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Smoke

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Today marks my first official day of retirement. I quit my job this morning, am going to pursue other avenues.

One avenue I am eager to re engage in, is building stands. I have not built any since way before my wife passed in 2017 and I think it had been about two year before that. 2015 was the last stands I built which was the two box stands.

I will be building stands and posting some here that will be for sale. I am not going to do custom work. I wish to build stands and then just sell them. I may build a like stand in a different size for someone, but that would be my range as far as custom.

Happier days!

Some stands from years gone by I've built.
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Congrats on retirement!!!
Your stands are amazing, great craftsmanship. I cant wait to see your future works.
 

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I have a couple growers that wish to use my services in twisting up material and Ed Clark will be eager to use me. I have quite a few clubs that I have said no to for demo's and workshops due to work constraints.

I have plenty to keep be busy
 

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Congratulations! Just looked at the old calculator and I have 3 years left. Can not wait. Looks like you have a plan. That is good.
 

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Congratulations on your retirement, Smoke! Happier days indeed. Looking forward to purchasing a table from you soon:)
 

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I'll add my "congratulations" on the occasion of your retirement. Still about 10 years away for us.

Have always thought you built nice stands, glad to see you're going to have more time for that.
 

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Wanna come demo/teach in Québec for a few days, Smoke? We’ve got a passionate group of guys here, you’d fit right in and could help us with several projects. Fall is a very nice time to visit the region.
 
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Man, I can't wait to join the retirement force! But I have 40 more years to go.

Good luck on your ventures smoke!
 

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Congrats on your retirement,thats some really nice carpentry work you have there.
 

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Congrats! Wish I could do that...I'm diggin' the big low stands BTW. How big can you make?
 

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Congratulations! I'm hoping to join you in full time bonsai nutness in a couple of years.
 

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Wanna come demo/teach in Québec for a few days, Smoke? We’ve got a passionate group of guys here, you’d fit right in and could help us with several projects. Fall is a very nice time to visit the region.
Oh, and congratulations are in order, obviously, don’t mind my manners.

Beautiful stands, too.
 

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I like them all but really like the spider web one. These looks exceptional. You must have a pretty good bit of tools and experience or be extremely good with moderate tools. joints and such look great. can we see some close ups?
 

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Congrats! Nice work!

Would be fun if people could give you a picture of the tree and pot, and you build stands according to your design intentions (surprise for the buyer). What i mean is, i have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing stands. Maybe a lot of people are in the same boat as me? That might be a fun, and interesting service to offer for you and the buyer. Just sharing the first things that came to mind :)

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