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I'm retired from the natural gas pipeline industry, but I've been interested in woodworking and carving for as long as I can remember. I'm far from a craftsman, but enjoy the process. My hobby work is less functional than it is decorative, and the only furniture that I've built over the years are book shelves and outdoor pieces. My paternal grandfather was a carpenter and he was famous for cutting out a three bedroom house, numbering the pieces and stacking it onsite before he ever drove the first nail. My maternal great grandfather was a fiddle maker in east Texas and a wonderful carver. In his later years, he sat on square down town and whittled toys that he then handed to any child that happened by. Both my younger brothers are carvers as well, and both are probably more talented than I, so as you can see, I come from a long line of woodworkers.

Texas Band Saw Box - I cheated! - Woodworking Project by Whittler1950

Texas Band Saw Box - I cheated!

This box is my contribution for an auction for the Arc of San Angelo, an organization that...

Chunk of Fire Wood? - Woodworking Project by Whittler1950

Chunk of Fire Wood?

These pieces of fire wood areactually band saw boxes. I harvested the cottonwood from downed...

Christmas Toy Drive - Woodworking Project by Whittler1950

Christmas Toy Drive

Last year, I donated 33 hand built toys for the annual Salvation Army toy drive. I started...

Just a Little Spoon - Woodworking Project by Whittler1950

Just a Little Spoon

When my wife had surgery last summer, my sister came to stay with her in the hospital and then...

Bird Houses with Embellishments - Woodworking Project by Whittler1950

Bird Houses with Embellishments

We’ve been metal detecting for over 25 years and our ‘finds’ have accumulated as a collection of...

Table Saw Accessory Cabinet with Drop Leaf Top - Woodworking Project by Whittler1950

Table Saw Accessory Cabinet with Drop Leaf Top

I needed a place to organize and protect my table saw accessories, which were stacked here and...

The Captive Hinge Pin

The captive hinge pin is an interesting way of hiding a hinge on the top of a band saw box. I use a hardwood axel peg for the pin. Hobby stores sell them for making wooden cars & trucks. Once the perimeter of the box blank has been...

I am a retired CPA so outside I play Golf twice a month, and have been building a small wood shop in the garage. I started to carve dogs for friends and found it very enjoyable.

Keep on carving it gets better as you do it.