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Location: Sutherlin, Oregon

I retired in 2009 and sold all property to travel around the country in my RV. I will continue doing that but what has changed is a permanent RV lot at an Escapee RV Club park in Oregon. Having that lot gives me a "home base" as a location to rebuild my wood-shop. The majority of my woodworking was done 40 years ago when I graduated from college and built much of the furniture for my home at the time. In the early 70's I started a "woodworking" business selling the plans to make wooden toys. That business was starting in 1972 with a classified ad in Workbench Magazine: "Ten wooden toy plans, $1, PO Box 409, Antioch, CA". By 1976, I resigned my "day job" and built "Love Built Toys and Crafts" into a full time occupation for myself and 12 employees. I moved the business from (arm pit) Antioch to (heaven): Tahoe City, California on the shore of Lake Tahoe California. In 1984, I changed the name of the company to "Timbers Woodworking". The business grew into selling the patterns to make toys, furniture, whirligigs, yard ornaments and much more. We mailed 600,000 catalogs each year. We also sold millions of wooden wheels and other specialized parts nationally. When I began the business, I had the only ad selling my product, after five years I counted 50 such ads. So after 20 years in business, I quit in 1992 unable to make a living because the "pie" had been split so many times. By the that time I owned more than 300 copyrights to the many designs I created then sold as blueprints. My point is that I made a very good living from woodworking for twenty years without actually building and selling wood items, instead, selling tens of thousands of woodworking blueprints plus the specialized wood parts needed to make those items. I designed then subcontract the manufacture of those parts in wood-turning factories located in Maine and New Hampshire. Now, I'm slowly getting back into woodworking with my current main interest in clocks, toys (for the grand kids), patio furniture and wood-turning. The story of my adventures since 2005 are found at and the story of my woodworking is found at

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon:

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 10:12 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 10:26 PM

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 10:31 PM

Welcome to Ljs fellow Douglas county person . you have joined a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
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Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
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#4 posted 02-27-2013 02:48 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks – enjoy the Community!

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 04:05 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Dale. We are happy to have you as a part of this great group of woodworkers. I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 02:51 AM

Woodworkers come from everywhere and yours is a fascinating story. Nice to meet the man behind all those ads. You will be well placed to comment on some of the toys we make and we look forward to yours.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 01:50 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I just checked out your web page! Lots of projects on there! Hope you have a grand ole time at this site as well!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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