"Wow", 601 days a member

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Blog entry by Karson posted 12-30-2007 08:09 PM 1803 reads 1 time favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s hard to believe that I hit another milestone. 600 days a member of LumberJocks.

What a change. We used to spend all night looking over the same projects and blogs and chatting with each other and giving each other a hard time. It was truly a time for hijacking other peoples blogs. Lots of off subject comments.

Of course we still do that today.

The biggest change is the quantity of the quality projects. We always had quality and we always helped the beginners. Heck we were family. And we like one another. We made friends without ever looking at them. Everyone was a beautiful person, of course it was a picture about 1” square. Some people were real dogs, but we never brought that up. We just accepted them as they were.

People with all kinds of handicaps came on board. Dull chisels, dull planes, saw blades covered with rust and pine rosin, working in living rooms, half of a one car garage. But still the great projects were posted. People with problems, got help. People without tools got sympathy. People looking for answers to their problems got more that they requested. We got people working in different media, Stained glass, turquoise, leather, fabric.
We’ve made items with glues, nails, screws, wood, but we also made things without any of those things except the wood.

We got boxes, bowls, letter openers, pens, oven tools, spoons. We got cradles, dressing tables, cribs, rocking horses, toys. We got coffins, pulpits, gavels, communion tables, music cabinets, music stands. We got kitchens, living rooms, basements, garages, shops (New and converted). We got beds, night stands, closet doors, mirror stands. We got pictures and no pictures (No picture didn’t happen, doesn’t exist). We got videos, music, people stealing other tools through our cyber share network. We’ve built jigs, shooting boards, bread boards. We got midnight visits to our workshops by MsDebbieP, with ample support by Douglas Border.

We’ve celebrated in new births and we’ve had the loss of a very dear friend. The best of highs and the deepest of lows. But we know and trust in the abiding love of our almighty Saviour.

We’ve invited friends, other LumberJocks, children, grandchildren, neighbors and Boy Scouts into our shops so that we can become teachers to others. We’ve had beginners, and seasoned galoots. We’ve had carpenters, pole climbers, computer programmers, dentists and even professional furniture makers who make a living out of doing what we enjoy. Board creators (lumber Sawyers) and board users. We’ve had people from A to Z. America, Australia, Canada, England Many European countries, Japan, New Zealand. We’ve had English speaking, and foreign language speaking people. We welcome all. We are equal opportunity LJ’ers.

We’ve used pine, fir, cherry, walnut, Ipe, Lignum Vita, maple, Houron Pine, Native timbers from all of the countries represented. Some call them imported and others call the same wood local grown. We’ve had accidents in our shops and we’ve been able to work safely. We use the safety slips to be learning tools so that others don’t experience that same hard way learning curve.

We’ve build dust collectors, sanding tables. We try to keep the dust, chips, wood scraps under control. We make big pieces of wood into smaller pieces. We take smaller pieces of wood and make them into larger pieces. We’ve mixed woods, colors, grains, and we’ve even painted walnut (Right Chip).

We’ve made things with stain, natural, with and without finishes. We’ve found new ways of applying finishes and sanding sealers. We’ve build Rustic, Modern, Mission, Victorian. We’ve seen things that we say we’ll make but we know we won’t, (but we’d really like to). We’ve seen things that others have made and we make them exactly the same and also different.

We’ve had paupers and millionaires join us. We’ve had picnics, where we can share the fellowship of people that we have met online. People that we would never have met, even though they may only live a couple of miles away. We have traveled across town, across state and across the country to meet other LumberJocks. We have the private e-mail addresses of some, phone numbers of some, addresses of some. We have people that we only know by their handle, not even their names, but they are friends.

We’ve had lurkers and participators. But we are being a teacher when you browse and don’t post any comments. But, we’d really like to know what you thought. We want you to teach us, help us to do something better. We don’t get mad because you point out a mistake, we thank you for your sharp eyes, because we saw that problem earlier. But, we really want to get better, so if you know of an easier way or a better way or a safer way, we want you to tell us.

We post projects so that we can show what we are/were able to accomplish. We feel good with what we are able to accomplish. But, we don’t do it to boast, we do it so others can learn, so others can stretch, so that others can go outsides of the box, so others can expand their accomplishments. We are being teachers when we do this, so that you can be our students. We can all learn from others, We may have been there before and we may be there again. But we revel in the things that we are all able to accomplish.

It has been the best of trips. It has kept me out out of the workshop many hours, but it has made the hours there more enjoyable. This has been one of the greatest of trips I’ve ever taken.

May this site exist forever so that others can join in the fun we have.

God bless you all and Welcome to LumberJocks. We are glad that you are aboard.

-- 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]

41 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-30-2007 08:12 PM

Ditto, well said.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 12-30-2007 08:18 PM

Karson -

What a wonderful summary of a very special community.



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Martin Sojka

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#3 posted 12-30-2007 08:39 PM

Really well said, Karson – Thanks and congrats to 600 days!

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 12-30-2007 09:00 PM

We’ve listened patiently to the long winded….just kidding I’ve enjoyed every line of your 600 days.

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 12-30-2007 09:02 PM

Congrats, Karson. You’re one very special gentleman. Glad LJs has given me an opportunity to get to know you a little.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 12-30-2007 09:03 PM

people like you karson are what makes it what it is ! congrats on your milestone

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#7 posted 12-30-2007 09:25 PM

Karson, you said it all well. 600 means 2 years is around the corner. Why, for me it seem like only yesterday I was at 73 days. Congratulations my friend.

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#8 posted 12-30-2007 09:39 PM

well written.

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

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#9 posted 12-30-2007 09:44 PM

Wow! That pretty much sums it up in 600 words or less!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 12-30-2007 09:46 PM

Karson, that was a brilliant summation of our family. Thanks for being here and Happy 600th!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 12-30-2007 09:47 PM


There is nothing I could possibly add to what you said, except to say thank you for suming it up so well.

-- Dusty

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#12 posted 12-30-2007 09:51 PM

Tom: in actuality the stats are
Pages 1
Words 982
Characters (no spaces) 4,607
Characters with spaces 5,572
Paragraphs 17
Lines 73.

But who’s counting.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-30-2007 09:51 PM

I enjoyed that Karson. Thanks, and here’s to the next 600! Not hurrying it along though!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 12-30-2007 10:08 PM

lol … you should have went for 1000 words… 982… what kind of number is that?

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

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#15 posted 12-30-2007 10:14 PM

982 is a unique number. An original number. A non-conforming number. A creative number. 982 is a GREAT number and well chosen to represent the uniqueness of this site and the people here. I ain’t been here quite 600 days, but I’d like to thank Karson and the others who kept a seat waiting for me.

-- Working at Woodworking

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