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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Plano, TX

    creeker interview: Tyler J. Howell

    Ladies and gentleman, Iím honored to partake in this Bio.
    For now I want to focus on the upgraded equipment Iíve recently acquired and develop some level of skill.
    For many years my passion was working on my home. I love to tinker and claim the title ďWWĒ very loosely. Working with heart and hand I want to do projects without standing on a ladder or rolling in insulation.

    1. Name (and nick names)
    Tyler J. Howell, T, Sugar Bear, and Captain Yummy.

    2. DOB

    3. Location (present and previous):
    Born and raised in Minneapolis MN. I spent 9 months working in Africa. A lot of time in Oklahoma City for work, back packed and sailed in many parts of the world.

    4. Tell us about your family:
    My two best teachers are my daughters, Kirstin (med student) and Lyndsae (biomedical engineer/IT specialist). Harleyís my shop dog although he prefers to spend most of his time at a former SOís house.
    My dad was trained in carpentry at the local VoTec. He couldnít get an apprenticeship. That was the way during the 40s in Minneapolis.
    Mom was in nursing, physical therapy and an anesthetist. She worked with Sr. Kenny doing innovative work during the polio epidemic back in the 40s.
    The most valuable WW lesson I learned from my dad was how not to care for your tools. (He let me play with them). My great grandfather on my momís side was a carpenter. He was said to be able to estimate to the nail the number needed for the construction of a house. Never had the opportunity to learn from him but I know his spirit is with me.

    5. How do you earn a living, woodworking or other, any interesting previous occupations?
    Iím a manager of technical operations for the FAA. I have 15 airports and 5 air traffic control towers to oversee.
    I work in EMS (emergency medical services) in many capacities from provider to instructor. Iíve worked on 3 continents and five countries sharing important information on patient care. I specialize in heavy rescue and extrication.
    Iím a PSIA certified ski instructor and former member of the National ski patrol.
    I do some boat deliveries, installs, and rigging on sail boats.
    I play a little music on the side. Great way to meet people.

    6. Equipment overview (hand tools and other):
    I am accumulating a nice assortment of planes, chisels, hammers and jigs for hand work from my on going rust hunt. I would tell shop keepers I am a student and they would fall all over themselves to help me out. Iíve learn to rehab and fettle my planes to produce some pretty nice light and fluffies
    Electron burners. PM 66, DJ20 Jet14 BS, Jet DC, Perfomax 22/44 and a DW735, 16Ē Delta DP, and some too nice Festool long tailed wonders.

    7. Describe your shop:
    I have the whole basement of my home, about 800 sq ft. and I built a 22X24 garage that I use to dimension and store lumber.

    8. Tell us about the hand planes you own, and your favorite one(s) to use:
    I scored some Stanleys 3,4,5,6,7,8,& 80. LN, & LV planes including a LN 102, LN 60 Ĺ rabbet block, and York pitched # 4. I have a LV med shoulder plane, & LA Jack
    My favorites are 1) LN 102, 2) Bedrock 506C, & 3) LV LA Jack,

    9. Your favorite chisels:
    I have some Erwin blues and some old Cmans.
    Iím acquiring some very nice Iyoroi chisels from Japan.

    10. Your favorite handsaw(s):
    I prefer the eastern style but must admit I havenít tried a good western saw.

    11. Do you use western tools or Japanese, why do you prefer the ones you use:
    Yes. Still learning.

    12. Do you have a woodworking home page:

    13. Do you have any influences in your work? Certain styles or designers you follow/prefer:
    Iím most inspired by the tools and products of the common man. America and civilizations long before were built with hand tools

    14. Do you have any ancestors who were woodworkers that served as inspiration?
    I spoke of my G G Dad., My G dad was a jack of all trades and impressive to watch.
    My dad maintained our home and that of his mother and aunt. He didnít have a lot of tools but did the best he could with what he had.

