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10-21-2007 08:26 AM

This woodworker is a true craftsman Click here…Amazing!

Charles Neil
Furniture Maker
New Market, VA

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#1 posted 10-21-2007 02:07 PM

That is truly amazing. Very fine craftsmanship from what I can see on the video.

This guys shop is only a couple of hours from where I live. I think I might go check it out sometime. There are a lot of little craftsman shops over in the Shenandoah Valley. I sometimes wonder how they stay open. I really wonder when I see the prices they put on their furniture. Then occasionally you are in their showroom and see someone buy a piece like that for $20,000, and you know how they stay open.

Thanks for the link sandhill.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#2 posted 10-21-2007 02:30 PM

This is amazing, the only thing i seem to have in common with this craftsman is the fact I can make sawdust and shavings that cover everything.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#3 posted 10-21-2007 02:32 PM

WOW! I’ve seen a couple of his videos with he and “Bob”. They’re great together. You can tell he loves his craft and is taking steps to pass it on.

I did notice on a couple shots that he was not careful with glue and got it on surfaces that would be getting a finish. It looks like in some spots he was using yellow glue and in some hide glue. I’m wondering if hide glue is easier to get off so that finish will penetrate.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 10-21-2007 04:09 PM

Hey Betsy,I signed up just to answer your question,none of the above,im simply a slob,so sometimes when im in a hurry ,well lets just say im pretty good with a scraper and a chisel, and to everyone else a huge thank you, now im not very good at posting ,but Sherri did a photo thing on the orginal bombe which is at ,and are photos of the orginal,forget me ,think about the orginal maker as you view these,I believe it was built around 1780 as well as i remember,and honestly it wasnt that hard to make,a few head scratching moments,but we made it thru,I actually built 4, and am getting ready to finish the last one,which we are going to do a youtube thing on as alot of folks have emailed asking about,as well as do some tracings of my patterns,and more photos of how i made them,so if any one is interested just drop an email [email protected] ,additionally you can subscribe to the youtube stuff,and on our website we have a subscription to our newsletter,all of which is free,if you have a question you think we can help with … to how do we make a living,well its tough,we have been fortunate enough to make a decent name for ourselves and being simply a one man shop with Sherri handling computer and office stuff,and one guy who works eve helping sand and prep,we manage,our furniture goes all over the country,so we really dont depend on local economy to support,we live in a very rural area.
wow hope i answered most of the questions,and again thanks folks,its rewarding ,ill try to learn to navigate around here, i do emails better,cause i have a tendency to blow stuff up when I get on a puter,,
best to all,

Charles Neil

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#5 posted 10-21-2007 05:46 PM

Hello everyone, Sherri to the rescue, I have to do this often,

If you would like to visit the page that has the museum photos from the bombe, the direct link is:

Hope this helps, he’s at the shop and I’m at home so if you have addiional questions, just post them and he’ll probably check back later.

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#6 posted 10-21-2007 07:43 PM

I was surprised to see your post here on wood jocks and welcome. I would like to say you’re an inspiration to the craft. I really enjoy your simplistic approach to woodworking although I know it’s not simple you make it seem doable at any level of expertise encouragement is essential and the best environment for us beginning woodworkers as well as seasoned craftsman to seek the next level of excellence.
Hats off to you.

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#7 posted 10-21-2007 07:59 PM

Thanks , Im humbled,If everyone enjoys my sharing as much as I enjoy sharing it, then life is good.
Im just a woodworker,like everone else here

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#8 posted 10-21-2007 11:39 PM

Charles I’m glad to see my question prompted you to sign up for LJs.

Not many people know this – but I have a piece in a museum as well. The Smithsonian in fact. Yep—- left my sweatshirt there—- really liked that sweatshirt – I wonder what description they’ve used to describe it?

Hummmm—- seriously you are much to humble. Your work is excellent. “Just a woodworker” yeah right! The Youtube videos you’ve done are informative and fun. I hope to see many more from you. I’ve learned some tricks from you and look forward to more.

Back to the glue. So you are blowing the traditional thinking that glue will ruin the chance at a good finish? If so, I need to learn to use a scraper better. Perhaps that can be your next video.

Now about your typing skills—- keep your day job——and Sherri. We all need someone to rescue us! :=)

Again, welcome to LJs.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 10-22-2007 03:23 AM

You sir, do not get paid enough. That is simply amazing work you do there and to replicate it over and over as well. Good on ya! As they say; “That boys got Talent”

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#10 posted 10-22-2007 03:40 AM

Inspirational Charles, truly inspirational.

(and Betsy, you are too funny ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 10-22-2007 04:47 AM

Charles I am really proud of you. When I first started trying to teach you the craft, I was afraid that you’d never pick it up – but you have done me proud. Keep up the great work.

Of course I being a Smart A.. Charles your work is inspirational to all of us and I, like Betsy and others, have truly enjoyed and benefited from your YouTube videos. Keep sharing and it’s an honor to have you sharing the same woodworking forum that I so much enjoy – Lumber Jocks. Welcome to the Forum.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 10-22-2007 01:38 PM

amazing work; definitely inspirational.
(The video was great as well).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 10-22-2007 11:21 PM

all i know to say is thanks,,so THANKS (smiling ear to ear) CHARLES

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#14 posted 10-22-2007 11:40 PM

If you only signed up to answer Betsy’s question, just wait to see what else we have to offer. If you get hooked on Lumberjocks like the rest of us then you’ll be computer savvy before you know it.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#15 posted 10-23-2007 03:26 AM

Charles——- if we promise to stop harrasing you about your humility——will you promise to stay???? :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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