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Hi folks

Just joined the forum this morning and wanted to say hello and introduce myself, also a happy 4th of July to folks in the USA.

My name is David and hail from a wee place in the south west of Scotland.

In the past after leaving high school I worked for the local council services, where I learned my trade as a carpenter mainly related to building maintenance. It helped me earn a wage but more importantly it allowed me access to college training in carpentry and joinery. Learning a whole variety of lessons from the basic joints, safety, tools, up to the roof construction and stairs.

Always had woodworking and crafting as a hobby since I was a kid - trying my hand at whittling, carving, turning and related DIY projects round the house and for others.

Left the carpentry job some years ago and took a new path into computer repair - similar in a way to building maintenance, using tools and materials to fix things.

Did some work for a few years working for a wee hotel as a handyman and which the carpentry skills came in handy for, from fixing chair legs to tiling bathrooms - if you know how to measure, layout, cut and fix you can apply it to learning other trades (with some adjustment and learning of course).

Currently I`m taking a different direction as a digital crafter - just means using the computer, research, imagination and software tools to create / craft digital products - for example my main focus is on old antique 1800 and early 1900s books and illustrations, digitizing them and cleaning them up, make them available in digital format for people. Ideal for old crafting and woodworking books especially, lots of awesome know-how and projects to be found.

Hope everyone has a great weekend,
cheers

David
 

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Welcome from Texas!
 

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Hi cuerodoc a pleasure to meet ya and thanks for the welcome.

Visited Fort Worth in Texas in a few years back, recall visiting the cattle market museum there - they even had one the original light bulbs still in operation there invented by Thomas Edision.

Have a great weekend,
David
 

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Hello Dave welcome, Question , how difficult is wood availability in that area ? . Ifo you read my bio you will get some understanding of why I ask.
 

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Hello Dave welcome, Question , how difficult is wood availability in that area ? . Ifo you read my bio you will get some understanding of why I ask.
Hi tonycan

Thanks for the welcome.

The availability of wood differs depending on what your looking for - in terms of common used woods like white and red pines, mahogany and oak most often found at local builders merchants, DIY stores and saw mills.

Some of the other woods can be found through specialist supplies via adverts seen in uk woodworking magazines, people selling on ebay, local saw mills, carpentry shops and if you know other woodworkers with some stuff going spare.

There is also lots of recycled woods to be had from various things ranging from old building joists, rafters, flooring, doors, windows, fence posts to barrels, furniture and such things - some more ideal for small projects where a wee bit is aw ya want and if lucky bigger projects where ya need a lot.

I know there is a lot of forestry in the UK and the forestry commission grows and harvests a lot of evergreen pines (ones look like Christmas trees), although some areas do harvest local species at times like beech, oak, and others.

There's always been supplies both from around the world and locally to fit people's woodworking and building needs. More so with the internet today people looking for anything specific can often find it available somewhere.

cheers for now
David
 
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