    15. What is your favorite neander project, or part of a project, you have ever done and why:
    My only completely neander project is the one in progress. Iím making a Shaker table that should look like the one posted. (Demo table from the Neander Class I took last winter) My table is still a stack of parts. I have used the chisels, back saws and planes to cut, pare and shave trim work for my remuttling projects.

    16. Do you believe there is any spiritual dimension to woodworking with hand tools?
    Absolutely, the sounds, smells, aches, pains, and satisfaction can be nothing more than a spiritual experience.

    17. How much of your work is done by hand tools.
    Still a student Iím using the best tool for the job. A lot of my neander work is practice to learn the tools and their abilities. Our instructor emphasized that it was much easier and faster to grab a cordless than, set up a power tool, find an extension cord, do the task then clean up all the saw dust.

    18. What is your single most favorite tool, and why.
    The LN 102 makes me smile whenever I see it. The fit finish and results never fail to satisfy.


    The means by which an end is reached must exemplify the value of the end itself.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Nice to know more about you Tyler!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Anaheim, California

    What's wrong with this picture?

    The phrases "thong fetish" and "lathe envy" are conspicuous by their absense.

    Glad to "meet" you, T!
    Yoga class makes me feel like a total stud, mostly because I'm about as flexible as a 2x4.
    "Design"? Possibly. "Intelligent"? Sure doesn't look like it from this angle.
    We used to be hunter gatherers. Now we're shopper borrowers.
    The three most important words in the English language: "Front Towards Enemy".
    The world makes a lot more sense when you remember that Butthead was the smart one.
    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much ammo.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Columbia, SC
    Thanks Tyler, and thanks again Zahid, for the interview. It's nice to get to know more about the "regulars" here.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Houston, Texas
    What Lee said, and I'm sure happy you included pictures otherwise you would never heard the end of it. Nice to meet you Tyler.
    Good, Fast, Cheap--Pick two.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Sterling CT
    nice bio and great to get to know you a little better
    best wishes

  7. #7
    I'm really glad you decided to post a bio/interview. I always enjoy learning more about our members, particularly active ones.

    Thanks too to Zahid for initiating and continuing this great series.
    Dave Anderson
    Chester Toolworks LLC
    Chester, NH

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Just outside of Spring Green, Wisconsin
    Hey Tyler...Great to get a bit more "detail" on your life! You've got many great accomplishments under your belt, not the least of which is two wonderful daughters! Good job, my friend.

    And for those of you who may have the tiniest question as to Tyler's involvement with Neander tools, you've not had the pleasure of seeing this guy walk into an antique store specializing in tools!!! Wow! Talk about a kid in a candy store!!!
    John K. Miliunas

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    "Captain Yummy"??????? LOL!!

    Very nice interview, Tyler. I hope that we'll be able to hook up sometime when/if you visit your med-student daughter here in the Phila area. (Dr. SWMBO is soon to be teaching at Drexel School of Public Health, too)

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  10. Nice to know you a little better!


  11. #11
    Nice interview, Tyler. It's good to know a bit more about the man behind the (Photo Police) badge.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Knight
    ... It's nice to get to know more about the "regulars" here.
    I've seen Tyler called a lot of things, but "regular" (as in normal) usually isn't one of them.

    - Vaughn

  12. #12
    Good to get to know you better and I'm sure glad that you didn't include any thong picture.. . Now when are you gonna get that lathe..

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Tyler, Fun to learn more about you and your history! Thanks for sharing.

    You forgot to mention the ceiling height in your shop is 5 feet 8 inches!! And that doesn't include all the stuff hanging down from the ceiling.


  14. #14
    Join Date
    May 2004
    N Illinois
    Nice interview Tryler of an interesting WWer. Really like your collection of planes AND you did provide pics

  15. #15
    ah Tyler...... a nice interview indeed and a very interesting person in all respects. Good to know a little more about you. We always like have complete character background checks on those about to be pulled into the vortex

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