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post #1 of 8 Old 10-14-2008, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Howdy from NW Arkansas

Name is Brad, BHOFM means Bald Headed Old Fat Man.

Retired photographer, turned teacher, totally retired.

Married, wife Kimberle', also retired, model, lawyer
teacher. One daughter, three grand kids, Kayla 8,
David and Jason 11. No pets.

Wife and I are both pilots, own a 1939 Stearman.

Sailing is my first love, then flying, and wood working.
Started sailing in 1949, flying in 1958, Took up
photography in 1966. Spent most of my life traveling,
photographing F1 and sports car racing. Taught
Aviation science and history for 8 years.

My Great Great Grandfather, Great Grandfather
and Grandfather were all wood workers by trade.
Dad did a lot also, built wooden racing boats in the
late 40's and early 50's. I have a lot of tools of three
generations of wood working.

Several years ago we sold our big sailboat, Catalina
25 due to rising costs of mooring, from $600 a year
to nearly ten times that.

I build clocks and boats and boat models. Current
project is a 12' sailboat. My shop is only 12'X16'
so that is about as big as I can go.

I am a pack rat by natured and spend a lot of time
looking for cheap, free, used wood. All my clocks
are done with recycled wood and a lot of the stuff
for the boat came from the dumpster at a local
milling company.

I joined a boat building forum, but their main interests
were fiberglass and metal and for the most part
large boats. As well as some rather rude members.
Then I joined an Australian wood working forum,
they were a nice bunch, very nice, but I just don't
feel like I fit in, half the time I don't know what they
are talking about.

Here is a shot of the boat in the shop.

One clock for an old pallet skid and the
other is old flooring.

My study furniture for old pallets and other junk

My haul from the dumpster today.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-14-2008, 08:52 AM
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Welcome, BHOFM. That's a long list of qualifications. Judging from the photos, you do great work. I think you'll fit in nicely here. I'm not retired or bald yet but getting older and fatter every day. I just like to say I'm becoming a well-rounded idividual. I don't know how many boat builders we have around here but we will certainly join you celebrating your accomplishment when you finish the boat.

What part of NW Arkansas are you from? I'm originally from NW Arkansas, myself. Currently reside in Collinsville, just north of Tulsa.

Welcome, I think you will like this forum. There's an assortment of talented craftsmen (and women) and general run-of-the-mill wood hacks, like myself.
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Welcome to the forum... I'm an old Arkie too from the Morrilton area. Nice work on the projects.

I cut that board three times and it's STILL too short!!!...
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We used to refer to my dad back when as just OF. Neat stuff you make. Cmon now, build a bigger boat inside the house somewhere, like the basement. I want to see you on the news cutting the side of the house open to get your boat out when its done. LOL. Might even be more dramatic with an airplane since you like them. Has to be one where the wings don't come off.
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Thanks for the nice welcome.

Morrilton, I have some distance family in Clarksville.

We, the family have been in this area since 1822,
so I guess we are natives??

I consider myself a bit above average woodworker,
but as time goes bye, the hands don't always do
as they are told. And they eyes don't always see
what they should.

This will most likely be my last boat, I will stick to
smaller projects for the most part. I have access to
a large airplane hanger that is heated, but it is 10
miles away and I get more done at the house work-
ing a little at a time, if I had to drive over there I would
try too hard and if I was not feeling so so, I would
not go at all.
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Ahhhh To build a boat! The idea of doing just that is what got me started back into woodworking a few years ago. Haven't done it yet but the idea of it still tantalizes me. One of these of these days.....

Oh and heck, Welcome to the forum! Got caught daydreaming there. Lot of great folks here and sounds like you'll fit right in!

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I had half joking talked about building another boat
when I retired. I retired on the 15 of May this year
and on the way home I stopped at Lowes to get
a new handle for the potty, first thing on my "do"
list after retiring.

A gentleman was unloading a bunch of lumber and
I asked why he was bringing it back. He told me it
was under size and couldn't use it. It was 1"X12"X12'
rough cut cedar, most were near perfect several were
completely clear. They only measured 11 1/4" wide.
After he left I bought the 14 boards for $7 each and
the boat was born. God talks to us, we just need to
listen to what he is saying.

I had to get all my "do's" done first, started on the
boat Aug. 24.

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