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post #1 of 15 Old 11-30-2010, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Howdy from West Texas

I only found this forum today and was impressed with the quality of the posts and the great responses from members. I immediately joined so that I might be a contributer of helpful responses to those with different levels of skill.
I have been working with wood since 1948, I have a BS degree in Industrial Education, later became an Engineer and have been a Merit Badge Counselor for BSA for some time. I work with a local BSA troop and teach Woodworking, Electricity and Electronics Merit Badges. This year is the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting and I have worked with 15 boys to complete their Carpentry Merit Badge. This badge was discontinued in the 60's and was re-introduced this year as an historic merit badge this year only. The badge requires the use of ONLY handtools. Many of the boys had never had a hand plane in their hands. What an experience!
My projects of late have been wood case mechanical movement clocks. I can't handle sheet goods easily any more.
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howdy, are you from the town of West, Texas or from the direction of west Texas?

good dove hunting from the town of West all trough west Texas
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Welcome woodeagle...Looking forward to experiencing your expertise. Many talented woodworkers here.

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Howdy from the West Texas city of Midland

Sorry for the confusion! Midland is my hometown.
I am going to attempt to post a photo or two.

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nice work
we go dove hunting around Snyder, still a while from Midland though, but then again, everywhere is a while to Midland
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Very nice indeed!!

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Welcome to the forum. The craftsmanship on the clock looks second to none. Just great.

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couldn't you have found some wood that didn't have all those splotches in it?
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Welcome and Beautiful work. When I grow up I wanna be like you.
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Welcome Woodeagle from Houston.

Sounds like you are a man of many talents. That clock is beautiful.

Bout the closest I got to Midland was I used to hunt in Leakey. Do you do any hunting? Sounds like your pretty busy.

Anyway welcome again.

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Welcome woodeagle! Good to have another Texan aboard.
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Thanks from Woodeagle

Thank you for such a warm welcome!

I have been thinking that I would start another clock as I have a new Hermle movement calling to me.
I will create an album of photos showing the sketches that I will prepare and the progress of construction. I normally build a jig or two for certain operations, so I will include photos of those also.

The clock photos that I posted are a design that I built several jigs for, so I have built six clocks very similar to the one shown. The wood is Curly Cherry. I love working Cherry, Maple and Walnut. My first clock was a Grandfather clock of Walnut.

Yes, I do hunt some, but mostly go to the range and burn up some ammo!

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Welcome from Texas !!!

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Thank you for such a warm welcome!

I have been thinking that I would start another clock as I have a new Hermle movement calling to me.
I will create an album of photos showing the sketches that I will prepare and the progress of construction. I normally build a jig or two for certain operations, so I will include photos of those also.

The clock photos that I posted are a design that I built several jigs for, so I have built six clocks very similar to the one shown. The wood is Curly Cherry. I love working Cherry, Maple and Walnut. My first clock was a Grandfather clock of Walnut.

Yes, I do hunt some, but mostly go to the range and burn up some ammo!

Thanks again,
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Hey welcome to the forum.
You have two great hobbies, woodworking and burning powder !!!!!
You will fit right in here.
Very nice clock.

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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Great looking clock.

I wonder why the Boy Scouts have discontinued the carpentry merit badge. Seems like an excellent one to me. I am sure the boys appreciate your help.

Is Rattlesnake Raceway still in operation. The last I heard it was being used many years ago for what I called the "suck mobile" track. I cannot now remember the race car driver/owner but he used fans to actually help hold he race car to the ground. He had some success on the circuit. We used to go down there from Luccock and run auto crosses on the track. That was back in the mid 60's.

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Rattlesnake Racetrack

GeorgeC,
Jim Hall is the developer of the famed Indy car of which you speak. His car, The Chapparal, is on display at the Petroleum Museum. The track area is now closed, but the Midland RC Club uses it for a model flying site.
The Carpentry Merit badge was replaced with Woodworking. Powertools are allowed now.
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