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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    New Member

    I've been hanging around for a few days trying to figure out the navigation of the site but now it is time to say, hello.

    I'm from Virginia. I hung up my spurs over a decade ago, sold the house, car and furniture and went cruising. My wife an I spent eight years wintering in the Florida Keys and Bahamas and summering in the Cheaspeake, or New England or Canada. It was a great way of life but after a while, even ice cream gets boring so we are back as "dirt dwellers".

    I have always enjoyed working with wood and on the boat, I had a lot of chances to practice sanding and varnishing. I have always enjoyed making sawdust and recently I had a chance to pick up an old Sears lathe with tube ways and a set of tools, so I started turning and making chips as well. Working with the late the first thing that I learned is that I didn't know anything. The catches were exciting!

    One big problem in learning how to turn was where to get the wood to turn into chips. I just could not envision buying a nice piece of wood and turning it into chips. Well, to my amazement and delight, a big old hickory tree just toppled over in my back yard. Talk about an unlimited supply of chips! I've been producing about a garbage can a week. The only problem is that it is like a big old hunk of beef - I gotta figure out how to cut it up and cure it.

    I'm still in the "beads and coves" stage of practicing but I have made a bunch of scoops and spoons, a few tops and a couple of bowls from the tree - nothing fancy, but its a start and it sure is a lot of fun and I have not made a dent in the supply.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Welcome to the family Fred!
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Welcome aboard Fred glad you came back to being a land lover and joined the family and if you haven't noticed yet we all LOVE pictures.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    welcome fred and i too like seeing the sights some... glad you deiced to drop in to stay awhile and hope to see more of your posts
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    Apr 2007
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Welcome to the family Fred!

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  7. #7
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Welcome Fred !!!
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  8. #8
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    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Welcome to the FWW family, Fred

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Welcome aboard Fred! Always dreamed of the cruising liveaboard lifestyle, but I'm afraid I'm too much of a hoarder to fit everything on one boat!
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    Welcome and greetings from Gator Country!

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