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Blog entry by johnstoneb posted 06-15-2012 07:27 PM 1673 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to the formu. I have been working with wood off and on for about 30 years. Although while rainsing a family I spent more time not working with it. I recently retired and have started putting in more time making sawdust and some projects. I built a wooden gear clock last winter, it actually worked. I probably will do another this winter using what I learned from the first. Years ago I built a fish landing net for myself. My son this spring wanted to build one for himself. I helped him do that and in the process got addicted. I have so many laying around the house now I may have to sell some. I hate to do that because I don’t want a hobby to become a job.
I am looking forward to picking members brains and contributing when I can.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 06-15-2012 08:10 PM

nice to have you around i look forward to seeing those fishing nets. Welcome to the gang.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 08:17 PM

Good to have you around, look forward to seeing your work!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 08:36 PM

A hobby is a great thing to have and even if you sell some to make room for more, do not consider it a job if you are enjoying the process. Once you have your fill of the addiction simply quit making that item except when you are in the mood. It works for me!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 08:37 PM

Welcome to LJ. I am fairly new here myself and in the short time that I have been here I have seen some amazing stuf. I have been working backwards through the projects and from my experience just one word of warning! It is VERY addictive :-)

I’m looking forward to see some of your work in the projects section and some how to do blogs if possible.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 09:41 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 09:56 PM

Great to see you here! Its nice to have pros here so us amateurs can feel a little bit more insecure.
Thanks for for coming to LJ’s!

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 03:25 PM

Welcome aboard! If you’re looking for a place where wood nuts congregate, this is it!

Don’t look at it as a job when you sell some of your work, look at it as sweat equity in your next tool/materials purchase. A good hobby is anything you enjoy doing. A great hobby fills the above and also pays for itself.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 06-16-2012 03:37 PM

Welcome to Ljs we look forward to your input and projects.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 06-16-2012 04:25 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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#10 posted 06-22-2012 02:28 PM

Although fairly new myself, I’m confident you’ll not only enjoy your LJ experience but find it rather addictive. I appreciate your first post as I find myself wanting to build my own net. However, when I first started fly fishing in 1986 at Bennett Spring, the Orvis shop handled a exclusive line of wood laminate nets hand made by a retired gentleman named William Kanduck from St. Louis. They sold for a premium price, supply was limited and availability unpredictable because Mr. Kanduck only made nets when he felt like it. It took two years for me to convince myself to spend the money for one but they were just too beautiful not to own one, so I bought mine in 1988. I still enjoy it to this day, especially every time I use it to land a Rainbow (and an occasional Brown—very rare here). So, I guess the main reason I haven’t built my own net is I still enjoy Mr. Kanduck’s artistry and seriously question whether I could match his craftsmanship. The point of my story is to suggest you might consider a similar approach to marketing your nets so as not to lose your retirement hobby but satisfy the desire to sell a few to make room for more projects—beside you might just create your own legacy. If you do decide to sell some, may I suggest that you sign your name, the date and your locale in India ink before finishing on each net’s outer rim, and don’t under price your work (these are true heirlooms).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 06-22-2012 03:01 PM

Bruce, welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 05:02 PM

Bruce, welcome to Lumberjocks. This is a great site with great people and I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

North Idaho

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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