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I enjoy reproducing early American furniture from the Queen Anne and Chippendale examples. Most of my knowledge in this area has come from studies under Gene Landon and museum visits. Recently I have started a small woodworking school in Bloomer, WI.
Bloomer, WI
Early American reproductions, biking, and programming (wierd combo isn't it)
electrical engineer (circuit design)


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Changing seasons, hairy legs, and a chair

by Joel Ficke on 03-01-2011 at 10:31 PM
Worthless Dribble:
Here in the northwoods of Wisconsin XC ski trails are starting to get soft, the birkebeiner has concluded, roads are still too icy to bike, and our dictator (err governor) has managed to divide a pretty easy going population. Perhaps it explains the highest concentration of taverns per capita in the US.

Might as well use the time between seasons to get cracking on the major project for 2011.

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by Joel Ficke on 01-03-2011 at 5:32 PM
The first Monday in January....that time of year when thoughts go to making resolutions and setting goals for the new year. Normally this is a fun process for short period of time as every goal seems within grasp, but this year doesn't feel that way. Maybe it's the realities that come with age and experience (some call it wisdom, but that's reaching). To be brutally honest, what's needed is a combination of realistic goals and a good kick in the pants to get them done...or maybe this approach is

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