Yesterday I found out about this site from the Popular Woodworking web-site. Because of where we live, I don’t belong to any wood working groups. There are no craftsmen except silver smiths who live any where near. I joined the Oregon Guild of Woodworkers but they are in Portland. If you look at a map you will discover there is no place in Oregon which is farther from Portland than Jordan Valley. We are 62 miles south of Nampa, Idaho and four miles inside Oregon. Our county seat is Vale which is over 100 miles away. We do our grocery shopping in Nampa but shop all over the Treasure Valley. While our address is Oregon we are much more connected to Idaho. The good part is that once we get to the valley, we have the advantage of a major metropoitan area. My suppliers for my business are mostly in Boise with my hardwood supplier in Eagle.
We live in the ION. This is where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada come together. This the land of mustangs and buckaroos. the business is cattle and horses. Cattle are still worked on good cow horses and the local heros are the best horsemen and ropers. We sold our ranches in northeast Oregon in 2005 and bought this house here in Jordan. I still ride for several ranches here and drag calves to the fire in the spring. I have a pretty good shop which is divided between the saddle shop and wood shop. On the saddle shop side the is one small electric motor on a small sewing machine. On the other side of the wall there must be 100 horse power. I run a Jet cabinet saw with the 54 inch fence, an old 20 inch Delta bandsaw, a Ridgid joiner , DeWalt planer, Dewalt chopsaw with Kreg measuring system on the fence, shop built router table and a Delta lathe with duplicator. I also have a Shopsmith which I use for the drill press and disc sander. I have a Delta spindle sander and a bunch of hand power tools. then over my work bench are about 14 planes of various types. I’ve always said I’d use my teeth to get the effect I want. I use what ever it takes to get the job done. I really use pocket screws a lot and have a pretty good system for it.
I like to work in hardwood but will occasionally do some pine. I do handcarved leather as accents and also do original artwork with a high tech wood burning setup. I find it is very similar to the pen and ink drawingsI’ve done all my life. Well, enough. This has been fun.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon