It’s Christmas Eve. I have been a busy elf in the shop making toys and gifts for family and friends. Most has not been of post worthy projects or maybe I am just lazy. Tonight; however, I am sending out a wish to my woodworking friends ar...
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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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Hello woodworking friends around the world. I just had to post something while I had access to the internet. I wish I was more technically savvy so I could post some pictures. My wife, Heidi and I are in Brazil for 2 weeks. We have 4 days left...
I think this is where “wood gloat” entries are supposed to go, instead of projects. I received a little while back a package from my young LJ friend Thomas (Sodabowski). I’ve had to keep this under wraps because it was related ...
Thanks loads to those that took a look at this and responded. You know, if it had a little coarser teeth the ice saw suggestion seems plausible. I decided to take this apart and clean it up some to see if I could find any maker’s marks on ...