Looking Back - reflections from our first LumberJocks

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 01-01-2011 11:59 AM 4649 reads 1 time favorited 127 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Happy New Year everyone!

Not only is this another year for but I, personally, am about to hit my fourth year here (thanks for the reminder, Gary).

Someone (Jim) has suggested that it would be great to hear from the members who have been here from the beginnings (or close to it). What a great idea. So, to all you “old-timers”, share your thoughts on and how you’ve seen it grow over the years.

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

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 12:12 PM

for me, I have watched toddle through its early years and grow into the amazing community that it is today.

On that very first day, Jan. 5/2007, when I happened upon the site, I saw that it was different. It was easy to use, inviting, and well-organized. Before long I also found that the members were extraordinary people – caring, respectful, and supportive. And not long after that I had a new online family. This family has pushed me over the years to go beyond my perceived limitations, to try new things, and to build. (No, I am not planning on the Maloof rocker – there are limits!! ha).

In the beginnings, well, for the first two-plus years, I was able to read everything that was posted. I was a sponge for the information as well as the relationships that formed. Today, there is just too much for me to read and I restrict myself to scanning the titles of posts and project images, and selecting from these things that catch my eye and demand a full read. I know that I am missing many golden opportunities that sit within the pages of unread postings. But I have to find a balance.

Today, I love LumberJocks just as much as I did in those early days. It is a reminder that the world is filled with really good people. It is an inspiration, not only on the humanity side but also regarding woodworking and online communities.

Reflecting on what LumberJocks represents to me, I have one thing to say: I am PROUD to call myself a LumberJock!

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 01:04 PM

How fortunate to be the first to add to MsDebbieP’s blog. I remember “talking” with her over my concern about voicing my thoughts, critiques, etc. and she telling me this is just what it is about. I think Martin has created the best site around. I only have two regrets – we are now so large you can’t get to know everyone nor can you see every project.
But you can still enjoy and learn.


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

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 01:08 PM

The beauty of Lumberjocks is that people of every walk of life who have a love of woodworking can get together and exchange useful information and successes while avoiding the mean spirited nastiness that occurs in other sites.

In other words, great woodworking friendships in a positive environment.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 01:09 PM

I guess I am also coming up on my 4th year anniversary sometime this year. Where does the time go.

For me the changes here at the Lumberjocks since it’s introduction have not been so much the site but more in myself. When I first posted to this web site, the only things I built were wood models. ( hence the handle ToyGuY). Then I started seeing all the great collection of wood turnings that the other members were doing. I found I just had to have a lathe. Since the purchase of that lathe I have only made a couple of my toys. So in a way, LumberJocks has open a whole new hobby for me.

One of the things that has always kept me coming back to this place is the peapole…... LumberJocks are great. I have learnt so much from the reviews, forum exchanges and other projects. And along the way I have even made some friends international. Just what did we all do before the internet… LOL !

Yes the LumberJocks is a great place to be. Martin has done a terrific job of keeping the site up and running well. I have never regretted joining in here, and I look forward to many more years to come. I sincerely wish each and everyone of you a happy new year.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 01:13 PM

Congratulations to MsDebbie and all the other LJs who were in the founding group. This site offers us all the opportunity to “meet” and discuss our woodworking. Everyone on the site has been so responsive to questions and postings. It is truly an unusual site with unusually great people.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 01:29 PM

I joined close to the beginng and have seen such wonderful projects, thoughts and ideas come across LJ’s. This is a great place to be if you are a woodworker. Sometimes, just like our real lives we go off track and have to get ourselves as a group back on track but most of us are still here through all the growing pains and such.
There are few who have left the group that I wish would come back and maybe someday they will. For me this has been a real place of learning and laughing, I thank you all for that.

Happy New Year to all and hope to see you all on here in the future.

Keep making that sawdust.

-- Guy Kroll

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 01:40 PM

I just love this site. It has impacted my life greatly, but way of inspiration and of friendship. I guess if I had to summarize my experience, it would be those two things. I love to think and talk about woodworking projects and challenges. That kind of conversation seems to be rare in my neighborhood. So LJs has supplied that, and then some. I now have friends all over the world that I can share, learn, laugh, and cry with, all wrapped around a subject that I love.

