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Location: Bowie, MD
Website: www.swearingen-turnings.com

About my ww'ing experience...In the eighth grade, when all the other rednecks were making the same football helmet and guitar shaped wall clocks, I made mine in the shape of a rooster. I got picked on by the others, but at the end of the semester course, when our work was on display, most of the buzz was on my clock. It hung in my parents' house for the next twenty years. After I bought my first home a few years ago, they mailed it to me, and it now hangs proudly in my kitchen, flaws and all.

There was a long gap before my next project, Rockler's 3-in-1 crib plan for my first daughter. She slept in it until she was about six. Now my second daughter, at two, sleeps in the same bed.

Then there was a long gap after that project, caused by a divorce. In the past three years I've been amassing tools in my garage from CL and garage sales, and now have a decent shop. I will soon finish my first project in a decade, a blanket chest from a recent issue of Wood magazine for my fiance. I'm really proud of it, flaws and all, and now have a list of honey-do projects for the house, including a pantry/hutch for the kitchen, a curio cabinet for the living room, and a loft bed for the younger daughter. I'd also like to build myself a humidor. I rarely smoke cigars, but I've wanted a humidor for years.

I'm also an amateur turner that occasionally sells a pen here and there to help pay for the addiction. I don't turn much faceplate stuff, but mainly because I can't dedicate the time to really learning how to do it efficiently, so each new bowl is a new start, which gets frustrating.

When I'm not in the garage (which is about 99% of my time), I'm an electrical technician at NASA (I build satellites), the father of two beautiful little girls, the lucky soon-to-be husband of a long suffering woman, an annoyance to three annoying dogs, a struggling part time engineering student, and a rabid, passionate motorcyclist. Riding is probably the only thing I enjoy more than woodworking, and is probably just as dangerous.

Thanks to BinghamtonEd for pointing me here. I'm hoping to learn a lot from you guys.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 03:39 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 03:52 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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#3 posted 06-27-2012 04:09 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 07:16 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 01:25 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. You’ll find this to be a great site for picking up pointers and exchanging ideas on all things wood and even some that aren’t.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 12:25 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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