Joni Hamari

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Location: Arizona and Alaska

I'm an accidental woodworker...
My main backround is actually sculpture, and art in many forms...I work mainly in Stone, Bronze and Wood, as well as oil painting, culinary arts...taxidermy...etc...etc... Almost anything I can get my hands on!
I love learning and creating new ideas...exploring new mediums...overcoming challenges.
The furniture was an accidental addition to my work...Some years ago I had logs shipped in for carving (yes, I do chainsaw sculpture as well), and some of the wood was just "too pretty" to carve...See, when there is much surface detail you tend to lose the grain...So the first piece of furniture was created, a simple burl slab table...the grain was fabulous, and I fell in love with the wood grain, the patterns, the burl. Since that first table, I have worked to show off the wood, to showcase it, to share it...
Most of my furniture is made with the "old growth" Redwood burl. Ancient wood, often dating back 1,500 years or more...It just amazes me when we cut into these logs, we are seeing something never seen before...The beauty of God's creation uncovered before our eyes. Some of this wood may have been growing at the time that Christ walked the earth!...I find it humbling and inspiring to work with such history.
My husband and I mill most of our wood ourselves, we have a mill to handle up to about 6 feet across...I enjoy the challenge of working in a large scale!
Training...none...I consider my abilities a God given gift...
Tools, not much, Chainsaw, circular saw, bandsaw...a few sanders, a hoist and a lot of ingenuity!
I'll probably add more to this at a later time, but that's just a little bit about me...Enjoy

-- Joni Hamari,

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 04:06 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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#2 posted 04-17-2008 04:06 PM

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 04:06 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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#4 posted 04-17-2008 04:22 PM

Hello Joni,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 05:55 PM

Good to see you here, this is a great site. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

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

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 06:58 PM

I’d like to say welcome. Especially to a fellow sculptor. Your work is far beyond mine though. Well done!

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 07:05 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 04-17-2008 08:59 PM

Welcome Joni. Your projects are really nice. Looking forward to seeing more. Have fun in the shop 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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#9 posted 04-17-2008 09:13 PM

Amazing stuff you got here Joni! Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#10 posted 04-17-2008 09:56 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. I look forward to seeing many great things from you.

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

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#11 posted 04-18-2008 12:50 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Joni. 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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#12 posted 04-18-2008 01:25 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Your talent is amazing! You will really like it here, enjoy!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#13 posted 04-18-2008 10:36 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

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

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#14 posted 04-18-2008 11:30 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#15 posted 04-18-2008 06:04 PM

wellcome, you will fit in very well.
I can see your work is very creative.
all the best

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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