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Forum topic by timbertailor posted 07-07-2014 03:33 PM 1806 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2014 03:33 PM

My wife and I never had kids. It was a choice. We both traveled a lot, had careers, and just never found the time to have a family.

Well, 30 years later and I am looking for a successor. A young person that is interested in woodworking, would like to learn from me, and who would be interested in all of the tools I have gathered over the last three decades.

If you live in the Houston area, have an interest in wood working, and are willing to dedicate the time to master some woodworking skills, drop me a message.

I can not take these tools with me and selling them would be more painful than knowing someone is getting good use of them and appreciates the art of woodworking.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 03:42 PM

What a great way to feel sir!
The days of apprenticeship are sorely missed in our society these days!
Good luck with finding someone and train them well when you do!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 03:43 PM

I wish.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 05:31 PM

Outstanding! That is super ‘heart’ and I sure hope someone comes along. I wish I lived closer…lol No, all jokes aside though, we need more folks doing this and I commend you. Standing accolades. Very few individuals, especially woodworkers are ever seen actively engaging in mentorship of this capacity these days. I guess it has something to do with the fact that many woodworkers enjoy the art so much because it is a way to separate ourselves from the world and enter our own little ‘man’s cave’, in a way.

A lot of artists of various kinds are introverts anyway. I think, not I think, I know this is a great idea.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 05:35 PM

What a wonderful offer. My brother lives in Houston and I’ve asked him to let me know if he’s aware of any aspiring woodworkers.

When I was a teenager in New York state I contacted several woodworking companies asking if they would consider offering an apprenticeship. Every one said no and cited insurance concerns. I wonder what my woodworking career might have been if someone like you had been around at the time!

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 05:47 PM

Very honorable indeed. I hope that the right young person comes along.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 06:36 PM

I’m in…I can be down there in 12 hours! I’m 52, BUT, I clean up real well and I’ll buy some of those baggy pants that hang down over my butt, if that’ll help.

Just kidding. That’s a super opportunity for the right person. Hats off to you!

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 06:39 PM

I can appreciate the hurdles that must be cleared to even try to learn woodworking. This hobby seems to be limited to those who are fortunate enough to have home ownership or property. The space requirements of a decent shop and the tools that reside there all require a significant investment.

I hope I do find the right person Monte. It seems the qualities that make a good woodworker are far less appreciated in this day and age.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#8 posted 07-07-2014 08:57 PM

Wish I had someone around like this way back when.
Great idea, whoever you find will be fortunate.

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#9 posted 07-07-2014 08:59 PM

a nice attitude. It would be great to know how this progresses with time. I hope you find someone who appreciates what you have to offer.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 07-07-2014 09:24 PM

Hope you find a young person sincerely interested in woodworking. Takes a rare kid to be interested in something other than the multitude of electronic gadgets…

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#11 posted 07-07-2014 09:26 PM

No nephews, cousins, etc???? I wish you all the best in this quest, it’s a very honorable and noble offer to bestow some lucky kid, or young man or woman…. I imagine there are a lot of 20-30 year old young adults that can’t afford the tools and would jump at this opportunity, so I wouldn’t limit this act to a teenager. LOL, I’m very familiar with teenage boys, have raised three with one to go. They have a lot of other priorities that a young adult has outgrown.

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#12 posted 07-07-2014 10:26 PM

Boy I sure wish I were closer! I have been learning woodworking for a little while and have wanted someone to apprentice under. Unfortunately I live in Arkansas.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#13 posted 07-07-2014 10:32 PM

Good on you mate! I’d like to get some tools to this guy some how. A proper galoot!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#14 posted 07-07-2014 11:21 PM

Good for you! Paying It Forward is very noble and EXTREEMLY REWARDING for both parties involved!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 07-08-2014 02:23 AM

Wonderful way to leave your business. Good luck with finding someone who will not only continue your legacy but also appreciate this wonderful craft.

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

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