Wes Giesbrecht

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153 posts in 1446 days

Location: Mission BC Canada

After many years of amateurish efforts at everything from sheds to shelves,
at the age of 40 I decided to get serious about wodwork.

I joined an entry level college program in joinery and spent 8 wonderful months going to school full time and reading everything I could about wood on the side.
I graduated with an outstanding achievement award and found a job as an apprentice cabinet maker.

After 3 years of millwork and cabinets, mainly for schools, I got my journeyman joiner's ticket. And quit my job.

I had a small shop set up in a garage and went to work doing whatever custom wood work I could hustle up. During the following several years, between jobs, I made prototypes of all sorts of items, looking to find a product that I could make a reasonable profit at, as a wholesale item. Having checked things out, I had no desire to spend half my time schlepping stuff from one craft fair to another, I wanted to stay in the shop and produce.

I tried really hard to be a box maker. Made everything from blanket boxes with hand cut dovetails to elaborate multi drawered and doored jewelry boxes.
I couldn't come up with a design that I felt I could produce for a reasonable return.

Eventually I hit on the idea to make these flexible mosaic wall hangings.
I actually managed to keep the wolf from the door for several years making these but in early 2009 a series of unfortunate events caused my main venue to close it's doors.
Since then, altho I've branched out to several other galleries and craft stores, sales have been very slow.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#1 posted 1446 days ago

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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#2 posted 1446 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 1446 days ago

Thanks. Just got here and love it.
Best woodworker’s site ever :-)

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#4 posted 1446 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#5 posted 1446 days ago

Welcome and enjoy the – “Lumber Jock” – experience.

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#6 posted 1446 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 1443 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! The greatest web page around. You’ll love this site as its very addicting!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 1441 days ago

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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153 posts in 1446 days

#9 posted 1440 days ago

Thanks, all you well wishers :-)

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#10 posted 1436 days ago

Well….. I use a jointer, planer, table saw, miter saw
belt sander and a pad sander.
Honestly, that’s about it.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#11 posted 1434 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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