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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 02-02-2011 07:44 PM 1857 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just looked at my homepage. I can’t believe it. I’ve been with LJ’s for a whole year. The reason I find it hard to believe is that I have never achieved so much, in my woodworking, in one year before. Not only have I made a lot of new and different things but I tried new and different techniques. Things I would not have tried before. That is why the thank you. I don’t think I would have achieved half of what I have this year without the inspiration, friendship and support I have found here. I have made 66 new friends, completed 38 projects and made sundry other ramblings (blogs, forum, review).

Once more thank you all for your help, friendship and interest and thanks to Martin Sojka for starting the site in the first place.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 07:52 PM

we thank you martyn

you have taken us all by storm
and inspired so many things
in us all

happy day to you

keep up the grand work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 07:53 PM

Happy Birthday Martyn!
It has been a real pleasure to meet you too.
You have pushed me to new heights also. This place is amazing.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 07:54 PM

don’t worry… it’ll pass in a year or so ;)

congratulations Martyn!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 07:56 PM

I feel exactly the same way Martyn, except I’ve only been here a few months. Unlike you however I’m getting a little burned out and don’t think I will be keeping up the pace for a whole year. Congratulations on a fantastic year’s work and thank You for sharing it with us.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 08:02 PM

Congratulations Martyn. I too enjoy being part of the LJ community. It is a great place to meet people and that share many common interest. I am always amazed at your projects and techniques and your williingness to share it with others.

You may have pushed yourself hard this year but you are helping others to push as well. I am not sure that I would have tried so many things this past year as well with out alot of the influences and knowledge that comes from this site. I look forward to your next year on here. Have a great day.


-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 08:02 PM

Congrats on your first Martyn and many more we hope.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 08:05 PM

Thank you!
Your contributions have been inspirational. Looking forward to you staying around for several more years.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 08:14 PM

Hi Martyn,
Always love to see you here, and have felt inspired from you often.
Have the same feeling, that the learning curve here are extreme, and that can’t keep going like that, but every time here are a pleasure.
Best thoughts, and congratulations,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 02-02-2011 08:26 PM

No Martin, thanks to you!

You have published many projects that are different and refreshing. And above all, you did not hold back constrtuction details.

For a newbie like me there is nothing better. I am learning from you and many others like you!


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 02-02-2011 08:28 PM

I cannot say better than what has already been said! Thank you for the inspiration, the new insights and the wonderful projects you have shown us!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#11 posted 02-02-2011 08:28 PM

My congratulations on a creative year past.
Wish you more inspiration and achievements for the year to come, and I am sure all your friends have lot’s to learn from you.
Thanks for been my friend


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#12 posted 02-02-2011 08:33 PM

Time fly when your having fun Martin, and your projects have been a big hit on the site. Thank you for all your input, sharing and kind words over the past year, enjoy your birthday and may more…BC

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#13 posted 02-02-2011 09:45 PM

Thank you Martyn for your well documented journey. If you ever find yourself in disbelief over your work for the last year the proof is there. Your influence will be felt in LJs for years to come.

Congrats on your anniversary,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 02-02-2011 10:06 PM

It is YOU who should be thanked…so
And a big thumbs up…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 02-02-2011 10:12 PM

Hey, congrats to you, maker of boxes in Brittain! Believe me when I say that you have been an inspiration to many more than you may think.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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