BlackHillsGifts

Black Hills Gifts

Belle Fourche, South Dakota | 1 Sale

BlackHillsGifts

Black Hills Gifts

Belle Fourche, South Dakota 1 Sale On Etsy since 2017

Announcement   We've had the Etsy store since 2017 but only began loading the shelves in November 2018. We create books, furniture and wood turnings.

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Last updated on Nov 28, 2018

We've had the Etsy store since 2017 but only began loading the shelves in November 2018. We create books, furniture and wood turnings.

John English

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Forty years ago I left Ireland and chased a South Dakota girl until she caught me. Jobs were hard to find back then, and despite a piece of paper that said I knew a little bit about marketing, my first job in America was slinging burgers at a MacDonalds. After a few weeks of that, I got an apprenticeship at a cabinet shop where my wages were paid in part by the taxpayers while I trained (thank you!). A few years later I was running my own custom furniture shop while taking history classes at a community college, when an instructor encouraged me to try writing for magazines. Since then, I've written for American How-To, American Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, and many other great publications, including the last quarter century as a writer for Woodshop News (which caters to professionals). Along the way I have authored books on hand tools, turning, harvesting lumber, sharpening, and even a woodworking jokes book! The love of working with my hands has rubbed off, too - one of our boys is a carpenter and the other is an excavating contractor. And that girl who caught me - she teaches at a local high school where I think she hides out sometimes because our house is always full of boisterous, yelling, gorgeous grandchildren.

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