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Location: Willowbrook, IL
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For the past 40 years, I have been a Professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. I retired 2 years ago, and am in the process of moving from W.L. to Willowbrook, IL.

For a long time I was a single Dad, raising my two kids (Boy & Girl who both love wood and woodworking) in W.L. They got out on their own some years ago, and I found I had more time for woodworking, turning, collecting hand tools, etc. Of course I'd go to auctions looking for old tools (many of which seemed to follow me home), and often run into good lumber that had been tucked away for some years. Walnut, Oak, Cherry, Maple, Sassy and other mid-west species.
What the Hey! I had a two car garage, and only one car. (It did not seem to mind never being IN the garage for a couple of decades). And I had a great basement shop which developed a substantial lumber rack.

And then I met The One True Great Love Of My Life. Happiness is...

Yes, you guessed it! I am moving to Andrea's house in Willowbrook, IL. I am pretty well along creating a new workshop in a 16' x 32' basement area. I AM space challenged, but coping pretty well, and trying to become better organized as necessity now requires. More on that in a bit.

I think my interests in woodworking and hand tools began when I was about 5 or 6 years old in my Grandfather's wood shop. He was a farmer at the time when farmers did about everything they could (Dairy, sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, fruit orchard, vegetables, etc.). In addition, he loved woodworking, and sometimes I think I can still smell the sawdust (usually pine) and hear him tell me about the projects he was working on, and what we needed to do to make them come out well.

For a long time, I have enjoyed wood turning, building furniture, doing the odd house repair, and collecting (and for the neglected items) restoring old hand tools. In particular, I like "Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Co." iron bench planes, rebate planes, toy size block planes, and their seemingly endless array of regular sized block planes.

I will soon begin building a new workbench with some of that old lumber I've been saving. I'll keep you updated on that project, and no doubt seek your advice.
I have been lurking around before registering here, and this looks like a great website. Thanks Much!

-- Birmingham, Willowbrook, IL

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