Now that I’m getting into marquetry I will have to have something to glue it to. Furniture isn’t an option for me because I wouldn’t know what to do with it and it would take way too much time away from my marquetry work. My p...
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Location: 4352 Kleppe, Norway
I Am a 74 and retired, and I've been woodworking for about 18 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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