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Location: Maui, Hawaii

I'm a husband, father, and grandfather. I'm also a guy who has recently found a deep and profound passion for woodcraft... or rather, I should say that the passion has been there since my childhood, and is just now surfacing. In my youth, I spent many hours with my father who was always building something. We didn't have much in the way of finances, so my dad built just about everything he could, from fences to furniture, and even some of the homes we lived in. He was a carpenter by trade, and a craftsman at heart. A couple years ago, I decided to make something for my daughter who really liked the Harry Potter books and movies, so I carved the "Elder Wand" for her out of a piece of oak left over from a closet shelf I installed (using the only woodworking tool I had, which was a pocket knife). The wand was a hit with my daughter, and many of her friends.

Fast forward almost two years, and toss in a move from a crowded city neighborhood in California to rual Haiku, Hawaii on the island of Maui, a now very slim wallet, and the need to DIY, and I've come full circle. I've foumd myself saying "I can make that" and a gate, or shelf, or table is born. Armed with a few woodworking tools (including my trusty pocket kmife), I can hear my father's voice as I work... "with the grain", "let the saw do the work", "measure again", "take your time"... the memories flood in.

I would like to say that those lessons from my dad are producing some fine woodcraft, but not yet. I've mostly been making little pieces of wood out of big pieces of wood, but my mind and heart are set. I've found my heart's home here in Hawaii, and even more so when I'm in the workshop. I've spent the last 25 years of my life working with technology (still am), but now plan on doing whatever it takes to make the transation to woodworking full time... someday.

I'm very happy to have foumd LJ, and have spent many hours looking through projects that have been posted. I am inspired and amazed, and hope to be adding my own projects soon.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#1 posted 199 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
Need help with posting or other questions ?
Ms DebbieP AKA Debbie Pribele (Ljs community manager)
Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 169 days ago

Good looking heart boxes, and welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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