Lumberjocks; the Community ,Creates an Memorial #2: Im Memory of Mark; The Drawing

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Blog entry by Dusty posted 01-19-2008 09:32 PM 3344 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“In Memory of Mark; The Drawing!

Several of us Lumberjocks were still kicking around ideas about what would be the best way to create a lasting memorial that could also be ongoing way to raise money to help defray the expenses of the Lumberjocks website.

Concurrently, along with the exchanges and various ideas flowed back and forth between the Lumberjocks, I needed to move forward with building the stained glass piece. The drawing in stained glass work is called “the cartoon”. From the cartoon comes the panel or finished piece. I had to take my final drawing and have it reproduced in order that I could cut patterns, number the pieces, and use as a template and layout guild for the piece.

I neither have, nor could justify the cost of a scanner and plotter of the size required to reproduce the drawing to the size I wanted so I took the final drawing and headed off to Kinko’s.

I always dread this part of any project because of the uncertainty and unpleasant experiences I have had with these “evil machines” that have eaten my drawings in the past. I picture this menacing machine with a smirk and grin that says “about time you got here – I am hungry”.

I hate them. Those machines are predators! They pray on those of us who are electronically challenged.

I know of very few feeling of helplessness like that of a machine munching down on one of your original drawings on which you invested hours and now is lodged in the throat of some roller on a cold lifeless machine with a blinking error light that says, “JAM”!

The thought of this sends shutters up and down my spine.

Have I told you how much I hate these machines?

Moving forward with great confidence I go to make copies of my drawings.

I enter the back door and walk past the machine. I swear that it looked at me with an evil eye and I even heard it burp!

Have I told you how much I hate that machine?

I seek out help from the assistant manager who gives me the confidence to feel a little smug as though I have outsmarted the machine. As I walked by it, I stuck my tongue out at it.

The assistant manager gladly helped me and took my drawing making some very nice comments and small talk. He recognized that this was going to be a stained glass piece and impressed me with his knowledge about the craft.

He even commented that the dove featured in the cartoon looked like it was ascending into the heavens.

I smiled, because that is exactly my intent and hope that others would recognize this theme.

As we waited for the machine to warm up we were engaged in some pleasant small talk. It turns out he was a framing carpenter for several years and we were able to share some of our experiences.

The machine is finally warm and he presses the button confidently. The machine takes my drawing as it disappears behind the rollers.

The machine stops!

So does my heart!

That sick feeling returns. You know what I am referring to. Every one of us have e experienced it at one time or another.

That sick feeling is back again, this time with a vengeance!

I take a deep breath as he fumbles still sporting a smile.

His smile seems fake and forced.

Nothing happens.

I felt like a deer stuck in the headlights.


None of the thoughts at that moment can be printed here for fear I would be accused of being a verbal terrorist and risk being locked up for a long time.

For a moment I thought, “It just might be worth doing the time”, fearful that my original drawing had been destroyed.

Calm prevailed as he opened covers and began what looked like major surgery on this machine. I secretly hoped the darn thing had finally died its rightful death. However, I wanted my drawing back first.

After all this was the only one I had.

What seemed like an eternity came to a conclusion in short order. Soon he had the machine spitting out copies.

The color returned to my face and I started breathing again.

All seemed to be going well, but knowing that any minute this could change I remained silent and in prayer.

I gathered up my copies and headed for the cashier and paid my fees. I walked right past the machine as I left the back door and gave it a dirty look.

I swear that machine winked and burped!

I headed home to begin the layout of the cartoon and to select the glass.

I looked over my shoulder as I entered on to the freeway, to be sure that the machine wasn’t following me. I am still not sure whether it did or not.

For the record, I take back everything I said about it.

I have to return to use that machine again.

I forgot to reduce the drawing to 18×24 which Karson and I had talked about rather than the 24×24 size. We felt this would be better in the event that whoever won the piece may elect to hang it in a window, in order to allow natural light to shine through.

This had all the makings of not only a long day but an interesting one.

I was determined to win this battle.

I was so happy to be back in my shop and ready move on with the layout and glass choices.

Laying out, along with choosing the glass, is in my opinion, every bit as important if not more; as cutting, soldering, and putting together the final panel. I feel that this step can be and often is the make or break part of the project.

In woodworking, finding interesting grain patterns and wood that complements the project that will be well placed and thoughtfully incorporated in the design of the project, is very important.

Glass is no different in this respect. Glass, like wood also needs to be well thought out regarding its placement in relationship to the project. This step often is the most important thing you can do for that piece.

This is a simple rule of design many woodworkers use in there projects.

In fact, there are many other complicated factors such as density, texture, light reflection and retention, along with multiple other considerations in choosing glass for your project, that also need to be taken in to consideration.

It is not uncommon to take several hours trying different glass combinations, only to start over after you expose the various pieces you choose to various light exposures and color combinations.

Simply stated, this step in the process of creating the stained glass panel can not be rushed. This part of the project must be done with patience and care.

Glass choices are abundant; however few rules apply in helping to guide you when making these choices.

For me, this is also complicated by the fact that I am color blind in several color ranges.

I have to rely on my instincts along with the studying of various hues, textures, densities, and patterns taking into consideration the relationship to the setting they are going to be used in.

This is easier said than done. I find my self second guessing my choices all the time.

Eventually, you have to make decisions and move on.

I selected eight different primary colors along with four possible alternates to choose from.

My preference is to lay these various colors choices using the actual pieces of glass that I plan on cutting out for the panel.

While building the frame and setting up the rest of my board, I layout and move these various pieces of glass in that are of varying colors into several different combinations.

Often this takes time to find the exact combinations that you like and want for the final pieces to be used in the panel.

Glass, like wood, needs to find its place in your heart, as well as a place in your project.

