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knutz
08-23-2005, 09:07 PM
Nice foums ya'll got here.

I was given the addy to this site by someone on one of the motorcycle boards I frequent.

Figured I'd introduce myself before I started reading some of the threads.

My names is Jeff Barker. I've been machining for 13 yrs. Started out in a Die shop making stamping and drawing dies. Worked my way into designing and building for a while. Then tried the straight desk job of only designing but couldn't hack it sitting at a desk all day. Managed a small start up shop until it was off the ground and running good then went out on my own.

I currently own a very small shop in Shelby NC. Do mostly jigs and fixture type work. Trying to work my way up to afford the machinery to get back into tooling and dies and be able to do it and be competitive.
Oh yeah I also repair Machine shop equipment when the actual maching is running thin. Hell I pretty much do anything right now to pay the bills. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

jeff




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CCWKen
08-23-2005, 09:19 PM
Welcome aboard Jeff!

There's a lot of good info and talent here. I hope you can wade through some of the "less than desireable" topics and provide some good info yourself.

I forget how I got here. I do auto restorations and triped in one day looking for info I think. They didn't kick me out so I stayed. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

wierdscience
08-23-2005, 09:22 PM
Welcome to the nut house http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif You sound like me,fixing my own junk when I'm not fixing everybody else's!

Davis In SC
08-23-2005, 09:26 PM
Hi Jeff, I am about 40 miles down I-85 from Shelby...We have a shop, doing Mold work. Is Bigger's still selling machines up there ???

knutz
08-23-2005, 09:32 PM
Davis,

Small world eh? I rent my building off of Mr. Biggers. It's right beside his shop. I have worked for him part time for about 10 yrs doing most of his service work on the manual machines he sells.

Yep he's still going strong although I think his daughter is slowly taking it over so he can try to retire.

Thanks for the welcome to the rest of you.

Been scouring the topics and there are some good ones. That is the reason I love machining, you'll never learn it all. Hell I'd do it for free if my wife could pay the bills. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

jeff

Milacron of PM
08-23-2005, 09:33 PM
Nelson Biggers was my arch nemisis at auctions years ago...seems we always wanted the same pieces ! Haven't seen him in a year or two though.

knutz
08-23-2005, 09:38 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by D. Thomas:
Nelson Biggers was my arch nemisis at auctions years ago...seems we always wanted the same pieces ! Haven't seen him in a year or two though. </font>

LOL arch nemisis LOL. Nelson is a strange one some times. I've heard all kinds of decriptions of him but never that one.

jeff

Davis In SC
08-23-2005, 09:57 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by D. Thomas:
Nelson Biggers was my arch nemisis at auctions years ago...seems we always wanted the same pieces ! Haven't seen him in a year or two though. </font>

Same thing here... I was once at an auction, there were a bunch of Hardinge dividing heads, he got every one, everytime I bid, he raised it.... I bet he still has some of them....