Hey guys and gals. I just stumbled across lumberjocks and love it. I have done alittle bit of woodworking/carpentry in my day, but nothing crazy. I am definately a rank amateur. I have recently been getting the itch to actually learn to work with wood properly. Until now I have always just cobbled stuff together when needed, sometimes more successfuly than others. I have always been the type to do things for myself, but I have found that as I get older, the need/want to be self sufficient in many things gets stronger and stronger. I think this is where this desire to learn woodworking and carpentry has come from.
I am now in the process of cleaning out my garage so I can convert most of it into a shop. Once I get it cleaned out, the next order of business will be a basic workbench to get started on. I already have quite a few basic tools and power tools to get started with, but I really desire to learn to work wood without power tools, so I will be needing to get a few more things such as a few planes, cross-cut and rip saws, a few chisels, and so on. I am very excited about learning to work this way. I have many fond memories watching my grandfather when I was a small kid sawing wood with hand saws, drilling with hand drills and braces, and using his planes. This was in the early eighties, so looking back, I guess he just kept doing it the way he always had. He certainly could have used power tools if he had wanted to.
Anyway, thanks for reading my introduction. I look forward to talking to and learning from all you guys.