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Blog entry by Bearpie posted 11-10-2013 09:49 PM 1710 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I embarked on a 9 week tour of America. We headed west from Florida to Arizona, north to Montana, east to Wisconsin, then southeast back home! what a wonderful trip it was. On the way home on the last day, I looked at my wife and we both said the same thing at the same time, “Lets go back”.

Back to the reason for this post: One of the “highlights” on this trip was stopping to see one of our own Lumberjocks, William in Mississippi. I brought a box filled with various pieces of different species of wood for William. Needless to say, I think he was thrilled with the collection. He showed us around in his humongous shop (I was envious of the space he has) showing us his wood stash (quite a pile) and we got to talking shop. My wife left me there and went out on a photo shoot! We talked about problems with turning, different woods, projects done, goals, etc! I identified a mystery wood he had as Rosewood and compared it to a piece I had brought along and it was a match. When it was time to go, William insisted that we take this beautiful, intricate plaque home with us! My wife and I were flabbergasted with the gift. We both knew how much time and effort that went into making this piece because both of us are also scrollers. Thank you William from the bottom of our hearts. It now hangs on the wall of our dining room. I have to say that every single Lumberjock that I have met are all super nice people!

Below is a picture of William giving me/us the plaque.

Thank you William, again for the beautiful plaque. Erwin

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 11-10-2013 10:03 PM

WoW! What a wonderful gift! “Paying It Forward” at it’s best!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 10:37 PM

William is one of the good, err GREAT ones….
Whether that be person, husband, father, friend, woodworker!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 11:21 PM

William is one of the best scrollers that I have ever seen. His kindness and willingness to share his great knowledge of not only scroll sawing, but woodworking makes him one awesome guy! I am always in awe of his scope of talent.

Erwin – you are another wonderful and talented friend that I met here on this forum. Your kindness and support is also appreciated by so many of us. I still think of you every morning when I use the beautiful coffee scoop that you made for me. :)

Two of my favorite Lumberjocks!

I LOVE seeing stories like this! You guys rock! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 06:15 AM

Erwin, wow this is a trip you & your wife will surely remember for many years to come, Man you just have to love this LJ’s bunch of guys & gals.
Hats of the LJ’s

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 11:08 PM

I am glad ya’ll like it Bearpie.
I get more pleasure just knowing someone out there appreciates my work than I could ever get from it hanging on my wall.
I hope you two make it back this way one day.


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Sam Shakouri

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 06:16 AM

I like it as much as you do. Great moment.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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