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I am new to the board and just wanted to intro myself. My name is John and I am a new wood worker. I just started fairly recently but I enjoy it very much. So far most of what I have done has been pen turning . I have turned about 50 pens so far and given away about 30 of them. and sold about 10 . I want to learn to get into some other types of wood working but I have a VERY limited budget . I have 2 kids one who is 2 years and one who is 6 weeks. My 2 year old lives to come out to daddies shop . he makes me proud when he jumps in my arms and starts asking for the shop and his tools. Someday he will be a woodworker himself . if anyone has any adivse please feel free. I can always use the help. Also are any of you from the triad area of NC ?


-- John, Greensboro NC noobie Woodworker

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 09:25 PM

Hi John,

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I’ve just started turning pens, myself. I was looking for a good way to use up scraps and I sure found an addictive way to do it. I don’t cry when I short cut a good piece of hardwood now. Or not as much, anyway.

Have a great time!


-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 10:00 PM

Welcome John! I also enjoy turning pens. There was a group on this site that did a pen swap, where they mailed a box around the country with blanks, kits, and pens. Each person who received it, took some out, put some in, and then forwarded it to the next person on the list. You might want to check it out. I’m not sure where to find it on this site, but I ran into it one day.


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#3 posted 04-15-2008 10:09 PM

Welcome aboard John. I don’t turn anything but I sure do enjoy viewing the projects of those who do.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 10:27 PM

Hi John,

Welcome once more. Like Toolz I don’t turn simply because I have never added a lathe to my shop. But I do enjoy seeing turned projects posted. I can say without a doubt, even though I am a non-turner, that turning is addictive as I am sure have already found out.

As far as advice goes GaryK’s signature of “the longest journey begins with a single step” speaks volumes about expanding your woodworking journey.

Have fun.

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

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 11:12 PM

Hi John!

Welcome to LumberJocks. I am sure you will find this to be a great community of woodworkers of all skill levels and styles. I started turning a few months ago but have not tackled pens yet. My oldest son does a fair job of it though.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 11:21 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 12:25 AM

Welcome John You will find this a very interesting site with lots of great people

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 12:51 AM


-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 01:37 AM

welcome to lumberjocks. i know you’ll love it here. I haven’t started turning much yet basically because i don’t have enough money for a lathe. I have turned though and i love it. well welcome aboard.

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 02:01 AM

Welcome to LJ’s You came to the right place if you love woodworking. We look forward to seeing some of your projects soon.

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 03:55 AM

Welcome John, you’ve landed in the right place for sure. If you’re a pen turner I invite you to check out or Pen Turner's Swap blog. We’re already talking about a Round 2 if you’re interested.

Have fun on LJ!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 04:03 AM

I just joined the group last night to enter that bookcase challenge thing. I’m pretty new to woodworking,
well, I’ve been doing it since I was a kid w/ my Dad but I only have three “real woodworking” projects that
I’ve done by myself.

You might try a lamp next. Mission styles are pretty simple. If you go with a stain glass shade then it can get
expensive or it might lead you to working with glass, or at least including it in your woodworking somehow.

You might try local high schools or tech schools for adult ed woodworking class. I tried it here in Cincy and
it was pretty much a “Here’s the shop, what do you need help with…” kind of thing. This way you get access
to planers, power sanders, bandsaws etc that you might not have space or $$ for.

I took a pen turning class at Woodcraft here and was thinking about getting in to it but I’ve yet to come
up with the $ for it. With 3 kids it’s not high on the priority list right now.

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 05:10 AM

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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#14 posted 04-16-2008 05:26 AM

Hey John- Welcome to LJ’s! The more you search thru this site, the more you find… the more you find, the more you learn… The talent here is amazing, you are going to really enjoy it! Make yourself at home.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#15 posted 04-16-2008 06:22 AM

Howdy, Howdy, Howdy!

Welcome to LJ, the best woodworking community anywhere!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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