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Location: Spokane, WA
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My name is Geoff Webb, and I am a galoot. For those of you aren't familiar with the OldTools list a galoot is a woodworker who works with only hand powered tools. Since I look at woodworking as a way to spend time rather then make a paycheck, hand tools fit the bill perfectly.

A few years ago my lovely wife bought me a book by Roy Underhill. In the book he described the skills needed to go into a wood with an ax and build a house and everything in it. I was mesmerized. I dreamed of being able to do just that, taking a living tree and turning it into useful objects.

Fast forward to the recent present. My grandfather is a master craftsman. He can literally build a house and everything in it. However, he is getting on in years and recently moved into an assisted living facility where he had to give up some of his tools. He gave me one of his tool chests. That was the beginning of my journey.

My grandfather had several jobs during his working life, bricklayer, shop teacher, jeweler and modelmaker. My toolchest was the one he used as a modelmaker at Rockwell during the late 1950’s and 60’s. It was filled with chisels and gouges that he had made himself. There were old layout tools, planes and spokeshaves. Everything needed to build model aircraft.

My dreams and the tools collided. I decided that I wanted to learn to master my grandfather’s tools, and to pursue a simpler, slower method of woodworking.

Many years ago, I was a theatre designer. I designed and built the sets and lighting that you see on stages and concert halls around the world. It’s a mad world, where the most complicated joint used is a lap joint, and the work will be viewed from forty feet away. Things are done quickly; the set pieces are only temporary. Once the show is over they are destroyed or reused. Nothing is made to last.

Now I am working with tools older then myself; some older then my grandfather. I am discussing techniques hundreds of years old, used on objects made to last for generations.

This is gonna be fun.

-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA

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WayneC

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#1 posted 2698 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. I’m looking forward to reading some of your posts. This is a real good group of folks. Enjoy.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Karson

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#2 posted 2698 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks

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

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Max

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#3 posted 2696 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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 2696 days ago

Welcome to LJ brother.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Splinters

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#5 posted 2696 days ago

Welcome Geoff…Sounds like a great journey..keep us posted

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040

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Mark

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#6 posted 2695 days ago

It is good to have you.

-- Mark

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 2693 days ago

A Big Welcome to Lumberjocks,
It’s nice to see someone carrying on with the older woodworking methods.
I use mostly power tools, except when I’m woodcarving.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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oscorner

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#8 posted 2665 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! Let’s see some woodworking.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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PanamaJack

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#9 posted 2640 days ago

Welcome back to the best place in town…LumberJocks web site! Comeback and enjoy some woodworking fun.

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

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gjd

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#10 posted 1972 days ago

Happy Anniversary. In a few days you will have been a Lumber Jock for 2 years! Thanks for your participation and keep on posting!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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