That’s right it’s Leap Day, that anxiously awaited holiday which arrive but once each four years.
With the formalities aside, it’s on to the shop inspection of Joe Hanson, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Lumberjock.
I’m sure some cleaning up was done it anticipation of our visit, but this shop is surgically clean. And organized like a tray of instruments.
So much better than the usual “Where the heck did I lay that (insert name of missing tool) down.”
I asked Joe for a little background – “A little about me. Grew up as a cowboy on the family homestead in South Dakota – our Christmas tree was a tumble weed with cattle ear tags as ornaments – for real.
I am a small animal veterinary surgeon in Denver CO. I first got into woodworking 5 years ago. I am self taught with the help of the great publications out there and drawing on my high school shop classes. I guess the attention to detail I’ve learned with surgery helps when I work in my shop. One thing for sure wood is more forgiving than flesh lol. Hense my signature—Wood doesn’t bleed! I find I am challenged more by woodworking than medicine and may be making a career switch. I still have tons to learn, I guess I’m a professional student.
I learned of Lumberjocks thru The Wood Whisperer Marc Spagnuolo’s website. WWW.Thewoodwhisperer.com I am looking forward to learning how to blog – something they failed to teach you in Vet school. But.. if your pet needs major surgery—Gown Me Up! :-)”
His shop space is 1800 square feet, occupying the basement of the family home, and it is truly inviting, with great storage and lighting. I particularly liked the countertop, which practically screams “Steel City Granite Tool Upgrade Looming”.
Deb and I both had questions about Joe’s HVLP turbine set-up. Maybe we can prevail upon him for a review write-up.
Deb overcame her twin dislikes The Table Saw and the Router for a closer look at Joe’s shared fence set-up.
Safety points awarded for having the push stick/saw-aid readily at hand.
With the hard work done, it’s time for a cup of Leap Day tea and the final tally. Joe, your shop is a winner. Thanks for the invitation to visit. It was a joy to see such a well organized shop. Now go make some sawdust!
Here is your shop visit certificate.
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.