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Location: Billings, MT

Greetings All,

Have been lurking here in the background for a few years. Reading, admiring and sometimes borrowing ideas from all the talent here. Decided it was time to say hello and introduce myself.

Mark (Myself aka "Festus") has been designing and building creations from wood and/or leather for over 40 years. (Jamie mostly just watches and encourages, but she has a hand in helping with some of the building process.) I grew up on a working cattle ranch in northwestern South Dakota and spent 30+ years working as both a general contractor in remodeling and adding on to homes; and as a builder / remodeler (carpentry, custom tile, sheetrock, paint, landscaping, etc.) residential and light commercial in the Black Hills area.

Pulled up stakes after divorce and moved from South Dakota to Wyoming and started driving truck for a living. Kinda like starting over I guess. About 6 years ago I met a great lady and settled down again. Finally was able to get my 40 year collection of tools in one place and start using them again.

When we are not working at our full-time employment (year-round) or creating things in the wood shop (nights & weekends - mostly throughout the winter), we love to travel. We have ridden over 100,000 motorcycle miles during the last 6 years. Those miles have included journeys into 14 US States and 5 Canadian Provinces.

More on workshop and projects later,

Edit May 2016 --- Due to the downturn in coal, oil and gas energy related companies in WY - my company offered some of us a early retirement package. I accepted it and have since relocated to the Billings, MT area. Renting for now while we look for a more permanent place to call home. At least I have a bigger shop now.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#1 posted 04-11-2016 05:25 AM

Hello Mark, aka Festus. welcome to LJs. I just wrote a review. Thought I’d check back in on Stumpy’s thread, seen about everybody as left for the day. I check in there once in a while, every 35,000 or so comments. I can’t keep up with those folks. With a screen name like Festus I had to come see what your projects were. You see, I’ve been known to make a few birdhouses modeled after western saloon’s and the Longbranch saloon was always one of my favorites. I look forward to seeing more of you wood work.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 10-18-2017 08:16 PM

Will this work, Mark?

Heres another.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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