The Wood Worker


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My name is Jim Draper and I live near Rice, Washington on our 300 acre ranch with my wife Rori, 1 bull terrier, one obsessive kelpie herding dog, a few cows and about 30 goats. We lived on a small farm near Palmer, Alaska for about 25 years, before relocating to beautiful Eastern Washington state about 8 years ago. I am a retired (sort of) chemist/programmer whose interests include reading history, improving my Spanish Language skills, working (seasonally) in my orchard/gardens and, of course, woodworking.

After building and riding motorcycles as a young man in Southern California, I decided to take up sailboats as an alternative to motorized hobbies.  My start with woodworking then came with the restoration of an old wooden sailboat  (built 1939) I had purchased in Newport Beach, CA. I quickly discovered that owning a wood sailboat was only about 10% sailing and 90% working on the boat. As I went through that process, I was exposed to the magic of shaping wood into boat parts, constructing solid wood cabinetry, learning the appropriate joinery, and applying the various finishes. I was also inspired by some incredibly talented woodworkers that I met while hanging out on the docks with the other wharf rats.

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Today, my small shop is one of my favorite places to occupy my time... constructing mostly small cabinets, tables, and bookcases. My passion for woodworking has increased steadily as my skills (especially working with hand tools) have improved. I am a mostly self-taught kind-of-guy, although I have taken a class on the use and sharpening of hand tools from RoseWood Studios some years ago and, more recently, a class from Wood Worker Lonnie Bird. Of course, the internet (as in most things) has made so much information available (tools, techniques, schools, materials, etc)—somebody, somewhere has exactly the wood, tool, or technique awaiting your attention.

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Still, I would probably only classify by abilities as intermediate in most areas, but am getting better according to my most steadfast critic (myself!). In this age of people buying mostly factory-fabricated, staple-together, wobbly, rickety furniture, I feel that it is important to seek out and encourage anyone who builds (or is considering learning how to build) custom wood pieces.



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  Sharing and Trying to be a Better Wood Worker
             Recent Projects

          
              Ash and Walnut Chairs

          
                  Walnut Hall Table

          
              Cherry Entry Bench

          
           Cherry Shinto Sideboard

          
           Table of Mexican Woods 

          
          Claro Walnut Writing Desk

            
              Shinto Cherry Cabinet

          
            Maple Cherry Huntboard

          
              Spalted Maple Cabinet

          
                 Maple Coffee Table

          
              Oak Drawer Bookcases

          
             Oak Mission Living Set

          
              Maple Kindling Box

          
                 Walnut BookCases

          
           Large Walnut DiningTable
  Contact Us:
            Jim & Rori Draper
             3004 Pleasant Valley Rd.
             Rice, WA. 99167

             Email:  jim@draperjim.com

  Copyright © 2017 Jim Draper