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Old 05-11-2006, 08:37 PM
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Name: Ray Cover

Hometown: No home town I grew up in the woods.

Pets: Two dogs, Rabbit, guinni pig, 55 gal tank full of fish, 10 gal tank of fish nad Holly just bought a 75 gal tank (which will soon be full of fish).

Family members: Wife Holly two daughters Rachel and Randi

Fave music or bands: Bluegrass

Favorite movies of all time: LOTR, Outlaw Josse Wales, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Tombstone, Braveheart, ..........

Book that changed your life: The Holy Bible

Fave color: Blue, most neutrals

Occupation: Engraver

Dream job: Doing it

Do you play any musical instruments: Banjo

Interests or hobbies: Flyfishing, Hunting, Archery, boatbuilding, sailing, making things.

Fave author ever: Boy this is tough, The apostles Paul & John, Moses, King David

Best place to vacation: Bahama Islands-Florida Keys

Quote to live by: Job 19: 25-27 at least this is what I try to live toward.
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:02 PM
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name:jay
nickname::ghost
hometown:sandusky
age:33
pets: Peanut (cat)
family members:wife jodie, son jay,daughter dem
music:Trivium
movies:firecreek,mischief,Doc (stacey keach)
book:hatchett
greastest childhood memory:my kids
worst day:grandma passing away
color: yellow (fieldcorn)
occupation:artist
music instrument: guitar
hobbies: prayer
interests:women watching
best way to vacation:cruises
quote to live by:jesus wept

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Old 05-11-2006, 10:04 PM
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Old 05-12-2006, 01:19 AM
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Steve once again ! Great Idea, Do You Ever Sleep?

Here Goes;

Name: Chris Booysen
Nicknames: C.B. (Ouboet") Afrikaans for Elder
Hometown: Dalpark ext. 11 South Africa
Age: 60
Pets: Male "Wolf" Female "Sheba" black german Shepherds.
Family members: Wife (partner) 3 sons and 9 GrandChildren (2 Sets of Twins)
Significant other: My Two little Grandsons
Fave music or bands: Country $ Western
Favorite movies of all time: all Action
Book that changed your life: Bible
Greatest childhood memory: My live on the Family Farm (Expropriated)
Worst day of your life:The Day my Mother Past Away.
Fave color: Yellow
Occupation: Mechanical Design Draughtman (Contractor)
Military service: Been There, Done It, have the damage
Dream job:To persue my Hobbies Full time
Do you play any musical instruments:Only The "Fool" my Dad was the Music Man.
Interests or hobbies: This Is Tought:Knifemaking,Scrim,Pyrography,Orchids (117 Variances), Sculpting, Now Engraving ! (Hunting & Fishing when I have the Time :D)

Fave author ever: Don't Know One
Best place to vacation: Eastern Transvaal Lowveld
Quote to live by: Don't Bury the Talents You Have Been Given

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Old 05-12-2006, 02:34 AM
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Name:
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Birthplace:
Fond Du Lac, WI
Age:
1/2 Century

Pets:
Cat [Freddy the free-loader]
Family members:
Wife Kelly, 2 daughters, and a curly red-headed granddude.

Music:
Neil Young, Allman Bros., Stevie Nicks, Van Morrison, Dire Straits,
Steely Dan, Beatles, Steven Stills, Clapton, Doobie Bros., Pat Metheney, Stones,
... any 70's belly-rubbin R&B music...:D

Favorite movies of all time:
Lawrence of Arabia, Horatio Hornblower series[A&E], The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,
Jeremiah Johnson, Master and Commander, Last of the Mohicans, Lord-o-Rings trilogy, True Grit, Forrest Gump.

The Lion in Winter.
The Duelists.

Eastwood...Million Dollar Baby, Good/Bad/Ugly, Josey Wales, Dirty Harry, and Unforgiven.
McQueen...Bullitt, Tom Horn, and the Great Escape.

Made in Heaven, Raising Arizona, Matrix trilogy, Star Wars[all], French Connection, God Father trilogy, In Harms Way,
Hunt for Red October, and the first James Bond series.

Books that changed your life:
The Young Trailers series by Joseph A. Altsheler, Cache Lake Country by John J. Rowlands,
The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer.

Greatest childhood memory:
All...with great fondness.

Worst days of your life:
Mom dies, Father-in-law dies, Sister dies, Dad dies, and Brother dies.

