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I'm a recently retired computer tech. In recent times I've focused on working in wood, but since my early childhood days I've a been a scale modeler, a tinker at heart. I've been a life-long cyclist, dreamer, wanna-be writer and poet. My mind has always creating checks my body and skillsets can't cash. Upbringing and lifestyle has created a frugal mindset and driven by a MacGyver-like ego.

I prefer to use reclaimed lumber, whether it be barn wood, deconstructed materials, or better quality pallets and crates. Whenever it applies, I'll incorporate whatever materials I have on hand or can find into my creations. Waste not, want not. Make it live again.

-- -- Paul: jack of dreams, a master none.

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 08:38 PM

Hey, ya, Paul,
I just got off Google Maps to see where your town is. I was up in that neck of the woods about ten years ago when I took my oldest daughter up to Potsdam when she started attending Clarkson University. We flew into Syracuse and drove up 81/11 from there. Lot of pretty country up through there.

-- Ed

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 08:51 PM

Hey Ed!

My wife went to college at SUNY Potsdam. They truly define ‘winter’ up there. :)

How did your daughter like Clarkson? My youngest brother (soon to be 51) almost chose Clarkson over R.I.T. when he graduated from high school. I hear it’s a great school.

Both my daughters live at the Western end of New York, so we go through Syracuse to get onto The Thruway. If we ever leave our little city, it would either be to get closer to the kids or be in a neighboring community of Syracuse. It certainly would be easier to find quality lumber.

The countryside on my half of New York is beautiful year ‘round. The rolling hills and forest covered hills make it a great place to visit. I hope you get a chance to come out our way again. If you do, let me know.

-- -- Paul: jack of dreams, a master none.

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 09:05 PM

She only went there for one year before transferring out to Univ. of Wyoming. She liked Clarkson OK except she was pretty far from home.

Syracuse gets hit a lot with lake effect snow, don’t they?

One thing that struck me when driving up through that area was all the (Amish, I presume) horse & buggy traffic. You just don’t see that in Colorado.

If I ever get out that way, I’ll definitely look you up.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 02-19-2015 09:43 PM

We have both Amish and Mennonites around here, Ed. They tend to stick to the remote countryside, but since that means winding, narrow roads in the hills, one really has to be careful not to come around a limited vision corner and hit a buggy. Good people. I don’t believe we ever have conflicts around here, at least none that make the news.

That is a long haul. I’m sure it was the best choice for her and the family.

Syracuse is in the ‘snow belt’ region of the State. You only have to go about 15 miles North of us to officially be in the belt. I think in recent years Syracuse has received more snow over the course of the winter than Buffalo. Buffalo wins with record dumps, though. Well, as much as moving closer to Syracuse brings us harsher winters, if we have to live in the State it really doesn’t matter where we go, so we might as well get closer to entertainment and shopping places.

-- -- Paul: jack of dreams, a master none.

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#5 posted 02-19-2015 10:26 PM

Come to think of it, there is a Mennonite community in Manitou Springs just west of Colorado Springs. I’ve never seen any buggies, though.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 10:32 PM

My understanding is that the Mennonites are a much more ‘progressive’ than the Amish, so maybe they are not using buggies out your way. They do around here.

-- -- Paul: jack of dreams, a master none.

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 03:08 PM

Here’s a little Norwich, NY Civil War History….

http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unnyinf8.htm#16

-- Ed

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#8 posted 02-20-2015 03:29 PM

Thanks, Ed.

All of this was made possible by the existence of the Chenango Canal , which ran right through the little city of Norwich. If I can remember to, I will take a couple of pictures of landmark sign references to the city’s involvement in the war and post the link to them here.

Quite a few years ago, as a young insurance agent in the community, I attended a banquette that hosted a local historian and museum curator as guest speaker. Her topic of discussion was on the Chenango Canal in Norwich. In a nutshell, the town fathers wanted so badly for the canal to come through our city they coerced, bribed and extorted officials to get it. I forgot the cost, somewhere around a million dollars to build it. I haven’t a clue how much that would be in today’s currency. Many, many bananas.

Today, we have streets that were formed over the filled in canalways, which explains why their shapes and pathways are the way they are. Signs of the canal can still be found along State Route 12, which bisects Norwich as well as the state.

A little more history, back at ya. :)

-- -- Paul: jack of dreams, a master none.

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#9 posted 02-20-2015 03:42 PM

That is way cool!

-- Ed

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#10 posted 08-30-2015 07:58 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Paul. The everything about woodworking site there is. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust. Look forward to your projects.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 08-30-2015 08:11 PM



Welcome to LJ s Paul. The everything about woodworking site there is. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust. Look forward to your projects.

- Roger

Thanks, Roger! I am so looking forward to gleaning what I can from everyone here.

-- -- Paul: jack of dreams, a master none.

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