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Location: Woodland, CA
I obtained a BS Degree in Environmental Design from UC Davis in 1975.
My wife and I started a small Woodwork and Stained Glass business in Woodland, Ca in 1976 which we operated successfully until 1996. We did lots of work around the area in those years, furniture and cabinets that are still around as well as Stained Glass comissions that we still see around town.
In 1996 Susan earned a Masters Degree in Social Work and went to work in the non profit housing world.
I went to work for a computer software company in the cabinetmaking Industry named CABNETWARE. Been working for them since 1998. Since then they have been purchased by Planit. So now I work for the worlds largest distributor of Cad/Cam software in a Technical Support and Quality Assurance role for the Cabnetware and Planit NC Center product line.
I still have the shop out on the ranch and all the tools, they just don't get as much use as they should these days.
That's soon to change, I hope, as spring rolls around.
Most of the pictures and products I will post willl be from my active Woodworking days from years past. (1976-1998)
Between my friend Tom (Tom8021) and all of you Lumberjocks, I think I will be inspired to start using the shop more frequently. (First I have to clean it up and re-organize it). I still have plenty of material and ideas.
I used to make a nice living working with wood. I got tired of paying all the insurance for employees, workers comp, medical insurance, etc, and when another gig came along that paid well, they made me a nice offer and now I work for the software company that services the woodworking industry.
It's really not bad, it's heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer, great medical and dental. I think the folks I work with are great and I really don't have to think much about it when I go home, Next day start again. Not at all like being self employed.
-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.
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