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post #1 of 8 Old 11-23-2009, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from BlackWater

Hello All!
My name is Mark, and I've been a "hack" woodworker for about 30 years, off and on. I remember working with my Dad as a kid - he did a lot of work with just his Craftsman radial arm saw, and built some of the furniture that is still in my house today.

After 2 failed marriages and a few relationships gone bad, I lost my great shop and the tools I had. A few years ago I met a fantastic woman and we bought some land - 5 acres, all wooded, with a small stream running through the middle of it. We call it BlackWater (long before the mercenary group became infamous). We bought it 5 years ago, and just moved into the house I built on it. I had to clear about 350 trees for the house and driveway - some of which I took to the local sawmill and are drying in my makeshift kiln - Black Cherry and Walnut. She has plans for all of it!

We started the house in December 08. Just a few things I think might be interesting:

While we were planning the house, I came across a stash of antique doors. The homeowner gave them to me and my wife decided we would use them in the new house. Since I was doing most of the work, I wasn't sure I had the time to pre-hang 18 doors!
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But I did, and now she has the task of designing how we're going to finish them......

I came up with the idea of using Northern White Cedar (from the Upper Peninsula, MI) for the trim and siding rather than the western Red that was available here. In February we took a trip "Up North" and brought back a load from The Haske Post Co. Trip expenses and all, we saved a few hundred, and got better quality stuff!


While we were up there, Pam noticed a pediment over a door in our motel room, and decided she wanted to add that to our home. More work for me:
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OK! that's a long introduction! I'll post more later. If you're interested, you can check out the entire building process here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackwa...7615867268518/
I'll be adding more as I get the "built ins" completed (shelves, closets, cabinets, etc.) Thanks to all for letting me join you!

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-23-2009, 07:53 PM
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Impressive! And welcome to the forum. There's nothing like a good wife to support your "habits".


In a while, Chet.

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Welcome to the forum Mark.
I got all excited when I saw Blackwater. I thought you might of been talking about Blackwater, WV. Years ago they used to put on a world famous off road motorcycle race. I was lucky enough to ride it two years. Later on, the epa got involved and it got cancelled. So where is Blackwater, Ohio?
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Mike,

BlackWater is what we call our little 5 acre paradise in southern Greene County, Ohio. Pam decided on the name because of all the black stones in the creek, and because all our Black Walnuts drop their nuts into the creek in the fall and turn the water black (when the water is stagnant). We're not on the map..........yet!
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Welcome from Texas.
Love the doors and trim work.
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