YeOldeRebelWorkshop

Ye Olde Rebel Workshop

Pinellas Park, Florida · 58 Sales

YeOldeRebelWorkshop

Ye Olde Rebel Workshop

Pinellas Park, Florida 58 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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m. joslin

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Note from shop owner I have moved to Lexington, Kentucky, but am awaiting delivery of my machinery and tools. I hope in the near future to reopen Ye Olde Rebel Workshop once again, but at the moment I cannot say when that will be. I do miss making the pieces I used to make. I discovered a TV show on PBS, Craftsman's Legacy, and it created a longing in me to get back into it. I am an artist and a craftsman, and I always spoke of how the items I made, and sold, were a part of my legacy. I do hope that somehow I can offer these things once again.
Mike

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Last updated on Feb 21, 2018

I have moved to Lexington, Kentucky, but am awaiting delivery of my machinery and tools. I hope in the near future to reopen Ye Olde Rebel Workshop once again, but at the moment I cannot say when that will be. I do miss making the pieces I used to make. I discovered a TV show on PBS, Craftsman's Legacy, and it created a longing in me to get back into it. I am an artist and a craftsman, and I always spoke of how the items I made, and sold, were a part of my legacy. I do hope that somehow I can offer these things once again.
Mike

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Shelshka

Shelshka on Feb 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely lovely and came very quickly.

kreedy941

kreedy941 on Dec 8, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful workmanship. Unique and timeless

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About

Ye Olde Rebel Workshop

Please, call me Mike. I am originally from Plymouth, Michigan and have been in Florida for over 40 years.

I first began working with wood as a young boy. I learned in school shop class, and was also taught by my father and maternal grandfather. My dad had woodworking tools, and I often made things, most of which at that time were rather amateurish, but it did interest me. Throughout my lifetime, I accumulated many tools and built a small shop, but even then did not use it for profit.

In my years of employment, although employed in non-woodworking jobs, I often ended up building offices, etc., for the companies I worked for. While at my last place of employment, I remodeled the front lobby and built a custom receptionist desk that fit in one corner of the lobby. The front side of the lower part of the desk had panels applied. I decided it needed something more. The company had a logo of an owl, sitting upon the roof of a house, and the name of the company, which was an acronym. I found a piece of wood, bought some cheap wood carving chisels and made my first attempt at carving. When the sign was completed, it was Christmas, and I attached it to the front panel of the receptionists desk and put a big bow on it and then awaited the owner of the company. When he arrived, he stood right in front of it as he talked to the receptionists. It took a few minutes, but he finally noticed it and was thrilled. Making that sign got me hooked on carving.

When the business closed down due to the economic downturn, I soon found myself retired way too early, and it was not long until I realized I could not survive on just social security. It was now time to make use of the shop and hopefully profit from my new found talents.

My very first keepsake box was for a dear 2nd cousin of mine. We have been close friends since childhood, but last track of each other for several years. She has always had a love for whitetail deer and for every year, for more than 25 years, she and her husband vacationed near Cades Cove in Tennessee. They drove through the cove 2 to 3 times a day to see the deer, bears, and other wildlife. During one vacation she discovered a lump in one breast, and upon her return home, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She then went through a long difficult period of surgery and treatment, often wanting to give up, but I continued to communicate with her, to encourage her, and assure her that I knew she would survive this. She did. I then decided that I should take on a personal challenge and try to make her a keepsake box for Christmas. The one I built has a whitetail deer jumping over a fallen tree carved into the lid, and her name carved on the front panel. It is now a treasured possession of hers.

I then continued to make such things, improving with each one I made. I had friends who suggested that what I did was art, and I was an artist. I very much doubted that, but one day I went to the Pinellas Park Art Society and showed several of my keepsake boxes to the society president and other artists. They all gave me the affirmation I could not give myself, and convinced me to join the art society. I was further honored when I was juried into the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida and have items on display there.

I am also a great believer in the word 'legacy.' If I gain nothing else from the items I make, or the books I write, my name is on each and every item, which means my name will live on even after I am gone. My only claim to fame, and all that I would ever want.

I continue to challenge myself to improve and do things I have not attempted before, and very much love doing it. When I am in my shop working, life's problems melt away and cease to exist. I must admit, I know I need to sell what I make as I need the money, but when I make such things it is not for the money, but for the love of doing it. I especially like it when I make something that is made from the heart, such as the one for my cousin, and another I made for a very special lady who influenced my life in a very big way.

I occasionally have requests for personalized items, either carving names or monograms onto a keepsake box, and am presently making a second one with biblical verse on the front panel.

The wood carving I do is in two forms, chip carving, which is my preference, and chisel carving. The wood I use for chip carving is primarily basswood, which is soft enough for ease of carving with a chip carving knife. When using chisels, I often use various hardwoods, mostly red oak.

I am currently branching out and making an attempt at building reproductions of old furniture. So far, two items, a cocktail table/display case, and a reproduction of an old trestle table from the late 1600's. Neither are made for the purpose of profit, but for my own home. Once in awhile, we all need to do some things for ourselves.

Shop members

  • J. Michael Joslin

    Owner

    Call me Mike. I operate out of a small home shop, of which I am employer and employee. I have been referred to as woodworker/craftsman, artist, and author. I live in Pinellas Park, Florida with just my "shop dog" Shadow

Shop policies

Last updated on April 3, 2014
Welcome to Ye Olde Rebel Workshop. I hope you will enjoy your visit to my shop, and hope you will find something of interest that you "just have to have" for yourself, a loved one, or a best friend. Thank you for stopping by.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
Will not accept responsibility for damage caused in shipping. I try my very best to package your order with bubble wrap and other packaging to keep the item separated from the sides of the box it is shipped in. I will not accept responsibilities for items damaged by the recipient. If the recipient does damage the item, notify me and I will try to determine if it can be repaired. If it can, ship it to me at your cost, both directions, and I will do my best to repair it. If you order a custom item, I will not refund either the partial payment, or the full payment, should you cancel the order. I hope you can appreciate that most custom orders I cannot resell if you cancel.
Payment
Direct Checkout is quicker, and it makes payment possible by credit card or debit card. PayPal is available too. I also accept checks mailed to me, but if you are a first time buyer, or the items is a one time custom design, I would prefer at least 50% before I begin carving. If you desire to send a check for the entire amount, via USPS, so much the better. I will not begin carving on those items personalized with names, initials, monograms, or any designs I may not be able to use otherwise until I receive payment. The same is true of any custom designs that I may not be able to sell elsewhere should you cancel your order. Thank you.
Shipping
Primarily ship via UPS, with exception of my books, which are shipped media mail via USPS.