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Although the first chapter of my adulthood was raising 5 girls and 2 boys, at around 50 I began a serious quest to design and build a real shop and learn as much as I could from the masters. She quickly took an interest in woodworking and soon had an Ulmia workbench next to mine and a growing collection of carving chisels. I started out as a machinery guy but have been slowly gravitating towards hand tools for the past few years. I'll be the first to admit that I have gone overboard and spent a considerable amount of time and money on woodworking but the rewards outweigh the efforts. 400 amp electrical service with a 20HP shop made rotary converter feeding a 100A 3 phase panel. Compressed air is in the floor piped with schedule 80 PVC fed by a 5 HP commercial Emglo compressor with a refrigerated drier. Full bath with shower, 10x10 office, 10x10 supply room with rolling library ladder accessing storage. Bench area has 2 (his and hers) Ulmia German made benches with wrap around built ins and a 55" plasma TV with complete sound system including blue ray, sub woofers and multiple speaker circuits.
Yes, without a doubt I did go overboard but I see people spend 300K on a motor home or boat and seldom use them. My wife Angie also works with me in the shop and carves and does stained glass and marquetry.
My woodworking interest lies in period furniture reproduction and Greene and Greene era arts and crafts reproductions.
I have a lumber inventory of over 20K board feet of walnut, tiger maple, poplar, maple, quartered white and red oak and cherry in a separate building. Hurricane Isabel took down hundreds of trees on the farm, some of which were over a hundred years old. My name is Bob Ducharme and I live in Pelham, NH, where I have a basement workshop in my house. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. When I make something to show in a gallery, or store, or art show, I make something I like, and hope that others will also. A couple of weeks ago a very nice lady called me asking for me to build her a fancy dress up cane, that she could take out with her to events, and social gatherings. She wanted a classy looking Lady’s cane, made to her size, round and narrow, tapered, with a pretty brass tip, a small dainty handle, and long stem roses carved on the side that were painted, but not too brightly. I started making canes on the request of a nice married couple I met on a church-building short-term mission trip to Mexico City in the early 1990’s.
Since the time I did that first Cane for Bryan, I have enjoyed the work on the canes that I have been able to make, but more importantly, the people that I have been able to meet and help along the journey.


To keep a handle on all of the memories, I engrave a small serial number on each brass cane tip, and then I keep a detailed database log of each cane, customer, and situation.
Darryl, I’ve looked pretty intently at pen turning to get ideas on what to use in my canes.
Recently a guy asked me about a celtic knot carved down the cane in a spiral, and so I looked at it. Bright's 7th grade industrial arts classroom in 1965 and smelled the pine shavings and saw the big cast iron machinery, I was hooked! I designed and built a contemporary prototype swag light and then sold copies from the school bookstore to teachers and staff.
I took classes with Ed Hobbs, Mike Dunbar, Marc Adams, Mary May and many others to hone my basic skills.
She has learned marquetry, inlay, carving ball and claw legs, and cuts all her own mortise and tenon joints by hand. We worked in the shop until 2:00 am recently on our chairs and although we were tired, the passion we have gives us energy.
I see woodworkers that trade in a 60K pick up every two or three years that they spend 6 hours a week in and work 30 hours a week in a poorly equipped shop.
Started 3 years ago, it is complete on the outside but the interior is not yet fitted out to my satisfaction. 24" Powermatic tools include a 20HP wide bent sander, panel saw with scoring blade, 18" band saw and 14" band saw, and variable speed lathe. She has a studio adjacent to mine that is 20x40 with a small kitchen with a sink, microwave and compact fridge. The Eagles are rocking on the screen and the federal game table with the bellflowers not yet inlaid is visible in the front.
But when you looked through big crack you saw the same colored wood, not at dramatic as seeing black, so I made that part out of walnut. Some folks call them Folk-Art Canes, while others call them Artisan Canes, some call them Carved Canes, while others call them Walking Sticks. Several years after our trip, their son-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer, and so they wanted to get him a specially made cane that he would enjoy using. I do make a bunch of unique items and furniture, but without a doubt, I receive more correspondence and thank-you cards from cane customers than any of the other items I make, combined. The list always brings me warm memories each time I scan it and remember the folks that have supported my work over the years, and vice versa.
I had lost my wife in an accident a few years earlier and 4 years later married my high school "crush" whom I had not seen in 30 years. My advice is to drive that truck 10 years and go spend 50K at Highland Woodworking on your dream shop! Admittedly I am more than a little anal retentive and way too much of a perfectionist for my own good.


We built a large custom work table with a repurposed plan storage cabinet for veneer and tool storage.
And as I was making it, it dawned on me since the butterflies where walnut I should make it in the same shape. There is quite a bit of argument about whether something should be called Sculpture or Carving.
They had heard from others that I had quit my corporate office job and started doing woodworking full-time.
I have friends that brag about not letting their wives in the shop and I think, what a waste! But I enjoy the journey towards perceived perfection and as retirement nears from our family HVAC business I am excited about spending 40 hours a week (or more) in the shop. She has a large stock of glass and glass supplies as well as the wet saws, grinders, etc required for glass panels. I like this style of bowl because I can turn them in many different ways: corners up, corners down, three sides, five sides, eight sides and everything in between.
They could be considered Functional-Art, which is the type of work that I am usually drawn to.
I talked to Dusty a week ago and he said that you told him you were under the weather for a month. A hidden benefit of working alongside my wife is that it is much easier to get "permission" to buy more tools! We are looking forward to attending a class at David Marks' school of woodworking this fall taught by a very accomplished inlay expert. Incomplete projects include a Federal 4-drawer Portsmouth chest, a heavily veneered tall case clock, and the Pennsylvania spice chest on last August's Popular Woodworking magazine cover.
I like turning unique and useful items such as bangle bracelets, eye makeup brushes, wine glasses with hand turned stems, and jewelry and ring bowls. No matter what these canes are called, they seem to bring joy to the owners, and I have been asked to make quite a few of them in the past 5-6 years.
It wasn't long after that when I discovered the need for better tools, and with that I started turning simple bowls. I hope you enjoy my work and are inspired to try something different in your own turning adventures.



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