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Location: Maine

Back in the late 70's I attended the Maine School of Luthiery and learned to make guitars. It was a wonderful experience and I just loved the smell of the sitka spruce tops and the mahogany and rosewood. I made several instruments after that and sold them to college students. It was a meager but helpful income at the time. I was in college to become a science teacher.

After graduation I got married, moved away from home, lived in rents, built a house, had kids.. you know the story. You've had similar. Anyway, the woodworking thing just wasn't a priority either financially or time wise.

Jump to now. 30+ years later. I'm retired after 30 years in a Jr. High classroom. Ha, enough is enough! And I've fixed up the shop in the old family home by the lake and moved in. I haven't built a guitar yet but I have had fun with some furniture and learning new skills with the router. I've picked up some new tools and interestingly I've found that my old ones that have been in mothballs for 30 years, but with just 5 years of wear on them, are antiques. But, I know them. They are familiar to me. So, I've restored them and they feel as comfortable as they did years ago. I've also picked up some new ones and they are nice.

I hope you look at my work, and I enjoy my sojourn here on LJ's. I'm trying to post my work and of course my teacher heritage might raise it's head now and again. Can't help that, it's in my blood.

Oh, and Martin' Many thanks for this wonderful woodworking forum. I understand about the addiction comments of others now.

Jump to 2014: I'm still here and still buildin'.
Daniel Gagner, Craftsman on the Lake

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 12-27-2008 12:14 PM

Hello Daniel,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be a rewarding and enriching part of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 12-27-2008 12:54 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#3 posted 12-27-2008 04:17 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 12-27-2008 07:15 PM

Welcome Daniel. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 12-27-2008 07:17 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 12-27-2008 08:24 PM

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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Todd Thomas

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#7 posted 12-28-2008 12:36 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and post….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#8 posted 12-28-2008 02:06 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Daniel. This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 12-28-2008 06:34 AM

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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#10 posted 12-28-2008 04:37 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! It’s a great place with great people, and, oh yeah, there’s the woodworking! Have fun and play safe! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#11 posted 12-29-2008 12:18 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 12-29-2008 01:45 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. You are gonna love this place. By the way, it’s good to see another old bald guy here. Good luck getting that shop and Old Tools together and functioning.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#13 posted 12-31-2008 01:53 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks community , the best woodworking community on the internet!

-- Not my woodworking

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Callum Kendall

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 08:17 PM

Welcome to LJs


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#15 posted 09-20-2009 05:59 AM

Hi Dan , thanks for adding me to your buddy’s list . It was a pleasure meeting you and the Mrs. today in Lexington : ) Have a great weekend !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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