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Location: Dedham, MA USA

Comfortably middle-aged, which means waiting for retirement years to get here. I live in Dedham, MA USA with my wife and two Maine Coon cats in a 1920 mutt farm house. For the past 30 odd years I've been messing with handtools. Collector, sometimes seller, hoarder at times until I realize there is too much and then it goes out to auction. Although I do have the big power stuff I rarely if ever use it (other than cordless drills). Handwork is my focus and more so the history of the same.

Early trades, crafts and industries have become my main interest. Books and ephemera now fill my shelves more than tools. Well, the tools fill the basement. The books and ephemera fill the upstairs work room. By day I work at a research Library in the Archives, running a digital document project: read as - scanning, organizing, sorting, archiving tons of stuff. Plus I keep myself occupied with my website and blog.

Used to hang out at the Oldtools list, but now make the rounds of the rest of the net.

Most often you can find me rescuing a hunk of antique furniture more so than making from scratch. I just like bringing them back to life again.

-- Gary Roberts, Dedham MA,

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commented on My journey in workbench design #1: What kind of bench do I need? 12-04-2007 08:49 AM
commented on Some really New Ephemera 11-13-2007 05:40 PM
commented on Some really New Ephemera 11-09-2007 08:06 PM
commented on Some really New Ephemera 11-09-2007 07:43 AM
added blog entry Some really New Ephemera 11-09-2007 01:06 AM
commented on toolemera's Profile 11-07-2007 07:20 AM
added blog entry By way of introduction 11-06-2007 10:07 AM
signed up toolemera's Profile 11-06-2007 09:51 AM

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#1 posted 11-06-2007 09:11 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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#2 posted 11-07-2007 03:26 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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#3 posted 11-07-2007 05:18 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 11-07-2007 07:20 AM

Well, I have to say that I have never set foot in a forum that extended such a pleasant welcome! My thanks to one and all. Clearly, I’ll have to make this a regular stop. As for projects, there are those that I have done a while ago. My interests of late have been all paper and books… so long as the pertain to woodworking. But I guess that that is clear from my website. Of course there are also the old tools that have had rehabilitative attention. Blanket chests, etc. I don’t do anywhere as near as much woodwork as I used to, mostly due to vision problems, time and of course the allure of books and ephemera. But rest assured, wood is where my heart lies.


-- Gary Roberts, Dedham MA,

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#5 posted 11-07-2007 04:20 PM

Hey! Welcome to LJ!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 11-10-2007 04:22 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community. I’m a tool lover as well.

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

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#7 posted 11-10-2007 04:27 AM

Welcome to LJ’s (Enjoy)
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 11-11-2007 03:01 AM

Great to have you here, Gary! Show us some of the projects that you’ve “brought back to life.”

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 11-11-2007 06:52 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 04:43 PM

We welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a great answer for you.

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

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#11 posted 11-15-2007 10:38 AM

Glad to have you on board.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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