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Location: Kenmore , NY

I am a former full time woodworker ,
who ran a custom molding and hardwood mill for lumber company in Buffalo ,NY.
At one time we were considered the "best in Buffalo" but with the advent of cheaper machinery , more competition and cheapskate owners , we weren't keeping up with the newer mills that opened when people saw how much money could be made.
That company went out of business a couple years ago but in the 15 years I ran the mill , my mill always led all the business' departments in profit margins and quality .

I actually was forced into "retirement" a couple years before the company shut down do to multiple work related back injuries and surgeries .
I can't do much woodworking wise these days and have given most my shop tools to my son Rory ( "wintersun" here ) when has been bitten by the woodworking bug over the last year or so after becoming a home owner LOL.
I still attempt to do stuff every month or so - hoping- that I will have been healed enough to work again but so far no such luck.
I'm now trying to re-set up the shop and am going to try scroll sawing and lathe work again ,
these are a bit easier on the back if I can set the machines up position wise to better suit my limited bending and standing abilities.

I started woodworking very young , actually remember being in my Dad's shop before I was in kindergarden and was working with him on jobs as soon as I could function with little instruction.
By 15 , I was working with him on many construction / remoldeling jobs replacing one of his workers that had retired.
After trying multiple other fields as employement , I decided to go back into woodworking full time and worked at it professionally for 27 years before my back went.
I've build everything over the years from pallets to church interiors but it really didn't matter much to me what I was doing as long as I was creating lots of wood dust LOL
I have experience at running just about every type of machine used in lumber mills and cabinet shops from old time belt driven iron to the newer CNCs.
My favorite thing to do ( shopwise) was create to moldings from scratch - take an achs drawing , cut the knives , select the wood and then machine it into finished stock.
Moldings I've made are in buildings across the USA , central America , Canada and even some in Europe.

Not only did I do woodworking full time during the day but it was a passion after work too.
Once I had given up drinking etc , I spent most nights either with the family or down in my work shop at home. There I made whatever the house needed or did lots of projects for friends / customers. I made lots of everything in my shop from cutting boards to furniture . My favorite thing to make at home was chess boards and if you check out my gallery here you'll find some shots of some stuff I had made over the years.

Feel free to drop me a line , if you have any questions or just want to BS.

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 11:12 PM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 12:53 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 03:25 AM

Glad you found your way over here, dad. :)

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 05:04 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 09:50 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 06:00 PM

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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