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Old 07-13-2018, 10:43 PM   #1
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I took early retirement due to health issues back in 2011. I had been hunting in Montana since 2000. Had the itch to try living somewhere else so loaded up the dog and my guns and off I went. Had to have something to do between hunting seasons so I decided to try and make furniture. I had done quite a bit of woodwork over the years but never anything I would say was worth trying to sell.but how hard can it be. I soon found out. South Eastern Montana had been having quite a few forest fires which made driving around and finding good cedars much easier. It was a lot like hunting. Drive around glassing sides of mountains looking for trees that were big enough to use. The really good ones tended to be in draws that went far up the side of the mountains which meant dragging them back down to the truck. It was pretty darn hard work for a 60 yr. old with bad knees and bad ankles but when I start something I try to finish it. I sold a couple of the pieces. Gave some to friends up there. The bench came home to my mom. She wasn't very happy I had moved so far away. I really enjoyed the challenge of making something of beauty out an old tree that was charred from fire and most people would think was of no value. I'm going back in September and going to bring some wood back with me because there are still a few projects I want to do. Hope my old bones will hang with me a little bit longer!
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:55 PM   #2
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That sure is some beautiful work!! Are you head up to Montana for a hunt?? Best of luck regardless, and in for the pics!!
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:39 PM   #3
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Tagged.

Looks good and like it will last a long time.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:53 PM   #4
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Great work! Solid, beautiful and functional all at once!
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:11 AM   #5
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Looks great!
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:48 AM   #6
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wow looks real good
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:46 AM   #7
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Great looking pieces!
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:58 AM   #8
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That sure is some beautiful work!! Are you head up to Montana for a hunt?? Best of luck regardless, and in for the pics!!
No hunting this time around. Going to pick up my elk head from 2 seasons ago and a friends from this past season. Visit friends, hang out and get out of this heat!
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:15 AM   #9
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Very nice!
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:25 AM   #10
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Really cool!
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:43 PM   #11
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I almost forgot the most important piece I made. Vergil was 1 month short of 15 when he passed. Went everywhere I went, hunted everything I hunted. Wasn't just a dog he was my child, my best friend. Rest in piece buddy. I'm not sure the pictures uploaded but that is him with me in my aviator.
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:13 PM   #12
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My wife would love that bench
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:27 PM   #13
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I almost forgot the most important piece I made. Vergil was 1 month short of 15 when he passed. Went everywhere I went, hunted everything I hunted. Wasn't just a dog he was my child, my best friend. Rest in piece buddy. I'm not sure the pictures uploaded but that is him with me in my aviator.
I hear you on getting out of the heat. Looks like triple digits for the next 15 days for us here in Del Rio. It's been a while since I made the trek up to Leakey but it seemed like that area was always a few degrees cooler than "Hell Rio".

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Old 07-14-2018, 05:35 PM   #14
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Beautiful work!

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Old 07-14-2018, 06:29 PM   #15
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great craftsmanship there
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:38 PM   #16
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Nice work you got there
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:45 PM   #17
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Awesome!! Quite a talent you have sir!
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:18 PM   #18
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That bench is absolutely beautiful! Nice work!
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:31 AM   #19
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Nice, are you using a drill or router powered cutter? I have the router powered one and its soooo much better than the drill rig.
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:00 AM   #20
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That looks terrific. I can imagine how tough it is to get the lumber.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:10 PM   #21
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really nice work!
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:34 PM   #22
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Great looking stuff I like it !
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:16 PM   #23
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Looks great
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