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Thom Forrest


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11 posts in 1804 days

Location: Auburn, NY
Website: B&T Woodworking

Hello Guys,
I spent my carrer as a country club golf pro but had to give it up 5 years ago because of some health problems. I have been a woodworker for the past 30 years in various fits and starts. with my winter months free to i did a lot of personal home revovations and upgrades. I borrowed most of the tools i needed from a very generous father in law but as time went on i began to collect tools on my own and subscribed to every woodworking magazine puplished. Back in the early 90"s we invested in some larger tools (table saw) and i took over the basement. the wife was not real pleased with me spending so much time in the "cave". One day i came upstairs with a little arts and crafts waste basket for her - she asked for two more and sent me back to the basement! My next project was a stickly style grandfather clock and she was hooked. most all my early projects were in the A&C style because it fit our house so well. around the same time a golf buddy of mine was doing leaded glass work and he got me interested in that too. We eventually moved from thet house and now I have a 30 x 40 pole barn about twenty feet from my back door with dust collection in the floor and radient floor heat in the slab. I have been inspired by so many. my thanks to Norm Abrams who made me realize early on that it was doable and to Sam Maloof, George Nakashima, Mario Rodrigueiz, and so many others who have inspired me to learn more and experiment. I am embarrassed to say the I have been a visitor to the projects pages of lumberjocks for many years and enjoy seeing the variety and creativity.
I have had the good fortune to be able to take a prject from tree to completion. I make everything from small cloks to full size dinning tables. My most favorite build is a Mallof style rocker. I have worked with both the Charles Brock and Hal Tatlor Plans find them chalanging and rewarding to build while leaving planty of room to put some of my own ideas into the build and final result.
Most of my woods are sourced from locally felled trees or by buying old lumber that local farmers have stored in their barns for many years. aaaaaaathe problem I have now is my shop is being overrun with lumber storage. Spring project wil be to build a separate lumber storage building where I can keep the material high and dry.
My postings in the future will have much more detail and mybe even some blogs about the construction process.

-- TPF

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commented on Slot Mortiser 10-06-2015 01:08 PM
commented on Walnut slab bench 02-23-2015 12:15 AM
added project Walnut slab bench 02-22-2015 02:07 PM
commented on Hall Table 02-18-2015 09:49 PM
added project Taylor Rocker 02-17-2015 04:13 PM
commented on Arts and Crafts style electronics cabinet 02-17-2015 03:51 PM
commented on Arts and Crafts style electronics cabinet 02-17-2015 03:49 PM
added project Hall Table 02-17-2015 01:21 AM
added project Arts and Crafts style electronics cabinet 02-17-2015 01:02 AM
commented on Small A&C table 02-17-2015 12:48 AM
added project Small A&C table 02-16-2015 07:08 PM
signed up Thom Forrest's Profile 02-13-2015 07:35 PM

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 12:50 AM

Golf and woodworking my 2 favorite addictions, I really like that Taylor chair, that’s my next project. Welcome to LJ


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