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Location: Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire

My first recollection of working in wood dates from when I was around 8 years old. I made one of those guns from L shaped pieces of wood and rubber bands cut from a bicycle inner tube. It shot dried peas but was confiscated as soon as my folks saw it. Oh dear.
Then at high school I thoroughly enjoyed the woodwork course. I still have the bookstand, tea-tray and coffee table I made between the ages of 11 and 16. Other stuff has disappeared.
Much of what I did until about 1997 was household DIY. It was only when I was forced to take early retirement (not a great deal of forcing was necessary) that I found the opportunity, time and money to set up my workshop. I had ideas about joining the Craft Fair circuit in and around Yorkshire with a range of small wooden boxes, as I’d recognised that virtually the only wooden items being offered were turned goods. But as soon as my extended family realised what I could do with a chunk of old tree, there became a constant demand for ‘can-you-just’ jobs. Those jobs forced me to develop my skills to a great degree, but, as my step-daughter told me: “A 7 foot oak kitchen dresser is just a lot of boxes isn’t it?” I suppose that’s right.
And I don’t miss the need to have stuff ready for fairs, and the loading, unloading and selling. And so on. As it is, I can go into the workshop when I feel like it. No pressure. Life's good.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 2532 days ago

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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#2 posted 2532 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 2532 days ago

We’re a litle nuts but we’re OK.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 2532 days ago

Thanks folks. I’ve enjoyed my first evening in your company immensely.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 2532 days ago

Hey! Welcome from Canada! Enjoy LJ!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 2532 days ago

Very nice projects you have loaded up here today. Welcome to lumberjocks, I hope you enjoy the community.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 2532 days ago

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 2532 days ago

Welcome to our woodworking community. You’ve made some very nice gifts.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 2531 days ago

Welcome to LJ from from Finland. They are all a great bunch of Jocks & Jockesses

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 2531 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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#11 posted 2530 days ago

Glad to see you here, this is a great site. You have some great projects. I like them all , you have some really nice pieces.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 2529 days ago


Welcome from across the pond.

You are in the north, yes?

I love the arts and craftsesque projects so far. I travelled to London, to the Cotswalds, to the Lake District, to Glasgow, on an arts and crafts trail last year. I am fascinated with all things Engish Arts and Crafts.

Have you been to Rodmartin and seen the furniture?


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#13 posted 2529 days ago

Welcome! I think you’ll enjoy the site!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#14 posted 2529 days ago

Again thank you for this welcome. I’m overwhelmed. gizmodyne- yes we’re pretty well up north; some 200 mile north of London. That Arts and Crafts trail sounds interesting. I’ve never visited Rodmarton Manor – that’s the Barnsleys I believe. We’d hoped to look in on The Cotswolds this summer but suddenly it’s September!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Greg Mitchell

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#15 posted 2529 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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