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Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

I am a retired army first sergeant that hopes one day I can make my living from my wood work. I did 22 years in the army and retired in 98. I love all kinds of wood working but my specialty is wood turning. My biggest lathe allow me to turn 6 feet in diameter and 12 feet between centers and is the reason I retired from the army. I do no production work only original pieces. I hope to make my living from my work because the buyer wants what I do. I have another job but that deffinately is not what floats my boat.
I was talking on line with Mike and he pointed out that some may be frustrated when they see work that they can not figure out how it is done. I want everyone to know that I have never taken a single woodturnig or woodworking class. I will freely give any advice I can, I mean that. I may not answer your question as fast as it comes in but I will answer it to the best of my ability. I believe in initiative, those who ask are taking the initiative. Please understand not all of my woodturning or woodworking projects came out the way I wanted the first time and niether will yours but I did not give up.

-- Dale

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 04:40 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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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 04:42 PM

Hello Bigwoodturner,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 06:03 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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#4 posted 03-29-2009 06:16 PM

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 love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing more of your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 06:26 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 07:36 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………..LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Todd Thomas

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#7 posted 03-29-2009 09:10 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#8 posted 03-30-2009 01:49 AM

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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#9 posted 03-30-2009 05:18 PM

Welcome Dale. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see more of 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 03-30-2009 11:25 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Dale. 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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#11 posted 03-31-2009 06:48 AM

Welcome to LJ’s, I want to keep an eye on your work, you do some very cool stuff.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 04:57 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing more of your posts and projects. You do incredible work.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 04-08-2009 04:20 AM

First off welcome, this is a nice place to hang out. Now I have to complement you on your work, beautiful is all I can say. I’m impressed that you are self taught and are willing to share your knowledge, as a beginning turner I’m sure I will be asking for some advice from time to time.


-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#14 posted 04-25-2009 05:36 PM

Truly impressive pieces and not just another turner, a true artist!

-- Mike, South Central Tx.

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#15 posted 05-27-2009 04:08 AM

dale you do beautiful work… would love to see some pictures of your large lathe or shop pictures…i can see from your picture that when you retired from the army you lost your razor…ha…i was in for 4 years and lost mine the day i got out..but very nice work..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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