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Other hobbies?

by BobTheFish
posted 08-08-2011 10:58 PM

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 12:25 AM

I rescue neglected yard and house plants. Okay, it’s a niche thing, but it’s what I do. We have a winter population here, and the plant/buy all sorts of cool plants, and go back home in the summer…well summer is not kind to plants here. And then there are roadkills…someone drove over a mature Sago palm a few years ago. It’s now in my yard…and growin’ well.
Well, you asked:)

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 12:39 AM

Metal detectors,fishing,hunting ginseng,casinos,travel with my wife,gem hunting among lots of other things.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 12:46 AM

I enjoy sailing and working on boats. Making improvements to our sailboat such as the cutting board that I recently posted under “Projects” is always satisfying. My son and I built a 16’ skiff that made it to the pages of Wooden Boat Magazine about 12 years ago. In addition, I have a 1957 mahogany Whirlwind run about, waiting for me to refinish and put back into the water.

I also enjoy photography, and cooking … especially grilling and making home made sauces.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 12:49 AM

One of my other hobbies is what led me into woodworking. I started building my own speakers back in high school, buying surplus cabinets and installing my own drivers and crossovers. The supply of cabinets was hit or miss, so I started building my own.

I’m also an avid amateur musician, fronting my own classic rock band on vocals and guitar. Add in electronics (although not so much lately), motorcycling, cooking, reading (history and science fiction, mostly) and downhill skiing and there you have it. Oh yeah, I just tried my hand at making beer with one of those Mr. Beer kits. The result was quite drinkable and it was certainly fun and is something I will be doing again.

In the future I plan to take up welding and oil painting, flying and, perhaps, quilting.

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 12:50 AM

cr1, I already like your hobby better than mine!

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 12:56 AM

I am a part time jeweler and design and sculpt wax patterns for casting, but my favorite pass time, if I had any time, would be kayak fishing, camping and hiking. Being an engineer in my day job, I love to tinker and invent things. Another pass time, for which I have no time is bicycling. . . . just too many projects, not enough time.

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 12:57 AM

Model building, photographing remaining steam locomotives.

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 01:35 AM

Hey Mickey, do you use gas, charcoal or hard wood for your BBQ? Any favorite recipes you care to share?


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#9 posted 08-09-2011 01:44 AM

Mesquite…solemante! Cain’t afford charcoal, he he!

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 01:45 AM

I have been a photographer for several years before I started working wood. By that I mean I am just a modestly self educated amateur. haha. But I sometimes tend to think that the photos of my woodworks are better than the woodworks themselves. haha. But I love to hike, backpack. Before wood I worked soapstone and alabaster. I am also a big fan of spending too much money and Star trek. :)

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 02:05 AM

Mickey, that’s actually a very interesting hobby. Do you have a reverse-greenhouse or something? Do you have to keep them cooler? or do you just water them more? I’m in the northeast, so we don’t really have a problem with plants… Well, most people don’t. I tend to ahhhh…. forget this whole “watering” thing. The plants must think I’m a sadist. I used to specifically request plants that could take a beating and still thrive, but they STILL couldn’t take my abuse. What I’ve had luck with though is chives and thyme. Both are great for cooking, and grow like the weeds they are, so I guess I’ve finally found something that’s more resilient than my negligence… I try to be kind to the rest of the plant would though, by not purchasing anymore, or when I do, I make sure to gift them to good homes. My mother’s done rather well with the orchids I’ve bought.

CR1, brewing is awesome. I had a friend who was into beer. He ended up having these huge graphs and charts he made to recount his various brews. I tried brewing hard cider one year, and it wa all right, but a bit watery. may attempt it again this year and do a reduction with some of the cider, hopefully to balance the overall product out by increasing the percentages of sugars and decreasing the existing water content. Still, it’s an artform.

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 02:23 AM

I enjoy playing sports, mainly handball and softball. Since I love to play handball, it makes extra careful, or concerned with my hands and fingers. Kind of need those to play well.