Identifying color:
Forest Green

Occupation:
Engraver
Dream job:
Philanthropist

Interests or hobbies:
Canoeing, hunting, Schuetzen off-hand rifle shooting.

Favorite authors:
Kenneth Roberts, Joseph A. Altsheler, C.S. Forrester, Carlos Castaneda, Allan W. Eckert,
Wayne Dyer, Frank Herbert, Joseph Campbell.

Best class you ever took (and why):
Intro to Philosophy...(The first time I heard the saying, "A journey of a thousand leagues begins with one step".)

Best place to vacation:
Alaska, British Columbia, Northern Minnesota, and any warm place in winter.

Quote to live by:
Ancient Chinese proverb..." The sage does not talk, the talented ones talk, and the stupid ones argue."
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:59 AM
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Name: Todd Smith

Nicknames: "toddhopper" - Given to me by my Grandfather because I always watched Kung Fu Theater when I was a kid.

Hometown: Duncanville, TX

Age: 33

Pets: Psychotic Beagle named Gypsy

Family members: Wife-Holley, 4 sons and 2 daughters.

Significant other: Wife

Fave music or bands: Bond (Modern Classical), Opera, C&W

Favorite movies of all time: Gone in 60 Seconds, Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, Second Hand Lions, National Treasure, Sahara, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Chronicles of Narnia

Book that changed your life: Encyclopedias - Loved to read them as a kid.

Greatest childhood memory: Hunting, Fishing, and Restoring antique cars with my father.

Worst day of your life: Jan 17th 2005 - lost my father to cancer.

Fave color: Black

Occupation: Property Tax Consultant

Military service: None, However I am a big supporter!

Dream job: Providing free medical care and shelter to the homeless.

Do you play any musical instruments: No

Interests or hobbies: Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Fencing, Martial Arts, Skeet Shooting, Fishing, Learning Languages, Restoring Antique Cars, Jewelry Work, Leatherwork, and now Engraving

Fave author ever: Clive Cussler

Best class you ever took (and why): French - It has given me an appreciation of another culture.

Best place to vacation: Anywhere near the ocean. I love the smell!

Quote to live by: "When the student is ready, the master will appear"
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Old 05-12-2006, 11:38 AM
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Name: Harold Franklin
Nicknames: Harry
Hometown: Mountain View, NC
Age: 34
Pets: Cat and Dog
Family members: dog and cat
Significant other: Cheryl - wife
Fave music or bands: alliterative
Favorite movies of all time: Harry Potter,LotR
Book that changed your life: Men are from Mars and women are from Venus
Greatest childhood memory: Using a Jigsaw with my grand dad.
Worst day of your life: Blocked them out and I am sure it is yet to come.
Fave color: Yellow
Occupation: CEO of my world/semi retired
Dream job: I have it right now
Do you play any musical instruments: I play the palm control air graver when a good beat is on.
Interests or hobbies: Engraving,DAoC,metal smith,gem faceting, neon bending,RC car racing,computers and life.
Fave author ever: J.K. Rowling
Best class you ever took (and why): Welding class. I feel in love with melting metals. The 12 week class at new approach school covered a lot of stuff.
Best place to vacation: Hawaii
Quote to live by: Who knows more the man that never failed or the man that failed a 1000 times ?
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Old 05-12-2006, 08:15 PM
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Name: David Clevinger
Age: 32
Pets: 2 dogs, 2 cats
Significant other: Darcy, wife in about two weeks
Favorite music: classic rock
Greatest childhood memory: going hunting for the first time with my dad
Occupation: construction
Dream job: engraver
Hobbies: engraving( of course ), hunting, hiking, rebuilding and riding motorcycles
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Name: Curtis Hanson
Nicknames: Cortez
Hometown: Hilo, HAWAI'I
Age: 59
Pets: 2 dogs: Lady and Sammy
Family members: 2 sons, 4 daughters
Significant other: My WIFE
Fave music or bands: Hawaiian and Country
Favorite movies of all time: Saving Private Ryan
Book that changed your life: The Bible
Greatest childhood memory: working with my dad
Worst day of your life: when my mom and dad passed on.
Fave color: black
Occupation: engraver
Military service: Navy
Dream job: I'm living the dream
Do you play any musical instruments: NO
Interests or hobbies:engraving and scrimshaw, and my cobra and drag racing
Fave author ever: Stephen King
Best class you ever took (and why): Art class; the best looking teacher i ever had.
Best place to vacation: KANSAS, first then HAWAI'I
Quote to live by: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” - Douglas Adams

