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Location: Montreal, Canada

Hi everyone.

First, thank you for the warm welcome. I was not expecting this level of community support. It looks like I found a home;-)

So a bit about me is in order. I'm from Montreal, Canada. I'll be hitting my 50s soon so I guess I'm a late bloomer as far as woodworking goes. Since my day job is with software development, even worst but the managament of software development and working 12hrs days, woodworking is more a passionate dream than a regular reality.

Nevertheless, I am not completely new to this. I have spent most of my life doing renovations of some sort or another. The standard: deck, bathroom, basement, kitchen including concrete countertops. They turned out awsome by the way for two people who never worked with concrete before! Yes I say two, cause my wife is not scared of getting dirty and working hard either. She is good at it and in most cases the creative drive behind the renos.

So, how did I cross the bridge from renos to woodworking? Well the last major reno was to transform our garage into a large family room (talk about cutting my nose off despite my face!) We have 4 kids and a small house, so it's getting tight with the kids growing up. I took a sabatical and got down to it. So how did this turn into woodworking you ask?

During this Reno we planned a big stone fireplace. Yes we did that too, no project scares us. We planned a big wooden bean as the mantel. So after looking around we ended up with an old 12ft beam that was in rough shape and in need of TLC. I took the best tool I had for the job, a hand plane and on a beautiful summer day set up outside to plane the beam. The smell of the wood, the shavings flying and the repeated carress to the wood to see my progress... Well I fell in love.

Now, that this is well and done, I took on the job to build floor to ceiling old fashion cabinets and book hutch to cover 2 full walls.

So now I am back at work, and find little time to actually set foot in the only place left I could set shop in, a small 12 x 13 room in the basement and very much dreaming about organizing the new shop to continue the cabinets. I guess that will be a few years before they are all get done.

One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 07:26 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 01:16 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 06-07-2011 05:45 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 09:52 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 03:16 AM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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