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Location: Elkins, WV

I have been interested in working with wood and machinery since I was a kid. (much older now). Over the years I have built a collection of tools but was never serious about making quality stuff.

I worked as the Technology Supervisor at the WV Wood Technology Center. There I met a number of great people who were woodworkers and used the industrial equipment at the center. I became a member of the Woodworkers Co-Op and started asking questions.

After a while I decided to tackle an ambitious project which was to make a sewing table for my wife. I seldom back away from a challenge so I dove in, only to discover I needed some better tools, better dust collection (gasp!) and more skills. I was hooked.

My kids know better than to get me a tie or some other useless item for Christmas and Birthdays, they get me gift certificates to Sears and Lowes! This is how I was able to save up and get some better equipment.

Ten years ago my wife and I decided to sell our house in NJ and bought 10 acres on a mountain in West Virginia where we built our dream home. I moved my business to a nice small town and started over. I've never looked back.

I own and operate a Technology Services Company with four employees during the week. On weekends I can be found in my shop or out working around the property.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#1 posted 07-31-2010 04:37 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 05:14 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#3 posted 07-31-2010 05:37 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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#4 posted 07-31-2010 06:13 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 07-31-2010 06:14 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy


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#6 posted 07-31-2010 07:55 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 08:38 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do, I’m sure you will.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 02:54 AM

A1 Jims welcome wagon

Here is a list of links that might be helpful for new members
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#9 posted 08-03-2010 07:23 PM

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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#10 posted 08-23-2010 05:11 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 08-30-2010 08:39 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 09-18-2010 11:40 PM

Hi TechRedneck,
I have been thru Elkins many times on hunting and fishing trips to various upstate places. I have met people that moved to WV to find some solace in the mountains. I live most days in Kanawha Valley(500ftAboveSeaLevel), but have a cabin with 4 acres in Pocahontas county(3000+ftASL) where I spend a whole lot of time. My wife and I love the high places, it gives us a spiritual lift when we get over Kennison Mountain and see the whole Greenbrier valley from 4000ftASL. I can very well understand why you would want to live here. I have been working from home on a temp basis since I retired and am still involved to some degree with my some of my staff. But it looks like they are able to get on without me now after many months. So I am bowing out for good now. That gives me all my time to do what I want. Good luck with your business and have fun with your land and woodworking.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#13 posted 06-30-2011 06:01 AM

Another transplanted Mountaineer Sounds like you’re living your dream in Randolph Co.

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