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Old 05-13-2006, 07:28 PM
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Name: How soon can you get this done ?(that seems to be my name at work)
Nicknames: didn't you say you could get this done by twelve? The customer is already back.
Hometown: Philadelphia by way of Belfast
Age: 56
Pets: do apprentices count?
Family members: orphan by choice (not mine....theirs)
Significant other: a wife for a little while longer
Fave music or bands: neil young, the gaither homecoming krew, anything on xm radio which I have on twelve hours a day, leonard cohen, preservation hall jazz band, and anything classical. Basically I'll listen to anything
Favorite movies of all time: Steve Lindsay latest hit... thirty minute video an exciting tale of life on the patented edge , althought the music is a little weak.
Book that changed your life: The one that the Philadelphia Department of Revenue threw at me for various offences. Tax, plus late penalty fee plus 19% interest on the total amount compounded annually until the tax is paid.
In second place is JM Bergling Art Letters and Monograms. Its to jewelry types what Meeks Art of Engraving is to firearms engravers.
Greatest childhood memory: The day I threw a dart fifty yards on a dare and it went off target and hit my father's leg instead. Life is sweet.
Worst day of your life: The day I engraved a large copper plaque for Independence Hall and realized the night before it was due that I spelled Independence wrong. I remember working on it for about twelve hours with a scotch stone and polishing compounds and sometime around four am I went out into the street and started howling at the moon. That's why I keep bugging Steve for a spell checker to be an airgraver accessory. Steve, I'm not joking...I want that spell checker!!!!!
Fave color: 14karat annealed yellow gold. Finest color on the face of the earth.
Occupation: Jewelry engraver
Military service: Too long ago
Fave author ever: Julian Jaynes
Best class you ever took (and why): The one I took with the master I apprenticed with. It lasted eight years during which I learned to gamble, swear in Italian, run numbers, engrave, fix mistakes, and most importantly to be generous with time and technique to anyone who asked for either.
Best place to vacation: Nashville, Tennesse. If you don't have a good time in Nashville you don't know how to have a good time.
Quote to live by: Like people for who they are instead of not liking them for what they're not.
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Old 05-14-2006, 08:54 PM
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Hometown: Abilene
Age: 45
Pets:3 horses, 1 dog
Family members: wife, mom, 2 sisters
Significant other: Susan
Fave music or bands: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Merle Haggard,
Brian Setzer, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Bob Wills, John Coltrain, Miles Davis, I like it all.
Favorite movies of all time: Godfather 1 & 2. Blue Velvet, Pulp Fiction, Wild at Heart, True Romance, Ruben and Ed,
Book that changed your life: Dr. Suess - "Green Eggs & Ham"
Greatest childhood memory: When I won a mini-bike.
Worst day of your life: When my dad died.
Fave color: Gold
Occupation: Artist
Military service: son of a Full Colonel in the Air Force.
Dream job: CIA spy.
Do you play any musical instruments: Drums, Guitar, Trombone, Piano, Baritone Trumpet
Interests or hobbies: Horsemanship, Motorcycle touring, Skeet Shooting, Hunting, Fishing, Metal Detecting.
Fave author ever: Paul the apostle
Best class you ever took (and why): Parelli's Natural Horsemanship courses. Horses are the ultimate in natural beauty.
Best place to vacation: Anywhere but Texas.
Quote to live by: Prior and proper preparation prevents piss poor performance.
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Name: Tom McArdle
Nicknames: The professor (in basic training, anyway!)

Hometown: Egg harbor twonship, NJ (grew up there) Winston-salem NC (first 4 kids born there) Farmington NY (lived here since 1/05)
Age: 41
Pets: 1ea dog, cat

Family members: Wife Cathy, children Josiah, Micah, Abigail, Nathanael, and Timothy is 1 today!

Significant other: My wife is my best friend, since High School

Fave music or bands: Bach, Classical guitar, RUSH, ELO, Genesis, Metheney, Dire Straits.
Favorite piece of music all time= Bach's Chaconne in D, as played on guitar by julian Bream. Second, Albeniz's Mallorca by Bream also.

Favorite movies of all time: Charoits of Fire, Lawrence of Arabia, Glory, Seven Samurai, LOTR

Book that changed your life: Bible

Greatest childhood memory: Meeting my future wife!

