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Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 08:06:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How many people here are in some sort of business for themselves, full or part time, or at least have hobbies that would be interesting to others on the board? I love hearing about that. I bought a beatiful table from a guy over on the Tales board that worked with wood. He made it to my specs from old Cypress boards he obtained from a worker house on an old plantation. Priceless!!!


scooterhead    Posted 01-01-2003 at 04:48:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I`m sorta anything fer a buck . I do a little custom farming , I tend a cow herd and 700 acres of pasture for a fellow which I sold the land to. I kept 40 acres and run a small herd on that and 120 of the other . I do home repair work from electrical to building a backyard barn or puttin up some fence . Seems I get alot of jobs nobody wants , people want to get in and out and make the quick buck . I like taking about anything that dont work and bring it back to life . I guess everything above would be a hobby , I enjoy it all .


Mike D.    Posted 12-31-2002 at 21:02:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Scott,
Good subject. I do some woodwork. Have torn down some old barns in the area. Have a stash of Chestnut and White Oak. Have built display boards for a mans fountain pen collection, built cabinets, candle stick nooks, Shaker furniture, mantle shelves, shadow boxes. Been a carpenter for a while now. Can't get enough of it. Built some trick gun cabinets, and some bookcase work. Like to build those Shaker tall clocks. I like to work up moldings on nearly anything that will hold still for it. Started doing a little carving. Have been collecting burls of Wild Cherry, Maple, and Walnut. Mostly freeform stuff. Use a chainsaw some to rip timber for farm building frames. Rafters and posts, etc. Won't ever get rich doing it, but I don't ever tire from it. I'm a 4th. generation carpenter, although I never had the opportunity to work with my kin. Most had passed on or retired when I took it on in '71. I have enjoyed the others posts. There is a lot to learn about here on this site.


Scott Hansen    Posted 01-02-2003 at 07:34:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Send me your email. I'd like to talk about some small projects!


earlschieb    Posted 12-31-2002 at 20:13:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, I restore antique trucks and farm tractors for a hobbie/living, and sell vehicles, parts,and a lot of ther stuff on ebay for my main income since the doctors forced me out of driving semi trucks for a living, I had done that for 30 years, along with the restoring business.


Fawteen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 14:49:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I turned a couple of perfectly good hobbies into jobs, thereby ruining them.

I raise about 90% of my own meat (sheep and chickens, mostly) and dub around with old farm equipment, weld up a little junkyard "art", do all my own frame construction and woodworking and caretake a few houses and look after the odd job needs of a couple little old ladies around town. I teach Adult Ed classes, coordinate the local school system's computer support program, and volunteer with the local fire department. Oh, and I spent 22 years in the service of Our Country as a Navy man.

Other than that, as someone was kind enough to point out, I'm pretty much useless...


Ana    Posted 12-31-2002 at 13:58:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband and I build houses, VERY SLOWLY (getting slower as we get older too). Lots of hobbies, but nothing very profitable. Still love to learn new things---anyone play mandolin? Is it hard to learn?


Les    Posted 12-31-2002 at 14:48:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mandolin isn't the easiest thing to learn. I play a little but mostly play guitar and piano. Mandolin is a great instrument. Tuned the same as a fiddle. Doesn't hurt to have small hands.


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 13:59:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a website for your houses?


DeadCarp    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:03:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

My work is kinda local Scott - while i was working, i built a few houses and collect payments on them. Retired early(1990) and since then it's been charities and community projects. Other than that, whatever i know is free for the asking. If i have time, i tinker on wierd stuff like heating contraptions, watercraft, domes and hovercraft. This Spring i hope to replace an outdated Scat hovercraft belt system with a snowmobile clutch. I'm tired of scrounging drivebelts and that's just what air needs, some instant torque. Oh the thing should FLY then!