Admittedly, I know what I don’t like or won’t work more often than what works.

More often than not I feel a sense of restlessness with my choices.

The single most important factor in making my final choices is very simple.

That is, I ask my self one question.

Is it interesting to look at?

It is that simple!

After that, it is up to others to decide and answer that one simple question.

Is it interesting?

-- Dusty

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 01-19-2008 10:53 PM

I’m sure Os must be smiling watching you.

Great looking project, very inspiring too.

On the technical side Dusty. You should try drawing your templates to scale on 8.5×11 or 11×17 paper. Much easier to scan and you can output easily to the final size.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 01-20-2008 12:18 AM

Gee Dusty, How come you didn’t tell me you had to go through this process. Now I know why I don’t do stained glass any more. It make my brain hurt.

There is a lot more chioces in color in glass than in wood. And you only use usually one and maybe two different woods.

But looking good. When you going to be done so I get a shot?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 02:03 AM


Thank you for your kind comments.

Trust me the best is yet to come. Wait until you see Karon’s frame.

It is so over the top you will be speechless.

I know I was.

As far as your comments: “Quote” On the technical side Dusty. You should try drawing your templates to scale on 8.5×11 or 11×17 paper. Much easier to scan and you can output easily to the final size.

I have no doubt that you are right. I can try explain why I don’t do what you suggest.

I am not a trained artist and rely on my scratchings to help provide a visual of what a project will look like in the end. I find I relate to “real time” time and space far better. What I mean by that is the panel is 18×24 the same size as the paper I draw it on.

By doing this to scale, ( or close) I can visualize my end product better. I often wish I would of had some formal training in drawing or design and woodworking. I simply am self taught in what I do and admittedly my drawings are crude and not anywhere near professional.

One other big reason I don’t draw things smaller is ( besides tri-focals) the more a cartoon is blown up on a scanner and then plotted out the more distorted the wider the drawings lines become. This poses a problem when you go to cut out the patterns on the cartoon for final glass cutting. I use a factory lead scissors that is especially made built for 1/8 inch lines.

Every time you increase the increments of a drawing the more distorted the lines in turn the harder it is to hold, cut and grind glass tolerances for a good final fit.

One you get out of tolerance or alter from your pattern or cartoon it can be a real problem. My experience is you will fight the panel every inch of the distance to the end of the project.

Trust me on this been there done that.

Not fun!

I have looked at various ”’software and resizing” products which are sold for stained glass. Thus far I have not bought any because I am not only technical challenged but I am both old fashion and frugal.

Paper is cheep and Kinko’s is ten miles away and my old pickup truck gets 8 miles to a gallon. (3/4 ton ford)

Besides, as you can see I need the practice drawing.

I’m all ears to new ideas that may cut time and help me end up with a better project.

Perhaps I am missing something regarding your idea. Please explain if you will I am open and listening.

-- Dusty

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 03:55 AM

As Oz is looking more angels are telling each other: “You gotta look at this.”

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 01-20-2008 07:19 AM

beautiful…amazing…just got back from a day with 3 LJ’s…and the first blog I see is a dedication to mark…what a great community…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 01-20-2008 11:50 AM

makes this project even more special… with all the little twists and turns to the story

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 01-20-2008 02:37 PM


I’m was touched by your thoughtful comment. I can only hope that all of us who have a small part in this memorial project can bring a little humanity to a good man and his family.

The project itself no doubt will fall short of this, however my heart and passion in doing my small part to contribute to this is real and abundant.

The joy of giving is overwhelming. I”m truly humbled.

-- Dusty

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#8 posted 01-20-2008 02:58 PM

Dusty -

I am sure this project will be absolutely beautiful when it’s done, and will be a fitting honor to Mark and his family. And in any case the fact that it is being done with love and respect will raise its worth.

-- Chelle

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#9 posted 01-20-2008 08:05 PM

Makes sense…go with what you know. I have 30 years of technical drawing experience and have access to all kinds of software and hardware so it’s easy for me to say draw to scale and enlarge. I also have no idea of the tech needs of stained glass work…keep doing what you are doing…the outcome is beautiful.

-- Bob

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#10 posted 01-20-2008 11:43 PM


You have no idea how many twists, turns, and irony’s of fate this memorial project has had in common with life.

I only hope you and others will continue to follow the blogs and find the end worth while as a life experience.

I realize the project is secondary and will fall short of any expectations.

That is fine. That is what we call life.

What I hope others remember will be the volume of caring, along with the outpouring of good deeds and intentions of the Lumberjocks.

What will help others to remember this will be the “stunning” frame that Karson has created.

I have had the privilege of getting to see this piece he has created for the frame.

That alone is worth the wait to see.

Simply, another example of stunning work coming from Karson’s heart.

I can’t wait for him to be able to share this with all the other Lumberjocks.


-- Dusty

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 01-21-2008 07:04 PM

Hi Dusty,

This is going to be a beautiful memorial.

Your sketches reminded me of a wood inlay I did once.

I haven’t entered this as a project yet, but I’ll show it here.

It was done in 1984.

It’s 9” X 11” with Red Oak doves, with Apple background.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 01-22-2008 02:50 AM


Thanks for shareing your project.

Timely and very fitting.

What was the project created for?

I sure looks good.

-- Dusty

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#13 posted 01-22-2008 04:02 AM

I was lucky enough to get a peek from Karson, Dusty you are truly amazing man, truly amazing. Mark will bless both you and Karson for your beautiful work. I’m glad there wasn’t any decisions to back off. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 01-22-2008 04:06 AM

Everything is still on track Mike.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 01-22-2008 04:21 AM


Nothing special. I had recently made some wood inlaid plaques for our church,

& I just happened to see a picture of some doves similar to this, & decided it would make a nice wood project.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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