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Location: Leongatha Australia

G'day All you wood workers.
Well as you've probably already gathered, I live in Australia. All my life I've been around timber. Some years ago, my father and I had a French Polishing business in Melbourne. My Grandfather worked in a mill and he too was a French Polisher. He taught my Dad to polish. I never knew my Pa, he died 10 years before I was born. It was because of my Dad that I've had so much to do with timber. As my Dad would say "it's in ya blood son".
I've only ever really worked with Australian timbers. Us Aussies are very proud of our timbers. We have some very beautiful timber. My favourites are: Australian red cedar, Huon Pine and Silky Oak. Silky Oak is also my favourite tree and flower. Australian Red Cedar and Huon Pine were almost wiped out some years back. These trees were huge and have made some wonderful furniture. Furniture made from Huon is very sought after and brings in 'top dollars'.
As for me, I love to make small timber boxes. I work in a college in a small country town. The kids I work with love the boxes I produce. I've never kept a box for myself, they've always become gifts for friends or family. I usually make these boxes from scrap wood in the school workshop, although the last box I made from from a piece of Tasmanian Oak. This was the same timber the school kids were given to work with. They were to design a 'container' of some kind to store 'something'. Many chose to make a square box. I made a triangle shaped box. However I waited until the kids had their boxes well under way before I began mine. I wanted the kids to design their own rather than 'make the same as Hagrid'. The kids boxes turned out quite well, they loved mine too. Not all of my boxes have had photos taken of them, so now that I'm a member of Lumberjocks, I'll have to start taking some photos to post.
Apart from timber, the other 'love of my life' is my family. I have four sons and a wife of 17+ years. We are all very happy and healthy. As I said before, we live in a small country town called Leongatha. It's not too small, the population is about 4000ish. It's in the Sth East of Australia in the state of Victoria. The country side is often green and very lush. In summer it will brown off somewhat, depending on the rain fall. I love living in this part of the world.
I hope I haven't been too boring and have been able to give some valued information. If ever I can be of assistance to anyone, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.
Regards to all, from James Wearne (Hagrid)

PS. I also carve in stone.

-- Hagrid, Leongatha Australia

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 03:30 PM

Welcome to LJ.We look forward to seeing some of your work.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 03:42 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……Enjoy the experience.!!!

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 05:12 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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#4 posted 06-02-2009 06:22 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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#5 posted 06-02-2009 06:30 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….

I’m looking forward to seeing your projects and posts…..

WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 06:41 PM

Hello Hagrid,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 06:53 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 06-03-2009 12:32 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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#9 posted 06-03-2009 02:23 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . 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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#10 posted 06-03-2009 02:48 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 06-03-2009 04:10 AM

Welcome to LJs join the fun, lots of great people and super woodworkers


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#12 posted 06-15-2009 02:56 PM

Thanks to everyone for your warm welcoming well wishes. I look forward to working with you all.
After looking at some of the projects, I’m really ‘itching’ to give some of them a go. Actually I’m going to have a crack at making a few rings. I don’t wear a wedding ring, but would be happy to wear a timber ring.
Regards to you all, from Hagrid.

-- Hagrid, Leongatha Australia

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#13 posted 06-15-2009 02:57 PM

U R Welcome mate….good to see another Aussie on the site.

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#14 posted 05-29-2010 05:14 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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