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Location: Gosford, New south Wales, Australia

I am 73 years old and live about a one hour north of Sydney. I first started eating and breathing sawdust in 1955 when I was apprenticed to an ex Royal Navy shipwright as a cabinet maker. His yarns about life in the Navy were more exciting than dovetail joints so after three years I quit and joined the Royal Australian Navy.
I resigned after 21 years (including a stint as an EOD diver in Vietnam) and got myself into the OH & S industry. My hobbies after leaving the Navy were Leatherwork, Scrollsaw work, Woodcarving, Ships -in-bottles, minature ship models,
Ropework, Archery and fishing.

I have been making small jewellery boxes with leather on the lid as well as hand carved designs. I quite often use leatherwork patterns for ideas for carving.

-- BJ

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 08:45 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

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

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 11:52 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 11:56 PM

Welcome to Ljs 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.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
Need help with posting or other questions ?
Martin SojKa ( LJs founder)
Ms DebbieP AKA Debbie Pribele (Ljs community manager)
Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 10:09 PM

G’Day Mate! I usually say ” Hey Man. ” ! Thank you for looking at my swords. They’ve given me more joy than my sons (don’t tell the boys). I prefer basswood for all three components, the blade with tang, the guard and the handle. If some place needs carving, and from my work u can see that I seek places to carve, the softer woods are forgiving as well as compliant. Most similar wood would be lime wood! Next most available to me would be Vermont Sugar Pine. It is soft, but the strong grain wants to influence your knife. I used Western Red Cedar once to simulate Damascus steel. I’m glad that’s off my bucket list. It was not a carver friendly wood. Is that good? Keep watching for future postings. I’ll tell u more in the near future.
Ciao for now.

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 09:13 PM

Hi Folks, thanks for the warm welcome and advice on using the site. I have been slow in responding to your comments because there is so much on this site to check out. I feel like a kid in a lolly shop – where do I start?

-- BJ

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#6 posted 10-21-2013 04:17 PM

Hey Man, we in Maryland, USA are seeing your fires in S Wales on the news and we are hurting for you all! Hope you are not personally effected. YOURE ON THE PRAYER LIST!

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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