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Location: Whittier, CA
Website: markthewoodsmith.com

I'm a self-taught woodworker. I fancy myself an artist. Wood is the driving passion. I have a love for the material and the trees (sometimes not really trees). Podacarpus, for instance, is what the botanists call a "Shrub Tree". One was removed from my nextdoor neighbor's yard last year. I was awakened by chainsaws. (I have a Pavlovian Response to chainsaws). I got a mess of it and started turning it while it was still really wet. I wasn't too impressed with it then. But since, it has seasoned some, and has developed a very pleasing character and color.
Eucalyptus led the way in my journey for locally-sourced (read: free) wood. What an amazing species. Lots of that in my website.
At some point, I obtained some sticks of Chinese Elm. To this day, I don't recall where I picked it up, or where I can get some more. It's a very prolific city tree around here, so I guess I just need to get in touch with the various city/county arborists/foresters.
I have, from another neighbor's front yard some gorgeous Mulberry slabs and logs. If there's anyone here who can do better justice to it, has more patience than I in letting it season and would like to buy some, please contact me. I'll put some photos in the Gallery.
A Peach tree was removed around the block, and a Ficus a few blocks away. I haven't worked any of the Ficus yet - it's SOAKING WET - but the Peach is, well, a Peach. Wonderful color and figure. And hard as a rock, as fruit woods are wont to be.
Jacaranda and Myrtle are my latest additions. I've turned a few things from the Jacaranda, but not the Myrtle - scared of wasting it.
More about me. I work alone, in my garage, with some pretty rudimentary equipment. Like a nearly sixty-year-old Shopsmith. Drill press, Bandsaw, and Thickness Planer are all bench-top models. My two concessions to modernity are a Carvewright (down for sometime now), and a Sawstop.
To say that I'm self-taught is kind of a loose interpretation. What a gift to us all is the Internet. When I need to know how to do something, there's someone right there, 24/7, to help me out in a You Tube video. When My creative juices seem to be somewhat lacking, I turn to sites such sites as Lumberjocks, The Wood Whisperer, Fine Woodworking's Gallery, etc. I'm ever resigned to devoting several hours visiting individual websites those sites turn me on to.
If you've read this far, thank you. Markthewoodsmith also fancies himself a woRdsmith.
Ships are safe in harbor. But that's not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-01-2015 01:22 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Mark. glad to have you as a buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 03:38 PM

Mark Welcome to our humble abode.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 07:52 PM

Hi, Karson. I’ve done a bit of buddying here. You, sir, are the first to have buddied me. Thank you.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 07-09-2015 10:26 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Mark! Hope you enjoy this site as much as I do!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 07-09-2015 10:41 PM

Are you kidding, Tony. I’m stinkin’ hooked. (Smiley Face here)

-- Mark

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#6 posted 07-09-2015 10:43 PM

Some how I knew you would be! LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 10-15-2015 10:43 AM

Thanks for the welcome! This site is great! All the projects from craftsman from all around the world! Where else could you see so much great workmanship in one place.

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 10-16-2015 08:18 AM

I know, Rod. I’ve got Buddies from Australia to Ireland to Bulgaria to Mongolia and the Philippines. That’s right, I said Mongolia. Who knew they even had woodsmiths in Mongolia? Or electricity?

-- Mark

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#9 posted 10-17-2015 06:46 AM

I like your attitude Mark! I just added you to my Buddy list, hope you don’t mind. In fact you are my first! Please be gentle with me! LOL Now you can say you’ve got a buddy in the Ozarks.

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 10-17-2015 07:10 AM

Rod, I’m pleased as Mint Julep that you picked me, me as your Buddy.

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ‘twere his own. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(I collect tag lines. This is one of my favorites.)

-- Mark

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#11 posted 11-22-2015 12:28 AM

Great work, Mark. Thanks for add me.

-- Think, make and share.

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 12:38 AM



Great work, Mark. Thanks for add me.

- Humus Woodwork

I like your style, Roman.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 05-19-2016 10:25 PM

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#14 posted 06-06-2016 10:04 PM

You sir are simply the best . Ozarks and also Argyll in Scotland. which you so richly deserve. If I had twenty million pounds I would give you one brother LOL that was a joke of course I would gladly give you two pounds. See we Scots are not at all tight assed or even thrifty with money after all. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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