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Here's My Woodturning!
By Greg Just
Blaine, MN

My start in woodworking began as a child by following my dad around the house and helping with various chores that he would be doing. He was always building or fixing something and I was always interested in learning.

My first major woodworking projects were some furniture pieces when I got married. Nothing fancy but built from 4x4's and my wife made cushions.

Over the years I expanded my tools and eventually purchased a table saw, drill press and many other hand tools. It wasn't until about 2004 when a co-worker gave me a turned pen that I got interested in woodturning. In 2005 we moved to Minnesota and I purchased my first lathe. Since then, I've been pretty much dedicated to woodturning. In 2008, I joined the Minnesota Woodturners Association and a few years later learned about a program called Beads of Courage. If you are not familiar with the organization, I encourage you to check them out. I have been donating boxes to the program for children undergoing life threating medical procedures to store the beads they receive each time they undergo a procedure. It is a very rewarding experience when you get feedback from the parents of a child that has received one of my boxes. Below are just a few pictures of the many that I have turned and donated.














Greg can be reached by email at woodturner07@gmail.com. You can also visit his website, Just Turned Custom Woodturning.

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