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Location: Tallahassee, FL

I recently retired after 36 1/2 years of working with computers. I have a degree in Fine Arts (emphasis on drawing and printmaking), but have done little art work since graduation so-o-o many years ago.

I wanted to work with wood for the past 20 years, but I never took the leap. When we sold our house 14 years ago and moved to an apartment, the bug bit harder and I bought a mini lathe. I rolled it in and out of the apartment, working until dark most good days. I started out with small bowls and such, then started making pens and selling them at work.

When we bought a new house, we had a large enclosed patio with nothing much to go in it, so I bought a grizzly tablesaw and bandsaw, as well as router and other small power tools. On the verge of making some wonderful things (ha!), I stopped woodworking for 5-6 years. I started back a few months ago and I'm trying to teach myself how to work well with wood. My main problem is that I'm impatient. Computers were intuitive and I never needed a class. Woodworking takes patience, and practice, and help and ideas from people like those here on LJ.

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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#1 posted 993 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 993 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 993 days ago

Welcome to the site. Glad you found us. You’re gonna like it here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 992 days ago

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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#5 posted 987 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 987 days ago

Thanks for the welcome, everyone. I’ve been lurking for several years and gotten some good tips and ideas, but just lately got serious about woodworking again. I hope I can one day help as much as I’ve been helped by the members.

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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