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Location: Wichita, Ks.

I grew up in a small town in south east Kansas. My Dad was a woodwkr in his spare time. He had a small shop in the back yard with limited had tools and equipment. There was a small jointer, table saw and radial arm saw all from Monkey Wards (as he always called it).
I spent a bunch of time there with my older brothers mostly, my Dad was always working. Woodworking became a passion very early in my life. I built my first piece of furniture when I was twelve years old in junior high school. It was a walnut bar stool. The whole project was done on the lathe, even turned the seat. I still have it! Its in pieces though, I've been planning on getting it all cleaned up and back together but just haven't had the time.
These days I make my living making furniture. I've been really lucky. I tell people I get paid to do my hobby and learn at the same time. I'm self taught, I just learn by doing. Made my share of mistakes, believe me.
I manage a custom shop these days in Wichita, Ks. . We build custom furniture, kitchens, office's you name it. I came here in 1991 after things down home kinda dried up so to speak, Looking for work in the building trades. Framing or triming just needed work. Found an add in the paper for a shop needing a furniture builder, I went and applied. Almost seventeen years later and I'm Lovin every minute of it.
Looking forward to sharing things with all of you Lumberjocks and learning from you as well.

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

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 12:02 AM

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 01-27-2008 12:38 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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#3 posted 01-27-2008 02:00 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 02:11 AM

You’ve found a wonderful web site. Welcome!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 02:42 AM

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be a rewarding experience. It is difficult to be able to make a living while pursuing one’s passion. You have been blessed to have both the desire and ability to make a living with your woodworking skills.

I look forward to seeing some of your projects.

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

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 03:21 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 05:09 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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#8 posted 01-27-2008 06:21 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

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

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 04:48 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks. Judging by your first project posted, I’d say we’re lucky you’ve found us and look forward to learning more from you.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 05:12 PM

Welcome to LJ. Love your projects. Keep on posting.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 05:26 PM

Great work you do Les. Get ahold of Mark Decou. He sometimes shows up in Witicha. You would enjoy meeting him.

-- 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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#12 posted 01-27-2008 08:50 PM

Welcome to the site. very nice postings so far.

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Les Hastings

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#13 posted 01-27-2008 11:35 PM

Thanks for the welcome guy’s
Karson, I’d like the chance to meet Mark.

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#14 posted 01-27-2008 11:47 PM

Welcome to another Kansas Lumberjock. I think you make #7.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#15 posted 01-28-2008 12:30 AM

Hey! Welcome to LJ! It’s a good group of folks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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