Worst day of your life: Whenever I felt I had lost touch with the Lord.
Fave color: Blue, Grey my favorite "shade"

Occupation: Engraver

Military service: US Army Infantry, also M61 gun mechanic USAFNG on the F16
Dream job: Building, engraving, and carving high art flintlocks and especially wheellock firearms

Do you play any musical instruments: Drums, learning classical guitar with my 11 year old son (oldest) Teaching the next one the snare drum.

Interests or hobbies: Collecting swiss rifles(military at this point) reading theology, various forms of swordplay,
Fave author ever: The holy Spirit. After him, Bunyan, Sibbes, Owen, and Tolkien
Best class you ever took (and why): 8th grade history. teacher let me out of class every day to study in the library, and give a report to the class once a week.

Best place to vacation: Mountains of Colorado

Quote to live by:"Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68

"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands" Isaiah 49:16
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:47 PM
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Name: Frank Hodne

Nicknames: Norsksea (Norsk means of Norwegian heritage and I work at sea)

Hometown: Grew up in Norwood NJ, now live in Middletown NY

Age: 50

Family members: 19yr old son Jason and 15yr old Steven

Significant other: My better half Sharon of 25yrs this Nov.

Favorite music: Christian rock and Ballroom dance music.

Favorite movies of all time: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Ben Hur, Chariots of Fire, Lawrence of Arabia, For the love of the Game.

Book that changed your life: The Bible, The rules of Golf

Greatest childhood memory: Working for my Dad in the summer

Worst day of your life: When Dad died

Favorite color: Blue

Occupation: Merchant Marine

Military service: USMC 1974-1979 truck mechanic

Dream job: Knife maker - Engraver

Interests and Hobbies: Working in my basement machine shop, Lost wax casting, rebuilding a TMC1000 CNC Mill, engraving, inlaying knives with pearl, ballroom dancing, golfing and motorcycle riding.

Favorite author ever: Depends on what I’m trying to learn, right now anything about engraving like Ron Smith’s Advanced Drawing of Scrolls

Best class you ever took (and why): Basic Engraving course. I learned basic some engraving fundamentals and a week to practice them.

Best vacation ever: I have been to nice places with my family and a Cruise alone with my wife and they were great. My personal favorite vacation was an uninterrupted week of class training for engraving.

Quote to live by: If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:32 PM
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Hi All,

Just found the forum. Should have known it would be great. I figured this is probably the best way to introduce myself to you guys. Steve, I'm still saving my nickels and dimes and cutting the best I can with the tools I've got. It's tough to get rich with inferior equipment.

Name: David Phelps

Nicknames: Dave; Papa; Hey You! Stupid Number One

Hometown: Born in Chicago, right now Durham, NC (yes, I am out-voted here)

Age: 49 and 11/12

Occupation: Goldsmith, jewelry store owner

Pets: Shop Rabbits - Springer Softail and Nitro (both recently gone, but never forgotten), and the little lady's Shop Pomeranian, Teuce, the official store greeter. (She used to be Head of Security, but she couldn't handle the pressure -- a pet psychologist told us so -- no kidding!)

Family members: Brother Bill - Motorola chief engineer, in Atlanta; Brother John - jewelry store owner in Naples, FL; Sister Joy - psychologist and family over-achiever in Allen, TX; Dad - mentor and craftsman extraordinaire - in Fairfield, TX; Son and best apprentice, John, right here

Significant other: Wife, best buddy and iron-butt babe, Gaybeth

Fave music or bands: J.S. Bach, Itzhak Perlman, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Virgil Fox, Lynard Skynard, Lindsey Buckingham, Charlie Daniels, Alan Sherman, Spike Jones

Favorite movies of all time: Twelve O'Clock High, From Here To Eternity, To Have and Have Not, anything by Mel Brooks, Alfred Hitchcock or Peter Sellers

Books that changed your life: The New Testament, Aerodynamics of Rotary Wing Flight

Greatest childhood memories: Building, flying and crashing model airplanes with my Dad, watching my Dad engrave

Worst day of your life: March 18, 2007, the day my Mom died

Fave color: Red White and Blue

Military service: US Army Aviator, AH-1 pilot, D Troop 1/9 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Death Waits at a Hover)

Dream job: Bush pilot / fishing guide in-season, gunsmith / firearm engraver off-season (Alaska's too far away for Mama, and I'd rather be doing this with her, than that without her)

Do you play any musical instruments: A little guitar, the jeweler's saw frame, and I play a mean stereo

Interests or hobbies: If it flies, floats or rolls, burns petroleum products, alcohol or high explosives, makes noise, smoke, G-forces and/or recoil it's cool. The scarier, the better. Especially Harley Davidsons, Mustangs (Ford and North American P-51) and handguns. Also, anything radio controlled that does or simulates the same things.

