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Blog entry by JustanotherChris posted 05-04-2019 12:55 PM 451 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t grow up in the usual family way…lots of foster homes, abuse and being torn down inside. I traveled the wrong path for a while and did more damage to myself. Broken in pieces and driven to my knees, I found my original family, my Higher Power, and became a useful member of society. I’m seeing more guys involve their daughter’s in the craft and I’m pleased. Bob, over at ‘I like to Make Stuff’, has involved his daughter in projects. I was touched by his encouragement. It’s fabulous to see all kinds of women makers on You-tube. And I’ve gotten inspiration from many of the other makers, female and male. My body is broken and wrinkled, beaten and battered, scarred and in pain, but my spirit persists! My spirit will not quit! My Higher Power made sure of 2 things: That I had a strong spirit and that i have almost always been able to sleep. After 7 years, I can finally make a project look halfway decent. I’ve met a friendly neighborhood cabinet maker who gives away his scrap pieces. I’ve taken those scrap pieces and made things for others. There’s nothing like seeing the smile on a person’s face when they’ve received something you just made. I don’t make a living at it and I refuse to put myself on film. I only use some plywood and the rest of the wood is re-purposed from safe pallets or other sources like that cabinet makers scrap wood. Anyway, I guess this whole thing was just to say thank you. Thank you to all the You-tubers, the ones encouraging their daughters who are interested in making. The women who persist in making in spite of the trolls. Men aren’t there just for the muscle and women aren’t there just for the home making. Women makers only add to the beauty of the world. Men and women, when working together, have created things that take my breath away. I’m now a 53-year-old grandmother and I only got into woodworking in the last six or seven years. I fell in love with it! It fed my soul in a way nothing else has. My only regret is that I didn’t get into it sooner. I can still stand in my garage for twelve hours, then I need to rest the bones for a couple of days. But then I’m right back at it, working on a new project I saw or something I worked out on Sketch-Up. I’d personally like to thank Izzy Swan, Jay Bates, April Wilkerson, Steve Ramsey, Neil Pask, Matthias Wandel, Jon Heisz and Jimmy Diresta. You guys are the first ones I saw, in this order, and encouraged me to start, without even knowing it. All the LumberJocks who keep looking at my work and making suggestions or offering praise; God Bless You! And keep making!
Peace,
-Chris



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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 05-04-2019 04:27 PM

Good to see that you have found a way that is bringing joy and a way that is YOURS!
There are a lot of makers out there that do a great job at inspiring others. To your list I like to add a few more women that can all be found on Youtube (You probably know them already):

Laura kampf
Get hands dirty (Cristiana Felgueiras)
Simone Giertz
Darbin Orvar

Good luck!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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NormG

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#2 posted 05-04-2019 08:02 PM

Just a wonderful post

Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Aethelred

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#3 posted 05-06-2019 04:29 PM

Good for you and everyone else. I too love working on these things. I wrote a poem about it.

I am just an average man Sailing on this ship of fools I dream someday the work I do Will be as pretty as my tools.

-- Aethelred

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lew

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#4 posted 05-06-2019 04:57 PM

Thanks for reminding us that there is no limit to the spirit and no gender assigned, either.

The vocational high school, where I taught, enrolls more and more girls every year in non-traditional areas. Carpentry, Auto Mechanics, Precision Machining just to name a few. Our Welding instructor is a young lady who holds several prestigious welding certifications and has girls in her program.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-06-2019 07:34 PM

I remember a friend from college days that restored a Model A Ford. She had done a wonderful job including rebuilding the engine & drive train, painting and upholstery. Her primary interests (& academic pursuits) were in music but she didn’t let that define her achievements.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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JustanotherChris

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#6 posted 05-08-2019 01:21 AM

Thank you for all of your input and kind words. Kindness from others goes a long way. I have found woodworkers and makers in general to be some of the nicest people! :-)

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