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Location: San Jose, CA

I was aware that I had a talent for working wood since the 8th grade, but never had the opportunity to cultivate those skills until 2003, when I decided to turn my two car garage into a wood shop. Ever since, it has been an obsess.... uh... passion. I like to think that I represent what is possible to any serious amateur woodworker, and that although I have accomplished a skill level of a professional, that there is still much to learn.

When I first setup shop in 2003, I though that I already new everything there was to know about woodworking from my experience in high school shop class. (Yeah, right.) Here I am six years later, and my "things-to-learn-and-do" list has only gotten longer. Perhaps this is what keeps me interested in Woodworking. I thoroughly enjoy constantly pushing my skills to their limits. It does not always work out well and sometimes I wonder what I got myself into, but I would rather try and fail than not try at all—and I always come out wiser at the other end of the project. In the words of Michelangelo, "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 07:17 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy


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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 02:01 PM

Hello Brian,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 03:49 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 04:13 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 06:49 PM

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 07:11 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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Brian Havens

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 09:08 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to participating.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 10:38 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I really like your work, and great website too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 10:39 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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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 11:34 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. From the looks of your website, you obviously have much to contribute.


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#11 posted 11-24-2009 11:44 PM

Welcome back good buddy!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 02:32 AM

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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Brian Havens

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#13 posted 11-28-2009 03:48 PM

Thanks once again for the warm welcome. I hope that I have much to both offer and learn here at Lumberjocks. I find that now matter how much I think I know, there is always so much yet to learn about Woodworking. In fact, I am now finding out how much one can learn from teaching subjects about which I thought I new everything—thought, that is, until folks start asking questions. LOL I also find that sharing ideas results in ‘learn-back’, that is, I provide someone with an idea or solution, they take that idea and expand on it, then I learn something back in return.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#14 posted 11-28-2009 06:38 PM

Hello Brian, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#15 posted 12-02-2009 09:37 PM


You will find to be helpful, supportive, inspiring and informative.

I bring A long list of experience creating, Furniture, Custom Furniture, Chairs, Occasional Chair, Dining Chair, Upholstered Rocking Chair, Wood Seat Rocker, Wood Seat Rocking Chair, Custom Rocker, Handcrafted Rocker, Personalized Rocker, Tables, Coffee Table, End Table, Side Table, Accent Table, Dining Table, Entry Table, Bistro Table, Bar Stool, Stools, and the list goes on.

I will keep an eye out and try to help you when I can as my time is limited. I check my In box on a regular basis and I will respond when I have the time.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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