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Woodworking Artist Johnny {J W} Morlan Studio Shop

It is no secret that for 23 years Johnny's shop studio was 405 square foot or smaller in size, {new shop studio is 750 square foot}. All of his tools are average priced. Even with the shops the size they were, he still built small wine, humidor and stereo cabinets. Johnny takes great pleasure in showing and teaching hobbyist woodworkers that have a Johnny J W Morlan
January 22 2004

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His Shop {Studio} Location Is,
1804 University Avenue, Unit EE
Lubbock, Texas
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Johnny uses extremely unconventional procedures and techniques to create museum quality pieces. Most people feel if he takes this much pride in building just his shop furniture then anything he makes for them will turnout fine.

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Johnny is known to be quite a showman. It is no secret that most woodworkers do not like Johnny's shop, shop furniture or Johnny himself for that matter. After all, Johnny, his shop and shop furniture are controversial and one of a kind.

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Don't be startled; some of the most admired, compelling and inspiring wood pieces that are exhibited in museums and galleries were created in far less space and with far less tools than Mr. Morlan has!;

It is no secret that for 23 years Johnny's shop studio was 405 square foot or smaller in size, {new shop studio is 750 square foot}. All of his tools are average priced. Even with the shops the size they were, he still built small wine, humidor and stereo cabinets. Johnny takes great pleasure in showing and teaching hobbyist woodworkers that have a one-car garage or basement work area how to produce heirloom pieces with an minimal investment cost. ;

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He keeps about 500 board foot of lumber in the shop, the rest has always been stored in a small shed. Up until a few months ago, his radial arm saw cabinet/table was the largest cabinet/table he had {30" wide x 96" long}. Since he moved in to his 750 square foot shop, he has built a 4 foot x 8 foot work table. When completely finished with all the doors, shelves, partitions and being fully loaded, it will probably weigh over 1000 pounds. It will have an awfully large amount of storage space, over 90 cubic foot. ;

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In his shop, everything has its place. Lots of cabinet space to store all his hand tools, hand power tools, stationary & hand power tool accessories and homemade jigs. ;

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Eventually as his free time permits he will fully enclose the office area which is approximately 12 foot x 12 foot. With that end of the shop having 15 foot ceilings, he will end up with another 144 square foot of floor space over the office. ;

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He designed and built all the cabinets, benches, tables and jigs in his shop. The jigs take the danger out of most of the procedures, operations and steps that Johnny utilizes in the building process of his creations. Some of the aforementioned items were built as much as 23 years ago. They were all built with economical materials that anyone can obtain, such as 2x4 studs, construction grade lumber, CDX plywood, particle board, MDF board, standard and tempered masonite. He has painted these items with a durable paint as it is easier to keep everything looking neat and clean and is cosmetically easier to repair. ;

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As stated previously, all of his tools are average priced; however to keep the sharpening down to a bare minimum his saw blades, planer blades and router bits are {C4 or C5} grade carbide. His woodturning tools are APS series steel rated 2060 and other hand cutting tools are {Rockwell Hardness Scale 60-70} high-speed tool steel. Johnny also sharpens the blades, hand cutting tools, etcetera when needed as some are ground at special angles for maximum efficiency and to help him in producing quality easier. ;

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Dust is controlled with a Shop vacuum and simple dust port attachments that either came with the machines or were designed and built by him. Safety precautions are also taken by utilization of a high quality respirator mask, ear plugs and safety glasses. ;

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There are a lot of motivational and philosophical proverbs hanging on the walls of his studio. He lives and teaches them. He loves teaching people who like and are interested in woodworking the true {art} of woodworking! ;

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You see Johnny lives and teaches that the size of a persons shop, the finest tools that money can buy and the best raw materials that one starts with do not most of the time produce quality, fine craftsmanship or help in creating or making wooden items. What does though, is passion {not love}, heart, soul, ingenuity and a lot of homemade jigs. ;

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Johnny has taught his oldest son Jeremy the true art of woodworking! At the age of 16, his Quilted Maple Jewelry Box {below} was awarded a First Place Trophy and Blue Ribbons. ;

The black and red inlays are made from Gabon Ebony and Satine {Bloodwood}. The inside of the lid has a mirror inlaid into it. The box bottom and removable tray bottom are lined with Black Crushed Velvet. Some of his other pieces have also earned Trophies and Blue Ribbons, for their craftsmanship.

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Johnny's Shop {Studio} Is Not Always This Clean, But It Is Always Neat & Orderly! 
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{Shop Studio} South Wall
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Shop Studio} East Wall
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{Shop Studio} South Wall
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Below photo is his Router Table, it weighs over 400 pounds. It is loaded with features such as a Router Bit Lazy Susan Drawer. The top is 24" x 48" x 1 1/2" thick. The router plate came with 4 different size diameter insert plates. He has taken another 18 or so blank plates and drilled different sized holes in them so that virtually any bit he uses goes through one of the plates with zero clearance. It is featured in the Handyman Club of America magazine, Handy Works Section, November 97 issue. ;

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Below photo is his Router Bit Lazy Susan Drawer. The Lazy Susan is 15" in diameter and holds 91 bits, {60 - 1/2" shank and 31 - 1/4" shank}. The drawer bottom will hold another 12 - 1/2" shank bits bringing the total to 103 for the whole drawer. The drawer is featured in the Handyman Club of America magazine, Tips Section, January 98 issue. ;

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Below photo, is his 4 In 1 Tool Table Cabinet. The top has his 10" Bench Top Table Saw, 4" Bench Top Planer/Joiner, Stained Glass Cutting Bench Top Bandsaw and Bench Top Stained Glass Grinder. The left bottom part of the cabinet has a Lazy Susan Turntable that he stores 4 Power Hand Tools on. ;

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Below photo, is his Sanding Accessory File Drawer. ;

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 Hello, Welcome To My Gallery   Hello, Welcome To My Gallery! I Am Very Pleased To Have You As A Guest I Hope You Have A Pleasant Experience.

