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a1Jim

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08-19-2015 10:46 PM

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Hi Gang
I was thinking back when I first started woodworking,back then there was no internet so I gained a lot of my knowledge from magazines and TV shows and of course trial and error.
Back then my favorite magazine was “FineWoodworking ” My Favorite TV show was “The New Yankee Work Shop” and much more information was gained by books many written by authors of articles in woodworking magazines.
Now of course I get a lot of information online from great websites like this and it’s very talented members and wonderful videos on “You Tube” and my Favourite is my Membership on Charles Neil”s” Master woodworking online class.”

What woodworking sources did you learn from and are you learning from now?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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#1 posted 08-19-2015 11:03 PM

My grandfather was my first influence, but he mainly only did refinishes and utilitarian works. Hise inspired me to create things myself.
Steve Ramsey
Paul Sellers
Jay Bates
Christopher Schwarz
Norm Abrams
Marc Spagnoulo (sp?)
Roy Underhill

Many others, but those are off the top of my head. Magazines and books are absorbed frequently as well

Not to mention many of the people on this site, most are listed as my buddies.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 11:05 PM

Good list Justin

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 11:13 PM

I started out drooling over the New Yankee Workshop. I still covet Norm’s shop/tools

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 11:19 PM

I’m with ya Greg
Good old Norm

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 12:00 AM

Starting out. A couple really good shop teachers, my dad, Norm & Roy.

Now. Lumberjocks. There’s a wealth of info on here that will keep me moving forward for a long time.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 12:06 AM

I knew nothing about woodworking, joinery, jigs, finishing, etc until I found/joined LJ. Then a member here gave me all the back issues of Shopnotes on CD. I asked a LOT of questions of LJ members and always received excellent replies.

I still learn something nearly every day on LJ and I am very grateful for the advice and friends I have made here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 08-20-2015 12:26 AM

Well, my very first teacher was a1Jim when I first joined LJ, who told me the sad but very important truth that wood moves… OMG I thought, how can I deal with that? Since then, it’s been mostly the rest of the LJ community here that has guided my path, and then later on down the line, I bought Paul Sellers course on woodworking and learned the basics, hand tools and hand made joinery, then some rounding out with Roy Underhills old PBS videos. I’ve bought Christopher Schwarz’ book on workbenches, but have not built my Roubo yet, but that’s coming this next year. Mostly I’ve learned right here on the LJ site, it’s inspirational, supportive, and you only have to ask the question to get anything answered. Thank You all LumberJocks!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 12:36 AM

Paul Sellers more than anyone else. I like his minimalist approach, although I use both hand and power tools myself.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#9 posted 08-20-2015 12:38 AM

My High school shop teacher, my dad or letting me ruin a lot of wood and showing me that a chain saw could be used for cutting rafters and other things besides falling trees. I watched New Yankee Workshop and Roy Underhill. Woodsmith magazine was always good for some project or idea. My skill seem to have caught up to Fine Woodworking. I am no longer intimidated by their projects. i now look at them as a challenge or a way to improve my skills.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 08-20-2015 12:40 AM

It’s hard to beat an in-person mentors Jay.

Those are great sources Gfadvm.

Glad to have a small part of your woodworking knowledge base Jerry, Lot’s of other good sources too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 08-20-2015 12:45 AM

Billy,Paul Sellers is a very knowledgeable guy.

Bruce,thank goodness for those great shop teachers and good old Dad.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 08-20-2015 12:48 AM



My grandfather was my first influence, but he mainly only did refinishes and utilitarian works. Hise inspired me to create things myself.
Steve Ramsey
Paul Sellers
Jay Bates
Christopher Schwarz
Norm Abrams
Marc Spagnoulo (sp?)
Roy Underhill

Many others, but those are off the top of my head. Magazines and books are absorbed frequently as well

Not to mention many of the people on this site, most are listed as my buddies.

- Tugboater78


Well this list is pretty close to mine other than adding my Grandfather , Father , four Uncles and Several Shop Teachers from 7th grade to the end of High School.
My skills were a lot better when I got out of HS than they are now for sure but I am working on bringing them back up to what the were or better, If I can just get a place to work on a regular basis. The carport Sucks as a
Wood Shop.

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#13 posted 08-20-2015 12:52 AM

It’s tough when you don’t have a dedicated shop Richard.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 08-20-2015 12:54 AM

We were allowed to begin shop classes in 7th grade, back then I couldn’t make a pencil tray. Everytime I got close to roughing it in I would give one more pass with the chisel and through the bottom I’d go. Meanwhile all the other kids were moving onto making foot stools, step back cupboards etc. Then one day when I was going to the stock room for another maple blank to size up, I noticed that there at the very bottom of the bench were the pencil trays from past students. I saw nothing wrong with taking a leftover one that had an A+ grade on it and refinishing it and handing it in, I know better now. The shop teacher gave me a C- on it, argh! I would say there were a myriad of old timers that I gleaned from and spent time in my shop till early in the morning honing what I learned. Norm was someone I watched when I was able, he always did good work.

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#15 posted 08-20-2015 12:56 AM

High shop, college woodworking classes, magazines, YouTube, from my students during 40 years of teaching shop. It is amazing how much you learn by teaching students woodworking. They come up with problems that makes you and the student look for good solutions.

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