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post #1 of 9 Old 10-08-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all. I thought I would introduce myself as I registered here today. I've been a woodworker of one kind or another for some 25 years, give or take. I don't count the junk I did in my youth (I'm 51.) I've been a carpenter at a nearby university and then jumped into the dream job of all time working for an 18th century repro and restoration shop (the one that got the big write up in FWW an issue or two back.) I spent time working on my own a bit, worked for Woodcraft (a corporate store) as a salesperson/instructor and another Chester County cabinet shop.

Currently I work in retail furniture (yech!) selling mostly unfinished furniture in what would appear to be a diminishing market (surprise.) The company has gone from 4 stores 1 in the last year.

I still maintain my shop in an 18th century barn on one of those properties Washington supposedly stayed at before setting up HQ closer to Valley Forge (I'm about 2-3 miles from Valley Forge Park.) My shop is fully equipped but I only manage to get there about 4 hours a week due to my favorite job; being a daddy to my precious 2 year old girl.

I like 18th century furniture...I have a list of pieces I still want to make for myself...but I also want to do so much more. I'm of the firm belief that a complete woodworker should do some designs of his own. I also want to dabble in non furniture, flintlock rifles, war clubs, and some tool making (infill planes) lure making...what have I left out.

I'm trying to get my daughter to get a job so I should have more time in my shop. We'll see.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-08-2008, 06:21 PM
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flintlock rifles, war clubs...
Now there's an interesting combination.

I've been kicking around the idea of building a bench rest for my .308 Remington 700...maybe some kind of affair that clamps up both sides with a knurled knob.

How far is Valley Forge Park from Nesquehoning, John? I've been out there a number of times in the previous years building and buying fire engines. Great area, great people.

Welcome aboard, and when you get around to it, we all love to see pictures. Show off your shop or some projects when you have time...

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WELCOME TO THE FORUM JOHN

Looking forward to you sharing your experience.






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Welcome John,
Kick back and enjoy the site. Like to see some pics of your barn shop. Sounds neat.
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JBark...
Your intro made me sit up and listen...
Welcome aboard. I can't wait for your posts.
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JBark...
Your intro made me sit up and listen...
Welcome aboard. I can't wait for your posts.
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Welcome to the forum. I cant wait to see the barn shop and some of your work. The suspense is killing me.

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-10-2008, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the words of welcome folks. I will try to post some pictures of past work and see if I can't remember to take a picture of the barn for you all to see. It is a looker (Pa. has got a lot of good looking old barns.) Smitty I have no idea where Nesquehoning is. I'm approximately 1/2-3/4 of an hour outside of Philadelphia...due west. It's the "Main Line", Lancaster Ave. area. The old cowpath road from Philly to Lancaster, the jumping off point tothe new world.

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