Lumberjocks; the Community ,Creates an Memorial #6: Karson's Dove Inlay Frame Arrives...The mounting and assembly is completed before the final drawing.

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Blog entry by Dusty posted 02-17-2008 03:54 PM 2867 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Karson finished his frame and posted his blog detailing how he built this project.

When we first started talking about this memorial for Mark we were kicking around various ideas for the project and frame. Karson called me ; Quote ”I called Dusty, he wasn’t any help at all. He said whatever you create will be great. So it was back in my court again.”
For the record; telling Karson how or what to build would be like trying to tell Tiger Woods how to golf or Sam Maloof how to build rocking chairs.

Nice try Karson, but that didn’t wasn’t going to work. I knew better.

To illustrate my point further his blog stated ; Quote ” I was overwhelmed with their support in suggesting that I do that. I mean I’ve never created a picture frame in my life. I made a backing that my wife and I used to stretch some fabric over as a picture. But that was pine and no one saw it.

My point is; the sign of a true craftsman and the spirit of a Lumberjock and woodworker is to challenge yourself while practicing your craft . You not only come up with a practical solution but a final piece that is not only a work of art, it is a stunning piece of craftsmanship.

Karson’s frame is a testimonial to this and serves as a fine example of challenging ones self to get out side of our comfort zone in our craft and to create something extraordinary that we never felt we could or had ever done before.

That is what Lumberjocks is about, to inspire, challenge and share with others what our passions are and where they might take us while we are practicing our woodworking and various other crafts.

I would like to point out after the sent the first stained glass panel to Karson, which arrived shattered from shipping we decided in the interest of time Karson would built the frame from my verbal measurements of a panel that had not been built yet.

It was then agreed I would build the piece and he would build and send the frame to me when completed. We both felt the less shipping the better considering the problems we had shipping it the first time.

By the looks of the shipping box and packing Karson did on the second panel he was not taking any chances. He could of shipped the queens crown and jewels in this crate.

Lessons learned for sure!

The frame arrived and I assembled and installed it on to the final stain glass panel . The frame fit like a fine leather glove.

A truly professional piece of work. Only minor tweaking was needed.

The mark of any master craftsman is to be able to build things from scratch, with out any plans , vague instructions and only the final dimensions, which resulted in having the final piece fit like it was all built at the same time.

True craftsmanship!

My hats off to Karson and his talent he has and uses in practicing his passion and craft of woodworking.

That said, I invite you to see the final project entitled ” Marks Heavenly Flight ”.

I also ask that you consider making a donation here, which enters you into the drawing that Martin be conducting at random a drawing in order to win this piece.

I have no doubt that by supporting this web site, this would please Mark, who this simple memorial is for.

I am sure he is smiling from Heaven as he sees this community stay together and continue to grow.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 02-17-2008 04:02 PM

Breathtaking. Well done, guys.

-- Eric at

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#2 posted 02-17-2008 05:13 PM

Beautiful work by both Dusty and Karson. Great job, and thank you.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 02-17-2008 05:37 PM

This came out great. Here’s a hoping to a smooth next shipping.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 02-17-2008 06:07 PM

Great job. I’m all signed up. If I win I’d like it sent to Marks wife as a gift from us.

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#5 posted 02-17-2008 06:29 PM

............................ ( that is me being speechless)

Again, you both have proven yourselves amazing craftsman.

And I am already entered for the drawing.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 02-17-2008 06:39 PM

Beautiful work guys- not that I had any concerns about this whatsoever. I am signed up as well and would second Dennis’ comment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-17-2008 06:39 PM

Dennis, that is a great idea. Who better to appreciate it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 02-17-2008 06:45 PM

Guys, I was fortunate enough to see this work in person at Dusty’s shop. With natural light behind it it is breathtaking. The pictures, although nice, do not capture it. I have made my donation, and I, too would forward it to Mark’s wife if my name was drawn.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 02-17-2008 07:11 PM

Both Dusty, & Karson deserve a Very Special Thank You for this beautiful creation.

I’m all for what Dennis said, Mark’s wife is the most deserving person to have this creation,

so if I win, ship it to her in remembrance of Mark, from Dick, & Barb Cain.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 02-17-2008 08:07 PM

It is very moving to see such a thoughtful collaboration between LJ’s. You guys are tops in my book. Very nice work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 02-17-2008 09:22 PM

This looks SO good, you guys!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 02-17-2008 11:20 PM

donation made.

Bravo Karson & Dusty!!

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

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#13 posted 02-18-2008 01:41 AM

Not only are both parts of this the sign of wonderful craftsmanship, but they are also signs of wonderful people. I can only hope when my time on this Earth is finished, that someone would make half so wonderful a tribute as you two have for Mark.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#14 posted 02-18-2008 11:53 AM

Well said Tomcat.

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#15 posted 02-19-2008 01:39 AM

My neighbor Mz D. wants me to buy a ticket in her name. She said if she won, she would like to sent it to Marks widow if she wanted to have the piece.

If not, she would “donate it back” for another charity give away.

I shall do this for her.

I will also purchase a ticket in my name and do the same thing Mz D would do if she won.


-- Dusty

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