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Location: Camano Island, Washington (the State)

I taught High School Woodworking, CAD and Principles of Technology (Applied Engineering) for 25 years. Now I can enjoy building small boats and furniture in my shop. Interesting how the public education system wanted all of us Vocational, Craft and Trade people to go away because "Jonnie" had to go to college and needed to pass the mandatory state tests to graduate. Now industry is screaming for help because of the dwindling supply of Craftsmen, Tradesmen and Technicians (gender not exclusive). "We'll just out ~ source it". Hummm why is the economy hurting?If you are looking for a good read on it try "Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford"; here's an excerpt

My project pics are at

Update: Since back in the spring of 2008; I've been embarked on a second career at a note worthy large manufacturing firm. You might have heard of it: based in Puget Sound Washington, has the largest building in the world by volume, and makes a product fit for a President to fly in. It is a fascinating endeavor to watch shiny aluminum rolled into tubes and fitted with millions of parts and fasteners that turn it into an airplane. Craftsmanship at the highest level; every component is checked numerous times to be held to the highest standard of excellence. Each person is a proud and conscientious tiny cog in this immense gear of production, seemingly insignificant but tremendously important, as the final product can be flawed by tiny imperfections.

Update: Now retired, I can spend as much or as little in my shop as I like. My first order of business will be getting it organized and arranged for efficiency when building projects. Currently I am building a 16 foot long workbench ~ more like a planking bench and hope to do another small boat in the near future. Gee I got tired of working off that old fold up table and clamping stuff to it. Soon I'll have a proper vice (2 actually) and a solid surface.

-- [email protected]

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Les Hastings

1306 posts in 4885 days

#1 posted 03-24-2008 10:22 PM

Welcome to LJs, glad you could join us! :o)

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 10:31 PM

If you like to work with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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10262 posts in 5100 days

#3 posted 03-24-2008 10:56 PM

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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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 11:20 PM

Hi David,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part 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 03-25-2008 12:20 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks David. 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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#6 posted 03-25-2008 04:43 AM

Hi David

You and I have a very similar back grounds. Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration (Like Yours!), The information is priceless and the people are supportive. Only problem is, The sight can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 05:38 AM

Welcome David! 25 + years teaching woodworking. That has got to put you in a position to help some of those just starting out here at Lumberjock. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Have fun and work safe.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 10:27 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#9 posted 03-25-2008 11:33 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

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

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#10 posted 03-25-2008 07:01 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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Bob #2

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 01:14 AM

Hi David:
Read your intro and agree fully.
We gave awasy our rights to a bunch of folks wuho mean well but have not abilities or experience.
I like to call them bureaucrats.
When we elect our officials who are the first people they turn to for advice?
Anyway, fgetaboutit this is twist off time, enjoy yourself here.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 03-27-2008 03:03 AM

Thanks for the referral to the rolling marble man.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#13 posted 03-31-2008 03:26 AM

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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#14 posted 03-22-2009 03:13 AM

Congratulations! This coming week you will have been a Lumber Jock for 1 year! Thanks for your participation.

-- Gary D.

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#15 posted 03-20-2010 02:53 AM

Another year has rolled by. We must be having too much fun, cause it seems like just yesterday when I congratulated you on 1 year.
And now it’s time for: 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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