LJ Interviews #20: degoose

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 09-19-2011 01:14 PM 2547 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This interview with degoose is from the September 2011 issue of our eMag

1. How did you first get started working with wood?

Well Ms Debbie, quite a few years ago, we needed a wall unit, for the TV, in a house we had just bought… it was an older house and we wanted solid timber furniture… well, the pieces I liked, we could not afford and what we could afford, we really did not like… so I said to my wife, “If I had a router, I could build us a unit…. what is so hard about that…” Little did I know just what I was getting myself..

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2. What was it about woodworking that initially caught your interest, enticing you to get into it at the level you are now?

I have always been interested in timber furniture, the colour, the grain, the almost sensual feel … smooth and soft and still living…. I knew I wanted to be able to make furniture and items from wood… I just didn’t know how…

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3. Tell us a bit of history of your journey from that beginning to where you are today

I never had the time or money, or the know how to make my own…So I went to the library and started reading about how to make furniture…and am proud of being self-taught.
So from that rather naive beginning, reading magazines, buying books and watching every woodworking/home improvement show on TV… yes the TV was in the Unit I built… It has since been replaced as well as a few houses along the way…Each house was sold to buy a bigger workshop… with a house …I made a mistake of telling friends what I was doing and they all wanted something built… so each time I sold a piece, I took the profit and bought another tool….and learnt how to use it..It certainly has not been any easy road… but then if it was easy everyone would be doing it…
I keep learning and I try to keep improving my skills and I think it shows in my work..

4. What inspires you regarding wood creations?

My early inspirations came from watching Norm Abrams and David J Marks… now I am inspired by some of the wonderful woodworkers on Lumberjocks.
Again I have a large collection of books including David Savage’s latest… “Furniture with Soul” and Darrell Peart’s “Greene & Greene.. Design Elements for the Workshop.” from which I draw inspiration
I am particularly taken with Asian inspired design and have some projects in the works with this theme..
I seem to be moving towards culinary woodwork… woodwork for the kitchen/dining rooms.

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5. What are the greatest challenges that you have met along the way? (and how did you overcome them)

Initially, my greatest challenge was not having any training or knowledge, so it was reading and watching… the second thing was the fact that I had no tools… apart from the router that I told my wife I needed to make furniture… a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.. I though I could do everything with a router…..I had to borrow a circular saw to start with…
Now I own a fully equipped workshop…

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6. What is the greatest reward that you have received from woodworking?

I think the recognition I have received on this site from all the members … teaching my first class online and this request for an interview…

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7. What is your favourite tool that you use for woodworking?
Well I would have to say the Router…lol… but seriously I do not have a favourite tool… I love all my toys.. er… tools equally…

8. What is your favourite creation in/for your woodworking?

I would have to say that my most favourite project was the curved weave trivet.

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9. What tips would you give to someone just starting out or currently struggling with woodworking?

Number one tip would be have fun and play safe…enjoy your woodworking journey.
Do not be afraid to ask questions,
Do give everything a try… even if it is not great … it will be…keep trying..

10. How did you find LumberJocks and what is it that keeps you coming back?

I lucked out while using Google… I lurked around for a while before joining… I think that many of us keep coming back because it is overall a very friendly, helping, sharing and caring website.. I know I have made many many friends on here and many of them keep inspiring me…and I believe I have a lot to share…so I will be here as long the members want me..
It is amazing… I can not think of a time before LJs…

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Thanks to degoose for this interview and for all he does here at

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 01:30 PM

Yes, I second the thanks for all he does.

So you say the biggest challenges were knowledge and tools? Knowledge, check! Tools, check! Have a great day, Larry!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 01:56 PM

trial and error

the greatest teacher

well done larry

good choice debbie

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 02:08 PM

Nice to get to know you better! I have always loved seeing your projects. They are a great inspiration. Keep them coming! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 02:42 PM

Thanks for sharing Larry. This is a great interview to go along with all your great blogs and projects.

MsDebbieP: Thanks for taking the time to put all these interviews together.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 03:50 PM

Thanks Larry for sharing. Your creativity and willingness to share your projects and techiques so freely epitomizes the spirit and attitude we all find here at LJs. Many Thanks! Another great interview Deb!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 04:06 PM

Larry: Great to have you here and may you be blessed in all you do.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-19-2011 04:24 PM

It is nice to know that man behind the wood better. Thanks for sharing your labor of love with us.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 04:35 PM

Now that wasn’t too painful was it?

