The Journey #1: After a long time

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-29-2008 05:42 AM 1132 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was 22 years old in 1976. I was in college to get a teaching degree and at the same time also attending the Maine school of Guitar making (luthiery). For the next few years I made guitars and sold them to college students. I finished about 20 of them. When I graduated from college I had to live out of state and after two years of that got married. Work and family took me away from the smell of brazilian rosewood and sitka spruce.

Move ahead to 2008. I’m back in Maine at the old family home where I started. My tools, stored in barrels and boxes are pretty rusty. Drawknives and planes need reworking. My power tools are circa 1970’s mostly. Bandsaws, and belt sanders. I’ve torn down a wall and expanded my workshop to about 25ftx25ft. It’s sheet rocked, painted, and spiffied up. Right now I’m enjoying just assembling the shop. I’ll take some pictures and post them soon.

The net has been a great help with sites like LJ’s to give ideas and show how to do things. I’ve picked up a smartsharp and it has greatly eased my ability to get my old chisels and plane blades back up to speed.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 06:10 AM

Yes, please post photos.

I can’t wait to see the shop.

Thanks for the backstory. I think it is interesting to see what brings people to woodworking and their background.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 06:14 AM

Looking forward to some shop pictures and examples of your work!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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John Gray

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 06:23 AM

Can’t wait on the pix!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 07:33 AM

Welcome back to the shop. Can’t wait to see some pics.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#5 posted 12-29-2008 12:23 PM

Interested in hearing and seeing more. I too am retired, putting in a new shop and wanting to start doing wood working again. Good luck and thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 12-29-2008 05:29 PM

I will add the call for pictures. Construction posts showing the progress of a project convey more that only a finished post. But it sounds like your fun is just beginning to get interesting.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 12-30-2008 05:52 AM

Welcome to LJ’s and back to the shop. We look forward to hearing more of your adventures.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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