 J W's Woodworking Column   I started this column because of my desire to share my woodworking experiences and to teach and help people become better woodworkers. I have more than 20 years of experience working with wood and have worked more than 500 different species of wood. I normally keep more than 125 species in stock.

 Woodworking Artist Johnny {J W} Morlan Personal Quotes   * "Just because a woodworker makes an object from a beautiful figured piece of wood does not make them a woodworking artist or the piece a work of art. Nature created the wood, not them! True wood art has intricateness!" Johnny W Morlan

 Facts About Wood & Trees 2   * The tree specie with the largest undivided leaves is the Bigleaf Magnolia {Magnolia macrophylla}. The leaves are 7 to 12 inches wide and 12 to 32 inches long. * In an article written in 2004 and featured in the weekly magazine Nature, it states that theoretically, the tallest possible height that any tree could obtain is 400-425 foot. This is be

 Box Construction & Wood Finish Techniques   Johnny has more than 20 years of experience working with wood and has worked more than 500 different species of wood. He normally keeps more than 125 species in stock. Some of Johnny's creations have been bought by or given as presents to professional people, foreign dignitaries of state, celebrities and even the President and the First Lady of th

 How Woodworking Differs From Other Art Mediums   The art medium of woodworking differs from all other art mediums in numerous ways. In this day and age, the woodworker has to be environmentally conscientious because in today's society the rainforests and the depletion of trees is a major concern.

 Five Star Reviews Magazine's Review/Write Up Of J W Morlan's Unique Wood Gifts   Five Star Reviews Magazine, A National United States Publication That Reviews Travel Destinations, Restaurants, Spas, Products, Services & Events In The Realm Of Business & Entertainment. Their Staff Writers Have Worked For FoodTV, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet Magazine, Vogue, Elle, USA Today & Oprah.

 Information About Custom Made Or Commissioned Orders   Custom Made Boxes, Such As Jewelry, Music, Keepsake, Treasure, Cremation, Recipe File & Cigar Humidor. Custom Made Office Pieces, Such As Desk Sets, Desktop Business Card Holders, Multiple Business Reception Area Desktop Business Card Holders, Pens, Pen Sets, Letter Openers, Single, Double, Triple & Quadruple Level Letter Trays.

 Facts About Wood & Trees 1   There are two types of trees that it is impossible to tell how old they are by counting their growth rings. Trees produce growth rings because of the distinguishable temperature changes that occur over a yearly cycle causing their growth to slow down and speed up.

 Story: What Started Me Wood Collecting?   I had been working in a lumberyard and hardware store for about a year, it was 1983. One day I went out to the lumberyard part to snoop around. I went way back into one of the lumber storage buildings and found a large pile covered with a dirty old canvas. When I removed the canvas, I found a bunch of old, dirty and dusty lumber.

 Payment Options, Shipping & Handling Charges For Orders Outside Of USA   At The Beginning Of Each Pieces Description, Is The Shipping Weight In Pounds. Prices Include Insured Shipping & Handling To USA Addresses.

 Business Information   "Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible." Mac Anderson Johnny has owned and operated his business full time since 1989. Johnny started the business because of the love and passion of worki

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 Article: Tips For Artists & Craftspeople   Take these for instance, on the Internet, Artmajeur, WWAR, Yessy and Fine-Art. Sure they receive an immense amount of visitors per month, Artmajeur has over 18,900 artists and over 408,000 pieces of art, WWAR has almost 16,000 artists and over 100,000 pieces of art, Yessy has at least 15,000 artists and over 167,000 pieces of art and Fine-Art has 5

 Article: Lumber Grades   Lumber Grades & Ways Lumber Is Priced & Sold, Author Johnny W. Morlan: In this article I will not go into explaining the rules of grading hardwood or softwood lumber as they are very complicated and lengthy. I will list the grades that are sold, the dimensions that are available and the ways retailers price and sell lumber.

 Article: Wood Movement & Projects   How To Insure Wood Movement Doesn't Ruin Your Project, Author Johnny W. Morlan: I place each species of wood into one of four wood movement categories, they are minute, small, average and great.

 Article: Wood Movement & Environment   Your Indoor House Environment & Wood Movement, Author Johnny W Morlan: Wood is either classified hardwood or softwood. Hardwood comes from {flowering} broadleaf trees. Softwood comes from {conifers}cone-bearing trees. There are exceptions to this. For instance Balsa and Basswood are hardwoods even though they are extremely soft.

Artworks Styles : Contemporary - Functional Art
Artworks Topics : Woodworking
Artworks Media : Wood



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