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Blog entry by NCWoodworker posted 01-23-2008 04:12 AM 701 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,
Thank you for allowing me to join you all. I found this site by admiring ‘Doodler’s’ cribbage boards. He does some gorgeous work. Looking at some of the projects here, there is some real talent and I look forward to learning and sharing with you all.

I started woodworking in 2005 when my wife was pregnant with twins. I had done some outside projects (playhouse, retaining walls, lattice/trellis, etc) but never anything that didn’t involve pre-treated lumber :-) I decided to make a music box to signify the birth of our two new boys. I was instantly hooked and haven’t looked back.

Since I started woodworking, I have mostly made small projects, such as picture frames, boxes, and am finishing up my first cribbage board :-) About two years ago, I turned my first pen and have fully slid down that slippery lathe slope. At the end of last year, I estimate that selling pens have allowed me to break even on my tools. This was a big accomplishment for me. I have no intentions of making a profit through this hobby, but would like to keep from adding to the credit cards :0)

I definately recognize some of you from other groups and look forward to meeting more of you. I will start by posting some of my recent pens and go from there.

Chris Mathes

-- Antiques made, while you wait

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#1 posted 01-23-2008 04:23 AM

Look forward to seeing your work.

-- 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 01-23-2008 04:28 AM

Hi Chris and welcome to Lumberjocks

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 01-23-2008 04:31 AM

Hi there Chris. Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 01-23-2008 04:51 AM

Keeping the credit cards under control is a great feeling. I did that for years with my toys making and other misc work. In the 1960’s I was figuring I was making $25.00 an hour on my woodworking. More than I was making at work.

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

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#5 posted 01-23-2008 05:05 AM

Welcome. Glad you found us. Get posting.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 01-23-2008 11:33 AM

Welcome aboard. Let’s see those pens…

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 02:30 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. One of the nice benefits of being involved with this group is seeing the work of others. For many of us we work in relative isolation and have a very limited perspective when it comes to other styles, talents and methods. Keep the posts and pictures coming. As I have said on several of my posts this is better than any reality show on television.

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

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 02:44 PM

welcome :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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