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08-08-2014 04:12 AM

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Hi gang

I’ve been very busy lately with my contracting business this summer and having had a loved one in the in hospital,and rehab. So those are some of the reasons I haven’t been very active on LJs. After checking in on LJs

I did notice my 6 year anniversary is tomorrow. I’ve learning a lot over the years of being a member on Ljs and hopefully have helped a couple folks along the way. Thanks for all who have shared their great talents with all of us. Thanks also to all of you who have checked in on me to make sure I was still alive and kicking.

Now the moving on part. I’m giving serious thoughts to moving and retirement even if that means selling my shop,tools and my contracting business. This does not mean I will give up wood working only that I will no longer do woodworking as a business. I’m actively searching for a property in the northwest or ? in the country, so if someone is interested in purchasing or exchanging for one or both of my businesses send me a PM and I’ll send you more

I keep getting kind well wishing comments from folks on this post that I had posted back in early August. I sincerely thank you all for your supportive comments. But as I have posted in more resent comments ,it does not seem possible for me to stop working nor will I be able to move to the country unless someone purchases my home and or business, so at this period in time I will just keep on keeping on at this point.
Thanks so much for you support and good thoughts .

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#1 posted 08-08-2014 04:27 AM


I am glad to hear you will still be doing wood working. I have always loved your stuff and thought you were a great guy.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 04:38 AM

Wonderful advise, encouragement and well presented

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 04:43 AM

Glad to hear you are still here:-)) Good luck with the moving into retirement.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 05:31 AM

Good luck, Jim, and I hope you find what you are looking for….Retirement is great, and having your own place in the country is even better…...You’ve been very helpful to a lot of members on here, old and new…..If possible, never give up woodworking…’s a way of life…...Sorry to hear of your loved ones in the hospital, and having to go to rehab…..Been there, and done that, so I know how much time it takes away from other things…..Keep us posted on things, and once again, good luck in your endevors…....

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 05:40 AM

Woodworking in retirement, no stress, no deadlines is sooooooooo much more enjoyable than woodworking as a business. I’ve been retired for ten years now and although I loved building boats I love building whatever I please more.
I hope you are able to make a favourable deal and come out with a comfortable retirement where woodworking is still a major element.
Best wishes.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 05:52 AM

Jim, I have to tell you I felt absolutely gutted when I read this. You were my first partner in LJ. You helped me get started in this community and responded to my newbie posts with useful information, guidance, and grace. Your shop is awesome. I sincerely hope that you will stay with us here even when you get out of the business.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 06:47 AM

Jim i,m glad to hear something from you and I thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully everything is going the way you want.


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#8 posted 08-08-2014 06:50 AM

Hope things work out well for your family member. Good luck to you. Nice home and shop you have there.

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 07:58 AM

Great news Jim. I hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I do. I hope this doesn’t mean you will be leaving LJ. We enjoy and benefit from having you here. Good luck on finding a new place. I hope you will get something with space for a shop so you can continue with your woodworking on a hobby basis for your own enjoyment, and ours too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 08-08-2014 08:11 AM

Jim – All the best for the future, you were one of several who took the time to welcome new comers to the forum, offering help and advice. Me being one of those you welcomed aboard.

Good luck in your retirement, enjoy it as much as you can for as long as you can.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 08-08-2014 09:28 AM

Jim, I hope your loved one is now healed and well. Health is a precious commodity. Retirement is not an end…it is a new beginning. After a year or so you will get the rhythm and flow of it. I like living in the same place and keeping the same friends, but I can understand the urge not to. There is something clean and fresh about starting anew in a different place. Best of luck in your continued journey. Be patient in your transition.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 08-08-2014 10:04 AM

I really do enjoy your input here, Jim. You were one of the first to greet me here upon my arrival and are a great asset to this site. I am happy you will still be doing some woodworking and hopefully sticking around here a bit.

I also hope your loved one is recovering and much better. Sometimes it is best to back off from life and take time to enjoy things that are in the here and now. My best wishes to you all. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 08-08-2014 10:18 AM

All the best to you. However… has been my experience, and others, that you are busier after retirement than before. I have a close friend who commented that he couldn’t figure out when he had time to work before retirement. Also, hope your loved one mentioned will be up to full health.
Look at SE Tennessee area for retirement. We are booming- VW is going to invest a ton of $$$ to build an SUV in Chattanooga; cost of living is low, taxes are low, no state income tax (thanks to a state law). Let me know if I can be of service.

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#14 posted 08-08-2014 10:25 AM

Hope for the best.

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#15 posted 08-08-2014 10:38 AM

First off I’ll say Happy Anniversary !......Secondly, I’ll say I’m glad to read that you won’t give up on woodworking. Personally speaking, that would be incredibly difficult. And lastly, you put many years working towards retirement, now is the time to enjoy what you worked so hard for.

Hope to continue seeing what you advise here on L.J.’s. You are a wealth of information and everyone benefits. Yourself and others like you are what makes this website a valuable resource.

Good luck to you sir !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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