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Location: Somerset, UK
I'm retired from running IT and a small electronics shop at a spring-making company for 30 years.
I have always fiddled about with electronics and DIY, but unlike my father, could not plane wood flat/square to save my life. Having a little more room now to accommodate power tools - which largely solve the flatness/squareness problems - I am getting involved in some woodworking projects that move me from a 'carpenter' towards a 'joiner' ( but slowly).
Using designs by John Smith (http://www.johnsmithbusker.co.uk) I constructed a street busker organ which sounds like this http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk/topsypics/djorgansundon.swf
Later, I made a larger version -Topsy - which is displayed in a video here http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk/collection.html
Topsy employs MIDI and a Palm Vx to store music rather than paper rolls. I use these for charity collections with local groups and my Rotary/Inner Wheel clubs. (More details on my website)
My dream is to have a decent-sized workshop rather than part of the garage and a home-built shed - 24 ft by 4 ft 6 ins (more like a railway carriage) - but my wife vetoes the idea of commandeering most of our small garden (yard).
-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk