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Location: Howell, MI

As with most, my first experience with woodworking was in middle-school woodshop class. It took me a complete semester to turn one chess piece (the Rook) that stood about 6". My rough carpentry was much better, as I spent the summer helping build a cabin from the ground up.

It wasn’t until I was married that I began honing my quasi-woodworking/ carpentry skills. With hammer, Skill Saw, and screwdrivers in hand, no wood was safe from me. My real journey from the dark-side came after my first visit to the hospital for my heart about 10 years ago. It’s amazing how something so simple as an irregular heart rhythm can provide focus in one’s life. Rather than waiting until I retire, I decided to Carpe diem.

The first thing I found out was that my wife was very eager to volunteer my time making everything for everyone (free of charge, of course). If her job required a tool that I did not have, I told her that I “needed” it to complete the job. I live by the motto: It is better to have a tool and not need it, than to need a tool and not have it. It was then that I started amassing a wonderful set of tools. Now that I have almost any tool to do any job, I now tell her that my “pay” for doing those jobs is to buy a tool that I “think” I might need in the future. That serves two purposes – either I don’t have to do the job, or I get things I might want one day!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 03:51 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy.


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#2 posted 08-19-2009 04:01 AM

Hello Billy,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 04:37 AM

Thanks Scott. Although I’ve been seriously tinkering for 10 years now, I just started joining web sites to get ideas and ask questions. Unfortunately, my time is spent doing things that generate income, with very little being spent woodworking. I guess they call that life!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 04:44 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 08-19-2009 05:15 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 05:17 AM

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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#7 posted 08-19-2009 05:17 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 08-20-2009 04:01 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 10:40 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-21-2009 03:24 AM

We welcome another Michigander to LJ sight.You will learn a lot meet a lot and do a lot. Have fun

Scott Joburg MI

-- Scott JoBurg MI The More you know the less mistakes...........

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#11 posted 08-21-2009 04:49 AM

Thanks Scott for the warm welcome on my page – this is back at you! Joburg – in Ostego Co? It appears not too many Michiganders are on this, looks like we’ll have to start inviting others from the Great Lakes State. Can’t wait to see your work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#12 posted 08-21-2009 12:49 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#13 posted 08-29-2009 04:55 AM

Billy, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#14 posted 08-14-2010 01:04 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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#15 posted 08-14-2010 02:05 AM

Thanks Gary. It has gone by SO fast – and is the best site to be a part of. Great people here!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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