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I am 46 years old and live in Washington State .  I was born  and raised in Montana and relocated to Washington in 1993.  I graduated from Montana State University in 1989 with a BS in computer science.  Since I needed a job (computer people were a dime a dozen then), I started with Albertson’s and have been with them ever since.  I am married to a fabulous lady who is very supportive of my endeavors.  Between us we have four kids and four grandkids.  In our grandkids eyes we are “ Nana & Papa”.

I first became interested in woodworking in Junior High woodshop.  That is where I first fell in love with turning.  I really hadn’t had the opportunity to pursue woodworking until recently.  Between raising kids and working it just didn’t happen.  Then we bought a new house in 2005 and it has a garage…or should I say a shop!  That’s when I was able to start assembling my shop.  My first projects included an entertainment center for the living room and a china hutch for the dining room. 

In November 2007, I finally got a lathe:   a Jet 1014VSI with bed extension.  I did turning projects off and on until May 2008.  Then I did my first segmented bowl and I realized that I had found my true woodworking niche.  I have been going strong ever since.  I have learned a lot and I enjoy exploring new areas.   I love working with different woods and pairing them together to see the different results and color combinations.  The possibilities are endless!  One day I would love to be the proud owner of the Mustard Monster.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds or the space for that right now.  So for the time being I will continue puttering and learning with the lathe I have.

Please visit our website at http://www.nanapapa99.com  we would love to hear from you.

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Maple, purple heart, blood wood 
112 pieces,  9½” dia. By 5¼” tall

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Blood wood, maple 
112 pieces, 9½” dia. By 3¾” tall

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Maple, purple heart, blood wood accent
113 pieces, 5” dia. by 5¼” tall

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Sycamore, walnut
108 pieces, 8 0190” dia. By 6¾” tall

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Maple, walnut, blood wood
128 pieces, 9” dia. By 6” tall

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Blood wood, maple
32 pieces, 8¾” dia. By 2¼” tall

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Jet1014VSI, wilton 6” bench grinder
craftsman 10” drill press, plenty of storage