Fave authors ever: the Apostle Paul, J.R.R. Tolkein, James B. Meek

Best class you ever took (and why): US Army Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course (WORWAC Class 80-23) Because I learned more about self-discipline, professionalism, attention to detail and team-work in one year than I could have anywhere else in a lifetime, plus flying military aircraft is a kick in the pants

Best place to vacation: Wherever the fishing is good

Quote to live by: Live Free or Die

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Old 07-19-2007, 10:29 PM
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Hometown: Hong Kong
Age:43
Pets: nil
Family members: one Wife, one three years old son
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Fave music or bands:
Pink Floyd, dire Straits, eric Capton, Lep Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Neil Young, Jimy Hendrix. Segovia's guitar music.

Favorite movies of all time: The Wall (Pink Floyd's music) by Allan Parker and most of Allan's film.
Book that changed your life: Budda's related book
Greatest childhood memory: see ghost (still not sure if it is real!)
Worst day of your life: Lucky life, be happy and nothing is the worst.
Fave color: Blue
Occupation: Camera designer and camera maker
Military service: no.
Dream job: Oh! I have no dream job!!
Do you play any musical instruments: Glassical guitar
Interests or hobbies:
Engraving, model making, watchmaking, watch repair, guitar playing,
Fave author ever: Lao Tzi
Best class you ever took (and why):Printing making-mezzotint
Best place to vacation: Swiss
Quote to live by: Enjoy everyday not matter it is happy or hard!
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:07 AM
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Name: Tim Wells
Nicknames: none
Hometown: Evansville, IN
Age: young
Pets: 0
Family members: 4
Significant other: Wife of 15 years, still on our honeymoon!
Fave music or bands: Bluegrass "...it's a pure music."
Favorite movies of all time: Lonesome Dove, Where the Red Fern Grows
Book that changed your life: Books that the Apostle Paul wrote
Greatest childhood memory: Too many to list but I bet it was with my Grandpa
Worst day of your life: Hasn't happened yet
Fave color: Blue
Occupation: Aircraft mechanic
Military service:10 years, combat vet
Dream job: Engraver at home
Do you play any musical instruments: guitar, mandolin, a little fiddle, dobro.
Interests or hobbies: Engraving, watchmaking, anything to do with craftsmanship, making stuff.
Fave author ever: Louis L'Amour
Best class you ever took (and why): Gonna take it next week with Mike Dubber because I need to.
Best place to vacation: Yosemite back country; lots of life and no people.
Quote to live by: The golden rule
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Name: Kurt
Nicknames: "The Big Swede"
Hometown: Northbrook, Il
Age: 45
Pets: Brittany, 3 snakes, four rats, 2 degus
Family members: Wife, three house apes
Significant other: Linda. She's been there 23 years. I love her dearly.
Fave music or bands: Classic, Celtic, folk
Favorite movies of all time: Hmmm. Probably "Braveheart" Love, sacrifice, a powerful message.
Book that changed your life: The Bible, no doubt, but for pure pleasure, nothing has ever come close to Patrick O'brian's Nautical series, starting with "Master and Commander". Remember the movie?
Greatest childhood memory: Fishing with my Dad
Worst day of your life: My father's death.
Fave color: green
Occupation: Pilot for American Airlines
Military service: I flew F-15's in the Air Force when Ronald Reagan was prez. Best time of my life.
Dream job: Crafting ANYTHING. Machining, prototyping, R&D.
Do you play any musical instruments: I wish. Everyone should learn as a child when it's much easier.
