StrugglingMy apologies for being so late with this follow-up to the first blog in this series. I had to do a lot of work to get our garden into shape for the spring/summer season and it went pretty slow for me this year as I am getting old and dec...
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Location: 4352 Kleppe, Norway
I Am a 75 and retired, and I've been woodworking for about 19 years. I've lived in Norway since 1971 with a 5 year interlude back in the States.
The first tool I bought was a wood lathe. My inspiration to try turning was a walnut bowl turned by my older brother in school wood shop way back when. The turning hobby led me to purchase a bandsaw which got me interested in general woodworking. I really enjoyed turning, but I started reading FWW magazine and became interested in large rectangular things. I don't regret this, because I learned a lot about woodworking in general. However, I am sorry that I didn't stick with the small stuff where I feel more inspired and creative and I also find that kind of work fits better into to my smallish 220 sq. ft. workshop.
I now have a fully equipped shop of tools acquired over the years which you can see in my workshop page.
If I were young and just starting out in woodworking, I think I would just buy good quality hand tools and stick with small projects before getting machines. There's a lot of joy to be found in that, not to mention the learning experience with both the tools and the nature of wood, which is easier to learn using only hand tools. It is also more economical for a young person starting out. The last but not least important part of my woodworking hobby is that my wife has always been very supportive and never discouraged me from using time or money on it, although I do try to not abuse this goodwill.
I am very glad to be able have a dialog with other woodworkers through this website.The LJs are a great bunch of guys and gals and after a short time I am already addicted to this site. What I like best is that it isn't about being best, but about sharing and enjoying each others work and words.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.
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My son asked me to make him a stave container for his basement hobby shop where he builds custom bicycles. It will serve a dual purpose as a waste basket and a leg for one corner of a wall mounted fold away work bench. The dimensions are 101cm or ...
As you know from my last blog in this series, my first test of the new clock resulted in the main weight crashing down. I was standing next to it when it happened and my reaction caused my back to go a little bad. My grandson was supposed ...
I tried to test out the clock yesterday in spite of having a bad glue-up on my pendulum bearing ring. It is supposed to be on the same plane as the pendulum rod, but the clamp I used to glue it up pulled it askew. I tried it out anyway and it osci...