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Blog entry by ofthemound posted 03-31-2017 05:12 PM 852 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks my name is Shane and I live in Upstate NY. I was born and raised in the North Country, but have moved around a bit. Finally back home and looking to build my woodworking experience through different means from cabinetmaking, trim carpentry and framing. A wise man told me that regardless of what my goals were for carpentry it isn’t useless gaining experience in different forms. That the culmination of my experience will make me a knowledgable and well-rounded tradesman.

My first three months of any hands on carpentry experience was a timber framing sub-contractor on the cape in MA. I started with an introduction to roofing on an ~ 2,000 sqft roof and basic framing. This caused me to pick up some valuable time on working with power tools. It also had me heavily intrigued because of the high level of skill and knowledge my coworkers possessed. I think sometime shortly after starting I decided I would stick with this field.

Since then I moved back to my hometown to help my family. So I have been responsible for the upkeep of my grandmother’s log cabin. After realizing what kind of work was waiting for idle hands and a sharp mind. I began building my arsenal of hand tools over time and my knowledge with studying. What ‘all’ my studying has taught me is there is a daunting amount of information that I still don’t know. I am still amazed every time I look into something “simple” and find out there are many steps to that simple task beyond what I was anticipating.

I am planning on doing more repairs to this old, neglected house and various restoration projects. With hope I can find a wise master carpenter to take me under their wing and continue my apprenticeship. In the meantime I would love to work on some cabinetmaking and trim carpentry projects. It will help build my comprehension of joinery techniques and my efficiency at completing them. My dream is within five years to attend the ISBA’s Scandinavian Full Scribe Log Course.

This is a proactive thank you for any and all advice in the future.

Take care, Shane

-- Some people are lost in their fires, others are forged in them.



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WayneC

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 05:21 PM

Welcome to the group. There are quite a few hand tool folks lurking here. If you’re on facebook, I believe there are several log cabin related groups.

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 05:25 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Shane. I think that you will like Lumberjocks fine.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#3 posted 03-31-2017 05:29 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-01-2017 02:39 PM

Welcome aboard … Enjoy your journey

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 04-01-2017 02:49 PM

Sounds like you’ve done some interesting work. Welcome to LJs.

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#6 posted 04-02-2017 10:44 PM

Welcome to LJ.
Sounds like you already have the right idea….learn ….learn and then learn some more.
Even us”Seasoned Carpenters” will learn something every job !
Times change.
Technology changes.
Keep your eyes open and absorb the information.
Lots of good stuff on here at times !
Enjoy

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