Introduce Myself Jim Houston

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Blog entry by JimHouston posted 03-27-2014 01:03 AM 1680 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, Jim Houston here.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this great community. I’m certain I will enjoy talking with the members. My experience is that you can’t shut a carpenter up even though you may not want to hear all of it.

I’m a retired business owner and have been in and around construction all my adult life. I started learning to be a carpenter on a construction job site at 18 years old helping to pay my way through college. I’m confident I learned a lot more on the job site than I did in class. Some of what I learned was preparation for a lifetime and then there was the other that we all assimilated from others on site that I probably should not discuss.

As I progressed through my career I was merchandise manager for a contractor building materials yard and later started a custom home building business. Through this experience I progressed into a restoration contracting business which was a joy to be in. Of all the challenging career offerings I have experienced the construction business in all its aspects was definitely the most pleasurable.

Today I’m retired and my wife and I live in the country in a rural farming community called Tanner Williams, AL. Our home is back in the woods with lots of wild game and our John Deere tractor which I frequent daily. I have a ton of construction tools and try to build something every few months including a few projects along for family members. As all of you know, once you get woodworking in your blood you never get over it.

I’ve recently finished a fireplace and bookshelves for our home and you can see here in the attached photo. You can view extensive photos of this project on my website which is linked below.

Again, thank you for this opportunity to participate and I look forward to meeting each of you. You are welcome to visit my website I think you will find it interesting and above all entertaining.

Jim Houston

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 01:07 AM

Welcome to LJ. Nice looking project. I think I have a fireplace project in my future too.
I think you will find the overwhelming majority of Lumberjock members are friendly, and the overall tone of the forums is quite positive.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 02:16 AM

It’s a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to seeing your projects!

-- Community Manager

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 03:44 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks, Jim Houston. Enjoy the friendship on here and best of wishes for you and your shop!!

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 02:00 PM

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 02:02 PM

Welcome aboard Jim !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 02:06 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

Best family on the web.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 02:24 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks Jim!

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#8 posted 03-27-2014 06:12 PM

Thank you so much for the welcome. You truly make a person feel at home.

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#9 posted 03-27-2014 08:28 PM

Welcome to LJ!!!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#11 posted 03-27-2014 10:19 PM

Welcome aboard Jim,we always need more Jims :)
Thanks for the introduction .

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#12 posted 03-28-2014 01:41 AM

Glad to have you aboard, Jim. With your builder/construction experience, LJs will be watching your posts, and hopefully you can learn a thing or two from others. It is a good group of folks.

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#13 posted 03-28-2014 02:26 AM

Hat is some nice bookshelves, glad to have you with us

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 03-29-2014 02:17 AM

Welcome to LJ. Nice shelves. Have you read all of them ? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 07:38 PM

Thanks for all of the welcome messages and yes TopamaxSurvivor I have read every one and sometimes twice.

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