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Location: Ludington, Michigan

I retired from the banking biz about six months ago and headed for my shop to pursue what I have found to be a passion, if not an obsession. I told my children as they were growing up to make sure that whatever they decided to pursue to make sure of two things, one, have a passion for whatever you're doing and two, make sure you learn to do something. I, like a lot of people I know, found out those two rules long after I was so vested in something that I was neither passionate about and found that when I got home at night, there was nothing tangible to look at and say, "I did that." My woodworking, such as it is at this point, has become my passion and when I get done with a day in the shop, I have something, good or bad, to look at, touch, fuss with, improve, or, in some cases, send to the scrap pile. But, I don't think I have ever left the shop without learning something new.
Right now my projects are basically, things that I have found in magazines or online and fairly simple. But I am looking forward to learning design and techniques that will allow me to put my own mark on my projects.
I am looking forward to communicating with and learning from all the "Jocks' out there. It is amazing to find this number of like-minded folks who are all interested in doing better work.
The picture I have included in my profile is of me working in the kitchen of our cottage in Ludington, MI. The clock I'm working on is from Wood Magazine, I believe. So far, I've made three of them and they are probably going to end up in the homes of family as gifts. I have done some furniture, cutting boards, built-in cabinets, picture frames, etc. I look forward to posting them and getting the reaction of other "Jocks."

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94 posts in 4277 days

#1 posted 05-13-2008 07:36 PM

Thanks for the comments on Grizzly. I was going to order a few things from them but I think I’ll continue my research.

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#2 posted 05-13-2008 08:01 PM

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 05-13-2008 08:38 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-13-2008 10:34 PM

Hello Bayouman,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be a rewarding and exciting part of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 11:40 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 11:51 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 05-14-2008 12:37 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Paul D

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#8 posted 05-14-2008 12:57 AM

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#9 posted 05-14-2008 10:32 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#10 posted 05-14-2008 02:07 PM

Welcome to LJs. Jump on in, the water’s fine.

-- Rick Snail, Omaha, NE --The only stupid question is one that isn't asked.

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#11 posted 05-14-2008 04:26 PM

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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#12 posted 05-14-2008 04:29 PM

Tom, I am experiencing the addictive part right now.

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#13 posted 06-04-2008 10:25 PM

Glad to have you aboard. Welcome to LJs. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 05-09-2009 04:41 AM

Congratulations! Within this next week you will have been a Lumber Jock for one year. Thanks for your participation.

-- Gary D.

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#15 posted 05-08-2010 02:56 AM

Another year has rolled by. We must be having too much fun, cause it seems like just yesterday when I congratulated you on 1 year. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D.

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