Interests or hobbies: Machining. I LOVE working with metal! Scuba. Flying for fun. Soaring/sailplanes.
Fave author ever: Easy, Patrick O'brian
Best class you ever took (and why): F-15 school. Pure adrenaline, intense, spoiled me for life for anything else that you'd classify as "thrilling."
Best place to vacation: Bonaire. Best scuba in the hemisphere!
Quote to live by: Do the right thing, even when no one is watching.
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:12 AM
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Name: Brian Hochstrat
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Hometown:Midvale, Id.
Age: 32
Pets: 2 saddle horses 3 bucking horses and 1 dog
Family members: The usual, Mom Dad brother
Significant other: As of June a wife, Kalyn
Fave music or bands: Johnny Cash, Waylan Jennings, Godsmack, Static-X
Favorite movies of all time: The Rounders w/ Henry Fonda and The Roping Fool with Will Rogers.
Book that changed your life: It sounds stupid but the Rio Grande cataloge, the reason: I had just began to engrave and only was interested in doing western silver for my saddle business, until I seen Sam Alfanos work in the catalog, I had to learn how to engrave like that and the persuit of that has taken me on a whole different path than I had imagined when I first started a little over 2 yrs ago.
Greatest childhood memory: The day I won my first buckle in the steer riding, I was 12
Worst day of your life: I would say in 2003 when I broke my leg getting off my saddle bronc at the Livermore Rodeo. I was convinced until then I was pretty invincable and would never take the ambulance ride out of the arena. I was wrong!
Fave color:
Occupation: my day is divided in thirds I shoe horses until about 10-11, build saddles until about 3-4, then engrave the rest of the evening, unless I get backed up on something I then adjust accordingly
Military service:
Dream job: When I finally quite shoeing horses I will have it.
Do you play any musical instruments: The Radio
Interests or hobbies: I ride Saddle Broncs in the PRCA
Fave author ever: Will James, he wrote cowboy books
Best class you ever took (and why): When I went down to louisiana to study with Sam Alfano, it took decades off my learning time.
Best place to vacation:Whats a vacation? I would like to visit Brescia Italy and hunt Alaska.
Quote to live by: "You get out what you put in" and "What comes around goes around",
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Name: Steve Ellsworth
Nicknames: Coincutter
Hometown: Cedar Rapids Ia
Age: 57
Pets: 2 Scotties
Family members: 2 kids 2 Scotties
Significant other: Linda been married 37 years
Fave music or bands: Pipes flute Celtic anything I can't understand the lyrics of.
Favorite movies of all time: Starwars
Book that changed your life: The one the teacher used to thump me over the head with.
Greatest childhood memory: Remembering those times when everything didn't creak or hurt.
Worst day of your life: Draft Lottery #2
Fave color: MidnightBlue (Chevey Metalflake)
Occupation: Retired at 47 DOD Fed as a multimedia producer:
photographer, video producer, computer graphics,
former crime scene tech fingerprint expert
Worked for or with most of those agencies you see on TV but without the glamor part.
Military service: Army Nam Central America and a few other places I want to forget about
Dream job: Who wants to work.
Do you play any musical instruments: Radio
Interests or hobbies: Painting Scrim Sculpting engraving
Fave author ever: Alan Watts
Best class you ever took (and why): Skipped them all.
Best place to vacation: Costa Rica
Quote to live by: Think before you hit the enter key.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:04 PM
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Name: Al Frisillo

