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Location: SOUTH CAROLINA
I am 65 yrs. young,, "that is a reach" I worked in the Machinest/Tool & Die field for 40 of those years, in the late seventies I took up gunsmithing as a hobby which led to going to one of the best Gunsmith schools around at the time, I have own 3 shops all in different parts of the country, CO. AK. KS. WE/my wife and I moved to SC in 86 where we live now, guess I should say she was a ARMY NURSE for 17 years, that is why we lived in a lot of towns around the world. I bought a 16,000 sq.ft. 125 year old building to put my woodworking shop in and over night became a Antique Shop Owner ??? not sure how that happened...so we build living quarters for she and I and our old American Bull Dog named SPIKE...he has passed now and we miss him everyday, but no more dogs good, bad, or whatever. I had bought a full shop of woodworking tools and machines, all of the machines were SCMI brand, except for some of the small stuff, a 16 in jointer, 30 " planer, 20" bandsaw, 66 Powermatic tablesaw, and who knows what else, "I may be a tool collector" if you know what I mean. A couple walked in one day and said do you want to sell all of this stuff, first I said "thinking to myself sure you want to buy all of this" so I gave him a off the cuff price, except for the old cat and this here computer, and he said would you like that in CASH, and how soon can you be out. 10 days later I walked off and left everything I had put my hands on for the past 65 years all most.
We live in the country now with 30 + or - acres of grass, that is right I cut a lot of grass. I said I would never have another woodworking shop again, well that didn't work out so to keep it from being a wood shop I put a car picker-upper in it so I could change my oil myself and just call it a shop.
In the past year I started to buy woodworking tools/machines for the shop again. I am doing a remodeling thing on the house and as I told my wife "I really need these tools" So that is about it for me and my woodworking, well I forgot about the sawmill I had, a 40 horse woodmizer and I loved it almost to death, I would buy another mill but it may very well be my demise. OK that is it! LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SITE AND HOPE TO GET SOME GOOD HELP ALSO.
Up date, I am now 70 , with some health problems soon after I posted this I took off some time. I am back to making furniture and at this time starting a Island in the kitchen for my wife.
-- Daniel of Due West
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