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Location: Chicago, IL

I'm the do-it-yourselfer from hell. I've rebuilt my motorcycle from scratch, fixed my cars, build furniture, fix things, break things, fix them again, etc. I've never been able to stomach paying some other guy $400 to do something I can do in a weekend with a $50 tool, a pack of cigarettes, a buddy and a case of beer.

I've been a shop rat since I was 12. Now I'm 27 and I do not see any signs of improvement. I took Industrial Tech in high school and that was that. I graduated the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May of 2005. I studied furniture, sculpture and metals fabrication. Since then I have been all over the place trying to nail down commissions, exhibit my art, and secure a suitable work shop and art studio. In the meantime taking care of all those other mindless tasks that force us to pretend to act like adults.

Right now I have a shop where I make custom furniture, fine art sculpture and functional art. I also do props and scenery work for movies and theater. In my free time I manage a small building on the north side of Chicago and occasionally work as a handyman.

This site is great. I can't believe I just found you guys last month. Kudos to all.

-- If I can't fix it, it wern't broke in the first place!

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 01:44 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 01:56 AM

Hello JMB,

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

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

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 02:41 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and do woodworking the safe way.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 02:43 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 01-09-2009 03:14 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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Todd Thomas

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#6 posted 01-09-2009 03:38 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to 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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#7 posted 01-09-2009 05:07 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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#8 posted 01-09-2009 05:39 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 01-09-2009 12:21 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 01-09-2009 08:22 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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#11 posted 02-20-2009 01:44 AM

You seem cool looking foward to seing your work


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#12 posted 01-02-2010 08:45 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary D.

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#13 posted 01-02-2010 06:20 PM

Congratulations on your Anniversay. We look forward to your continued posts and projects.

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

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