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Forum topic by ReclaimedLA posted 02-02-2012 06:46 AM 747 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2012 06:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: little rock ar little rock woodwork little rock area woodworkers apprentice shop helper

Hello, my name is Jarred, and this will be my first post here at LJs. Let me start by saying thank you for all your knowledge and willingness to share it with the world. There are some incredibly kind people active in these forums. But anyways…

I will be travelling with some family to Little Rock, AR next week. I have been there before but wasn’t into woodwork at the time. I know there are some woodworkers there, and I have been trying to reach out to local woodworkers in my area(Farmerville, LA(NELA)) with no such luck. I could’ve started by saying I am relatively new to woodworking. I’ve “piddled” for almost 2 years now, and have acquired a strong foundation of woodworking skills. If there happen to be any Little Rock woodies that read this, I wanted to find someone who wouldn’t mind me helping in their shop for a week, be it professional or hobby. I have been reading every book I can on woodworking, therefore, I have a tremendous amount of theoretical knowledge on the subject. I have been looking for a sort of “Jedi Master” who would be willing to take on a “Padiwan Learner” for quite some time. In my area there is no sense of community, much less woodworkers with a sense of community.

I am not asking for someone to let me use their shop by any means. I simply want to watch(and listen if you’re willing to think or instruct out loud) and soak it up. I wouldn’t even expect to turn a single tool on. I just seem to run into hurdle after hurdle in my own personal work. So far it has mainly been trial and error, especially having to makedue with a rundown, poorly equipped shop. I know an extensive amount about power tools(I’ve recently torn down and rebuilt/renovated every tool in my stepdad’s old shop). I can be an excellent extra pair of hands, especially with the right instruction. I would be willing to clean up at the day’s end and anything else I could do as a payment for the priceless knowledge I would be given. I am a very smart(book and common sense), appreciative, passionate, eager, and very hard working young man with refined manners and a thirst for knowledge no one thing could quench.

Also…even if no one has a spot in their shop for a week, does anyone know of any other places or people pertaining to woodworking in the area? Tool shops, lumber yards, not lowe’s or home depot, etc?

I really did not want this to be my very first post on LJ’s, but I have a project I am finishing and simply could not put it down. So I’m just now finding the time to post and next week is 4 days away. And that is why this is my first post. If this is in the wrong section let me know. I’m still trying to get used to forums. Thank you very much in advance to everyone who replies to this. Have a wonderful day(or night)... Jarred

-- -Jarred- Bonesaw's Readyyyy!!


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#1 posted 02-02-2012 06:57 AM

Check out wwbeds.com. Chris Davis is a very active member here on LJs and has what appears to be a thriving woodworking business in North Little Rock.

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 07:00 AM

Chris’s profile here is

http://lumberjocks.com/wwbeds

He has some pretty amazing projects. I have no idea what his visitor policy is, but worst he can do is say no.

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