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Location: Blue Grass, IA

Time to update the profile! I'm an IT professional that dreams of leaving the corporate world and starting a woodworking business. I am married, going on 28 years, with one daughter and three sons. All but one of my sons have or are serving in the Navy.

I've been woodworking for to two years now. Unfortunately due to work and the extreme cold I've not done much woodworking for about 4 months.

While not working or woodworking I find time to exercise or play Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multi-player online role playing game.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 03-29-2007 10:23 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Looking forward to reading some of your posts.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 03-29-2007 10:24 PM

Stranded? Where are you stranded? I’m in Ankeny.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 10:29 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks

-- 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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#4 posted 03-30-2007 12:02 AM

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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#5 posted 05-12-2007 12:17 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Let’s see some woodworking.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 05-18-2007 06:10 AM

Welcome to the Jocks. Nice projects you have there.

-- John

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#7 posted 05-18-2007 07:15 AM

Glad you stopped by and decide to stay a while. Welcome to LumberJocks, IowaWoodcrafter!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-18-2007 04:31 PM

Great to have you with us.

-- Mark

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 08-07-2007 05:49 AM

welcome to lj’s … i grew up in Iowa ,,, Ames, Boone and Nevada arae

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Rich H.

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#10 posted 09-13-2007 03:06 AM

Great to see your pic of the wine rack you built. I am a new woodworker and I hope in the future my racks can be of a high standard as yours. Good Job!

-- RMH Designs

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#11 posted 09-14-2007 07:43 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

I like the wine rack!

This is an awesome group of woodworkers that generously share their talents, passion and interest in woodworking. We are looking forward to your projects and input.

Not to hit you up with this too early, but please notify Tom of any tools you are willing to share with your fellow LumberJocks!

By the way, don’t worry too much about the Lumebrjock Shop Inspection. While it seems intimidating the day they visit, Douglas and Ms Debbie are pretty kind!

LumberJocks is the premier member based woodworking site.


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#12 posted 12-23-2007 02:42 AM

Just checked out all your projects so far and they are all real nice. I’d like to make some clocks for next Christmas, very cool.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Bill Butler

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#13 posted 02-09-2008 11:23 PM

I long for the possibility of working in wood on a more than part-time basis. I too am in IT, but I own my business. I don’t know if it makes it harder or not. I wish you luck in making the transition.

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 02:38 AM

Nice work. I left a Production Control position with Magna International to make shavings for a living. I understand your desire to do it for a living. No name KD isn’t as bad as you think- just add grade D ground beef…

You do beautiful work, if I had learned what you have per annum, I’d be on top of the world.

Nice Retriever too. Just a pup?

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 02:40 AM

Oh yeah-

Anyone who refers to themselves as a master, probably isn’t.

Just my two cents.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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