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I am a retired controls engineer. I have been making wood objects for the last 20 years. I started with a Shopsmith tool in 1990 as a hobby. Then I moved to dedicated tools. For many years I made furniture, tables, desks, entertainment centers, blanket chests, blanket stands, lap desks and boxes. I started selling furniture in 1999 when I was laid off and unemployed for almost two years. In 2002 I landed an engineering job. By this time I was technically out of date so I had to spend a lot of hours on my own bring me up to speed. This put a stop to my woodworking. I stayed employed until 2009, this year, when everything went to hell in a hand basket in Michigan. I decided to try my hand a woodworking again. After some experimenting with turning bowls and making boxes, I decided that that making toys suited me perfectly, hours of fun designing, machining and building toys. I sell at the Ann Arbor Artisans Market every Sunday and met…

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  • Born on August 31
  • Joined December 22, 2009

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Pine and cherry

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I am a retired controls engineer. I have been making wood objects for the last 20 years. I started with a Shopsmith tool in 1990 as a hobby. Then I moved to dedicated tools. For many years I made furniture, tables, desks, entertainment centers, blanket chests, blanket stands, lap desks and boxes. I started selling furniture in 1999 when I was laid off and unemployed for almost two years. In 2002 I landed an engineering job. By this time I was technically out of date so I had to spend a lot of hours on my own bring me up to speed. This put a stop to my woodworking. I stayed employed until 2009, this year, when everything went to hell in a hand basket in Michigan. I decided to try my hand a woodworking again. After some experimenting with turning bowls and making boxes, I decided that that making toys suited me perfectly, hours of fun designing, machining and building toys. I sell at the Ann Arbor Artisans Market every Sunday and met some people there that were selling on Esty, which after some investigation I decided to try. The Library is a source of inspiration for many of the toys I make. I can be reached at Jimturbyville [!at] aol.com

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