Who I am ( I think) #1: Brief biographical sketch

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Blog entry by Ron Harper posted 02-26-2013 11:51 PM 1411 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am recently retired. I had three separate and distinct careers. I was an administrator for Indiana University, i was a manager of our city’s most productive real estate firm, an for the past fourteen years I was the CEO of a Community Foundation. I retired in August of 2012. I am married to this gorgeous creature

Well, they are both gorgeous.

I started woodworking when I was 30 or so and built a lot of furniture in a pretty well equipped power tool shop. I got to the place that folks were commissioning pieces. I was never comfortable with that. I prefer to build something, and if you like it, buy it. I don’t want to get most of the way through a project and have someone say ” oh , I wanted …....”

A dozen years ago, I got divorced, moved away from my shop, and all my stuff was crated forward to may of 2012. I was drawn back to the shop by the lure of the wood. For. Lo of reasons, I decided that it would be quite different this time. I am a hand tool woodworker now. I got rid of almost all my power tools. I did keep a small planer and a band saw. I do not use them very much. I am finding the learning curve a little challenging, but I am having a wonderful time. I belong to the Wabash Valley Woodworkers Guild. I am taking on line classes from Paul Sellers have just about got my new shop set up to my liking. It is in my basement. My interests in furniture are Shaker and Arts and Crafts pieces and Appalachian and Windsor Chairs. i am intrigued by Peter Follansbee’s work, although. Lot of 18th century carving is too ” busy” for my tastes

I am a flawed but forgiven follower of Jesus Christ, and the step dad of three amazing young adults. I won’t post much more personal stuff apart from the shop. I have a very long list of projects that I want to do. I may be asking for your help.

Always keep what you want to keep behind the cutter.



-- Ron in Kokomo

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 12:46 AM

Welcome to the insanity Ron! We are glad you are here and hope you find all you need.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 02:58 AM

Well, from one forgiven flawed follower to another…welcome to the site. You’ll really like it here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 03:08 AM

Thank you gents

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 03:27 PM


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

At times we act as if our peace and confidence is a matter of effort and self-control,
Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-27-2013 03:43 PM

Welcome fellow Christ follower enjoy the amazing talent on this site.

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 04:13 PM

Very interesting post, Ron. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 04:17 PM

Hey welcome – I’m following those Paul Sellers classes as well. I’m sure much of your “old” knowledge can be put to work in your “new” hand tool incarnation.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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