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Blog entry by Festus56 posted 05-01-2015 11:10 PM 1697 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Have been lurking here in the background for a several 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 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.

This is the best online forum for woodworking. Have gained a lot of information through reviews and project ideas and look forward to much more.


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

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 11:44 PM

Welcome guys.

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 01:57 AM

Welcome, Festus from Wyoming. I live just west of Festus MO.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 02:01 AM

Glad you chose LJ. Lots of talented people out there who are willing to help with all sorts of info. Beautiful country where you live. Especially like the Black Hills and Devil’s Tower area. Hope you enjoy the site.

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 01:51 PM

Welcome to LJ’s….BEST SITE ever .
I live in Wyoming ont.cdn

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#5 posted 05-02-2015 04:02 PM

Welcome aboard, Mark.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 12:08 AM

Thanks for all the welcomes. Great to be on a forum with friendly and knowledgeable people. Hope I can share some of my ideas and projects and help others.


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

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 07:40 AM

Welcome Mark! LJ’s a very diverse place, I’ve always wanted to visit Wyoming.

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 11:36 AM

Hi festus, you comments are like looking into a mirror. Its hard starting over, but the woodworking i have been lucky enough to always have.

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#9 posted 05-10-2015 01:49 AM

Thanks again for the welcome! This is a great forum, I should have joined years ago instead of lurking in the shadows so long.

benchbuilder, Thanks, I have always had my tools too but no place to put them for a few years. Hard starting over but is great now.

Anyone gets to our neck of the woods let us know. Travel all over but this area has always been home. Always ready for a visit over coffee or another beverage.


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

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#10 posted 05-27-2016 03:43 PM

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. Only took 2 weeks and 7 loads with my pickup and big trailer. Moving is a lot of work! 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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