Dennis & Linda Hook

Illinois


Our Story

Dennis first saw Legacy at The Woodworking  Show in Chicago. He came home and told me all about the Legacy machine and that it would be something we could do now and during our retirement and could involve our whole family in some way. Dennis has always liked woodworking and building things so this was something he really was interested in.  Needless to say, I was very leery as we had already tried a different company’s machine and had no luck. The next two years we went to The Woodworking Shows and looked at the machines, watched the demonstrations and compared Legacy to a lot of different brands. Finally, in 2013 we decided to purchase a Legacy Arty. The machine was delivered and Dennis went to Utah for their two-day training that is included with the purchase of any machine. Running the machine came easily to him.  Learning the software was a little harder for me because I never really knew what CNC was or what bit did what before this. Seeing what some people were cutting scared me because I was afraid I would fail at it. I watched many tutorials and worked hard at learning cuts and depths. I still get them wrong now and then so we just get some “ornamental firewood”.  But that’s okay, we are learning together that mistakes happen and we just move on. At first, I thought I had to learn to design all projects from scratch. But thankfully I have found different websites and Facebook CNC groups to get ready to carve CNC files for free or at very minimal cost. We have since upgraded our machine to the Maverick 3×5 and again we received the two-day training on carving and turnings. This time, we both went for training and again Legacy went above and beyond in training and answering questions.  Legacy gives a list of helpful resources where you can find bits, projects, and extras for your machine and their Customer Service is amazing.

In the beginning, we just made projects for family and friends or for donating so we had some practice. Now, we have been doing craft shows and markets, while managing a Facebook page to show off our work. Some of our projects have been shipped to different states and countries. I was completely amazed at where people were sending our projects and how much they meant to them.  We enjoy talking about and demonstrating the Legacy Maverick and projects that we have completed to fellow woodworkers and people we meet. We also get lots of ideas from our customers and people we talk with at these craft shows and markets.

Our whole family is involved in helping with the CNC process; they give us feedback on projects and posting on Facebook and also help in the programming, cutting and selling of our items.

  • Seeing what some people were cutting scared me because I was afraid I would fail at it…  Legacy went above and beyond in training and answering questions.  Legacy gives a list of helpful resources where you can find bits, projects, and extras for your machine and their Customer Service is amazing–Dennis & Linda Hook