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Location: Guthrie, OK

I am a 32. Father of four and married to the best woman in the world. I am also lucky enough to be in the shop all day. I am a Shop Teacher in Oklahoma at the Guthrie Job Corps Center. I teach at risk youth. Most come from broken homes, inner city schools, gang life, addiction, and have never seen woodworking tools when I get them. Call me crazy but I love them all. I refer to them like they are my own kids. It is amazing to see them come in like a hard hunk of jagged rock and watch as I chip away at them piece by piece until I send out a perfectly carved refined tax paying citizen. I get to feel alot of roles in my job. I get to play dad, counselor, mentor, teacher, spiritual advisor, and big brother all wrapped up into one. I spend alot more time at work then my wife probably would like but she understands that I have a passion for woodworking and the more of them I can make into woodworkers the better the world will be. I have been doing woodworking for 18 years. I started when I was young with an uncle and have never been able to get enough of it. When most kids were collecting baseball cards I was collecting wood magazines and project books. I enjoy antique reproductions, and building things I think are original to me. I was an CAD draftsman for many years when I lucked into the job I have now. My high school shop teacher once told me that if you find a job doing what you love you will never work another day in your life. I hold that true and haven't worked a day in the last two years since I started teaching.

-- "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission"

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 01:53 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 02:23 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks … You will enjoy. You are doing great work with “your kids”. Keep that up, we need future LumberJocks.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 03:54 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends. Nice to have someone who cares so much about kids, joining the ranks. Check in with another lumberjock on the site named whiskeywaters. You two have a lot in common.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 04:53 AM

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an interesting and exciting element of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 05:16 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

Congratulation on your devotion to the kids. You must great a great high seeing them succeed.

-- 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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#6 posted 02-11-2008 05:23 AM

Well thank you all. As I get time I will post some of mine and my students work in here.

-- "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission"

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 06:22 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 06:59 AM

Welcome to LJ. Have fun, live, laugh, cry, give and take.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 12:17 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#10 posted 02-11-2008 01:41 PM

It will definately be worth watching you and the students progress. I think it’s very commendable of you to do what you do, and I’m very happy it’s a job you love so well! Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 05:55 AM

Welcome to the community. I haven’t been here long myself, but already feel like I’m home :)

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#12 posted 02-13-2008 02:47 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks
I am with Karson , it is good to see that you are helping kids and giving them a chance to learn something valuable.
Great job !!!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#13 posted 02-13-2008 05:04 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. I am a 5th grade teacher who dreams of teaching woodshop. I would love to see some of your kids projects.

Keep up the good work. I am going to start a post on the importance of shop classes. Nice to meet you.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

View Gary's profile


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#14 posted 02-15-2008 04:39 AM

Welcome aboard LJ; sounds like you’ve found several of the keys to happiness.

-- Gary, Florida

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Jeremy M. Reid

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#15 posted 02-16-2008 04:09 AM

Bless you and your misson…you never konw the effect the one kind deed will have on a persons life…jah bless…I also know that behind every good man is a great woman, so jah bless your wife and kids to…welcome to lj everyone here is real nice….

-- Jeremy M. Reid Woodworking

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