New To LJ #1: Wow! There's alot here!

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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 01-28-2010 03:25 PM 892 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t know exactly where to begin so what the heck. I am really glad to have found this place. The sheer volume of projects and ideas and talent in this community is nearly overwhelming! It nice to browse through and admire all the talented work out there. And maybe snag ideas for future projects. I fell into woodworking 20 years ago out of high school by working in a place that makes wooden shutters for homes. Jobdidn’t last forever but skills learned lit a desire to continue making things.
I got into aviation in the 90’s when it was going gangbusters. Interiors for corporate jets. Composite panels for carcasses and wood & wood veneers with ridiculously high price tags. Like building Lamborghinis. Fun to work on but can’t even afford an ashtray for myself. I did get lots of free exotic wood scraps though. Did that for a little over ten years but burned out on the stress and ran into health isssues (high blood pressure at 32). In that world you’re either working 60-80 hours a week or worrying about the next layoff. The paperwork is a nightmare also. When you have to know when the screws you are using were made that’s a little too restrictive! Add on top of that driving 150-180 miles round trip every day it makes life hard for family or anything else.
Left that world and returned to residential cabinetry. Wife went to work at a job that requires some traveling so I found a shop in town and hired on techically part-time. One of us takes our daughters to school and picks them up every day. Very important to us. The flexibility also let me relax enough to find the fun in woodworking again. Started building my collection of tools back up, getting things as I thought I needed (or wanted) them and making gifts along with a few paying jobs a year. Within another year or so I plan to build for myself full-time; furniture and custom trim along with whatever I can find that’ll sell at trades day shows like Canton,TX (Look it up, largest flea market in country). I love what I do and feel extremely blessed by God for the ability and the support of my lovely wife. Everyone who has a love of a skill is still learning, no matter how long you’ve been at it. More later, gotta get the kids to school.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 04:29 PM

Welcome to the site Robert. And good luck when you start the Canton experience. You’re right, that place is big

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 07:05 PM

Welcome, and your rigth about 1st monday it is big and busy. For those of us who live there/near we go from a sleeping town of about 3000 or 4000 to 10000 to 20 in winter to god knows how many in summer. We just leve town.

-- Leslie, TX

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 08:05 PM

hi robert welcome aboard good luck in what ever you do

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 08:08 PM

Robert, it is good to have you on board. I am looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 08:15 PM

welcome to LJ’s ,

and to a smoother life style .

we do a lot of ’ show and tell ’ here ,
so jump on in , the sawdust’s fine !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 09:34 PM

but be aware that it´s so addictive so your shop can be in the dangerzone



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#7 posted 01-29-2010 02:45 PM

Oh Robert have you found a place to roost, this is a perfect fit from your bio…welcome and remember family come’s first…LOL take care and have fun…Blkcherry

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