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 02:29 AM

Bob, I just pick em up, and plant ‘em. Lot’sa water is the key here ‘til ‘bout the end of November…get’s cold and soggy for a few weeks, and then it’s hot and humid again.
I grow a couple of orchids in the stud…patio. They love it(‘cept for the cymbidiums…cain’t take the heat)

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 02:32 AM

Road biking. And chasing after two crazy kids. Bunkie, I’ve always wanted to build my own speakers but assumed modern acoustic technology was too advanced for the DYIer to match the quality of high-end commercial speakers. maybe I’m wrong.

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#15 posted 08-09-2011 02:35 AM

Indoors I enjoy building early period static sailing ship models, reading and chatting with my kids.

Outside I love hunting, hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, working on keeping my 50 acres of wooded land from becoming a big fire hazard, going to the river with my kids, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing.

Lot’s of interests outside woodworking. But I always look forward to getting back in the shop and making something for somebody.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#16 posted 08-09-2011 02:46 AM

Mickey, orchids are beautiful, and one of my favorite flowers, but they also scare the hell out of me. If you were closer, I’d bring you all my brown plants. :)

Cessna, looks like CR1’s your man… XD

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#17 posted 08-09-2011 05:33 AM

Breed, raise, train reining horses [a weather dependant hobby] whereas woodworking is my weather independant hobby!

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#18 posted 08-09-2011 05:36 AM

Bob, where they grow, they’re weeds…treat ‘em as such. They are incredibly hardy

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#19 posted 08-09-2011 05:56 AM

The usual, photography, BBQing, and just started to get into GEO Caching. I didn’t find the first two caches so I am a bit depressed. I think I need a new GPS the phone is just not working out.

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#20 posted 08-09-2011 06:05 AM

Lol…. geomuggles….

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

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#21 posted 08-09-2011 06:08 AM

Astrophotography and astronomy, as you can see from the link in my sig. Also, homebrewing and aquaria. Oh, I’m a musician as well.

Anything that combines art and science…it’s of interest to me.

I will build my own telescopes someday…and guitars.

-- jay,

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#22 posted 08-09-2011 07:03 AM

Mickey, I’ll keep that in mind. What’s the deal with the misting them though?

wseand, I found a geocache purely by accident once. Twas… interesting….

Cosmic, Astronomy? I would have never guessed. ;)

Actually a telescope might be interesting. Especially a wooden one. Probably best done with some cauls and some veneers…

(actually a quick web search popped up this , though I’m sure an LJ can improve upon it.)

Hmmm….. You may actually have created a project much further down the road for myself…

I see actually there’s a few brewers here. And a few BBQers. There’s nothing like an ice cold cider and a few racks of ribs on the grill.

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#23 posted 08-09-2011 12:13 PM

Bob, a good number of the popular orchids originated in the ‘cloud forests’ of south, and central America. Misting replicates their native environment.

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#24 posted 08-09-2011 01:19 PM

Among my hobbies other than woodworking are: websites and internet technology, photography, computer programming, electronics, metalworking, drawing and tole painting, blacksmithing and reading – primarily nonfictional books. Do I have time to do all of these hobbies? No. However, at various times in my life I have devoted a great deal of time to each one of these for long periods of time and am still interested in each one. Fortunately, some of these I am able to devote some time at the plant in our machine shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#25 posted 08-09-2011 02:43 PM

Playing piano, guitar, and writing music. Photography.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#26 posted 08-09-2011 02:55 PM

