About

This a journal of my adventures as I learn my way in hand tool woodworking. I was able to get serious after quite some time lost in the woods, so to speak. Besides woodworking,  other interests include, in no particular order: woodcarving (seems a natural extension of woodworking),  Amateur (ham) Radio (callsign: KC2WZ), computers (Linux rules!), photography (amateur), astronomy, gardening, quilt making, knitting, hiking and canoeing, Tai Chi Chuan (for the gentle exercise benefits not as a martial art), music (all kinds, except Disco). I am learning the Irish language. I can speak and read at a beginner level and working to become fluent. Related to this, I love Irish and Celtic traditional music. I am learning the tin whistle, Irish flute and fiddle. I am self-taught, so far. However, my playing is not good enough that I want to inflict on anyone—except my doxie. And she has her own opinion. 🙂 I am an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician. I volunteer at my town’s volunteer rescue squad. It is very rewarding and wonderful way to give back to the people of my Town.

The part of woodworking which appeals to me now is making furniture. I hurt my back on a squad call a few years ago. That resulted in back surgery and a spinal fusion. I am no longer as flexible as I was nor can I lift the weight I used to. Massive pieces of furniture are out. That won’t stop me from trying smaller projects. Chairs look interesting, Windsor, Welsh stick, rocking chairs look very appealing. 🙂 I want to make nice things which will still be usable in 100 years.

Posts may or may not follow a logical order. I hope they will be interesting or at least amusing to others.

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Benchdoxie