BTW, this is on land but we also terrorize ice fishermen, trollers and such. :)


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:58:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Interesting! I was way into Hovercraft in my youth. Designed and all, but the only one I ever built was that one with the vacuum motor....


Les...fortunate    Posted 12-31-2002 at 11:25:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you did business with Bayou Dave!
As for me, in addition to my full time job as a utility forester, I make music for part of my living and much of my enjoyment.
Gotta get the webmaster to update the schedule. I sent him dates for 2003 but don't see them on the site yet.


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:59:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
YEP! Dave's a master. Seen his pics of his house?


Les    Posted 12-31-2002 at 14:52:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ain't seen a picture of his house.
Last year I swapped a couple quarts of maple surple with him for a mess of pecans.


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 14:53:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have him send you pics of the woodwork he's done inside. Beeautiful.


Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:00:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
So tell us Les... which one are you in this picture? Looks like a fine bunch of folks.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:15:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les is the one with the word 'Lester' next to his head...That must be what threw you off...

Sorry...Couldn't help myself...

;-)


Donna from Mo    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:33:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
You must be seeing something I am not, because I don't see any words next to anybody's head.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:41:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hmmm...

The names are there on my screen...May be the resolution is higher on your machine so you get a smaller picture...

Anyway...he is the one with the guitar...the wooden one...Not the steel top...


Donna from Mo    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:47:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh yeah, I went back and squinted up my eyes just right and made out some teeny-tiny names. Thanks! It's this stupid H/P monitor, it just doesn't fit in with my Dell system. (That's what I tell my husband when I'm trying to convince him I need a flat-panel monitor.)


Stan (PA)    Posted 12-31-2002 at 17:03:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anytime the picture is small, just right click and you can zoom in. Comes in handy sometimes.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:50:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL!

Show him that pic...You just may be one step closer to Flat Panel-dom...


Stan (PA)    Posted 12-31-2002 at 11:18:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if you have questions about collector coins, or home winemaking, I would be the guy to ask. Not in business with either one, both are just hobbies, but I've been very involved in both for the last 20 years or so.
-Stan


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 13:01:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mom has tons of old coins. I'll have to send you pics of those I'm confused about when we get them all out.


Stan (PA)    Posted 12-31-2002 at 17:08:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
E-mail date and denominations of the coins, and I can give you some idea of what you have. Of course, everything comes down to condition.


Larry    Posted 12-31-2002 at 10:28:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I used to farrow a few sows and sell the feeder pigs. I also raised a few fat hogs each summer for peoples freezers. I get 50 a pound for them. Just this past year I decided to quit farrwing sows and sold them all. I have 12 pigs right now from a late litter that I'm fattening for spring butchering. Right now I'm thinking about buying SWE pigs in the spring to raise over the summer.

I'll post my home page that I made back when I still had my sows.


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 13:06:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm searching your site to find the definition of SWE....


Larry    Posted 12-31-2002 at 16:16:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Sorry, I got the letters mixed up. It's suppoed to be SEW pigs. It stands for segregated early wean pigs. These are pigs that are just weaned off the sow.


Scott Hansen    Posted 12-31-2002 at 13:36:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Solar wind experiment?
Society of Woman Engineers?
South West England?
Sows with wide eyes?


Stan (PA)    Posted 12-31-2002 at 17:05:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Scrambled With Eggs?


donna    Posted 12-31-2002 at 08:52:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello,
We have a meat rabbit farm, We also have turkeys,quail,pheasents & geese and plan on hatching in the spring to sell. We are just starting to get into cattle. We also have 4 children, but and this point we are taking a loss and no signs of a profit in the near future LOL
Donna


Ron/PA    Posted 12-31-2002 at 08:47:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
'fraid my sidelines aren't something you want in your home.
1, Farm equipment repair
2, Oil burner service
3, Cable splicing, (farm, won't do ski lifts)
4, And last but not least is my hope to do a 15 acre Corn Maze, open to the public in the next 2-3 years.
Ron


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