I have experimented with cold-cast metals with mixed results but plan on doing more serious works with polys. A lot of urethane resins are available for casting and mold making. I have experienced with some incorporating them with wood turnings .I made resins with powdered brass and bronze and poured that in cracks of vessels and around the rim of several turned vessels to look like molten metal had dripped down the sides. It is effective and interesting, but you had better be prepared to re-turn and sand off the not so nice looking experiments…you cannot sand the resultant powdered metal casts, because it will no longer look like the intended metal, but rather metal colored mud. I have a collection of lil’ bottles full of powdered metals which I have mixed with resins for small objects and for trim around and down the sides of turned vessels. I’ve even experimented with badly cracked blanks and blanks with bad cases of shakes, with mixed results. I have used crushed, powdered coal (horrible mess) and crushed pecan shells that a friend gave me. The shells turn out with a decent look requiring only a bit of stain for shading. I had no trouble selling those castings at art shows, but people expected to see originals at the same price as the cast works and it got tiresome explaining the price differentials. It was always frustrating to me to sell a large wood carving knowing it was gone forever ! So I began to experiment with poly urethane rosins with powdered bronze on larger panels. I wanted to be able to cast limited editions of larger works , that could be sold for a reasonable rate allowing me to retain the original. You only have to go through the process one time , successfully making a hard rubber mold and then pouring mixed resin with powdered bronze into a mold and FORGET TO SPRAY ON THE DAMNED RELEASE AGENT ! That sure does piss a body off ! four plus days of work and beaucoup(spelling ?) dollars down the crapper. I now own a rather cumbersome heavy , ugly mass of 18”x24”x2” permanently fused rubber mold and Urethane resin ! not even a good doorstop ! and of course not firewood either, but I guess it is a good teaching aid. ! I will be purchasing more urethane resins in the future for experimenting on smaller works. I have been successful with one small relief carving , cold-casting it in bronze, brass, Iron (which does rust nicely) and aluminum. It was a very simple piece about 4”x9” x 1” deep. I remembered the release agents with these . If anyone would be interested in seeing what that looks like, let me know and I’ll post em.
As you can see if you’ve visited furniture stores lately there are a lot of applied urethane castings masquerading as fine wood carved furniture. Urethane resins are to some wood carvers, as fiberglass is to wooden boat builders or as MDF is to fine furniture designers ! But hey, they all have their places ! the three have been developed overtime to allow access to finer things to people who couldn’t afford the finest….of course greed as always raises its ugly head and products will end up being made cheaper and crappier in China ,and eventually end up in a damned Walmart.

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#27 posted 08-09-2011 03:01 PM

I wanted to say “Molten” metal not “Molted” I apologize to all bird lovers and spelling wizards . Also for the anti-Walmart rant , this was not the place !

Don S. Havana Fl.

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#28 posted 08-09-2011 03:24 PM

I’m a history and archaeology buff so I do a lot of reading when I can. Aside from that and complaining with my best friend of 20+ years about the state of the country, not much more in the way of hobbies. Always wanted to learn some smything though.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#29 posted 08-09-2011 03:29 PM

Wilderness backpacking (Sipsey trip journal), Disc Golf

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#30 posted 08-09-2011 03:32 PM

My list is fairly long. But here goes nothing…

Hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, pretty much anything that involves being out in the woods or on the water.

Cars. Specifically 4×4s. I am not into monster show lifts, but rather well built functional rigs that see lots of use. My favorite all time rig to use as a build base is the International Harvester Scout 2. I miss the one I used to own…

Computers. I am a Linux guy, and enjoy digital imaging / photo / video editing…

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#31 posted 08-09-2011 03:34 PM

I’ve made paper from my sawdust before…. :)

I’m a very creative person and I like working with lots of materials and a variety of “things to make”. Photography (including old-skool medium format developing film in my kitchen), flower arranging, jewellery making, glass blowing, artistic welding, watercolour painting, calligraphy, etc….

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#32 posted 08-09-2011 03:45 PM

Sleep, guitar playing, photography, hiking, kayaking. Would love to have a dedicated garage someday for working on cars, but my garage right now is full of woodworking tools….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#33 posted 08-09-2011 03:50 PM

bentlyj: Don’t worry…. we won’t tell anyone.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#34 posted 08-09-2011 03:51 PM

I’m a runner and a writer in my spare time. Between those and chasing my 4-year old, I manage to chew up about every minute of every day.

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#35 posted 08-09-2011 03:57 PM

“No fight left or so it seems, I’m a man who’s dreams have all deserted.” – Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush Don’t Give Up.

Just popped into my head.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#36 posted 08-09-2011 04:06 PM

Playing the guitar, the game of Go, building bicycle wheels, and biking.

