects and an elevated astronomical observatory using noting more than a circular saw and powered miter saw. I always had a desire to do some woodworking as far back as high school. Unfortunately, back in the 1960s my high school counselors were insistent that I take the “academic c...

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Part 39: Grumpy

373 days ago by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

This interview with Grumpy is from the July, 2013 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag. Both Grumpy and I thought that we had done this before but we couldn’t find it anywhere … so here we go (again?)   1. How did you first get started working with wood? My father was a builder and was away a lot when I was young. He had a big shed with lots of tools in it so as a boy I had access to lots of woodworking gear. Didn’t know what most of them did at that stage but had...

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Part 40: WistysWoodworkingWonders

339 days ago by MsDebbieP | 1 comment »

This interview with WistysWoodworkingWonders is from the August 2013 issue of our eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood?My first introduction to woodworking was in high school, although I would probably never showcase the projects I built in school, lol. My most recent start came when I was living in a mobile and the need for some new furniture for my newborn son developed. I was working out of a 14×10 shed with not much space for any type of tools. My...

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Part 41: Larry & Karen Wiebe

311 days ago by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

This interview, with Mr. Larry Wiebe, is a follow-up to a posting I made a couple of months ago and is for the September 2013 issue of our eMag.   I first met Mr. Wiebe at a year-end shindig for his school that was hosted by him and his wife. Not only was this the end of the school year but a recognition of his retirement. At the picnic, I eavesdropped on a conversation he was having about the design of his picnic table that allowed it to be set on uneven ground and still be stable...

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Part 42: Dennis Zongker

283 days ago by MsDebbieP | 10 comments »

This interview with Dennis Zongker from the October 2013 issue of our LumberJocks eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? When I was 14 years old, during summer time I worked at an architectural mill shop sweeping floors, and tailing on the moulder or planers. On occasion I would be able to help a cabinetmaker or a machine operator when they would need an extra hand.   2. What was it about woodworking that initially caught your interest, en...

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Part 43: C_PLUS_Woodworker

241 days ago by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

This interview with CPLUSWoodworker is for the November 2013 issue of our LumberJocks eMag.   1. How did you first get started working with wood? My Dad had 6 tools:1. Hammer2. Flat Head screwdriver3. Philips Head screwdriver4. Cross-Cut hand saw5. Ripping hand saw6. Duct Tape. Seriously, I do not remember my Dad doing any maintenance or constructing anything in the 18 years I lived with him, nor do I remember Dad using tools all the rest of his life………….....

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Part 44: Jordan Straker

191 days ago by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

This interview, with Jordan Straker, is from the January 2014 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag.   Tell us how you started into woodcarvingI started carvings after an arthritis operation on my hand in 1988. That Christmas I got a Dremel and said “What on earth am I going to do with this – I don’t fix cars!” But in the manual 1001 things to do with a Dremel, was a picture of someone carving a little bird and I said “I bet I could do that” a...

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Part 45: JL7

162 days ago by MsDebbieP | 22 comments »

This interview, with JL7, is from the February 2014 issue of our LumberJocks eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood? My dad always had a woodshop, and I guess my first memory was building Pinewood Derby cars back in my Cub Scout days. My very first car took first place (for speed) in our pack. Pretty thrilling for a little guy. I did take the woodworking class in High School, but all in all I didn’t build much in the early days.   2. What was ...

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Part 46: Knotscott

132 days ago by MsDebbieP | 26 comments »

This interview, with knotscott is from the March, 2014 issue of our LumberJocks eMag   1. How did you first get started working with wood? Woodworking was an evolution that went from watching lots of home shows on TV, to trying to do small projects around the house myself, to taking on bigger projects. While rebuilding our front porch railings, I made a chamfer cut on a post with a borrowed router that totally changed the way the post looked. After that I was hooked for life! M...

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