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Location: WestTexas

I was told about the site by Kent Shepherd and decided to give the site a look, initially to see some of his projects. I've been lurking and looking at shops and projects for the past few days and decided to join the fray.

I am primarilly a woodturner and have recently completed my term as president of the South plains Woodturners in Lubbock, Texas. I have been making bagpipes for the last 13 years and for about 6 years made a living at it. With two daughters vs too much road time I decided to move the bagpipes into a part-time venture concentrating on my own designs and trending away from the ordinary. In 2008 a set of my Highland bagpipes in Tulipwood and Water Buffalo were in the AAW juried show Turned for Use II. In 2009 I was a demonstrator at the AAW symposium in Albuquerque, NM - Bagpipes / Gundrilling and Thread Chasing.

I have recently been amassing tools for som "Flat Work" and have a few projects I am currently working on and using my new tools on. Of course between finishing graduate school and working two jobs and raising two girls time is pretty scarce for the next few months.

I am currently a Registered Nurse/Nursing Instructor at South plains College in Levelland, Texas and still work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. and finishing my Masters in Nursing at Lubbock Christian University.

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 12:39 AM

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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#2 posted 08-11-2010 02:16 AM

Welcome to the show! You will like Lumberjocks, and may evan become addicted.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 03:17 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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#4 posted 08-11-2010 04:58 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 05:54 AM

You do some amazing work!! Welcome to Lumber Jocks…Fellow Texan!! You’ll love it here!!!

-- J.Palmer,Texas,

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 10:37 AM

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

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 04:59 PM

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

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 07:23 PM

Those are some beautiful and unique pipes. I took up the pipes about 10 months ago and would love to learn how to turn them some day. Do you play? How do your pipes sound with the unique shapes you give them?

-- Why make it easy when you can make it difficult?

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 07:45 AM

A1 Jims welcome wagon

Here is a list of links that might be helpful for new members
Posting photos
More photo help
Who to contact regarding Lumber jocks questions
Martin Sojka
Getting started
Reading and commenting
Finding information

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 02:18 PM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 08-19-2010 06:17 PM

Hi Ray, I just came across this.

Welcome, I know you have a lot to offer. Make yourself at home



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#12 posted 08-21-2010 05:26 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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#13 posted 08-30-2010 09:46 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year 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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