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Location: mid wales, uk
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hi there folks
i dont claim to be a master, can any 18 year old claim that. i am just a young woodworker who has been close to the craft my whole life. as the youngest of 3 children, my family was 'forced' move house for room, as a farming family, it made sense to built on our land, therefore for the first year of my life, i lived on a building site. further more, my retired grandfather was a semi pro wood worker, and pro gadget man. with his workshop full of the best tools money could buy, he filled the newly built house with projects, oak paneling for the lounge, full wall bookshelf. and also built paneled doors and made our whole kitchen, as well as a massive 10' x 4' beech table. i was very lucky to be able to 'over look' and 'help' him do this for the first 3 years of my life (as many a picture shows). sadly he passed away shortly after, leaving a workshop full of tools, and no-one in the family, but me, passionate for woodworking. but what parents allow a 8 year old kid lose on a shaper, 20" bandsaw, radial arm, 20" planer thickener run on a diesel engine on their own? none. so the wood running through my blood was put on hold.

luckily my other grandfather, a farmer, is a dab hand at anything, and will try his hand at anything, be it plumbing, electrics, mecaniching, metal work, and luckily for me, wood work. so all my weekends were spent helping out on the farm and learning all the while, now he is all self taught, so ome techniques are interesting to say the least, but this fuelled some of my deep need for wood.
later on in life, my late teens, and a important choice needs to be made, a career choice. now i would love to of been able to go to collage and become a carpenter/ master craftsman. but in the uk, the wage of a carpenter is very low compared to most wages, so this wasn't really a option for a gadget freak like me( yes, like my grandfather). so i chose the designer life, i am currently studying furniture design at sheffield hallam university, and loving it. it is a very hands on corse, wich is perfect for me. i actually think that the part of the brain used for studying for exams for normal people, is filled with "wood instinct" i find most practical work much easier than everyone around me seem to. and building prototypes of designs takes me the 10th of the time than it does for the other students.

soo what about wood work? well my holidays are now spen all in my workshop, (part of a cow shed filled with my grandfathers old power tools, sadly his timber framed workshop collapsed after 10 years on neglect in welsh weather) starting with small projects, i have now managed to develop a number a commissions and costumers. but sadly, not enough time. better that way i suppose.

-- “Woodworkers are only thieves of each other’s ideas.”

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 04:37 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 05:37 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 06:04 PM

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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#4 posted 02-25-2011 02:46 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” …Enjoy the experience.

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 04:16 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years 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…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

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

Wisty

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

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