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Andy Hoyt
10-05-2006, 11:09 AM
Okay - "Turner" might be a stetch in this instance; but I wanted to be sure one of them Mod Guys wouldn't move this one to the OT Forum:eek:

Name: What? You didnít send me or show me anything to name.

Named after my grandfather and my dad (John) and my other grandfather (Karl). My momís side of the family can trace our heritage back to the settling of the Hudson River Valley in what is now the Albany/Troy, NY area.

Most important question comes first: What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Aww thatís a trick question. How can anyone have just ONE favorite? I like most ice cream as long as it doesnít have nuts. Vanilla, Coffee, Strawberry, Peach are right up there. Iím gonna have to try my hand at homemade, once I get a good ice cream maker.

So whatís it like to each Vanilla, Coffee, Strawberry, Peach all at once?
It's fun!

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How young are you?
Iím 59 and half way to the next number. Canít remember what that number is without my abacus.

Physical description:
Picture a Weeble Wobble with brown eyes and brown hair, 5í8Ē tall and youíll have a pretty good idea of my physical self.

Where's home?
Born in Troy, NY around the middle of the last century Ė wow, that makes me feel old! Hereís a pic with my sister Bonnie and brother Eric. Thatís me in the middle about four years old.

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Moved to Long Beach, CA in 1962 where I actually finished high school, followed by two years in the Army with a stint in Viet Nam. Moved to Cypress, CA where Tiger Woods lived less than a mile from our house. Then moved to Las Vegas in 1989 to a beautiful house on a golf course. We moved to our current location in Wisconsin Dells in late 1993. My wife is from Wisconsin, and I must say Iíve come to really like it here.

Family information:
Our family includes my wife Carole, my mom Alice and our granddaughter Tama. Our lives changed dramatically in March 2005 when our middle son, Joe, passed away. We became guardians of his daughter Tama, who was 11 at the time. My dad passed away when I was 11. Kinda spooky, eh? Then in August of 2005 my mom moved from Hemet, CA to live with us and we became a three-generation family under one small roof. Hence, the building of a new house this past winter. We also have two other sons, one in his late 30ís, one in the early 30ís. We have two cats. I also have a 345 John Deere garden tractor.

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Hereís my mom, Alice with her new lumber hauler.

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And hereís our granddaughter Tama with Carole and I

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Andy Hoyt
10-05-2006, 11:09 AM
And our late son Joe

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Do you have a website?
No. Someday maybe, if I can figure out how to do it.

Vocation:
Iím retired, and now a Mr. Mom. I do the majority of the cooking and cleaning and other household chores, so LOML can work and put food on the table. So you see that even though Iím retired I donít get all that much time in the shop. Itíll be 10 years in April 2007 since I retired. Iíve done a lot of things over the years. My last position was Slot Director at Ho-Chunk Casino (http://www.ho-chunk.com/).

I owned my own business, an auto electric repair shop for 10 years and a cabinet shop for a short stint. Grocery clerk, plus several other jobs for short periods of time. Iím the proverbial ďjack of all trades, master of noneĒ.

What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Golf. During the summer I play several times per week and end up averaging 50+ rounds for the season. I'm not that good at it, but it is fun and it gets me outside. And all it takes is that one good shot per round that will make you forget all those bad shots.

I also enjoy cooking. Nothing fancy mind you, just good down home food. I'm learning bread making right now and I've just done my first pies made with apples from our tree. My mom says my pies are better than hers are and LOML and granddaughter really like them. While I can't do any WW'ing right now because of my pinky finger, I can still cook.

So Karl - is this cooking thing done with one of Dinoís EZ Bake Ovens?
Yes, but it uses four 100 watt bulbs. :D and I've got it hooked up to the Oneida, which makes it convection. Now if I can just figure out how I can woodwork and bake at the same time.

Shop Overview:
My shop is part of a 24íx30í detached garage. I share the space with two cars, so itís not a dedicated space for woodworking. Iím still working on finishing up a CMS/RAS bench, plus trying to get some storage for my hand tools. Since acquiring the X-31 I donít have to spend time rolling all my equipment out so I can work. Saves a lot of time setting up and when itís time to quit for the day.

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I use that 2Ē wrench quite often for small cars, watches, and Ďputers. Got any work you want done on something Ė bring it over. This is the set up in the woodworking mode. The drumsander and bandsaw move to the back right corner when in garage mode.