Hometown: Rome, N.Y. but have lived outside Tulsa, OK for over 30 years.

Pets: Four labrador retrievers and one neighbor dog who thinks she belongs to our family.

Family Members: Wife, Joey and four sons

Favorite Music or Bands: Blues

Favorite Movies: Babe, any movie that makes me laugh.

Book that Changed Your Life: The book of life itself. Watching good and bad unfold for others as well as myself. It has made me appreciate every precious second on Earth.

Favorite Color: Earthtones

Occupation: Geophysicist

Dream Job: Veternarian, Engraver

Musical Instrument: Guitar

Interests/Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Wood Turning, Archery, Sporting Clays/Skeet/Trap

Faborite Author Ever: Don't have one. Most reading has been boring technical stuff.

Best Place to Vacation: Home which has a great lake view. Likely this will change (or be changed for me by my wife) when I retire.

Quote to Live By: I have two. One from my buddies in NewZealand who told me "It's all Good!" and another from an anonomous person: "Wag more. Bark Less".
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:55 PM
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Name: Jim Burns

Home town: oil field family.... no such thing as a home town

Pets: my buddy Connan (lab) left me a few years back.

Family: no such luck as of yet.... I'm only 28, but too old to not have kids is looking perty close.

Fave Music: Haggard, Jennings, Hank sr. etc. As said, Zepplin is excellent engraving music! Another great one is Jaquie Gibson.

Fave movies: tuff question.... I'm not much of a movie go'er, probably private ryan, band of brothers. also liked O brother were art thou, Forest Gump.. etc.

Book that changed life: Life and letters of Ben Franklin, Aristotle's Ethics (Penguin Classics), These are the books that inspired me, the latter allowed me to understand why I agreed with the Holly Bible, and so had the most profound affect on my life.

Fave Color: The forest on a rainy- over cast day.... nothing better

Occupation: Rat Killer/engraver

Dream Job: Teacher/Student

Musical Instrument: I dont play, but fave is probably piano

Interests Hobbies: too many to mention, I am surely an hobbiest

Fave Author: Aristotle

Best place to vacation: anywhere with mountains and women

Quote to live by: "A little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep or taste not the perian spring, there shallow droughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again." Alexander Pope, I learned of it from a fellow firearms enthusiast.

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Name: Jim Zimmerman

Hometown: Detroit

Pets: I'm ten days away form getting two cats.

Family members: My wife in Janisse and my son Nathan who live in Toronto

Fave music or bands; I like movie sound tracks like, Blade Runner or Monster.
I also listen to books while working.

Favorite movies of all time: Enamy at the Gate

Book that changed your life: Recently, "Charles Wilson War".

Fave color: Gold

Occupation: Jeweller and Engraver

Dream job: I doing it.

Do you play any musical instruments: French horn, badly.

Interests or hobbies: Photography, Computers.

Fave author ever: Currently, David L. Robbins author of "War of the Rats".

Best place to vacation: City = Las Vegas, County = Algonquin National Park

Quote to live by: My Mom once told me the night before I had to submit a portfolio
of my work in competition for a scholarship. "Jim. no one ever said you have to sleep".
"Finish it"................I won.

What type of Engraving do you do: Mostly jewellery

How long have you been engraving: about 18 years
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:07 AM
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Name: Steve Dale Burton
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Hometown: Deming NM
Age: 47
Pets: 11 Hounds and a border collie heeler X named Missy and the Horses
Family members:
Significant other:Ella my GF
Fave music or bands:Ian Tyson,Dave Stamey,Mike Beck,Any good cowboy music,Bluegrass and just about anything else except hip hop or rap.
Favorite movies of all time:Tombstone, Conegher,Qugiley down under.anything John Wayne or Action or Historacal.
Book that changed your life:It was more the Author but if i had to pick one it would be Smokey the cow horse by Will James
Greatest childhood memory:Huntin and spendin time with my Dad
Worst day of your life:The day i had to put my old Stud horse Down
Fave color: Sliver on a horse
Occupation:Cowboyed for 25 years now i am a Drip Irriagation system designer
Military service: Air Force
Dream job: Being able to build bits and spurs full time
Do you play any musical instruments: I play at the Guitar
Interests or hobbies: Horses,Engraving, Building bits and spurs Hunting with my hounds and doing leather work.
Fave author ever: Will James
Best place to vacation: Alaska
Quote to live by: Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly.

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Old 11-15-2007, 06:40 PM
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Well about time that I responded to this thread
Name Dave London
Age 60& 11/12th
Hometown Springdale Pa.
Adopted Hometown Colorado Springs CO.
Favorite Tools /Humm I wonder
Background A&P Mech, Lic Master Plumber, LEO, Building Official, Retired
Hobbys Engraving, shotgun sports, sculpture, coin carving, hunting birds, fishing, Reading books, Travel
Favorite movie- Shooter but the book was better
Family -Wife Marcia 38yrs, two sons Craig & Matt
Music- JAZZ
Pet- Rielly our fourth Sheltie
Favorite book -Too many to list I read about 2 books a week probally should spend more time cutting steel:smilie5:
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:04 PM
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Location: Norwalk CA, (Los Angeles suburb)
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Name: Lex Roooker

Age: 56

Hometown: Norwalk, CA (suburb of Los Angeles)

Pets: None at the moment but usually have at least one dog or cat that has adopted us.

Family members: Wife Anastasia, son Andy(age 42), daughter Irene (age 37)

Fave music or bands: Like just about anything that has a melody you can hum which leaves out heavy metal etc.

Favorite movies of all time: Like the classics from the 40's and 50's. Not a big fan of terror or stuff like Stephen King.

