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a1Jim

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11-21-2009 04:44 AM

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while working on a hope chest in my shop for a customer today I get a phone call the person said this is Greg Dahl .Being engrossed in what I was doing I’m thinking this name sound familiar and then he says of Oregon Burls , well now I no were I have heard his name before after seeing all of the wonderful burls he has post on LJs. He said that he wanted help making a latch and light cover for his car and I said did you say a latch cover for your car and he said yes . I asked some more questions and he wanted to know what was the best way to make this item. He offered to e mail me a photo and I said to bad he wasn’t closer (him being 60 miles away give or take) and he said that’s not that far ,so we decided to have him head up to my shop and see what we could do. Greg showed up a couple ours later and we decided what was the best approach to making his light and latch cover. I pulled out the good old Multi-router and were off to the races . Having that instructor blood flowing in my veins I asked Greg if he wanted to give it a go and said sure.

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All said and done we spent a couple of hours milling out this most unusual project and worked together like old friends. Well we got out roughed out with some hand tuning to do when Greg got home.

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Talking to Greg he has a very interesting back ground having lived Alaska and Hawaii with widely varying careers from commercial fisherman to a professional singer and of course a good number of years in the burl business.

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Speaking of burls Greg said he would bring some wood down for me, I said it wasn’t necessary but he said he had plenty and would like to bring some. As he arrived he brought in a giant stack of wood and I said wow that’s a lot and he said that’s less than half of what I brought you. I was shocked and amazed at the quantity an variety of burls he brought. What a nice generous guy.

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I’ve seen other post were Lumber jocks visit other LJers and wished there was someone close enough to drop by, so I guess it was our turn.

Thanks for the visit and the Burl Greg

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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#1 posted 11-21-2009 04:53 AM

wow … looks like a great stash of burl

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 05:06 AM

Greg Dahl, expect an email from me…not looking for freebies! I see some burls there that are in the size range I’m looking for to use to make some small boxes.

And, a1Jim, you are one lucky guy!

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 05:17 AM

Hey Atom
Welcome to Ljs here’s a short cut to Gregs home page
http://lumberjocks.com/OregonBurls

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 05:41 AM

We still need a better picture and explanation of what the latch and light cover is and how it turned out!

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 05:47 AM

Hey Dan
I know I should have had a better photo of both but Greg took it home with him maybe we can get him to post them win he finishes it up, and of course its made from some great burl wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 05:52 AM

Jim You are a great guy. Thank you so much for your time. I feel that I gained a friend!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 05:52 AM

I really do need to make that trip north. Lots of LJs I would like to visit up there and it has been so long since I have been “Home”.

Looks like a great day.

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#8 posted 11-21-2009 05:59 AM

Great to hear of LJ’s getting together. You are both great guys that are always helping others. A main stay of the LJ familly.

Thanks for shareing a great story.

Scrappy

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#9 posted 11-21-2009 05:59 AM

Hey Greg
Great to meet you and thanks again for all that super burl, Friends for sure. Say hi to the two junior lumber jocks too.

Give me a yell if you head up this way Wayne.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-21-2009 06:08 AM

Will do. I have lots of time off over the holidays this year.

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

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#11 posted 11-21-2009 06:47 AM

Wait a second I’m confused. You said you were working in your shop for a customer. I thought Lumberjocking was your full time job. LOL. From the looks of those burls I’d say I have to meet Greg too. Thanks for sharing the story.

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 11-21-2009 06:54 AM

Hey Keith
Don’t be confused I stopped working on the hope chest and worked on Gregs project because I wanted too.
As you know when you work for yourself you get to make those choices.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 11-21-2009 06:55 AM

Jim .. I bow down to your gloat… beats mine hands down…Nice to see that people still help one another out when needed.
Good on both of you..
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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

Wow…great story. Kudos to Martin for this great site that makes this possible…..

I was sorry to have missed out on the Sacto wood show….I spent the weekend tending to an emergency work situation….it would have been nice to put some faces with the comments in the blogs…

I wish there were more LJ’s around my area….as it would be interesting to compare notes and shops….most of the folks I know like to see what I made…but don’t care too much how it was created…..but it seems like you are always in demand if you can fix or make things…LOL….

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#15 posted 11-21-2009 07:39 AM

What a great story Jim..don’t you just love it when things come together all serendipity? Glad you had such a great day.

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