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How many tools do you own? Tell us about 'em. Even the ones you no longer have. Is there something new in the works?
X-31 Combo. LT-16HD BS. Delta 18/36 drum sander. A 60ís vintage Dewalt RAS and a 70ís vintage Dewalt RAS. A 12Ē CMS. Several routers, sanders, a C-man belt/9Ēdisc sander, 5 or 6 planes and numerous hand tools. Also, have an Oneida 2HP commercial cyclone. Delta bench top mortiser, still in the box. I recently sold my C-man 10Ē TS, 6Ē jointer and 13Ē planer after my purchase of the X-31. I have 3 grinders and the Lee Valley MKII power sharpener. I also have an extensive selection of automotive tools plus a humungous Mac Tool chest on wheels from when I had my automotive shop.

For a guy who doesn't turn, you're pretty active in our small branch of Sawmill Creek. And while we're grateful for your participation, it does beg the question - What are you waiting for and how much longer do you think you'll be able to resist the forces of the Abyss?
Why donít I turn? I really hadnít thought about turning much until I started hanging around SMC and the ďLooney TunersĒ :D that frequent the Tuners Forum, but Iíve found them to be much like me, a little half baked. Iíve resisted the urge, so far, knowing that once I do dive into the abyss, my other tools will become mostly useless and I do have several projects to complete for our new home. (I saw what happened to Ken in Idaho. Will he ever finish his shop?) Strange thing is LOML read this interview and asked me when I was going to get a lathe.

Knowing that you one day hope to actually get into this addiction I'm wondering if you've given any thought as to what flavor of lathe you might acquire.
While a lathe is somewhere in the future, I have begun my quest to determine which beastie I would like to grace my floor. Iíve done some research on Oneway, Pinnacle, that mustard one, Jet and a couple of others. Leaning toward Mayo, but the decision isn't finalized yet.

What do you enjoy most about not turning?
The chance to actually finish projects that require flat boards and the ability to do things other than turn.

What do you enjoy least about not turning?
The gratification of finishing a project in a relatively short period of time when compared to most flat work. Not sure either of the answers to these questions makes sense, but Iím sticking to them. :D:eek::eek::D

What scares you most about the notion of turning for the first time?
Having whatever tool Iím using catch and come flying out of my hand and imbed itself somewhere where I donít want it, or whatever I have chucked up flying apart.

What will your first completed turned project be? You get bonus points for a sketch of it.
As is the custom here, my first project will be a Bonker. Iíll have to let the wood tell me what type of Bonker it wishes to be. There is a tradition to live up to here. Of course maybe a rolling pin as I am in need of one.

Whatís the form that you most want to turn?
Iím going to be most interested in bowls and hollow forms.

How do you take your Moxie? (Straight up? beer chaser? neat? with corn flakes?)
This is a real tuffy. Let me count the ways.

Ummmm

Well, lets not and say we did.

Whatís your favorite individual piece someone else has turned, and why?
The most recent one posted on the forum. I have yet to see one I wouldnít be proud to display in my home. Really, seeing the beautiful forms and wood used by the crazies here almost lulls one into thinking they may be sane Insert smiley here I really enjoyed the ďItty BittyísĒ. I might end up doing a lot of those, but it wonít be on purpose.

Do you think schlamacca can be turned, or is it best left to flatlanders?
This is a trick question. I have no idea how it is for either flat work or turning. Itís my understanding that that Singer guy in SoCal has all the Schlamacca in the world and wonít part with it, although I wouldnít be surprised to learn that Mr. Hart has procured some from somewhere.

What brought you to SMC?
That guy from Spring Green. Springís his name. Going on three years now. Man heís cost me a lot of money in a short time. I was a normal happy idiot before. Now Iím a poor happy idiot. If I can find some other hapless sucker that I can pull into the bottomless pit, that would help.

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Sheesh! How many times do you think THAT pic has polluted the creek? Or will again? So, umm, have you met or hung out with any fellow Creekers? Tell us about each and every visit Ė Weíre keeping score.
I feel very fortunate in that Iíve met so many fellow ďCreekersĒ. Of course Spring (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=15212), as weíre only about 45 minutes from each other and we do get together on a regular basis.

Jerry O., from Illinois, (but we donít hold that against him) was one of the first Creekers I met, after Spring, at a WWíing show in Milwaukee in 2005.

Take special note of the third pic (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=17311) in the third post folks.

One of the best ever was the (in)famous La Crosse (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=35196) Get-together to meet Mr. Grumbine in April 2006. Of course the ďThong ManĒ was there as well as the one person that has single handedly done the most to de-forest the north woods of Wisconsin, ďPeshĒ. It was also most pleasurable to meet Joe, Scott, Erin, Cousin John as well as Bill. I had the pleasure of sharing a ride with Spring and Arena on the trip to La Crosse.

This was when Steve, Judy, Larry & Randi took a road trip (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=38632) to visit Spring, Arena and I here in Wisconsin. From Michigan, and just for the weekend. Driving through Chicago. Like all the other ďCreekersĒ Iíve met - GREAT PEOPLE and new found friends.

