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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

My interest in woodworking started in my childhood (1950/60s) when I used to love watching my Poppa making things in his shed. Over the years I have dabbled a bit myself - the odd bookshelf etc - but the few old hand tools I had were not up to the job, and I didn't really know how to use them properly anyway.

In the 1980s I got interested enough to do some courses at L'Etacq college here in Christchurch, New Zealand - tool sharpening, dovetailing, and making a Krenov-style plane. Although I really enjoyed it, and had all sorts of ideas for setting up a workshop at home, for various reasons it never quite happened.

Then in the 1990s I rediscovered the recorder, having enjoyed playing it at primarily school, and attended many recorder festivals in New Zealand and Australia. At three of these festivals I took instrument making classes - shakuhachi (Japanese end-blown bamboo flute), kouauau (small Maori bone flute), and of course recorder making, which I found especially exciting.

I love the idea of making my own musical instruments, and I have now really challenged myself by undertaking to make a 16th century Italian polygonal virginals! Meanwhile I have set up a small workshop in a corner of our garage, and over the last 18 months or so I've been building up a set of good quality hand tools and teaching myself, from books, videos, and the Internet, how to use them.

My interest in woodworking centres exclusively on hand tools. Although power tools are generally more efficient, I find them rather noisy, dangerous, and dusty, and would take up room that I simply don't have. I like making my own tools too, and so far I've made a frame saw (for resawing by hand), a hand powered drill press, a hand powered jig for hollow grinding chisels and plane irons, and various other jigs.

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 03:16 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 06:30 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 09-15-2010 02:31 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 look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 04:19 AM

Welcome and enjoy the – “Lumber Jock” – experience.

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 06:52 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 06:14 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 11:40 AM

Nice to see you on here, Mark. Let’s see some of those jigs….and a virginal blog :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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