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Aug 3rd, 2018 at 11:35pm
 
Hello everyone, I live in Pennsylvania and retired last year.  During my working life, I traveled 50-70% of my year, leaving little time to do much woodworking. For the last 25+ years, the family joke was that my hobby was building a “shop” in the basement. I added 100 amp service box and wired multiple circuits so I didn’t have to worry about tripping breakers. I acquired and rebuilt lots of old machinery, and even bought a few tools new.

About 18 months ago, I had a ladder incident, and broke my wrist and ankle. Did you know that one cannot use crutches with a broken wrist? Who knew? After ankle surgery and 16 weeks in leg casts and braces, putting my life on major hold, I was told to do something to rehab my wrist and ankle. Not knowing what else to do, I tuned up a No. 4 and No. 5 hand planes, sharpened chisels and went to work building a 19th century style workbench by hand the way Paul Sellers built his out in his back yard. I went to bed sore for many nights, but had a blast building the bench. I even made a leg vise with a scaffold screw and added an Eclipse vise on the end. That workbench was one of my best additions to the shop.

I got back to using a 1920’s Craftsman lathe that was my wife’s uncle’s father’s. He died in 1964, and it sat idle with the work still chucked up for decades before I brought it home and cleaned it up. It worked well, but the bearing sleeves got too out of spec to hold the work straight. I joined a local woodturner’s club and am learning a lot. I now have a Harbor Freight 12” x 36” lathe and am having a blast learning to turn. With the help of one of the club members, I learned how to do a segmented bowl and lid turning which was donated to Dupont Children’s Hospital for their “Beads of Courage” program.

I am also getting back to trying hand joinery the way my Dad and great uncles used to when I was a kid.  I have acquired several old hand planes, chisels, and saws (including some owned by my great grandfather, grandfather, and great uncles) and am restoring them. I play the bagpipes, enjoy amateur radio, help with the Boy Scouts, and travel with my family.  To say the least, retirement is keeping us busy!

I am looking forward to learning a lot and hopefully contributing with the little turning knowledge I have. Thanks!
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Re: Hello from Pennsylvania
Reply #1 - Aug 4th, 2018 at 10:19am
 
Welcome!
Think you’ll find that woodworking/turning will be worth the wait.  Lots of experience here for when you might get into a “tight” or have a question.
Glad you got over the fractures— will take some time to get strength back— I see that a lot in my patients.
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Reply #2 - Aug 6th, 2018 at 8:28pm
 
Welcome Walt, what part of PA are you located in?
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Reply #3 - Aug 6th, 2018 at 8:33pm
 
Welcome, Walt.  Make yourself at home.
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Reply #4 - Aug 13th, 2018 at 9:54pm
 
Hello and thanks for the welcome.
- Ed Weber, I live in SE PA not too far from Philadelphia.
Thanks,
Walt
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Re: Hello from Pennsylvania
Reply #5 - Yesterday at 9:12am
 
I'm not stalking you but that's the area I'm from originally.
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Reply #6 - Yesterday at 9:57am
 
BrandyWine?

Chester?

Inquring minds seems to have too much time on their hands. Shocked

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Reply #7 - Yesterday at 10:52am
 
Bucks County
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Reply #8 - Yesterday at 1:04pm
 
Lived in New Hope and in Lambertville,NJ a long time ago.

Loved going out to Lahaska for Goodnoe's ice cream!! Smiley Smiley

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Reply #9 - Yesterday at 1:42pm
 
I have family in New Hope, small world
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