Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Earlville, Iowa
Another Iowan new to the forum
I've been woodworking since about 1960 on my own, then I joined the Air Force in 1962. I was trained as a missle mechanic then retrained to be a Finish Carpenter in 1964.
After getting out of the Air Force I worked as a Finish Carpenter for a construction company for about three years.
Then I got a government job and wood working has been a hobby ever since.
I quit the government job and returned to Iowa. I worked for John Deere in Dubuque for 29 years and am presently retired.
I've built most everything from wood over the years and sold lots of stuff at shows. That's how I bought the high priced shop tools.
In the last 10 years or so I've built very few pieces for sale. I build mainly for family (I have two married sons and 5 Grandkids).
They know all they have to do is ask. Anything I build for them has to be made to come apart so it can be shipped to New Mexico or Washington.
I use mostly native woods, Walnut, Oak, Cherry, Ash, Elm, Maple plus woods I pickup on our travels.
Sadly my old computer went Kaflooy and I lost a bunch of pictures.
I do have some on Shutterfly yet so you may have to suffer if all I can post is a link. Sorry.
My other hobbies are metal detecting, gold prospecting, antique tractor restoration and parade riding, history (Board Member of the Deleware County Historical Society, member of Antique Acres Old Threashers Reunion), hunting, shooting. I can normally find something to do.