Sam Shakouri

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Location: Sydney / Australia

I was born in Baghdad, Iraq 1947 and was interested in woodwork from my childhood when my mother bought me the first hand scrole saw.
It was my favourite toy unlikely for children in their 8 years of age. In my high school years I was good and interested in math, geometry and inparticular in algebra. But the wind was against the ship in which I was traveling and I could not go further than finishing high school in 1964, when I started to work to suport myself.
From Baghdad to Kuwait and Germany and then Australia in 1974 which I proudly call home, I worked hard in many not related to woodwork jobes. But, all that time and everywhere I was, my interest in wood had never faded. I was waiting for the first opportunety to start doing something out of timber, anything.
I took up woodturning and without any kind of training ,alone, I began turning until I joined The Sydney Woodturners about 15 years ago.
I am a very active member of our region. Macarthur, and known as the one who turned the sooccer ball.
The more I turn wood the more I love this hobby, but in the same time I lose interest in any project I repeat for third or even the second time, unless with a better idea or some changes.
I, also, enjoy complicating the project I attemt to work on because I find biger challenge and I like challenges.
I had few public appearances in local newspapers and an article in Australian Woodworkers magazine about how to turn a soccer ball, and another one in the same issue under' Sam Shakouris Adventurs in Segmented Turning.
Well fellows woodturners, you will recognize my character when you visit and go to my page after clicking on Gallery Of Members Works. You will see more than 50 photos of my work alone, and those are only FEW of what I have at home.
Keep turning safely.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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commented on Burned Basswood Boot 11-25-2015 07:13 AM
commented on SOCCER BALL IN THE AIR 11-19-2015 02:39 PM
commented on SOCCER BALL IN THE AIR 11-19-2015 07:05 AM
added project SOCCER BALL IN THE AIR 11-19-2015 06:42 AM
commented on segment bowl 11-13-2015 07:58 PM
commented on TWISTED DOUGHNUT IN THE AIR 11-12-2015 07:38 AM
added project TWISTED DOUGHNUT IN THE AIR 11-12-2015 06:59 AM
added project DECORATED VASE 10-09-2015 08:52 AM
commented on OFF CUT PLATTER 10-05-2015 01:21 AM
added project OFF CUT PLATTER 10-04-2015 06:16 AM
added project DOUBLE NATURAL EDGES 09-30-2015 06:28 AM
commented on Turned out to be a Collection Plate 09-27-2015 08:42 PM
added project ROCKY BOWL 09-23-2015 11:31 AM
commented on Dancing Shoes - A Collection Ready to Tear the Rug!!! 09-22-2015 10:28 AM

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#1 posted 12-12-2009 12:12 PM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 12-12-2009 02:41 PM

Hello Sydney,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#3 posted 12-12-2009 02:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-12-2009 04:04 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-12-2009 04:48 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 12-12-2009 05:56 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 12-12-2009 08:14 PM

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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Mike Pientka

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#8 posted 12-12-2009 11:28 PM

Welcome aboard !

-- Engineer by day, Woodworker by night, Original Approach LLC, Windsor CO,

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#9 posted 12-12-2009 11:52 PM


You will find to be helpful, informative, supportive, and inspiring.

I bring A long list of experience creating, Furniture, Custom Furniture, Chairs, Occasional Chair, Dining Chair, Upholstered Rocking Chair, Wood Seat Rocker, Wood Seat Rocking Chair, Custom Rocker, Handcrafted Rocker, Personalized Rocker, Tables, Coffee Table, End Table, Side Table, Accent Table, Dining Table, Entry Table, Bistro Table, Bar Stool, Stools, and the list goes on.

I will keep an eye out and try to help you when I can as my time is limited. I check my In box on a regular basis and I will respond as soon as time allows.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#10 posted 12-13-2009 06:46 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 12-21-2009 07:09 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Sam Shakouri

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#12 posted 01-11-2010 09:46 AM

I accedently deleted all the information I had received from L J and I was unable to send any project to my home page. Can any one help and guid me to get these info so I can add some photos of my woodturning and enable me to show you some of my work.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Sam Shakouri

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#13 posted 01-11-2010 09:50 AM

You can writ to directly to my email address:

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Martin Svaabeck

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 01:49 AM

Hello, Sam,
Many thanks for your complementary remarks on my latest effort with the Dreidels. Unfortunately, I will be unable to show them to you, or, display them at our next “Show & Tell” meeting, as I have already presented them as a Gift to a Friend. Both Val & I were very favourably impressed with your latest Creation of the Plywood Vase. I will have to `get-my-finger-out` and endeavour to finish the `Wave Form Vase`, that I started, when the weather cools down, `one day`, hopefully!!
I should also mention that Val & I truly value Yours & Asha`s Friendship.

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Ken Waller

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#15 posted 01-23-2010 05:26 PM

Hi Sam,
A belated welcome to LJs. It’s always nice to have another turner on board. Your beautiful work highlights a level of patience I have yet to achieve.


-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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