Another day, another nickle #33: A New Day Dawns!!!

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Blog entry by Thos. Angle posted 12-23-2012 01:38 PM 1582 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I might as well let the cat out of the bag; I have accepted employment with Steel Strike Furniture in Buena Vista, Colorado. When you look at their products I think the why will be apparent. I’ve been hired to work leather, particularly carved leather as is used in the company’s products. Phillip Smith, the owner, became interested when I showed him my projects page here on LJ. I am really looking forward to working with Phil. He has pushed the leather in furniture so much farther than I have that I’m sure I will learn tremendous amounts.

I am recuperating pretty well from my first knee replacement and will do the right knee on the 9th of January. I will move to Colorado around the 15th of February. I have already informed Snake River Ranch that I will not be coming “home” this year. They understand that a full time job trumps a part time one and wish me well. Do take a look at the Steel Stirke products. I’ll stay in touch.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 02:10 PM

Congrats! I haven’t got to check out the steelstrike website, but it sounds right up your alley. I hope this is the beginning of a enjoyable and prosperous endeavor!

-- Jon

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 02:11 PM

Good to hear that you will be able to do something for income that you are so good at! You’re projects are the best with your mixture of leather and wood. Hope all goes well and that you and yours have a great holiday.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 02:17 PM

Congratulations on the new job, er should i say “hobby”, and good luck. Nice to see a fellow jock gain success. I looked at the Steel Strick web site,, and I’m a little jealous. Looks like a great opportunity.
Good luck, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 03:07 PM

Thomas, this is a very good Christmas Present. Congrats on your new job. Colorado is a beautiful State.

Good Luck & Best Wishes!!!!!!!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 03:23 PM


You must have brought down their web site. I’m unable to get in.

Congratulations and have a safe surgery and move.

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

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#6 posted 12-23-2012 03:29 PM


-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-23-2012 04:40 PM

Congratulations on the new job, checked out the site, and I do not think I can afford the merchandise, but it
looks great and should be a good job for you. Hope both knees turn out good, even if you will lose that
bow legged cowboy look. Thank you for sharing, and looking forward to seeing what you will be making, I
hope you will share that with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 12-23-2012 04:51 PM

You can’t keep a good man down. Merry Christmas Tom!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 05:06 PM

looks like a great opportunity for the both of you

beautiful country too

i’m 191 miles south on us285
always a chair and a bunk here and some coffee
if you are doing the new mexico singing cowboy thing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 12-23-2012 05:47 PM

Congrats, the new employer has lucked out finding you.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 12-23-2012 05:57 PM

What a terrific opportunity. I looked at their gallery and was highly impressed!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#12 posted 12-23-2012 07:13 PM

well good heavens, i checked out the site and my heavens the furniture and such is just beautiful, what a place to work, and i read the bio on Philip and what a craftsman he is, i look forward to hearing from you when you have worked there and how its going…i hope the surgery goes well and you will be a new man…i hope you dont miss your old job to much, i know your a cowboy, but maybe now that your a bit older and such it wont hurt to now work your other passion…i wish you the best Thomas…have a merry christmas…and really congrats on this new job…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 12-23-2012 07:41 PM

congrats on the new job along with a steady pay check, coming in. how are you going to have knee surgery,and move to colorado, and start a new job; around the same time? I’d say your plate is really full. Good Luck

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#14 posted 12-23-2012 08:18 PM

Thanks for the kind words everybody. Patron, look for a PM from me shortly. I do want to come and see you. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 12-23-2012 08:29 PM

Congrats on the new job, Tom! And happy Christmas, too! Sorry you won’t be hanging around these parts, but it sounds like a great opportunity. Good luck, and have fun.

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