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Location: Bartonville, IL

Adding a mid-summer 2010 update to the profile.

An unexpected surgery has brought woodworking to a halt. Projects I start require using hand planes to mill the lumber and I won’t be able to do that till late fall. My wife and I have always tried to turn what ever adversity hits us into some kind of benefit. In this case it is taking on something I never expected to try, hand carving.

As soon as I got started at this my wife thought she would like to give it a try. We have started off with witling knives carving some simple figures as practice. We have also just purchased some carving chisels and begun some simple exercises to establish some foundation skills.

Though early results are not to professional looking, we are encouraged by the results. Our goal is to do some artistic relief carvings for decoration and also incorporate relief carving into some of the furniture we will make. At the very least we are getting an excellent lesson in wood grain as we await being able to re-launch some unfinished work.

When woodworking restarts we will still use power tools and plywood for utility furniture to be used in making our wine and beer. All furniture made for the living, as opposed to the working, portion of the house will be made with hand tools.

The driving purpose behind our hand tool use is the satisfaction achieved in doing the work, a finished piece of furniture is arrived at more as a consequence than as a goal.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1514 days ago


Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1514 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!

I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 1514 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1514 days ago

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 1514 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a place were there great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1514 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 1514 days ago

“Welcome to LJ’s” …....the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#8 posted 1514 days ago

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 1514 days ago

Thanks to all for the warm welcome. I am new to woodworking and as I have googled the web for information I have been led time and time again to this site. I was reluctant to join because of my low level of experience but decided to anyway since I have a strong desire to learn.

I enjoy physical activity, ride a bicycle, kayak, make wine any beer. Since I enjoy physical effort I plan to work heavily with hand tools. I’m currenly learning to square boards with hand planes and cut joints with saw and chisel. Will soon be using the basic skills to make simple projects and build from there.

I’ve often gained information on tool purchases etc. from this site and am very grateful.

Again, Thank You Everyone!

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#10 posted 1514 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 1512 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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