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Location: Buford, GA
Website: citruscarpetcleaningdecatur.com

Quality work is quality work.... it doesn't matter what industry you are in. As a hobbiest woodworker I strive for quality in everything that i create....afterall I am using my free time after normal working hours. So, I consider wood working my creative outlet and..... it seems to be an obsession. On the days that I don't have to work specifically for the man, this is what I like to do.... which seems like more work.

I tend to collect hobbies. I started out with auto mechanics and fast cars... then I picked up Golf and then building golf clubs. Next, was throwing darts and now it is wood working. With each new hobby I tried to give up the previous one. That philosophy apparently doesn't work for my addictive personality type. Now I just have a big collection of hobbies. I appreciate all of them so much, that I can't give any of them up.

I'm just getting started in wood working. I would call myself an amateur at best with an intense dedication and interest in learning, developing, and acquiring as many skills as I can. So far I've learned everything on my own from reading books, magazines or studying other peoples work. I have purchased pieces from professional woodworkers that I respect just to be able to study their work.

You can typically find me in the garage making a piece of furniture when I'm not cleaning carpet for CitruSolution of Decatur GA (citrusdecatur.com). I'd like to get to a point where I can do wood working for a living. I really enjoy building creatively designed furniture. I feel like each piece is a fun and entertaining puzzle that gives me the ability to creatively obsess over its design. I think it helps to keep my mind fresh.

I've always lived in relatively small homes, and as a result, I have a focus on functional pieces that allow space to be used as effectively as possible. I spend a lot of time considering different kinds of woods to take advantage of various colors, contrasts and grains. I like to use at least 2 different kinds of wood, at minimum, in each project. For a couple of years now I have been focused on the contrasting relationship of Wenge and Sapele. For some reason I love putting these 2 woods together.

My first real project was a bed that was designed by myself. My grandfather and I had been talking about building it for years. Finally, gramps and I got the opportunity to build it together during Christmas of 2010. At the end of the project I made a commitment to make all of the furniture in my house myself... OR TO PURCHASE AND COLLECT FROM OTHER WOODWORKERS THAT I APPRECIATE. So far, I have 4 pieces from a single friend, one piece from David W. Scott, and 2 that I have made myself.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 03:07 AM

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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#2 posted 02-27-2012 03:27 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 04:14 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 04:40 AM

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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