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Blog entry by Beezle posted 01-23-2011 09:59 PM 1386 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I approached 40 years old, I realized that I had always had an obsession but wasn’t acknowledging it or giving it the attention it desires. I love to make things.

Over a decade ago, this began with metal working. Initially completely by hand, then a small milling machine. From there I began working with plastics, designing assemblies, making parts of metal or molding them from plastic. This went on for a few years.

About three years ago, I began showing interest in wood. This was at first fairly rough stuff, simple carpentry and the like. Then the inevitable collection of tools started. Mostly smaller tools, lots of it Festool and Makita then slowly into larger things such as a belt sander, band saw, etc. The next large tools will be a jointer/planer and a CNC milling machine.

My designs tend to be one offs by myself, obviously influenced by everything I see and like. I love Japanese woodworking and their designs have had a strong influence. I have never made anything from a plan because I wouldn’t enjoy it. I don’t worry if my designs are good enough. I just keep moving ahead. The design and discovery are a large part of this for me. I don’t mind making many mistakes. I will keep at it until I decide that’s the wrong direction or I am happy with what I have.

The projects are all over the place.

A door for my kid’s playhouse (and the playhouse itself):

Or a computer display stand. I am always making another of these, all unique:

Materials wise, I love pretty much all woods. My favorites though would be walnut, vertical grain douglas fir and bloodwood. I use ebony whenever I can, but it’s getting harder to find and of course is very expensive.

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 10:08 PM

Beautiful creations.
Thank you for sharing

-- Bert

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 10:28 PM

Very nice projects, and I totally agree with your philosophy about trying to be original and putting your own ideas into your work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 10:35 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Mike, I can see that in your work. I love the carving and turning in particular. I am trying to learn to carve myself.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 12:34 AM

Your projects look great. Keep learning and have fun.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 01:10 AM

Great work. And welcome to Lumberjocks:

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 02:57 AM

Awesome! I look forward to seeing more of your work;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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