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Location: Santa Rosa Ca

I am fascinated by burl and its many variations. My background includes stints in the USFS, a lifetime of woodswork, contract Forester to PG&E and recently addictition to the Wood Lathe. I prefer to turn large bowls and platters(over 20"). I am currently slabbing walnut trees at an alarming rate, we have over 10k boardfeet stickered and drying on our property and need to find an outlet for it.

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added project The Hope4Ella Donated Burl Bowl 10-20-2010 07:40 AM

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#1 posted 11-24-2008 08:30 AM

welcome to LJ, cant wait to see some of your projects. Gary

-- Gary, Missouri

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#2 posted 11-24-2008 01:45 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#3 posted 11-24-2008 02:59 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 11-24-2008 03:02 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 11-24-2008 06:05 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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#6 posted 11-24-2008 07:02 PM

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#7 posted 11-24-2008 11:56 PM

Hello FordMike,

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking experience.

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

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#8 posted 11-25-2008 12:29 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Mike. 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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#9 posted 12-02-2008 08:55 PM

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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#10 posted 12-11-2008 09:37 PM

Good to see another California woodworker in the shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 05-06-2010 05:40 AM

Welcome 527 days ago!

You will find the members of LJ’s to be helpful, informative, supportive, and inspiring.

I bring A long list of experience creating, Furniture, Custom Furniture, Chairs, Occasional Chair, Dining Chair, Upholstered Rocking Chair, Wood Seat Rocker, Wood Seat Rocking Chair, Custom Rocker, Handcrafted Rocker, Personalized Rocker, Tables, Coffee Table, End Table, Side Table, Accent Table, Dining Table, Entry Table, Bistro Table, Bar Stool, Stools, and the list goes on.

I will keep an eye out and try to help you when I can as my time is limited. I check my In box on a regular basis and I will respond as soon as time allows.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 07:55 AM

Share your affinity for burls, the mystery and surprises contained within. Have been gathering found pieces from the woods of the Northwest. Will post examples.

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#13 posted 09-06-2010 01:40 PM


Woodworking is never out of date.

More than anything, I liked your sign off of “IHS” _ In His Service?

I have a few chunks of local wood, but do not have a huge place to store anything. I’d love to have a barn like you and Scott Phillips.

I have a few prizes from a friend, Jim, who recently passed – that’s where the Maple burl piece came from. I also have a piece from a tree out there that has a deep red heart to it. I want to say it was one of the pines. It is very heavy and very hard.

I wish I could swing by with a trailer. VA is a long way, though. I will be keeping an ee on your creations. Beautiful work; beautiful execution.

Someday I’ll own a good resaw as well. But that maybe in retirement.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#14 posted 09-06-2010 02:32 PM

Oh – and I know I’d go crazy at a wood & tool yard sale

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#15 posted 11-20-2010 12:55 AM

Another year has rolled by. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D.

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