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#37 posted 08-09-2011 04:19 PM

bentlyj, I don’t collect bugs but I love spiders. My favorite is the jumping spider. I think this guy is adorable :-)

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#38 posted 08-09-2011 04:40 PM

Photography. You can see my Flickr here if anyone is interested :)

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#39 posted 08-09-2011 07:01 PM

Some of my hobbies are playing softball, watching my son play baseball and my daughter play softball. I hunt occasionally. Not nearly as exciting (dangerous) as when I rode Bulls, but I dont seem to visit the Emergency room as often. Hmmm, I must be getting tougher in my old age. LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#40 posted 08-09-2011 09:03 PM

Pierce, that guy looks like a misplaced muppet.. XD

Lis, paper from sawdust? Like sawdust sawdust? Tiny minute particles that look like sand but taste rather bad???
Intreresting… Did you mix in other fibers and use it primarily as a binder? How strong was it?

Porchfish, You are singlehandedly one of the more interesting fellow LJ’s I have yet to find here. I always enjoy your posts. I’ve also thought about the resin/metal combination, (and thanks for the heads up on sanding) and have considered it using it at a future date, possibly requesting some rather knotty red woods, and combining it with either brass or iron. It’s always an interesting look, and the combination of metal and wood is one of much more possibilities than just using metal fixtures.

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#41 posted 08-09-2011 09:18 PM

with as much as i work you could swear decommissioning oil rigs is a hobby. golf, fishing and duck season…. and entertaining my 2 year old daughter

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#42 posted 08-09-2011 09:21 PM

I have a weird blend of typically masculine and feminine hobbies, but I’m masculine enough to allow the feminine ones;) I’ll deadlift, then weed the garden; shoot assault rifles, then work on an oil paiting; build a powerful computer, then make a wine reduction. I tend toward extreme obsession in hobbies and many have come and gone. Woodworking and exercise are really the only ones that have persisted.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#43 posted 08-09-2011 09:57 PM

Fishing, BBQ’ing (wood or charcoal only), playing guitar, camping (wife and kids aren’t crazy about that one, so we don’t do it much), hunting for arrowheads and other Indian artifacts, drawing and painting (haven’t done either for such a long time, I bet my brushes are no good at this point), and a little bit of gardening/landscaping.

Time is always the problem, with any hobby I seem to latch onto, though.

I used to be into computers and technology back when it was still new and interesting (at least to me), and before I went and ruined a good hobby by turning it into a career… Before that as a kid I used to love taking things apart to find out how they worked. Radios, clocks, bicycles, lawn mowers… anything mechanical. Needless to say, rules were established on the toolbox in the garage…


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#44 posted 08-09-2011 10:00 PM

I enjoy the outdoors, in my spare time I like to hike. I also enjoy disc golf, geocaching, and motorcycling. I also enjoy tinkering on mechanical things and messing about with computers.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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#45 posted 08-10-2011 12:51 AM

nah, just wood works out just fine. It’s all about a good mix of hardwood and softwood.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#46 posted 08-10-2011 01:04 AM

BobTheFish: Beekeeping
bentlyj: I am also into bugs. So much so that I have an observation hive in the living room.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#47 posted 08-10-2011 01:30 AM

I’m into guitars. My collection is up to 32 and still growing. All except a couple I’ve rebuilt. Strip them down and start from scratch. I make my living turning a wrench (auto mechanic) and used to always have a “project” car or truck around. I’m really getting burned out on cars so I pretty much focus on woodworking and guitar work. I also mess around with spray paint art or space painting. Saw a guy doing it at a state fair and kinda liked it.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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#48 posted 08-10-2011 01:48 AM

before woodworking I built and flew radio controled model airplanes. As far as mixed media… I have made functioning fireplace bellows of wood, brass, and leather.

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#49 posted 08-10-2011 02:12 AM

We have raised Tennessee Walking Horses for the last 25 years, but slowing down now with the breeding operation and gearing up to get into my shop more…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#50 posted 08-10-2011 03:01 AM

As the song goes…”I’m pretty good a drinking beer”.

My wife might say one of my hobbies is collect free $#!+

Reading and international politics are also interests though they pretty much come with the job.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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