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02-11-2014 03:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: snow fireplace books magazines projects design

With the snow in North Georgia this morning it’s a great time to just sit in my armchair in front of the fireplace and look through my collection of books and magazines for project and design ideas. My wife and one of my daughters are also with me.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 03:44 PM

yep, your right about that, having your family with you and a warm fire going and resting and reading of wood projects, the inspiration can flow when you look and ponder over projects, i like to have a notepad when doing that, ideas come, if you don’t right them down they stay as dreams and thoughts, but if you write them down then that is the first step in making it a reality…so how has the shop set up gone, you kinda dropped off the radar after your last blog, it would be really fun to see you show them off, maybe do a tutorial on each one, it would teach the newer woodworkers how to use them, just an idea, enjoy the day, i’ve also got the wood stove going in the shop, im working on several projects…i have a pad i put on the floor so i can lay by the stove and read, meditate, and think of new and past projects..i love my shop…when i close the door, i have no idea what is going on outside…i’m in my own little world, happy as a lark.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 03:48 PM

Sounds like all is well down in North Georgia.

We are supposed to get some snow tonight or tomorrow here in South Tennessee.
Hard to say; the forecast has changed 3 times in 2 days.

Enjoy and be thankful.

I’ve decided to put a small wood stove in the new shop I’m building. Won’t have it for this year, but will ready for next year.

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 03:52 PM

My shop is my sanctuary, Grizz. My heat pump is working well and I also have a ventilation fan. Based on my calculations I will be able to keep my shop between 60 and 80 degrees all year round for around $50 a month. I did without heat or air all of those years at my work so it sure is nice to have it now that I’m retired.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 04:03 PM

yes sir charles, its the time in your life where you are running the entire show, you deserve the heat and ac….sometimes i will cook some bacon and pancakes out there , yes you are right about it being a sanctuary…have a great day ….im really excited to see what you make out there….do you have the wood your going to start working with or are you still in the gathering mode…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-11-2014 04:13 PM

Same here. Hopefully we will not ever have to retire from working with wood though.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 04:22 PM

Charles that sounds good to me.
When I do that the firewood pile starts to look to good to burn.
At the moment I got a load of old soft pine fencing posts, no temptation
to make anything out of them.
I also like my wee sanctuary, I share it with others but that is also good.
I can sit with a mate just looking at the wood, dreaming of the next non production project.
Enjoy my friend, you have earned it.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 04:44 PM

I am setting in the “office” looking out the window at the snow falling, was thinking about going cross
country skiing when I got up, but the thermometer red 30% at that temperature the snow would stick
to the skis. Did not get up until late, after I shoveled the deck and driveway, it is too late to go out to
the shop because I am working the lunch shift from 11:30 to 2:30 at my old job until one of the younger
guys recuperates from his open heart surgery. Another 6 weeks until I can re-retire. then spring should be
here and time to play in the shop full time.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 02-11-2014 04:54 PM

After working for all of your life, you deserve all the ME time that you can get for you and your family. You guys have gotten slammed in GA this year. We too in mid OK have had a tough winter, and are finally seeing the sun in way too many days. I’ve already burned through a 35lb bottle of propane in the shop and am sick of it. Teleport some of that inspiration my way, my brain is blocked from all the lack of vitamin D. 944 days to retirement for me. After working since I was 15, the last 35 years in a high stress job, I am ready to stop and be poor but happier. Enjoy!! Spring is coming.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 06:01 PM


When I lived in Arkansas (five years) and it snowed. Everything came to a stop. In MN 15 years now we just walk over it until spring. I’m looking forward to green! And going to our state park waterfall.

In ten days we should be averaging just below freezing. Man I will jump up and down! LOL!

Enjoy the romance gentlemen and ladies.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 06:16 PM

Absolutely. I have quite a bit of family in Northern Georgia, including my folks (north-west area) and they are hunkered down to wait out the storm. Both my father and my sister-in-law emailed to say Krogers was packed with people buying groceries last night. Stay safe, Charles.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 06:17 PM

I would love to send you all of my snow. Then you could ponder it even more and I can get my work done. Hope all is well with you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 06:24 PM

Snow in the South is like really good bourbon: you rarely get any, and when you do, it doesn’t last very long. I try to enjoy it while I can.

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 07:07 PM

When they say it has snowed here in Atlanta, Ga think of a sprinkled doughnut. (Laughing)

The Gov declared a state of emergency before it rained, it’s like calling the police to tell them you might have an accident on the way home please standby…. ROFL

I wait for them to announce we are in the next ICE AGE!

I am work and we have nothing to do because the media hyped this up so bad everyone stayed home, except those of us who got told it is fine get to work! (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 02-11-2014 07:22 PM

Love N. Ga. We spend a lot of time in Hiawassee in the summers. Really nice lake. Had some property in Hayesville and sold it.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 02-11-2014 08:21 PM

We’re trying to recover from 13” of snow. It’s been on the ground now for a week and no signs of melting. I forgot to order propane for my shop and the tank is at 30% so…. not spending too many days out there yet. Especially when propane here jumped to $6.00 a gallon, I don’t think so.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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