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Location: Stoke On Trent, England, United Kingdom

Hi there, I'm Mark.. I am 42 years old and disabled. I broke my ankle in 7 places 12 years ago and after 4 operations and almost losing my leg to infection I am left with severe nerve damage. Unable to work and on medication I keep busy working with wood. In the past I've made garden planters various wildlife feeders and houses but due to my mobility worsening I now concentrate my efforts on making wooden toys.
This started when I received The Great Book Wooden Toys and my neighbours 6 year old took a liking to one of the toys in the book.. a crane. So I set about making it. It was far from perfect and certainly not of the kind of calibre that is shown here at lumberjocks. However the young lad loves it and plays with it daily. From that point I started to look for ideas and plans and set about making more toys and really concentrating on the quality of my work.
I have an unlimited supply of free hardwoods such as Oak and Mahogany and softwoods also primarily pine.
I work in my little outhouse and outside using a small collection of tools..
I feel quite honoured to be among such talented people here on this website, in comparison I am a mere novice.

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 01:57 AM

Welcome aboard Mark. One thing about this site is that not only does it give you great project ideas, there are many blogs that go into greater detail and will undoubtedly assist in enhancing your woodworking skills

Most of us weren’t born with a wenge dummy sticking out of our gobs and were novices once and at times feel novices when you see some of the great creations here. However even with a small collection of tools there are many useful workarounds and hints posted here. Give it time and that collection is bound to grow like a modern day virus. I remember starting my first project with a Black and Decker corded drill with a sanding disc, an inaccurate ruler, a rusty hammer, chipped chisel and a blunt saw… all of them left handed to boot… and of course I was right footed.

Your intro gives us an insight into the man, but now we need a few pickies of his environment… please.

Again welcome.


PS. Next time lie about your age… if only to make me feel not so old.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 02:23 AM

welcome aboard, any questions ask, someone will have an answer for you. Friend Dutchy and HTL they are toy model makers as well if that is your thing. They have been a great influence to me.

-- If wood working is suppose to be relaxing, why am I so stressed out that this piece will not fit?

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