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post #1 of 9 Old 03-23-2010, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Lola Ranch, Central Washington State

Lola is my horse, I'm Bret, howdy.

My Grandfather was a builder. My Dad learned a lot from him but followed his dream and became an artist. I learned a lot from both of them. I did my first professional cabinet job at age fourteen working out of my Dad's garage. My brother was a builder until he was taken from us too soon.

I think it was my destiny to build things, and build things I have, mostly with wood and, I like to think, with a bit of artistry as influence by my father. I've plied my trade as a cabinetmaker, carpenter, builder, furniture maker, timber framer, etc. for more than forty years.

My wife (the real horse person) and daughter and I live here in one of many homes I've built for myself over the years, with a few acres of pasture, within veiw of the Columbia River and the Cascade Mountains. I have two other daughters that have their own families and three grandchildren.

I built a shop/barn building last spring and spend a lot of time building things and setting up the shop.

I've been visiting woodworking forums for a couple of months now and have gotten much inspiration. I'm amazed at the talent and creativity that's out there.

I have many stories and much to tell but have said enough for now.

See ya later, Bret
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Howdy Bret, nice to have you with us. That's some inlay in that desk top. Very nice!
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Welcome aboard ... look forward to hearing more from you.

Beautiful back yard, by the way.

Paul

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Welcome from Texas !!!

WOW !!!! What a great looking place you have and the view.
Welcome to the forum.

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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Dang with that view I'd be thankin GOD every morning.Welcome,Itchy
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-26-2010, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I don't post the ugly photos.

I've been working on getting my shop set up but have been busy doing remodeling for hire lately, which is not exactly what I want to be doing but I'm greatful for the work, gotta pay the bills.

My shop is usually somewhat messy. That is because I'm always building something. I still need to build some shelves and tools storage, that will help with the mess.

It's looks like I'm a Grizzly poster boy. I've bought a lot of Grizzly stuff, lightly used. You just can't beat the price, however, every Grizzly tool I've ever bought has required a lot of fine tuning, which I enjoy doing because I think it makes you understand your tools better.

Those pine things in the photo are some pre-built closet units I'm building for a client.

Bret
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Wow! Very nice pictures of your shop. I have visited WA state a few years back. What a beautiful place. I had no idea the middle part of the state was so different than the Seattle side of the mountains.

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Thanks Todd,

Yes, I am fortunate to live here on the dry side after having suffered on the wet side for decades. I'm lucky to have what I have, funny thing though, the harder I work the luckier I get.

Austin and the Texas Hill Country is very beautiful in it's own right. I have family in you area and enjoy visiting there.

Thanks for visiting, Bret
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