Earle Wright

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Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee

Like many of you, I have dabbled in woodworking all my adult life. I have always dreamed of a detached shop, rather than the garage or basement shop I've had in every residence. Several years back, I decided to pursue that dream, not knowing exactly how I would achieve it, but knowing fully that I would never achieve it without moving toward it.

I had the opportunity 1-1/2 years ago to sell my five acres for a handsome profit, pay off my mortgage and home equity loan, purchase new property, move my house to the new property, and build the shop I've dreamed about. Somewhat concurrent with this I was let go from my job as the manager of an electrical engineering department for a local manufacturer. Being single and having seen my son through college, I suffered shock and awe for about ten minutes, whereupon I realized that the time was ripe to make a go of it as a woodworker.

Realizing several gaps in my knowledge and skill base, especially in the use of traditional handtools, I have taken a number of courses from some well-known and some not-so-well-known woodworkers over the last year and a half.

I began my Sole Proprietorship last October 1, and am now two months short of sixty years old. My new shop is nearing completion, and, at around 1900 sq. ft., is just slightly larger than my house (that would have been a dead giveaway to being unmarried, had I not already told you!). Another giveaway that I live alone is the jib hoist mounted to the back of my brick house (see Buddy icon). I've been told by men and women alike that hanging a jib hoist on the house is 'Verbotten!' except for men who live alone. BTW, the saw that's hanging in the air is an open-frame Baxter D. Whitney 14-16 inch table saw. Don't be fooled by the "open frame" into thinking the saw doesn't weigh anything. It's deceptively heavy.

Which brings me to my other hobby . . . . restoration of old woodworking equipment. I love to find old equipment for a steal, especially if it looks bad, tear it down to the frame, and bring it through full restoration to "like new" condition, or as far beyond that as time and obsessive-compulsive behavior allow.

Thanks to those of you who have welcomed me to the site. As time permits I will upload some pictures of my work, the new shop, and some of my equipment.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#1 posted 2353 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2353 days ago

We welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 2353 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 2353 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#5 posted 2353 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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#6 posted 2352 days ago


Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#7 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

I have a Fay-Egan 16” table saw that I love.

-- 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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#8 posted 2340 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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#9 posted 2340 days ago

Welcome, Earle! What a great story and an exciting time.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#10 posted 2340 days ago

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#11 posted 1993 days ago

Congratulations! This coming week you will have been a Lumber Jock for 1 year! Thanks for your participation.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#12 posted 1618 days ago

Hi there,
Congratulations on your second anniversary of being part of the LumberJock community… something to be very proud of…
I look forward to the day when I reach that milestone…

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

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