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Location: Maple Grove, MN
I am very new to most woodworking and totally new to hand tools. I just retired from the world of digital pre-press (and later working with disabled veterans) and have found that the manual woodworking skill learning process will take more time than I thought. Can't just read the manual and create perfection as in my previous life.
I took a woodworking class in college and really enjoyed the process, but never was told that there were hand tools. During life (college, military, family) I never had the time. space or money to replicate what I had used in college. Now that I have the time, my partner in life agreed to designate a lower bedroom as a workshop. I will never be able to match that amount of generosity and understanding. I was even more fortunate because there still was no space for power equipment. Currently, the only electric device in my shop is a CD/Radio. I plan to keep it that way if I can.
The first article on hand woodworking hooked me. I love it and am still amazed at all the help available on forums, etc. The only problem seems to be that all my family and friends keep wondering why I have not created several pieces of high end furniture, etc.- including the lovely lady that granted me the space.
Other hobbies include photography, a couple of old cars, and WWII history and fiction based on the era.
-- Creating less fire wood every day
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