Well the day has almost arrived, my 2nd anniversary to LumberJocks.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-09-2008 05:16 AM 1802 reads 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From a modest beginning, 5/9/2006, I signed in to a new web site That was what it was called. It was identified in Woodshop News as a new woodworking site. I signed in to check it out. I was number 28 of those who have signed in.

Other than Martin who was #1, we have Ellen who checks in every so often. Phillip Edwards who is a woodworker in England who make some superb wooden planes. We then have Mark DeCou who is a frequent contributor to this site and if you look at the bottom of the page Mark’s picture is the link to the LJ Store. All of the others that are the early jocks have seen to have disappeared into the “woodwork”.

I can remember signing into sites, posting a question and then forgetting where they were, what they were called. LumberJocks was the same for me, except I remembered the web address. Coming in so early in the evolution of this site, not much was happening. You could check in every couple of days and see the same posts on the first page.

After a few active posters, the site became more active. But for me the first LumberJock Contest was the item that made me more active. There were some very nice items entered into the first contest.

I was blessed that I was able to win the first contest.

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The activity here has really expanded. The contests and woodworking challenge that we’ve done in co-operation with some woodworking magazines and also the cross linking with the Woodwhisper has caused the LJ site to become very active.

It has been a great privilege to be a part of this great woodworking site.

-- 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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#1 posted 05-09-2008 05:28 AM

Ah, the good ol’ quiet days… So much has evolved, improved. Not just here but in our homes and shops.
Thanks for the watering hole Martin… and thanks for sticking around Karson! Coming up on two years myself… but it seems like a lifetime ago, no?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 05:32 AM

It has been a privilege to get to know you. Thanks for all you have done for us! I still think that cradle was a bit too much…what were you thinking you would keep in it, gold? Beautiful job!

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#3 posted 05-09-2008 05:46 AM

I am approaching a year since I first logged on. Karson’s blogs and replies to others questions is one of the reasons I have stuck around.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 06:11 AM

Karson, you were one of the first to welcome me to LJ’s and many people since. Its a privelege to know you my friend. Here’s to many more years old buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 06:36 AM

Congratulations to a “charter member”, Karson!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 07:08 AM

With just over a year here, I have heard the voice of only four Jocks; MsDebbieP, Todd Clippinger, Thomas Angle and you, Karson (let me tell you folks, his voice has a deep, sonorous bass timbre).

In my estimation Karson epitomizes the best in Lumberjock-dom: a teacher, organizer, Father and compassionate friend. One only need look around briefly to see the impact the you have had on these pages. And then there is the impact on tons of children when Christmas rolls around due to your generosity through the works of the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers Guild. I account it a distinct benefit to have made your acquaintance, sir.

For those of you who like visuals with your history lessons, here is a re-tread from one of the Shop Inspections…


And let’s not forget that he is the master of an incredible stash of lumber, the envy of any serious craftsperson.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 11:15 AM

I am glad to be a part of this site primarily because of Karson, and others like him. Congrats on two years sir.

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Tim Pursell

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#8 posted 05-09-2008 12:11 PM

Karson wrote: ”It has been a great privilege to be a part of this great woodworking site.”

We are privileged to have you as a member. You were one of the first jocks I placed on my buddy list. It did not take long to realise that much you have to share is of interest to me.

Congratulations Sir and thanks for sticking around


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Roger Strautman

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#9 posted 05-09-2008 12:20 PM

Karson you were the first to greet me here at LJ and I have to say I’m glad of that. :) Thanks for keeping everyone here on their toes.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#10 posted 05-09-2008 01:23 PM

as they say Karson “Time flies when you are having fun”!
congrats on your milestone. Like Scottb I’ve got my two year celebration coming up soon.

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#11 posted 05-09-2008 01:40 PM

Hello Karson;
—-two years and your still a chip off that young wood block….!

Great to have you around and,

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#12 posted 05-09-2008 02:09 PM

I appreciate the comments fellow LumberJocks. We’ve got a luncheon today with the State of Delaware for volunteering. The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is honoring all of the volunteers that work within the State program. The Mason-Dixon Woodworkers and our Toy Program is one of the invited groups.

-- 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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Bob #2

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#13 posted 05-09-2008 02:12 PM

Congratulations Karson.
You are a mainstay around here and have always been there to welcome new members.
Your constant contributions are a testament to how a good forum should operate.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#14 posted 05-09-2008 08:59 PM

Congratulations. I belive today is the big day. Your contributions to this site have been very valuable.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 05-09-2008 10:59 PM

Congrats Karson!..

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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