Rex Reitmayer's Profile

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I have been a woodworker since I was very small, I think I got it from my Dad. He always had wood in the garage when we were kids and let me use pretty much anything I wanted from the wood pile. As I got older, shop class quickly became my favorite. And when I had trouble in college with the science classes, it soon became obvious that Industrial Education was my best route to get a college degree. I loved it and my grade point jumped up dramatically. Although, I did not end up teaching, woodworking was and has been a large part of my life. I have built about anything that can be made out of wood. It the mid 80's I decided I wanted to learn to carve, but had no money to invest in tools. The solution to that was to make them. I made a set of 6 mallet type gouges and v-tools. Additionally, I made a set of 6 carving knives. All these were made from files. My first carvings were dogs, which I sold and that gave me the money for some…

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  • Born on January 25
  • Joined February 22, 2011

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Wood, Basswood, Butternut, Walnut, Mahogany, Cottonwood Bark, Metal, Brass, Acrylic Paints, Polyurethane Finish

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I have been a woodworker since I was very small, I think I got it from my Dad. He always had wood in the garage when we were kids and let me use pretty much anything I wanted from the wood pile. As I got older, shop class quickly became my favorite. And when I had trouble in college with the science classes, it soon became obvious that Industrial Education was my best route to get a college degree. I loved it and my grade point jumped up dramatically. Although, I did not end up teaching, woodworking was and has been a large part of my life. I have built about anything that can be made out of wood. It the mid 80's I decided I wanted to learn to carve, but had no money to invest in tools. The solution to that was to make them. I made a set of 6 mallet type gouges and v-tools. Additionally, I made a set of 6 carving knives. All these were made from files. My first carvings were dogs, which I sold and that gave me the money for some better tools. Now I got tools and tools and more tools, to me part of the fun of carving is the tools. In later years of my working life, carving served to help relief the stresses of work and life in general. I have belonged to a couple of carving clubs, which is a fantastic way to meet some extremely wonderful people. Today, there is a group of about 6 the meets weekly to carve. My carving experience is self-taught, and learning from others. I have only been able to attend 1 class over the years.

A little about myself. I was born and raised in western Kansas. After graduating from high school I enlisted in the US Navy attended boot camp in San Diego, California, after some training schools in New Jersey, I was to Iceland for a year, then back to New Jersey for more schools and then was sent to the aircraft carrier USS America, CVA-66. My job there was fueling planes on the flight deck. In 1968, the USS America made a 9 month tour to Vietnam. The was followed by a 1 year stint at the Norfolk Virginia shipyard and a discharge. After a short job in the oilfield, I returned to school, I graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Next was a job in the oilfield supply business and retirement after 37 years from the purchasing department of a worldwide drilling contractor.

Other information, I married the most wonderful women, we have wonderful 2 children, both married to wonderful spouses, and currently one granddaughter. We are spending our retirement years on a 3 acre place with lots of animals. We travel when we can and we are both enjoying our retirement.

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