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Forum topic by BobTheFish posted 08-08-2011 10:58 PM 2348 views 0 times favorited 79 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2011 10:58 PM

So.. non-shop talk seems to be primarily political ranting, so as a break, do any of you have other hobbies outside of woodworking?

Personally I enjoy working with wire at times, and the aforementioned bookbinding, which I haven’t done much of…

Do any of you ever considering incorporating these other crafts and hobbies into woodworking? Anyone auto fans decide to build a wooden car? Fish off your own handmade boat? Cutting boards get a lot of use in the kitchen? How about mixed media?

I’ve always wanted to do something like Mokumegane ( ), but am a bit afraid of the high temps, and the metals are prohibitively expensive right now. Still, it would be interested to have “woodlike” metal mixed with wood on a console table or something. I also wonder if anyone might attempt to use sawdust to make a clay-like medium and sculpt with it… Just ideas.


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#1 posted 08-09-2011 12:25 AM

I rescue neglected yard and house plants. Okay, it’s a niche thing, but it’s what I do. We have a winter population here, and the plant/buy all sorts of cool plants, and go back home in the summer…well summer is not kind to plants here. And then there are roadkills…someone drove over a mature Sago palm a few years ago. It’s now in my yard…and growin’ well.
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#2 posted 08-09-2011 12:39 AM

Metal detectors,fishing,hunting ginseng,casinos,travel with my wife,gem hunting among lots of other things.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 12:46 AM

I enjoy sailing and working on boats. Making improvements to our sailboat such as the cutting board that I recently posted under “Projects” is always satisfying. My son and I built a 16’ skiff that made it to the pages of Wooden Boat Magazine about 12 years ago. In addition, I have a 1957 mahogany Whirlwind run about, waiting for me to refinish and put back into the water.

I also enjoy photography, and cooking … especially grilling and making home made sauces.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 12:49 AM

One of my other hobbies is what led me into woodworking. I started building my own speakers back in high school, buying surplus cabinets and installing my own drivers and crossovers. The supply of cabinets was hit or miss, so I started building my own.

I’m also an avid amateur musician, fronting my own classic rock band on vocals and guitar. Add in electronics (although not so much lately), motorcycling, cooking, reading (history and science fiction, mostly) and downhill skiing and there you have it. Oh yeah, I just tried my hand at making beer with one of those Mr. Beer kits. The result was quite drinkable and it was certainly fun and is something I will be doing again.

In the future I plan to take up welding and oil painting, flying and, perhaps, quilting.

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 12:50 AM

cr1, I already like your hobby better than mine!

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 12:56 AM

I am a part time jeweler and design and sculpt wax patterns for casting, but my favorite pass time, if I had any time, would be kayak fishing, camping and hiking. Being an engineer in my day job, I love to tinker and invent things. Another pass time, for which I have no time is bicycling. . . . just too many projects, not enough time.

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 12:57 AM

Model building, photographing remaining steam locomotives.

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 01:35 AM

Hey Mickey, do you use gas, charcoal or hard wood for your BBQ? Any favorite recipes you care to share?


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#9 posted 08-09-2011 01:44 AM

Mesquite…solemante! Cain’t afford charcoal, he he!

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 01:45 AM

I have been a photographer for several years before I started working wood. By that I mean I am just a modestly self educated amateur. haha. But I sometimes tend to think that the photos of my woodworks are better than the woodworks themselves. haha. But I love to hike, backpack. Before wood I worked soapstone and alabaster. I am also a big fan of spending too much money and Star trek. :)

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 02:05 AM

Mickey, that’s actually a very interesting hobby. Do you have a reverse-greenhouse or something? Do you have to keep them cooler? or do you just water them more? I’m in the northeast, so we don’t really have a problem with plants… Well, most people don’t. I tend to ahhhh…. forget this whole “watering” thing. The plants must think I’m a sadist. I used to specifically request plants that could take a beating and still thrive, but they STILL couldn’t take my abuse. What I’ve had luck with though is chives and thyme. Both are great for cooking, and grow like the weeds they are, so I guess I’ve finally found something that’s more resilient than my negligence… I try to be kind to the rest of the plant would though, by not purchasing anymore, or when I do, I make sure to gift them to good homes. My mother’s done rather well with the orchids I’ve bought.

CR1, brewing is awesome. I had a friend who was into beer. He ended up having these huge graphs and charts he made to recount his various brews. I tried brewing hard cider one year, and it wa all right, but a bit watery. may attempt it again this year and do a reduction with some of the cider, hopefully to balance the overall product out by increasing the percentages of sugars and decreasing the existing water content. Still, it’s an artform.

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 02:23 AM

I enjoy playing sports, mainly handball and softball. Since I love to play handball, it makes extra careful, or concerned with my hands and fingers. Kind of need those to play well.

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 02:29 AM

Bob, I just pick em up, and plant ‘em. Lot’sa water is the key here ‘til ‘bout the end of November…get’s cold and soggy for a few weeks, and then it’s hot and humid again.
I grow a couple of orchids in the stud…patio. They love it(‘cept for the cymbidiums…cain’t take the heat)

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 02:32 AM

Road biking. And chasing after two crazy kids. Bunkie, I’ve always wanted to build my own speakers but assumed modern acoustic technology was too advanced for the DYIer to match the quality of high-end commercial speakers. maybe I’m wrong.

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#15 posted 08-09-2011 02:35 AM

Indoors I enjoy building early period static sailing ship models, reading and chatting with my kids.

Outside I love hunting, hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, working on keeping my 50 acres of wooded land from becoming a big fire hazard, going to the river with my kids, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing.

Lot’s of interests outside woodworking. But I always look forward to getting back in the shop and making something for somebody.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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