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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 08-19-2010 10:39 PM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have worked in the woodworking industry for the past 40 years. During that time I have been exposed to a lot of different woodworking machines and techniques and have grown to love woodworking. I have also been a hobby woodworker for all of those years although I haven’t had the opportunity to pursue this part of woodworking as much as I would have liked because of the time constraints forced on me by my career in the industry and my lack of an adequate place to pursue it such as a well equipped home work shop. Nevertheless, I have never lost my love or enthusiasm for this fascinating hobby nor the appreciation for the beautiful furniture and crafts that are produced by those who are engaged in it.

My career has also been a rewarding one and has allowed me the opportunity to gain knowledge in other industrial related pursuits besides woodworking such as engineering, electromechanical maintenance, electromechanical controls, machine work and design, and other fields of talent that will generally be used in a productive industrial woodworking facility on a daily basis. Fortunately, most of these talents are also compatible with an an active hobby woodworking career and can be used to enhance it since the woodworker is invariably engaged with the use of hand and power tools and all sorts of woodworking machinery and in some cases even designs, modifies, and makes these for himself.

My shortcomings arise from not having had the opportunity to develop my woodworking skills to the potential that I am capable of and the level where I want them to be. Woodworking is a hobby where one’s skill is usually commensurate with the time to which he is able to devote himself to it. Practice makes perfect is an easily understood phrase and generally rings true. Nevertheless, I am able to build jigs and fixtures, kitchen cabinets, bookcases, and furniture to an adequate skill level that would allow me to support myself financially in woodworking even if not to the level that I might desire. However, that is not what I am after. At this point in my life I want to increase my skill level to the point where I can make furniture and other wood crafts that are not only beautiful but are also well designed and made. At least for the first time in my life I have enough free time to at least make a reasonable attempt at pursuing this goal. With this blog I will attempt to document this effort.

I will also have a blog at my website that will be similar to and or even enhance what I have post here.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 11:40 PM

At least there’s one good thing about getting old.
I know how you feel, I wasted my life working.I never had time or money for a hobby. Now I’m making up for lost time.
If I had to do this for a living, I’d be starving.
You only have to please yourself, have some fun while you’re at it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 01:30 AM

Welcome aboard LJ!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 12:50 PM

I take it that you have retired? Welcome to the best time ever and enjoy your woodworking journey.

-- curious woodworker

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 03:17 PM

Thanks, guys and gals. Unfortunately I haven’t retired – just slowing down a bit. A couple of years ago I worked nearly every Saturday in addition to the rest of the week days and 5 or 6 years ago even worked on Sundays a good bit, depending on equipment break downs. For 10 years strait during my 30’s and 40’s I worked seven days a week with 1 weeks vacation and 5 other paid holidays. Now, I get nearly every weekend off starting at 3:30 pm on Friday. I was hoping that I could retire by now but the financial and housing collapse pretty much wiped that dream out. It may be impossible to retire ever considering the direction our country is heading in. But, hey, if I can do some woodworking in the evenings and on the weekends I’ll be happy and make the most of it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 10:13 PM

Heluvawreck, I hope you are not really a hell of a wreck! Good luck with pursuing your goal. Sell your TV if you want more time for woodworking. That thing is the biggest time thief ever devised by man and a superior brainwashing device on top of it!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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