You forgot this one (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=37162), Karl.

New page time

Andy Hoyt
10-05-2006, 11:10 AM
What was your first post on SMC about? Or donít you remember?
Donít remember off hand. I know I blew it in that I didnít properly introduce myself as everyone does now.

How many houses has your builder completed since he finished yours?
Not sure exactly, but I think about 5 since April. Iím still amazed that we went from old house to new house in 3 months.

Do you recall the first thread you started?
I couldnít remember so I had to look it up (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=14299). That brought back some memories.

Whatís your favorite old thread on SMC?
There are several that I re-read from time to time, but the one I keep going back to is the latest abysseration (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=37303). Now that was a fun thread.

Also, my own ďA new houseĒ threads (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=29228&highlight=House)on the building of our new home.

Got any nicknames? How'd you get them?
Cueball Ė when I was a baby as I was bald for almost 3 years. Little Mouse to my Dadís Big Mouse and Momís Mrs. Mouse. Junior when I worked in the grocery industry. Now itís mostly names not suitable for this forum.

Now let's get a little deep... If you were a tree, what tree would you be and why?
I think Iíd be a Sequoia. Tall, stout (Iíve got a head start on that) and live a long time.

If you won the Power Ball Lottery what part of your life would change?
Iím not sure very much would change. Iíd just be able to do a few more things for my family and friends.

Well, thatís about it. The good, the bad and mostly ugly. Since injuring my left pinky a couple of weeks ago, typing on the Ďputer is rather difficult and Iím still not sure why the MOA wanted my lifeís history. Not very interesting, but itís mine. And youíll be happy to know that most of itís true. Insert smiley here. Now for those of you that made it all the way through this drivel, reward yourself with a big bowl of ICE CREAM.

Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any nightmares caused by reading this. Karl

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Thanks for doing this with us Karl. Your presence here on the Creek is one that I truly value.

Now, before itís too late Ė dump them clubs and go grab some mayo!

David Wilson
10-05-2006, 11:37 AM
Way to go Karl. Can I get your autograph?

John Miliunas
10-05-2006, 11:44 AM
Great interview, especially for the "non-turner" in the bunch! (Ahhh...We'll have to work on that one!!! :D ) I can only say that I feel proud and honored to have been but a minuscule influence in the story of Karl and very glad to be a part of it! :) Good people, good times and good friends...Man, it just don't get any better than that! :) :cool:

Don Baer
10-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Great interview Karl, so when are you gonna get the lathe..

Mark Pruitt
10-05-2006, 11:55 AM
Enjoyed the interview, Karl!

Now...about that spinny thing, let me warn you--I started building a workbench back in April. In May I got back into turning, and you know, I haven't touched that dang workbench for months now...:p (except the top, which is holding turning tools and blanks):D

BTW, in one of those pictures (in this (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=17311) thread) it looks like you're saying a prayer over that lathe! Or was it an exorcism!:D :D :D

Glenn Clabo
10-05-2006, 12:38 PM
Great interview Karl...nice to know ya better.

Bread making? Best book I've found is this one...

The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread (Hardcover)
by Ron Manville (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author-exact=Ron%20Manville&rank=-relevance%2C%2Bavailability%2C-daterank/002-5885449-0948060) (Photographer), Peter Reinhart (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author-exact=Peter%20Reinhart&rank=-relevance%2C%2Bavailability%2C-daterank/002-5885449-0948060) (Author)
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/stars-5-0.gif (97 customer reviews) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/1580082688/ref=cm_cr_dp_pt/002-5885449-0948060?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books)

Keith Burns
10-05-2006, 12:49 PM
Karl, great interview !! Nice to know more about you. It's nice to see someone who has their priorities straight. Familywise anyway, not woodworkingwise:D . Always enjoy your posts, now your wife has granted permission to get a lathe............so what's the holdup??:)

Jim Becker
10-05-2006, 1:12 PM
Very kewel interview! And Karl...you need to get that hat back from your "4 year old" picture!! That'd make a very fine uplift to your shop wardrobe!

Don Orr
10-05-2006, 3:05 PM
Real nice interview. You got the boss's permission to get a lathe and didn't do it yet???:eek: :D . These folks here will have you spinnin into the vortex before you can grab that multi-machine to hold you back;) .
If you ever get back to the Albany area, I'm in the phone book. I live a bit outside of Schenectady. Give a call.

Take care,

Frank Fusco
10-05-2006, 3:35 PM
Fine interview Karl. You lead a varied and interesting life. Learning that you lost a son gave me grief. We also had a son die in his prime, age 27. A parent never recovers from that. You are continuing to live life, he would want that.

