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Location: Three Rivers, MI. 49093

I've been woodworking for nearly 58 years, since I first started taking woodworking lessons in a local 4-H club. The leader's name was McDonald, and we met once a week for an hour or so in his basement. He would teach us how to use a hand saw, square, level, plane, sandpaper, etc. We made our first two projects with nothing but those tools. The projects were displayed and judged at the county fair at the end of summer, and for the most part they weren't very good, but once in a while you'd get a kid that just "got it", he just felt like one with the tools, and his projects showed it. That wasn't me, but I wasn't a total loss either.
I understood what he was teaching us, but it took me much more practice before I could let anyone see my work.
But that was the start of a love affair that has lasted a long, long time. I get a real kick out of taking a flat piece of wood and making something useful and sometimes easy on the eyes. My last middle sized project was a porch/steps going up to my back door of my porch. The old one was falling apart, and looked horrible, so........ after much prodding and cajoling, we got up one Saturday morning and tore the old one out, then figured how much lumber we would need for the new setup and went right in to Home Depot and got it. It was a simple design, so it really didn't take much more than just jumping in and getting it done, which we did, by I think, abouit 7:30 that evening. It looks great, is a little larger than the old one and being made completely of weatherproofed wood, it should last the rest of our lives.
So, enough about me for a while. I'm 67, married 48 years, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren, 1, but soon to be 2 great grandchildren. My wife, Bea, also enjoys woodworking and together we make many cute, useful craft items which we display and sell at our local coiunty fair each year. We have a business, in which we are both employed, called Corky's Craft Shop, which we operate from our home and a couple of outbuildings.
I also repair many, many things, so we operate a repair service on the premises also.

-- Corky's Craft Shop

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 05:15 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 05:41 AM

Thanks Wayne, not sure how much time I’ll get to spend here bui it looks like it could be really helpful with some of my upcoming projects. Neat hat BTW.

-- Corky's Craft Shop

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 06:09 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 06:34 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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#5 posted 01-13-2010 06:42 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 01-13-2010 07:20 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 02:30 PM

Let me welcome you 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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#8 posted 01-13-2010 05:34 PM

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

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 12:27 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#10 posted 01-25-2010 07:29 AM

Hi there,
I too am somewhat new to LumberJocks and would like to welcome you to the site. The folks here are great and the projects will absolutely blow your mind. There are some very talented people out there…
Sit back, enjoy the ride and be careful, this site is extremely addictive…
Welcome to LJ

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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