Good to have you around, mate.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 04:41 PM

Larry, I was wondering when you would get your turn in the spot light. Thanks for being so gracious. And thanks for sharing your love of the wood and your knowledge with us.

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#10 posted 09-19-2011 04:47 PM

It’s about time!!! Great choice for an interview, Deb. And, Larry, you certainly are an inspiration.

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

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#11 posted 09-19-2011 04:51 PM

Great interview. Some people ya just want to get to know better. Larry, you’re one of em. Really enjoy seeing your creativity and talent.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 09-19-2011 04:56 PM

Larry, Good on yer mate. You are a great sport and WW. I have taken the liberty of adding the ORIGINAL interview we had some months back, it still makes people titter.

For those who missed it, here is MY interview with Larry – it’s a friendly roast.

“As promised, part 1 of my telephone interview with Degoose. Eat your heart out Ms. Debbie – I got the scoop.”

My interview with Degoose:

Roger: I stayed up into the night waiting for daylight to break in Aussie land so you were awake.

Degoose: Well that’s mighty charitable of yer sport, appreciated.

Roger: What brought you into your woodworking journey?

Degoose: Well I was having a beer or two with Dame Edner Etheridge and she asked me what my bloody tatty old shed was used for. I told her it was a leftover from the prevous owner who used it for playing his digeredoo in but now it was used as a recepticle for old empty Foster’s cans and bottles. She suggested that I might sell the crushed cans and glass bottles for recyling, make myself some money and buy some tools to start a hobby. I though about it and decided I’d give woodworking a try.

Roger: Great. So what inspired you in making your projects?

Degoose: Well mate, The world has a critical shortage of cutting boards, so I figured if I could produce enough of the little buggers to fill the void, then I’d be a rich man and move to a higher end brew.

Roger: And how did your plan work for you?

Degoose: Strewth, couldn’t seem to make enough of them, added some designs for visual impact and before you knew it I was rolling them out like a sausage factory, even the bloody Yanks and Pommy’s were impressed.

Roger: I see that you are now an avid traveller and visit many woodworking related trade fairs, both at home and aboard.

Degoose: True right mate, now that I have a couple of Abos churning out the boards in the shop, I’m free to travel and purchase lots of goodies from unsuspecting woodworkers at shows and sell them as my own work – that’s how I came by the nickname “Lazy Larry”

Roger: Ah, I wondered how that name stuck to you. Has there been any other changes in your life?

Degoose: Well yes, fame has brought fortune to me. Now I get beer delivered by the truck load, I’m helping with a tool invention, and now I’m learning how to make movies.

Roger: Wonderful, so what are your plans for the future?

Degoose: My goal is to make darned sure that everyone in the world has a cutting board with the Lazy Larry logo on it, and after my induction into the Australian Cinematography National Elite or ACNE I’m gonna make a movie about the Great Cutting Board Famine of the late 60’s starring Dame Edna and Russell Crowe.

Roger: I’m sure the world will look forward to that.

I did leave out some news he gave me about some other non woodworking venture he is embarking on – Wine making!
Apparently he has a vineyard full or sour grapes of which he now produces wine and markets it under “Outback Chateau DeGoose Brut”. It’s a heavy wine and has a bouquet like an Aborigine’s armpit and can be used in hand to hand combat. One glass of it will certainly put you under the table !!!!!
Larry was also voted Vintner of the Year and took first place at the Australian Wino Society’s annual Binge at the Woomera Rocket Range, where Matilda was seen not to waltz, but Hip Hop.

Please take this as it was intended .. a little tongue in cheek… a little fun and maybe a little non-PC…. hope you enjoyed it and found it informative and maybe even answered a few questions that you may have wanted to ask but were afraid to…LOL…

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 09-19-2011 06:27 PM

Roger: I’m glad that you sprung tor the telly charges so we could get the “Real Truth” about Lazy Larry

-- 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 09-19-2011 06:43 PM

Karson: Larry and I had a good laugh about the mock interview, he really is a good sport and very talented.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#15 posted 09-19-2011 07:13 PM

clearly I am asking the wrong questions ;)
Good one haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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