LJ Interviews #35: gfadvm

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 01-17-2013 09:50 AM 3076 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This interview with gfadvm is from the January 2013 issue of our LJ eMag.

1. How did you first get started working with wood?
I got started in WW because I needed a new indoor activity. I made bits and spurs for many years until the saddle shop where I sold them closed due to the death of the owner. I thought that I might enjoy WW even though I had zero experience and no WW tools.

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2. Tell us a bit of history of your journey from that beginning to where you are today
I bought a Ryobi tablesaw and mitersaw and attacked some piles of scrap. I made some stuff for our house that my wife deemed acceptable. After my dad died I salvaged a bunch of lumber from his barn and made some tall folding chairs. They were a lot of fun and to my suprise, people wanted to buy them! I have always insisted that my hobbies pay their own way so this inspired me. I bought more/better tools as I sold more chairs and built jigs, router table, sleds, etc. I found Lj when looking for WW information and I’ve been hooked ever since. I am a total beginner and everything I know about woodworking, I learned on this site.

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3. What inspires you regarding wood creations?
The projects posted inspire me to try to improve my skills. My greatest challenge has been trying to create quality
projects without having a lot of expensive tools. The solution seems to lie in setting up all my tools to maximize their accuracy (and practicing on a lot of scrap).

For some reason I really enjoy working with difficult or “flawed” woods. I try to let the wood dictate what it wants to be and have become addicted to building boxes. I can’t explain my fascination with boxes but I think it is because they are always an exercise in problem solving.

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4. What is your favourite tool that you use for woodworking?
I honestly don’t have a favorite tool but I am definately a “power tool guy”.

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5. What is the greatest reward that you have received from woodworking?
There is something very satisfying about starting with a log and ending up with a decent project.

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6. What is your favourite creation in/for your woodworking?
I have a real fascination with wooden hinges and live edges thanks to all the help and inspiration I have received from my fellow LJs.

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7. What tips would you give to someone just starting out or currently struggling with woodworking?
As far as advice for newbies to WW, I am hardly qualified but I would say don’t be afraid to try new things and ask advice from others. I bred, raised, trained, and showed reining horses for many years and I find a lot of parallels with WW: If you are going to better yourself you have to constantly challenge yourself and not be afraid to make mistakes and accept help from other people who are successful.

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Thanks to Andy for taking the time to do this interview and for sharing his story with us!

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

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 12:04 PM

Nice Andy, thanks for the little look at your woodworking.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 12:14 PM

A great interview. I think Andy nailed the whole thing about woodworking and anything else we do. He has sure done some fine projects and I seemed to have missed most of them while away. Now I will have to check out his projects page.

Andy with his cowboy background reminds me of an older bank guard where I worked about 40 years ago. He had been a cowboy on the great King ranch in Texas for quite awhile, and he told me many stories, mainly involving horses. He obviously had a deep love and respect for them, and maybe hated a few too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 12:32 PM

A good read and great projects.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 12:40 PM

I always enjoy reading how others became interested in woodworking and how they learned the woodworking skill. Keep up the interviews.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 01:09 PM

Although you find inspiration amongst the pages and people of LJs, I’m inspired by you and your projects. A great story of your WW journey. Keep up the good, err, GREAT work and thanks for sharing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 01:27 PM

You are one of the true pillars of the site. Before I knew you, your box was the first thing I hit favorite on. Your work is as sincere as you are.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 01:29 PM

Andy, that was a nice interview. It’s a good way to get to know you better.

Thanks, MsDebbie. Keep these interviews coming.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 01:32 PM

well done andy

you are an inspiration to us all
and regardless of the time spent
we are all apprentices
every time we go into the shop

-- 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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#9 posted 01-17-2013 01:48 PM


-- Joel

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 02:42 PM

Gr8 interview Andy. I knew there was a good reason I liked you and your projects and such…lol As your cowboy status, here was/is my all time hero

May you build many more boxes and projects, cuz, I and many more will be watchin.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 03:00 PM

Thanks for sharing Andy.

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 04:29 PM

Nice to read your interview Andy.
I think I’ll come on over and hang out in your shop for a few weeks.
Maybe I can learn a thing or two from you.
I always enjoy seeing your work.
I’ve seen you take what seemed like simple items and turn them into works of art.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future.


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#13 posted 01-17-2013 04:36 PM

well done Andy, always enjoy your post and projects ,your honesty and attention to detail is inspiring

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 06:45 PM

Nice interview Andy, I thought you were a cowboy!!!
Rodger, how I use to love Roy Rodgers… One of my
heroes too.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 07:58 PM

Nice interview. Thanks for sharing your story Andy.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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