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Location: Hawaii

yeah, i know, i am a woman in a male dominated occupation. i loved helping my dad with projects around the house. even though, he's gone, i'm still making furniture and i don't intend to slow down any time soon. i started with outdoor structures, then indoor storage. one day i bought a book about carving and for years i carved rocking horses and carousel art. as you know, just when you get comfortable in woodworking, there's a zillion other things that you haven't even tried yet.

i took a bowl turning class and wow fell in love with that lathe. i still make lamps, i've made well over a hundred, and actually feel bad if i don't have a lamp sitting waiting to be turned.

two years ago, i added rocking chairs to my "must do before you die" list. i've made about twenty chairs, which led to benches. although i make cabinets, i feel more in tune with my work when i'm working with projects that don't involve squares or rectangles.

in my 2018 update, i have been a real estate agent, now broker, for the past five years in hawaii. i try to marry my love for woodworking with real estate by making pieces in my shop for staging. then i sell them with the house. nice! nothing makes a home look more attractive than beautiful koa furniture (just my opinion).

it is such a pleasure to associated with my friends at LJ, keep those saws running....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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Occie gilliam

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#1 posted 07-09-2009 12:56 AM

Hi cathyb
Welcome to LJ’s
Wow i went to your web page, you do some fine woodworking. i like the rocking horse a lot

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 07-09-2009 01:02 AM

Hello Cathy,

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 07-09-2009 02:46 AM

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


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#4 posted 07-09-2009 02:50 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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#5 posted 07-09-2009 02:59 AM

kathy, your work makes me say wow..i love your style and your work is just beautiful, i would love to follow your work, and working on the islands is great place to work, plenty of inspiration there..cant wait to see your next piece..grizzman..oh i looked at your web site..very enjoyable..

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 03:00 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 love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

btw: There are quite a few female LJs here. I hope you will make some great connections.

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 03:01 AM

when you get a chance , you should post some pictures of your shop..always a joy to see someone’s work shop…grizzman

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

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#8 posted 07-09-2009 04:26 AM

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!

I enjoyed your website. Impressive work you do. Thanks for becoming part of the lumberjock family.

-- Rusty

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Todd Thomas

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#9 posted 07-09-2009 05:44 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….

I’m looking forward to seeing 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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#10 posted 07-09-2009 06:22 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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#11 posted 07-09-2009 09:03 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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#12 posted 07-09-2009 01:38 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……The best place to enhance your skills and knowledge.

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 07-09-2009 05:37 PM

Welcome, Cathy
I just looked at your website. You have some incredible work. Very impressive.
I really like your carved horses. I’m planning to do one for my grandaughter in the near future. I will be looking at yours more closley, and maybe get some ideas (Hope you don’t mind) I need to build her bed first though.


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#14 posted 07-10-2009 01:45 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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#15 posted 07-11-2009 01:05 AM

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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