Bernie Weishapl
10-05-2006, 6:21 PM
Great interview Karl. Nice to get to know you better. When is the lathe coming?????:p :p

Ken Fitzgerald
10-05-2006, 7:11 PM
Nice to know more about you Karl! Anybody who'd send a guy in Idaho a couple of Old Styles has got to be OKAY even if he's not a turner. I'll bet, however, if you ask your Mom she'll tell you "If you hang out with dogs, you're bound to end up with a few fleas!" so Karl.........have you been scratching?

Karl Laustrup
10-05-2006, 7:23 PM
Thanks all for the good vibes. :) I'm quite honored that I, a non turner [at least for now] would be asked to interview for this forum.

I must say it was fun filling out the form the MOA sent to me. And while we're at it, thanks Andy for taking care of the pictures that I couldn't get to do what I wanted. :D

For all of you asking when I'll get a lathe, it will happen, just not sure when right now. We're still adjusting to having a mortgage and our new home. If I had to guess, I'd say by this time next year probably. You'll know when I get it, 'cause the questions will begin.

Karl

Karl Laustrup
10-05-2006, 7:26 PM
BTW, in one of those pictures (in this (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=17311) thread) if looks like you're saying a prayer over that lathe! Or was it an exorcism!:D :D :D

That was neither Mark. I was really trying to figure out it that thing would fit in Spring's Subaru without one of us having to stay in Milwaukee. :eek: I figured if one of us had to stay it would probably be me and I'm rather partial to my own bed.

Karl

Karl Laustrup
10-05-2006, 7:28 PM
Great interview Karl...nice to know ya better.

Bread making? Best book I've found is this one...

The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread (Hardcover)
by Ron Manville (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author-exact=Ron%20Manville&rank=-relevance%2C%2Bavailability%2C-daterank/002-5885449-0948060) (Photographer), Peter Reinhart (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author-exact=Peter%20Reinhart&rank=-relevance%2C%2Bavailability%2C-daterank/002-5885449-0948060) (Author)
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/stars-5-0.gif(97 customer reviews) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/1580082688/ref=cm_cr_dp_pt/002-5885449-0948060?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books)

Thanks for the info Glenn. I've got several from our son but they're all fancy breads, not that there's anything wrong with that. I just like more simple stuff as a rule.

Karl

Karl Laustrup
10-05-2006, 7:32 PM
Very kewel interview! And Karl...you need to get that hat back from your "4 year old" picture!! That'd make a very fine uplift to your shop wardrobe!

I looked at that pic again Jim and realized how much I look like I could have been one of the "Our Gang" kids. That is a classy hat. At least it made my square head look round. :eek: :D

Karl

Karl Laustrup
10-05-2006, 7:40 PM
If you ever get back to the Albany area, I'm in the phone book. I live a bit outside of Schenectady. Give a call.



Don, we were just back in Troy for Thanksgiving last year. I still have an Uncle and Aunt and a bunch of cousins, so I'll be going back again. Next time I'll be sure and look you up. Nothing better than meeting "Creekers".

Wife wants to go to Maine the next time we go back that way, so I'm trying to decide if we do go to Maine if I should go the the LN factory or go see the MOA. It may come down to where ever I can get lobster or fresh made ICE CREAM. ;) :D

Karl

CORY FETZER
10-05-2006, 7:42 PM
great interview karl but you will soon be sucked into the great abyss

Andy Hoyt
10-05-2006, 8:02 PM
.... Wife wants to go to Maine the next time we go back that way, so I'm trying to decide if we do go to Maine if I should go the the LN factory or go see the MOA. It may come down to where ever I can get lobster or fresh made ICE CREAM. ;) :D Karl Cool! I'll break some Point Beer outta the vault; and we can use them as chasers for my FMF concoction!

And you can do both, Karl. LN is a short 45 mile two hour ride from the house. Gotta love a road system designed for horses!

And bring that Spring feller with ya!

Travis Stinson
10-06-2006, 7:46 AM
Great interview Karl. Getting a lathe huh?:D Sweet! Better enjoy all those nice tools before you do. Here's the current status of my last flatwork project before I got bit by the turning bug.;)
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c213/tstin27/DSC02235.jpg

Karl Laustrup
10-06-2006, 11:10 AM
Great interview Karl. Getting a lathe huh?:D Sweet! Better enjoy all those nice tools before you do. Here's the current status of my last flatwork project before I got bit by the turning bug.;)
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c213/tstin27/DSC02235.jpg

See, See, that's exactly why I said I wanted to get some of my flat projects done before I get a lathe.

How many others are out there like Travis and Ken in Idaho????

Karl

Ernie Nyvall
10-07-2006, 9:12 AM
Good interview Karl. Nice looking family and I'm glad to know more about you.

George Conklin
10-08-2006, 1:10 PM
That was a great interview, Karl. You definitely are one of the good guys out there:) .