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  • #56292
    Sandy
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    In my travels around the Tulsa area this week I found a small neighborhood wood working group. The focus of the group is on, you guessed it, woodworking with hand tools. After getting the contact information for the guy who owns the shop I called and made introductions. Most of the people in the shop are young men who own some of the older houses in the area and they want to learn to do some restoration using the “old” methods used by the craftsmen who built these houses. Anyway after a short conversation with him I learned that they are all just beginning the journey into woodworking and given the experience and skills that I have, they have asked me to come share what I’ve learned here and join their group. I gave him the address to this website and we should soon see some brand new faces (names) from the Tulsa area on the forum. It tickles me to have the opportunity to pass along that which has been passed to me here. I’ll post the progress of the group and maybe some pictures along the way…

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #56293
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    What a great opportunity Sandy. The chance to pass along your skills is something to be cherished. The fact that this group exists is encouraging as well. The company that I work for is dependent on skilled craftspeople, welders, fabricators and the like. We would hire at least 20 additional people right now but cannot find anyone who has even basic skills. There has been at least 10 applicants in the last few months who could not even read a tape measure. My company is in danger of shutting down or being forced to move to a different state because of it. So reading your post about individuals taking the initiative to learn hand skills is very encouraging. Good luck to you and I hope to see some new names soon.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #56295
    Mark Armstrong
    Participant

    Thats great to hear Sandy.
    Looking forward to updates and new faces.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #56317

    That is great Sandy. I especially like the fact that they are “younger”. Up in my area of Upstate NY, our guild has about 200 active men and a few woman but we are really struggling on how to attract the younger folk.

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

    #56385
    Sandy
    Participant

    I met the folks the guild Monday night. So pretty goof folks. They are in the very early stages of learning woodworking but already picking up some pretty nice tools. There were no work benches in there so I suggested that they start out by building Paul’s work bench. The few that were there liked the idea. Is there a cut list somewhere for the bench?

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #56386
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    Sandy I don’t know of a cut list published here or on the web in general. You could get a copy of Paul’s book, “Working Wood 1&2”, which details building the smaller version which I built. There is the blog series that Paul wrote for the larger version and the YouTube videos that go with it.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #56390
    Sandy
    Participant

    Thanks Greg. I don’t know why I didn’t know about the book. Maybe i haven’t researched Paul enough :-). I’ll check out the book

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #56417
    Sandy
    Participant

    Ok I ordered the book…. He has some really good books out… I don’t know why I missed them before….

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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