Gary Fixler

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Location: Los Angeles

I am a character rigger and animator for a video game company in Los Angeles. Since shortly after birth I have loved making things, and learning about creation processes and techniques more than anything else. I'm the kind of person who eats dinner while watching How It's Made, even if I've seen the episode 3 times before. I went to art school in FL to get into special effects in the movies, but by the time I was out, I realized it wasn't for me anymore (all computers now - few models and real explosions ;) Animation in games is a great place for me currently, as I work with a bunch of great people, and do pretty varied things, with lots of unique problem solving, which keeps me from getting bored. I use our 3D animation software at home, too, to prototype things I'll later machine, or make in the woodshop (CAD work, basically). The job also keeps me in new tools, books, and lately, lumber (ever priced ebony gaboon!?).

I've experimented/gotten lost in things like electronics, carpentry, wood turning, papercraft, origami, sewing, machining (have Sherline CNC mini mill and mini lathe), and am eager one of these days to finally start casting metal and welding. I also have all but one component (the expensive one) to start anodizing the aluminum things I make on the mill/lathe, after a polish in the vibratory tumbler. As with probably many on this site, and as you may already be able to tell, I'm a tool fiend. I simply can't stop buying new tools, and I'm wondering how there can possibly be so many that I still desperately need :)

I've always considered myself a woodworker, after much high-school [crappy] bookshelf building for my mom's gift shop (19 in all, IIRC), but it's only really been in the last 2 years that I've had a [rental] house, and have been able to start gathering tools in the garage, and trying all the things I've read about over the years, like resawing, and biscuit joints - everything from the typical stuff, to the more unusual.

I'm really excited to have found a place that's exactly what I've been looking for lately. My friends and coworkers are pretty much maxed out now on how much more they can hear about pelletizing sawdust to reclaim it as a fuel/heating source, or about my strong desire to build a small solar kiln in my backyard for drying my own resawn lumber. They're great folks, but I just can't keep doing this to them :) I think my enthusiasm will be far more well-received in here. I'm glad to have found you all.


-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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Todd Thomas

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#1 posted 02-21-2009 01:54 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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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-21-2009 02:02 PM

Hello Gary,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be both an exciting 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 02-21-2009 02:24 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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 02:30 PM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 02-21-2009 03:02 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 02-21-2009 03:50 PM

Welcome, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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#7 posted 02-21-2009 04:10 PM


Glad to have another So Cal jock.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 02-21-2009 04:12 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 02-21-2009 05:03 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 02-21-2009 05:06 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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#11 posted 02-21-2009 05:33 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

We will welcome all of your weirdness and sit patiently and listen to what you are trying explain. And when you have questions there will probably be someone to help you along.

-- 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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#12 posted 02-21-2009 10:09 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 to.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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#13 posted 02-21-2009 10:39 PM

Welcome to LJ’s from your friends over the pond

andy aka pommy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Gary Fixler

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#14 posted 02-21-2009 10:46 PM

Thanks, everyone! So much love!

Also, warnings unnecessary. I am a member now for ~10 hours, and COMPLETELY ADDICTED. Man, the warning should be part of the URL on this place. Something like Kids: Don’t try it! Not even once!

Alright, I’m taking all of your advice right now. Gonna go joint some maple and walnut, rip some edge banding off each, cut out my 19”x19” maple glue-up for a little lazy susan project (one of my very first ‘orders’), and see which edging I like better wrapped around it. Thanks for welcoming me, and for kicking me out again so I can get something done!

Oh, and Todd, thanks for the video welcome. What service!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#15 posted 02-22-2009 07:07 AM

Welcome Gary. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see 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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