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Location: Missoula, Montana
Website: http://summerfieldmusic.99k.org/

My avatar picture is my great great grandfather, Benjamin F. Summerfield, Jr. As far as I can document, he was the first carpenter in my ancestry. I do not know for certain the occupation of his father, Benjamin F. Summerfield, Sr., or his grandfather, Richard Summerfield. Richard was the first Summerfield in my family to immigrate from England, in the 1760's, and his wife, Sarah Wilson, was born in 1749 in Sheffield, England, that great city of steel making and tool manufacturing. I would imagine, therefore, that earlier members of my family also had strong ties to working wood with hand tools. It is in my genes.

My grandfather, Seth M. Summerfield, Sr., was a carpenter by trade and an excellent craftsman by hobby. He especially enjoyed furniture making and gunsmithing, and he even made a few violins. For many years, his job was working on the restoration/recreation of buildings at Colonial Williamsburg. My father, Seth M. Summerfield, Jr., was also a carpenter, but midway through life he became an outstanding luthier, making violins, guitars, mandolins, and banjos. He was the most gifted craftsman I have ever known. Fortunately for me, I grew up in his shop. Prior to leaving home for college, I was there nearly every day, learning from Dad, and working on some project or another. As a teen, I built guns, archery bows, musical instruments, and many other items that any accomplished adult would be proud to claim.

When I became an adult, time commitments of job and family kept me from continuing woodworking on a grand scale. The projects I undertook were mostly out of necessity - either building our homes or building furniture to stock our homes. My job required moving every few years, so establishing a meaningful shop was difficult during those years as well.

Now I am retired. I have a new large shop. And for the first time in a very long time, I have the time to do what I want. I am enjoying getting my shop set up the way I want it, and putting all my tools, which have been neglected over the years, back in top working order. I have inherited some of my Dad's and Granddad's tools, and I treasure most the tools they made themselves. I am also cultivating an interest in vintage tools, and have been acquiring and restoring a few to complete my shop as well as just to enjoy and pass on to others. I'm looking forward to getting back into quality woodworking in a more serious fashion. I don't know exactly what projects lie ahead, but I'm sure they will be fun and educational while also hopefully being useful and beautiful.

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-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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surfin2

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#1 posted 187 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 186 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Todd

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 186 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
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john2005

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#4 posted 177 days ago

Ah, another Zootowner! Welcome!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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theoldfart

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#5 posted 157 days ago

Bob, welcome to the site. Your writing style is fantastic. Please continue, there are a lot of us that don’t have the woodworking pedigree that you have and we are eager learners.
Again thank you.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Roger

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#6 posted 155 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. You have a gr8 story. I know you’ll put those fine tools to good workings. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust. Carry on.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Philip

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#7 posted 146 days ago

I can already tell we will learn a lot! Great to have you here.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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MontanaBob

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#8 posted 118 days ago

It’s great to see another Montana woodworker here on LJ’s…..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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ralbuck

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#9 posted 19 days ago

Just a Hello!

Another of the GNW boys in the herd!

Sanity is not required. Sometimes we even manage t talk about actual woodworking!

Where you live is very pretty and sure beats thick urban situations!

-- just rjR

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