Relocated #1: I've been away and missed the interaction immensely.

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Blog entry by Gater posted 02-23-2015 07:56 PM 1430 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are times life’s ups and downs are indifferent to your desires. I’ve been making sawdust most of my life and because of an accident, was able to focus more time on my own projects back in 2009. I found LJ during that time and was inspired by you guys and the projects you shared to document a few of my own. I took pleasure in viewing and commenting on your accomplishments as well as sharing mine and hearing from you. I interacted on a regular basis and met the best people here on LJ for a couple of years.

Unfortunately, I had an economic pitfall in 2012 which hindered my ability and even access to making sawdust. I had to move and regroup. It was necessary to leave my shop for over 2 years, find a place I could afford and focus on a plan of restoring my independence. I am happy to say that I have moved (still in Louisiana :), bought a place in the country, w/ plenty of room and am on the road to recovering. I became interested in wood turning just before my hardship so I’ve relocated, to the new property, that part of my shop for wood turning and enough tools to create small flat work projects as well.

Although I’ve been here 9 mo. the property needed and still needs a lot of work and “fixing up as it were’. But, I am knee deep into completing this effort towards a goal of restoring my passionate hobby, making new and imaginative saw dust. I’ve receive posts from many for which I am thankful.

I’ve got a few new projects to share, will soon have more and am anxious to share them here in the near future.


-- Gator, Louisiana

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 08:17 PM

Hey Gater…good to hear from you and know you are woodworking again.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 08:47 PM

Gater, it is Great that you are getting back on your feet. Keeping busy fixing the things around the house and setting up your shop, it is Great therapy, been there and still working on getting set back up. Good Luck. post pics of projects.

-- " If you want your PRAYERS to be answered" get off your knees and go to work

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 09:58 PM

Will do Butch, thanks for your encouragement.

-- Gator, Louisiana

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 10:01 PM

Thank you Greg, you’ve been an inspiration to me in the efforts and beautiful projects you’ve shared. BTW, loved the Zebra Wood boxes you’ve recently completed.

-- Gator, Louisiana

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 01:09 PM

Great story with a still evolving future for happiness. Love the box work you’ve done.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 03:02 PM

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement T. Cheers,

-- Gator, Louisiana

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 03:06 PM

I feel your anguish. 2012 I moved WEST 2800 miles, tool most of my tools, left lumber and paints in container behind . Then 2014 I was laid off, the WET job didnt go well, I started to move back to my family. 1/2 way home had money and vehicle problems. LEFT ALL my tools somewhere in central Canada 2000mi. from here. Today I go to work, come home and sit and DREAM of how I am going to get my stuff here. No shop, live in tiny appartment.
I feel my mind and talent is wasting away.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 03-04-2015 03:50 PM

The best thing a human can experience is pain and suffering in my view. It brings you right in the middle of reality, makes you find a path and your rewarded w/ strength beyond your dreams. I know, believe me. I try to make everyone smile myself. Although it’s rewarding, I’ve also found it has it’s pitfalls. At some point or another I had to step back, regroup and focus. Every day was not so clear to me that anything, even small, was happening toward my progression, but, when I look back, I did find a path, focused enough not to get side tracked and all the ups and downs were directed towards where I am now. :) :)

I will keep you in my prayers, Chips, ......... and wish you the best of luck. The sun will rise tomorrow and another tree just sprouted that will grow to be made into saw dust by you. :) :) :)


-- Gator, Louisiana

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