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Location: West Hollywood, California

I am self-taught. I started in 2000, and got serious in 2003 about making a living from my work. I moved here to be an actor and had some success, but hated the business. I was supporting myself as a handyman and that's how I developed my skills that led me to this work. I almost cut my left hand off in 2003 just when I "got serious" about this as a living. I was beveling some pine on my table saw without a splitter and I got a nice dose of kickback. I cut 3 tendons and my main nerve. But I was able to make a full recovery and have full use of my hand. I drop things sometimes, but I am quite content with that, considering the alternative. If you are not using a splitter, please do!! Many great things are starting to happen business wise. I was invited to place my lamps in the McGuire Furniture showroom in San Francisco and possibly in New York if they do well in SF. I also do some really good art shows that I have found that have turned into some great commissions. I want to keep my output around 40 to 50 pieces a year and cap it off at less than 100. I have all the faith in my work and designs, so I have no doubt I will get there. Plus, I have a beautiful and incredibly supportive wife who has kept me believing in my furniture when it seemed no one else would. I don't mean to gloat, I am very fortunate and I hope my story compels someone else to believe in their abilities. Take care.

-- motorhawg

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#1 posted 2439 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 2439 days ago

Welcome to LJ. Looking forward to your projects and postings.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 2439 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#4 posted 2438 days ago

Very very nice work, the chair of course flows extremely well and the lines are a personal favorite. I checked out your site and have a couple comments. Number one, the photography is wonderful, really outstanding and number two, the cabinet that was created as wedding gift for your wife, that’s it, that’s what we do, that’s why we do it. If this piece and story were closer to the beginning of your site it would set the theme and tone for the remainder. You and I are relative newcomers to the lj site, personally I really enjoy it.
take care man,

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#5 posted 2438 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#6 posted 2438 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 2438 days ago

Welcome to LJ. Enjoy yourself.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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scott shangraw

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#8 posted 2435 days ago

Like your work.Looked at your web site nice designs!!!Welcome to LJ

-- Scott NM,

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#9 posted 2434 days ago

Hey! Welcome to LJ! Enjoy!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 2433 days ago

We’re glad your here! Welcome!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 2373 days ago

Brandon, welcome to Lumberjocks. I have enjoyed your outstanding projects thusfar and wish you the success you deserve. Hope you enjoy the site.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 2371 days ago

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 2368 days ago

Thank you to everyone who commented. I will have another lamp coming in the next few days that I will share. Thanks again for the feedback. Take care.

-- motorhawg

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#14 posted 1710 days ago

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and participation.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#15 posted 1709 days ago

Congratulations on your Anniversary. Hope you have many more on LumberJocks. We appreciate your posts and projects.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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