Born, 1951 in California, grew up in Santa Cruz.
Soquel High School, no collage.
5 ft tall, 120 lbs, good health, non-smoker, non-drinker.
Married (23 yrs) wife has a small non-shedding, very friendly service dog, (Coco).
Home owner with very extensive cabinet shop in Kensington, Kansas 66951 .
Facebook, Wildwood Crafters
Objective, To locate a project or projects with a duration of 1 to 6 months restoring or renovating wood work.
This can be the wood work both inside and out on boats or even houses. With boats, the best plan after restoring is to maintain the bright work once a year (preferable in the spring) to buff
off the surface oxidation and apply 1 to 2 coats of varnish or oil. Takes much less time each year and stays looking good all year.
Would also be interested in wood renovations in a home.
Tools, We have a very extensive cabinet shop and just about every hand tool you can think of, we also have a 20 ft box truck with sleeping
quarters over the cab, should the job require us to bring our larger stationary tools.
Compensation, I am retired and my wife is my all important support team and at times that extra set of hands.
We like to travel and view this as an opportunity for a working vacation and a chance to met new friends. So we don't require a large income and if we have a place to stay or at least have access to electric
and a bathroom, that would save us both money. Get a hold of us with your project (and if your project is small, find someone else that also may need some work) and we will see what we can come up with.
I'm very experienced in not only woodworking and finishing, but also very good with electric and general construction, mid-grade on resin and fiberglass, good with plumbing, but not my favorite, NOT good with drywall. I can also read building plans.
Donna is a very accomplished seamstress.
Experience, Managed a Slot Car Shop while in high school,
worked in manufacturing, for 10 yrs, where I learned machine setup in the metal shop and became foreman of the wood shop.
I than started Bicycles of Aptos, a very successful bike store in California, owned and ran it for 5 yrs.
Than starting a small prospecting and mining operation, learned research and prospecting techniques, operating and repairing heavy equipment,
This eventually lead me to Idaho were I built my first log house.
I than took a job in Tennessee, building an outside and indoor mushroom farm and doing training of workers.
I than bought a small farm in Kentucky where I built another house and barns, raised beef calves and had a few milk cows,
than bought a larger farm up the road and built a wood shop, becoming 'The Wood Guy'. Here is where I built, with the use of a Wood-Mizer band saw mill, "The Octagon House" a 5 level 1 bedroom 2500 sq' custom
design home made from the large cedar and oaks on the property. At this point I had always done all my building by myself, well I don't like heights much, soooo we organized
a 'roof raising' to build the 2 custom vaulted roof trusses that were built in place and get the roof dried in. It was all done in a day and a half with a continual BBQ thanks to about 20 guys, their wives and kids (we had a pool up for the kids).
This is also where I first started making Band Saw Boxes we have them literally all over the world, including
one in the Smithsonian.
The cabinets were made from 1 large quarter sawn oak.
In my free time, LOL I started a full service computer store starting in 1998. 14 miles in the country, gave free tech support, had people coming from 5 counties around, selling 1 to 3 systems a day. It was a lot of fun and learned a lot
about computers, but after about 5 years I got bored with it and closed it up.
We than tried our hand at restoring Triumph TR3's with a long range plan of doing a full custom high performance model. I can and did all of the mechanical and Donna did all the interior,
But I am not a body guy and trying to find someone that could do more than just replace body parts or fill everything with bondo and actually show up, turned out to be our down fall. We did finally get someone
to finish up the body and paint the first one but had no interest in doing any more. We think it did turn out very fine and it found a home on Martha's Vineyard Island.
I than found a fiberglass body style I really like and am building a car for me. It is a 1972 Porsche 911-T with an after-market 917 style body. It and the boats have helped me learn a thing or two about fiberglass.
After living in Kentucky for 20 yrs we sold most of the farm, packed up our kids, son-in-law and grandkids and moved to a little town in Kansas. Bought a fixer-upper house, built a new shop and helped my son-in-law start a construction company.
Over the next few years we did it all from roofing, remodeling to building very large pole and red iron buildings, plus a few log homes.
New cabinets in our house out of Ky. Cherry. The counter is a 4 ft slide out cutting board.
I have always like the wood work in boats and had an opportunity to buy a good sized one in need of repair. Donna says "We always live in a construction site" and she is right, we like it and we always have something to do.
Thanksgiving of 2008 we bought a fixer-upper boat in California. Here are some before and after pictures of the 42 ft. 1938 Monk designed yacht that we restored/remodeled.
We were a live-aboard with trips back and forth to Kansas. That is where our woodshop is.
It's a beautiful boat, a great place to be, a huge amount of living space. (Basically a 2 story, 2 bedroom, full living room, large galley with dinette area, onboard shower, bathroom, 2 covered decks, a forward sun deck, enclosed pilothouse, floating apartment that you can take out fishing.
Like living in a work of art and big enough for a family of 4 or 5.
Starting with the as found picture and us coming into Moss Landing Harbor, Monterey Bay. After spending part of December and January sailing it up the coast from southern California between storms. Never piloted
a boat in open ocean before, definitely was an adventure.
Being a Ed Monk Sr. design and built in 1938 ENTIRELY of mahogany, the hull was in great shape. The problems were where fresh water was allowed to get in and in those areas we either replaced the mahogany or remodeled with Kentucky Cherry or Black Walnut. Must see, check out the pictures.
Located in Moss Landing Harbor, on C - dock,in the heart of Monterey Bay.
Now for pictures,
This was August 10th 2013, It was just hauled out and bottom painted with the best 65% copper paint in July 2013. There was a lot of rot. We ended up cutting off the entire upper deck and replaced this section on the side.
Port side of Galley as found and picture of the roof/upper deck being removed during renovation. Starboard side.
The galley has been completely redone in Kentucky Cherry, the dropleaf table is spalted hardrock maple.
I was able to reuse the original Stainless steel counter top.
All plumbing has been replaced and there is a 6 gallon 110v water heater.
A refrigerator with separate freezer door.
3 burner gas stove with automatic oven.
Lots of storage.
looking down onto the lower rear deck.Removed the old tanks under the rear deck and completely rebuilt that area.
Pilothouse as found. A close up of the wheel and dash. Looking out the pilothouse, Hwy 1 is in the distance out the window.
This is just some of what we did to the, 'R' Escape.
We than got a Columbia 30 ft sailboat that had sunk, in harbor. It was because of a water inlet valve that had not been shut off.
We did not get it till 2 yrs after, so the engine was completely frozen. We took everything apart that would come apart and refinished all the woodwork.
Here are some before and after pictures. We really had a good time with this one and finished it very quickly.
The sink area on the 'R' Escape, and our 'Alkaline Antioxidant Water' machine.
(Shaping the transition piece from the stainless counter to the cabinets was a little tricky, but I managed to keep air flow moving up behind the cabinets and out the top cubby holes, even the white board is spaced down for air flow.)
For more info on the water machine, click Here.
This machine and company have been a life saver for us in several ways.
I just turned 67 and since getting this machine, I not only don't hurt anymore, Donna is off pain meds for the first time in 35 years, her colesteral is down 100 points, blood pressure down,
weight off and energy up.
We are just plain healthier.
And by just giving away FREE water to people, they experience health improvements of their own and they in turn want a machine and we get a commission and are now earning a good living and helping people feel and live better.
If you would like to do the same just give us a call or email. We will help you all we can.
Chris and Donna Jensen
PO Box 3
Kensington, Ks. 66951
Sometimes it rings, sometimes it doesn't.