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Location: Williston, FL

I have literally been around woodworking all my life and the passion for making things has only grown over time. My Dad was a woodworker and I grew up with him running a woodworking business. We made church furniture, library and school furniture, funiture parts, all sorts of things. My first tools were a used small Rockwell Delta lathe and scroll saw that I received for Christmas when I was 11 or 12 and have to this day. I made some tall walnut salt and pepper shakers for my Mom one Christmas and a friend saw them and asked me if I could make him a set for $5. Seemed like a lot of money to me back in 1960. Most of what I know about woodworking I learned from experience, reading, or osmosis (probably as relevant as anything). I don't know what it is about it, but I love the whole experience of finding materials, designing a project, and then executing it with all the fine details that make it special. I can always tell a really appreciative person of something well done because they will always touch it and feel it as well as admire it. A finely made object begs to be handled and not just looked at.

A tour in the Air Force got me away from home in NW Ohio long enough to consider career options. I ended up becoming a dentist and presently live and work in North Central Florida. I was finally able to build a really nice workshop about in 2001. Of course this was designed by and mostly built myself. I am semi-retired at this time and practice 3 days and am generally in the shop the rest of the time. I like to build furniture for the most part but like to turn as well and have lately been working through the challenges of turning large bowls. I work mostly with native materials or whatever I can scrounge up.

My signature line, literally means "Through hard work, will dreams come true" I believe it with all my heart.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 12-03-2008 08:19 PM

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 12-04-2008 12:46 AM

Hello Schwieb,

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#3 posted 12-04-2008 02:07 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 12-04-2008 03:47 AM

Thank you all for the welcome. I stumbled onto this website just today quite by accident. I’m looking forward to posting some photos of some of my work

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 12-04-2008 03:59 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-04-2008 04:23 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. ☺

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

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#7 posted 12-04-2008 06:08 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. This is a great place to get project ideas, advice in the forums (you can give as well as get advice there) and have a pretty good time with folk with similar interests. Thanks for signing on.

-- Gary

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#8 posted 12-04-2008 02:20 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#9 posted 12-05-2008 07:45 PM

Welcome Ken. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see more of your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 12-06-2008 01:41 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-06-2008 02:21 AM

welcome to the family, pull up a stump and sit awhile.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 12-06-2008 03:10 AM

Your workshop looks great. Very keen to have a look at the inside views.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 12-18-2008 03:04 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 12-18-2008 03:16 PM

Tom, You’re right the site can be addictive. I find myself poking around the site and the projects regularly. It’s very impressive the wide range of work and the high quality of it that is being turned out. I thought I was a pretty good woodworker but I can’t hold a candle to some of this work. Makes me want to tighten up and get better and spend more time in the shop.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 11-28-2009 06:54 PM

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary

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