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Location: nowhere... now here!

as shapeshifter, i'm not always who i really am... while not having been formally trained in computers, i am comfortably employed in the technical field of internet networks in the fast paced world of financial exchanges. though not having graduated high school, i have the honor of overseeing an industrial arts program currently offered at two of chicago's public high schools.

as a retired professional skateboarder, i enjoy exploring methods of using different varieties of timber for creating high performance sports equipment. in the past i have made hollow sectioned skateboards from bamboo veneer to emulate a flattened version of the culm from whence it came. my current project is to apply ancient knowledge to modern natural materials for designing paddles for stand up paddle surfing.

the finish of my work may not look beautiful nor would it be apparent that there is anything different about how it is made. it's usually upon it's destruction that the my art can be revealed!

-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#1 posted 09-01-2007 06:20 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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#2 posted 09-01-2007 06:29 AM

welcome. hope you enjoy all the benifits of this site. their is a lot of knowledge heer, and lumberjocks dont mind sharing it.


-- bryano

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#3 posted 09-01-2007 07:04 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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#4 posted 09-01-2007 07:42 AM

thanks everyone!

the challenge now it seems, is reading up on what all of you have been up to.
where the heck have i been?
nowhere… that’s for sure.

well, i’m here now.

-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#5 posted 09-01-2007 02:10 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-01-2007 03:19 PM

Welcome to the one and the only LumberJocks website. Enjoy your time spent here. Should you have any woodworking questions do not hesitate to ask…Somebody will know the right answer.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 09-01-2007 10:24 PM

what a grand welcome this is turning out to be! it humbles me to see such a great crew so eager to bring a new member into the fold. i look forward to introducing some of my friends and program instructors to this forum so that they too can find other’s with such enthusiasm for the craft. should one of our apprentices enter this arena, it would be quite the accomplishment because this would assure me that they would be well on their way to finding their own path to knowledge.

-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#8 posted 09-02-2007 07:13 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#9 posted 09-03-2007 07:03 AM

It’s nice to meet you, welcome!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 09-04-2007 04:06 AM

Hello Alan,

Welcome aboard…..I just got back from a long weekend of no web and I’m catching up here and at Standup Zone. You are going to really enjoy your time here. Lots of great folks as you can already see.

The boss is calling me to come unpack my stuff…...I’m so stoked to talk…..I’ll catch up later.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 09-09-2007 04:50 PM

Welcome Aboard. We are looking forward to seeing those “old/new” projects you are working on.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 09-09-2007 08:24 PM

thanks everyone… i really appreciate everything about this forum, with bob’s tutorials as an incentive i’ve embarked on learning the wonderful world of (s)ketchup!

pictured here is a skateboard deck vacuum laminated from several layers of .02 mm bamboo veneer, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. it has a complex pediform which provides an asymmetrical foot position (front toes raised/heal lowered – rear toes lowered/heal raised) for both goofy (right foot in front) and regular (left foot in front) stances on a singular platform… the manta skateboard deck has an s-cambre shape with a scooped nose going into a w-concave flowing into a convex then bending up at the corners to form a tri-tail. the consistent flex pattern is derived from the shape which is 3d in the sense that neither the top nor the bottom surfaces form parallel planes. since it is a hollow structure i used nature’s senetic architecture to form the internal arched supports within the flattened bamboo culm design.

the outcome is a very light platform that could handle the excessive stress of slalom racing and even performed nicely when ridden on vertical transitions. as you can imagine, from the outside it just looks like a bent piece of wood… only when dissected can the beauty in it’s internal structure be revealed.

-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#13 posted 08-29-2009 03:56 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock.

-- Gary D.

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