Book that changed your life: How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success Through Selling, by Frank Bettger. Wonderful book on incorporating the Dale Carnegie principals in daily life.

Fave color: Earth tones; browns, mossy greens, burnt orange etc.

Occupation: Retired. Spent over 40 years in the electronics and telecommunicatioins industry. Started installing and repairing two-way commercial radios when I was 12 and spent 34 years working as a telecommunications technician and supervisor for Southern California Edison Company.

Dream job: I had one of those. Don't want another one.

Greatest childhood memory: Playing with friends as a kid during summer vacation.

Worst day of your life: Can't remember anything really bad.

Do you play any musical instruments: I play at the piano (one finger for melody and two for harmony).

Interests or hobbies: Clocks, machining, photography, electronics.

Fave author ever: Like international intrigue ala Robert Ludlum

Best place to vacation: Haven't taken a vacation in over 30 years.

Quote to live by: "There is only one way to get anyone to do anything and that is to find out a way to make them want to do it. When you show a man what he wants he will move heaven and earth to get it" Frank Bettger.

How long have you been engraving: Haven't started yet but have a beginners class scheduled in February.

What type of Engraving do you do: Want to engrave brass clock dials.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:52 PM
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Name: Paul Laraway
Hometown: Military Brat...but I would say I loved Bermuda the most.
Pets: One border collie and 4 cats. They need new homes, my son is allergic
Family members: 3 year old son and wife, Corina
Fave music or bands: Vivaldi & a mixture of other bands.
Favorite movies of all time: The Prestige and Shogun
Book that changed your life: The Eight Gates of Zen
Fave color: Forest Green
Occupation: FT College Student, Pre-Pharmacy
Dream job: Self employed, whatever makes me happy
Do you play any musical instruments: Violin....poorly
Interests or hobbies: Pocketwatch repair, machining, engraving, gunsmithing, lapidary, chocolate, amateur pyrotechnics, distillation, knitting, herpetology
Fave author ever: Robert Jordan
Best place to vacation: Bermuda
Quote to live by: “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” - Vladimir Lenin
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Name: Tslil

Hometown: Chicago IL

Pets: Two dogs, Two cats, and some fish

Family members: Wife Inesse, Son, Simion (14) & Daughter, Rina (12)

Fave music or bands: J. S. Bach (the rest is just foot notes)...

Favorite movies of all time: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 12 Monkeys, Sleeper...

Book that changed your life: The Holy Bible,

Fave color: Blue

Occupation: knife maker / professional tinkerer

Dream job: I'm there... and I love it!

Do you play any musical instruments: Dulcimer

Interests or hobbies: long LONG navigational hikes in the Middle Eastern desert, Sky diving, Gliders, SCUBA

Fave author ever: Kurt Vonnegut

Best place to vacation: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Quote to live by: I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. -- Albert Einstein
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Name: Katherine Plumer

Age: can I just say twenty-something?

Hometown: I was born in San Diego but I'd call Wilton my home town (California.)

Pets: two horses, two dogs, two cats, and more chickens than I ought to admit ;-)

Family members: parents, two older brothers, and of course oodles of extended family

Significant other: not yet, still accepting applications ;-)

Fave music or bands: old country, classic rock, oldies, some new country, lots of instrumental, and dare I admit 80s and disco!

Favorite movies of all time: Dances with Wolves, Star Wars trilogy

Book that changed your life: , okay I'm going to a take a different meaning here, because I'd have to say "The American Standard of Perfection" because I did 60something illustrations for it and THAT was life-changing!

Fave color: maroon/burgundy, pretty much any shade of red (the darker the better), turquoise

Occupation: starving artist/illustrator

Dream job: scrimshander and artist of the non-starving variety

Do you play any musical instruments: no, and you don't want to hear me sing

Best childhood memory: we camped a lot when I was a kid, I have fond memories of that. And I loved riding my horse on the ranch where I grew up, I could go into the dry riverbed and be gone for hours.

Interests or hobbies: horseback riding, exhibition poultry (as in, I show chickens), bellydancing (really!)

Fave author ever: James Herriott

Best place to vacation: somewhere I've never been!

Quote to live by: "Don't let the turkeys get you down" I read this on a pin once, actually it's right here in the drawer next to me, it shows a bunch of turkeys standing on an elephant, somehow it really does seem relevant to life!
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