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Forum topic by Keekee posted 06-03-2017 02:37 PM 1475 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2017 02:37 PM

I’ll be retiring December 29th, 2017. So if my garage is waterproof and watertight (not an easy job to do in an area of L.A. where liquifaction can occur) by then I’ll start mt second career, which will be woodworking.

I’d like to get a nice set of Japanese chisels. So what do you like?

Also have you attended any woodworking schools that you enjoyed and recommend. My interests are in Period Furniture, Greene and Greene, Asian and chairmaking.

Find it hard to believe that some people retire and have nothing to do.

Me I’ll never accomplish all the things I want to do.

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#1 posted 06-03-2017 02:43 PM

I’m retired. Not an issue of not having anything to do, I just don’t want to do most of it.

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#2 posted 06-03-2017 03:23 PM

Hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I do. I’ve managed to keep busy doing exactly what I want to do pretty much all the time. Well, as long as the wife says it’s okay.

About the chisels. If got some Two Cherries carving chisels and a set of bench chisels. I love them. A few years ago while in Germany I spoke with a woodcarver who told me that the Stubai Company in Austria has the best steel in todays market.

Enjoy yourself but don’t spend to much time in a rocking chair.

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#3 posted 06-03-2017 03:36 PM

Congrats on your retirement. The Japanese chisels that I’ve use are quite amazing as compared to most of the western counterparts. While I haven’t tried many different brands of the Japanese chisels, the ones offered by Lee Valley are very nice as are the Fujikawa’s offered by Woodcraft. They both sharpen easily, hold an edge extremely well and are well balanced. But even a better selection of chisel styles can be found through a subsidiary of Woodcraft. I forget the name now but I’m sure it can easily be found on the web.

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#4 posted 06-03-2017 04:33 PM

Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. You have many choices for Japanese chisels, depending on your price range. I have been using blue steel Matsumura chisels for a few years. I also picked up some Ouichi chisels, Fujihiro, Takahashi, Funahiro, and Kiyohisa. All have been good performers. I suggest looking at chisels offered by,,,, and Lee Valley and ToolsforWoodworking also carry some nice japanese tools.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#5 posted 06-03-2017 05:14 PM

Congratulations on your upcoming retirement.
I know nothing about Japanese chisels. However, I have taken some workshops with Dale Barnard and can highly recommend him. He will be able to help you with your interest in G&G and chair making. It maybe a bit of a trek for you from LA, but it will be worth it. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, his shop in the hills and woods of southern Indiana is perfect. You can find him here;

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#6 posted 06-03-2017 06:43 PM

If your are married your wife will keep you bussy.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 06-03-2017 07:35 PM

:) I know my wife will keep me busy. That will never come to fruition. I lived in Illinois and have looked into Dales site. I’m sure that will be one school I’ll think about since I have family in Illinois. What about Marc Adams. Anybody take his classes. I have a Sister-In-Law that lives in Danville Illinois and it be close enough to drive back and forth from.

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#8 posted 06-03-2017 11:17 PM

I have taken a couple short classes at Marc Adams School and was very satisfied with both. Router techniques with Marc Adams and a Finishing/stain/dye class with Timothy Puro, both were worth the time and money.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#9 posted 06-04-2017 04:55 AM

Congratulations on the pending retirement. I did the same two years ago (ok, I still work on occasion but knowing I don’t have to stick it out makes it ok). With your interests and location, I would certainly look at William Ng. He is located in Anaheim and has a good assortment of classes and he specializes in Greene & Greene. His classes also include other instructors with other styles. Search for his videos on YouTube to gain a sense of what he does.

I hope to attend some day when I have the time…

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#10 posted 06-04-2017 07:57 AM

Im retired … and the days are flying by, i wasted my life on a career instead of having a life
Yesterday was about typical – Ive walked out of jobs that demanded these hours
04.00 to 10.00 workshop (Woodwork)
10.00 to 13.30 drink coffee while watching baby blue tits leave nest for first time.
13.30 15.30 4 mile walk to watch trout in river and plan fishing trip
15.30 to 19.00 workshop (Brass Gnomon for sundial)
19.00 to 2000 workshop (Woodwork)

Today 04.30 to 08.00 Workshop ….....

Congratulations on retirement, how much you enjoy it is up to you

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#11 posted 06-04-2017 01:37 PM


I will be retiring in September 28, 2017 and am very much looking forward to it! I wish you well.

I have attended and enjoyed classes at:

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC –

The Woodright School, Pittsboro, NC – Roy Underhill’s school…need I say more Headed to a spoon carving class with Peter Follansbee the week after I retire.

Find a local woodworkers club/guild to join and share with. There is bound to be several in the LA area.

My fairly small shed will become my hand tool woodworking shop. It has electricy but is too small for lots of power tools. When I need power tools as a member of the Greenville Woodworkers Guild (GWG) I have access to an amazing shop as well as lots of classes from the more experienced members. With 600-700 members, the GWG is an amazing resource for me and other beginning woodworkers in the Greenville, SC area.

There are lots of resources out there. Not all of them are well known. This forum and woodworkers in your area can help find the close by resourses to call on for help and encouragement.


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#12 posted 06-04-2017 04:33 PM

I’ve taken several week long classes at Marc Adams and give it 5+ stars. Marc’s joinery class is fantastic. Danville is at least 1.5 hours from MASW. My experience, depending on the class, is to arrive around 7:30 am and leave between 6 -7:30 pm.

If you have any questions about MASW pm me.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 06-10-2017 02:24 AM

Congratulations on your retirement, I am retiring this December too. I plan to do a lot of woodworking. My interest right now is small boxes. I don’t have any recommendations on a chisel, all I have is a set of cheap Craftsman that somehow manage to do the limited chisel work I have to do. I have not attended any classes but intend to do one of the beginner lathe classes at Rockler or Woodcraft. Good luck to you sir, may we both enjoy the upcoming stage of our lives.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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