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Blog entry by tunk valley custom woodworks posted 04-11-2010 05:32 AM 2370 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

welll fellow l j rs im sad to say im shutting her down the ecomony and times have been tough on the shop plus a coustomer who wasted a lot of my time and money has forced me to close up all you guys out there let this be a lesson to you dont do any work for some one you dont know or a friend of a friend with out getting atleast half down what the job is gona cost.and if you think you can get paid by filing leins and small claims court think again its a sorry if i sound a little poisened but i has caused me to not trust people any i am selling every thing off and moving to arizona.i think a lil time in the sun and a lot of time on the colorado river and lake havasu might do me some good and maby reinstal my trust for my fellow man.or if any thing ill get a good tan and a lot of fishing if any of my brother and sister lj”rs is intrested in tools let me know im selling them at good prices.hopefuly i can get cought up on my bills before i head gona miss you guys but i will check in on you guys from timt to time and say hi.good luck to all.Randy

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 05:41 AM

sorry to hear that ,
things are definitely strange these days ,
maybe some time off in arizona might be in order ,
while you think about it more ,
unless you really want out .

keep us posted .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

#2 posted 04-11-2010 05:54 AM

thank yo david and i will .hell i might even swing by some time to say hi

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 06:00 AM

Sorry to hear the news, dont be a stranger around here… once an Lj, always an Lj lol you can’t get out that easy! I hope everything works out for you and best of luck with any future endeavors.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 04-11-2010 06:13 AM

Sorry to hear this I am starting up in Ohio and things seem to be prosperous for me I hope you don’t quit being a woodworker all together, this would be a sad mistake , all of the time,tools and skill just to be either thrown away I hope things change around for you, maybe moving to Arizona could be a good move for your business
New people, new markets, a new beginning ? stay encouraged I know these are extreme times they call for extreme measures however quitting should never be one of them

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 06:49 AM

Sorry to hear that things are going so bad for you but I tend to agree with the others on here, maybe you should think about keeping some of them and starting down here in Az. Whatever you decide I sincerelt wish you the best of luck.

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#6 posted 04-11-2010 07:18 AM

I’ve gone through the business phase and had to shut down as well. I don’t know your situation but for me woodworking is my life. For a lot of people it seems to be just a job. It’s my career. My hobby. My passion. To close down shop was meaningless to me because regardless I was still going to continue woodworking. Now I work for a cabinet shop as the top guy as well as take commission work. I kept everything I needed to have a garage shop. If you sell everything and give up woodworking completely then I don’t think you ever really was or wanted to be a woodworker. Unless of course you are of retiring age, then I say enjoy the sun. You’ll be back in the shop in no time. Sorry to hear about your tough times. And never trust anyone regardless of any situation. If you know that then you will always know what to expect.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 04-11-2010 09:34 AM

Sorry to hear your leaving the Omak area. We frequently visit relatives in Colville and love to hang out in Winthrop for the cool shops.

Starting a business is always tricky for the inexperienced person. Financial lessons and rules are best learned as your coming into the business and not as your leaving the business.

When I meet up with anyone wanting to start a business experience, I always strongly push them toward the local community college for about a 6 week course in how not to get screwed or have others mad at you because of a misunderstanding. There are a lot of people skills you can build to increase your business.

The furniture you make looks to be of an above average quailty and the style would appeal to a broad base.

Like others said, maybe a new area with new cliental may be just the thing to get your motor running…...
Good Luck….....neighbor….....

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 04-11-2010 10:30 AM

I don’t really know you Randy, but your story makes me sad. I can not imagine what it would be like to try to make my living as a woodworker, as I am not very good at it. I do imagine getting joy and happiness from woodworking for all my remaining years.

I am pretty new to this hobby, and I don’t know what it is like to be a professional, but I love my tools. I love holding them, cleaning them off, arranging them, and even using them. I like the feel of my try square, the sound my Japanese hand saw makes when it cuts, and the feeling of a piece of wood after it has been sanded. I get excited looking through a catalog and dreaming of the tools I have yet to buy.

The thought of a woodworker, especially one with all your experience and skills, not having tools, makes me feel just awful, like someone just said their beloved cat had run away.

I can understand you not trusting people. It makes sense that you need a change. But I am sure, if your tools could talk, they would tell you that it isn’t their fault. You shouldn’t take it out on them. They did their job, and they will miss you.

Perhaps I am just too darn sappy. Maybe it is because I name my favorite tools and write about how much I love them in my blog. I may be completely crazy. I just wish you would take a little time and consider if it is possible for you to exercise the demons and wash the bad taste out of your mouth, without giving up such a wonderful thing like woodworking.

I really do wish you well.

Have you thought about trying to sell the item that never got paid for? Maybe someone else would love to have it? Then maybe it could save your business? I don’t know. I just hope that things work out for you.

Good luck.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#9 posted 04-11-2010 10:49 AM

It has been tough all over it is true. Sorry to hear the bad news. Hope you have a good recharge, enjoy!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#10 posted 04-11-2010 11:17 AM

Very sorry to hear this. Hope you regain your equilibrium in Arizona and that things go better in future.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 02:01 PM

I don´t know you Randy but it´s realy sad to hear someone had been forced to close
there busness ,I have try´d it twice it´s realy ripping the hart out off a man to do it,
so I do feel for you and I wish you the best luck in the future ,but don´t quit woodworking
it will killing your soul, at least keep your handtools so you still can fiddle around with
some wood from time to time


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#12 posted 04-11-2010 02:17 PM

Sorry to hear of your misfortune Randy. And I, unfortunately, am probably just another stranger to you. As others have noted, consider keeping enough of at least the basics to keep you going. I have known people that were broke and had tools, then sold tools, a couple months later were broke and had nothing. In high demand or not, you have a skill and the tools of the trade. Hopefully you can break even by selling some higher priced niceties but are able to keep the necessities.

I have lost my faith in humanity many times but there are people out there that has restored my faith (or at least hope) again. This site has many such people so please don’t disconnect yourself from such a source of good inspiration.

Much hope and prayers for you,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 04-11-2010 03:55 PM

Sorry to hear about your situation. Always seems to be one person out there that wants to ruin it for the rest
(aka your customer) I hate to think about all those that could have benefited by your business. Don’t give up hope, maybe Arizona will be a better opportunity you just never know. Good luck and keep in touch.

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#14 posted 04-11-2010 04:26 PM

As a professional woodworker myself, I can definitely empathize with your frustration. I am new here to LJ, but have already come to appreciate the friendliness and support shown by my fellow dust makers. If only those qualities had been shown by your customer.

Best of luck in your new home. No matter what, life is sweet. Recharge your batteries and stop by to say hello when the fishing slows down.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#15 posted 04-11-2010 04:44 PM

Sorry to hear this. Business is tough even in good times. I have never been in business for my self, but I have worked in small businesses and worked very closely with the owners in running the business and also was a banker for ten years. One thing I learned is – business is business (friend or not), get a deposit. Also in my banking days I would tell my customers they are not the bank. Unfortunately you had to learn this through personal experience.

Do not lose all hope. When doors are closed in life new doors (opportunities) are opened. You still have the skills and knowledge of wood working and it can still provide income and satisfaction. It may not be the same way as you have been doing it. There is definitely a market and need for your skills and knowledge. Keep us posted. Keep the faith!!


-- Jack, Albuquerque

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