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Location: Torrance, CA. When not lost in a sequoia forest!
Website: www.sequoiascope.com

I am a Glazier by trade. I just started a business from the ground up with no resources, or help from anyone else. If I knew what I was getting into before I started my own business I would have gave it a few more thoughts.....
I enjoy photography, surfing, astronomy, writing songs, poems and short stories. Exploring new places, golf, weightlifting, Building cars that get you in trouble, Jeeps, rock climbing, all high intensity rush/extreme sports. Woodworking or crafting anything with my hands has always been in my blood. I've been accused of misplacing many of my late fathers tools when I was a kid! :^)
I am into art of all kinds. I like to create things. I have escaped the wrath of marriage up to now, I'll be 41 on July 1st 2008
I am a tool freak! I buy tools I don't even need sometimes cuz they just look cool!
I have a strange fascination with Giant Sequoia trees. Of the 67 recognized Sequoia groves I've been to 39 of them. Of the top forty biggest trees in the world I've visited 32 of them at least once. The Giant Sequoia is probably one of the few woods that is basically worthless to the woodworker.
My freinds tell me I have lived a thousand lives and my life is overflowing but I still can't believe them. I don't drink or do drugs - not looking forward to that nightmare again anytime soon. I buy books like I buy tools! My favorite days are rainy days and something interesting to read!
I am sure I've forgot quite a bit about myself, as you can see I get around when I am not completely bored out of my mind.... nothing, absolutely nothing will ever be good enough - I can always do it better!

-- --Chuck

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GaryK

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 09:43 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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grovemadman

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#2 posted 01-28-2008 09:46 AM

I keep stumbling across this site. I figured I belong here or I wouldn’t keep coming back to it – so I joined!
Anyway my name is Chuck and I am a tool freak! I double as a Glazier sometimes too. I recently started my own glass co. after recieving my contractors license (c-17) I like making picture frames for all the pictures I take that I’ll never get around to framing!!!:^0 I just got a new shop – me and all my tools are reunited finally. I was researching Bailey no. 5 Handplanes and found my self @ lumberjocks again. Last week I was researching knockdown sawhorses/benches, portable tablesaws and computer desks and guess where I ended up? Did I mention I was a tool freak? God, I love having a shop of my own and no wife to tell me what to do. My place is small, but it is better than having nothing at all…
I just wanted to check in with you folks, I gotta get back to staring at my tools and figuring out how I am going to set up my place.

-- --Chuck

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grovemadman

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#3 posted 01-28-2008 09:50 AM

Wow, thanks Gary. If you can build that fast you’ll never be out of work! LOL
I think I will like it here. although it could be the twilight zone of woodworking and I’ll never get away!
TKS,
Chuck

-- --Chuck

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rikkor

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 12:11 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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gene

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 03:13 PM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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Max

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 08:12 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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cajunpen

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 11:19 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Karson

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 12:19 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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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PanamaJack

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 06:16 PM

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Blake

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#10 posted 01-31-2008 07:34 PM

Good to see another California woodworker on the site. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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grovemadman

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 06:48 AM

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I can’t reply to all of you individually. I have already got some great advice from Dadoo about the Wilton vise I acquired and I will be putting it to use as soon as I have cleaned and painted it. I hope to have some of my projects posted soon and and maybe a few reviews and blogs too!
If anyone has any questions about Glass, glass art or topics related to glazing feel free to contact me at once. I hold a valid C-17 contractors license with the state of CA.
Thanks again,

-- --Chuck

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ND2ELK

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#12 posted 04-17-2008 04:03 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
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Rick

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#13 posted 10-17-2008 07:54 PM

Thanks, Chuck! Next, I think I’ll make a box ON PURPOSE!

I’ll shoot for roughly 90 degree corners, but I might take bets as to what people think the attempt will end up as!!

I love your photo album. Being a photographer, I’m always looking for something cool there!

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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grovemadman

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#14 posted 10-17-2008 08:25 PM

Yeah, lol! I haven’t had time to post much lately But I’m always around, thx for the line!!!
Peace,
Chuck

-- --Chuck

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Bureaucrat

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#15 posted 01-23-2010 04:19 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and projects.

-- Gary

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