LJs Rock !!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 01-01-2011 02:27 PM

Congrats on your 4 year anniversary MsDebbie .

I have been here close to 5 years now and i have never ever seen a site grow so much and as fast as Lumber Jocks . There was still less then 100 members when i joined . When you posted a project back then it would stay on the same page for the entire day .
A few things that’s makes Lumber Jocks so great is the friendliness of the people here and of course the wide range of skill here . There are some extraordinary projects here .

This site is by far the best woodworking group anywhere in the world and i am proud to say i am a member of it . My hats off to Martin too for doing such a spectacular job over the past 5 years !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 02:35 PM

I believe that we broke 2,000 members just after I joined way back when. Wow, so many members! Who would have thought that we would end up where we are? Over 22,000 of us! Astonishing! We’ve gone from being a small town to a large city. Yes, there have been problems along the way, but that’s just a normal part of growth. There is a richness of experience and sense of community here that you just don’t find on the other forums. Of course, Martin’s wonderful design concept has been what made that possible! Even though I have my own blog now, I keep coming back for the people I’ve met and the wealth of ideas circulating here. Keep it up, folks!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#10 posted 01-01-2011 02:50 PM

I think when I joined there were maybe 200-400 members and now we’re over 22,600 strong! I love this site and it has made me many new friends. I like the fact that you can ask a question and get an answer sometimes within minutes. I like the project postings as most of those are beyond fantastic! Plus I’ve found a score of new ideas, quick references, tool reviews, camaraderie and of course there’s always Ms. Debbie. Martyn has done a fantastic job keeping us all together and I hope to see this continue for a long time. Happy New Years to all my fellow jocks!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 01-01-2011 03:42 PM

1071 days and counting. There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not take a look at lumberjocks. Where does the time go when you are having fun. Every chance I get, I try to tell people of this great site. I tell them that the projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive. I even list the lumberjocks site on my business card. I have been a furniture/cabinet designer/builder for over 40 years and have learned many new ideas from this site. No matter what your skill level is, you will be truely amazed and inspired at the God given talent of your fellow lumberjocks. You also make new friends along the way. I hope in the new year, we can open up this site once again to new members so they to can enjoy it. Happy New Year Everyone!!!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 01-01-2011 03:53 PM

So much as stayed the same and I think that is what I like. The mission statement (if there is one) has stayed true. I have learned a lot from this board and love it all. Happy New Year Martin and staff :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 01-01-2011 03:59 PM

Around 4 years ago, I stumbled onto this site from a link at I was instantly hooked. I remember posting my first project and being surprised at the great responses from everyone. Back then it was a core of about 50 people that were the most vocal. Now 4 years later, and it’s amazing to see how many members there are. The level of projects and blogs are so great that now it’s hard to comment on them all! The experience of interacting with the other woodworkers, and just seeing all the projects and reading all the reviews…this site has been invaluable to me for inspiration, for guidance, for moral support, for technical support, and most of all for friendships kindred in a like interest. In four years I have read things that have made me laugh, made me sad, gave me inspiration to build something or try something I never would have, and just entertained me. Martin, thanks for this great website, and to everyone on it….Happy new Year, and thanks for…well, you know!


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#14 posted 01-01-2011 04:01 PM

I don’t clearly remember how I stumbled upon Lumberjocks but I do know that it’s hardly a day that passes that I can’t resist on signing in here to check out what’s happening with the LJ family. This forum far surpasses any other that I’ve registered with and you soon forget that it’s an internet connection because the atmosphere is so friendly and welcoming and the wealth of knowledge and ideas are so inspiring that one becomes quite engrossed in exploring the whole site.

The ability to share one’s work and to watch others post theirs is quite exciting. There have been many late nights that I’ve crawled upstairs from my workshop and had to check what was going on in the LJ community before going to bed. The most impressive part of this site is that the community is made up of people from all walks of life, all ages, all levels of interest and expertise and everyone greets each other as an old pal. The sharing and giving are quite astonishing and the level of craft is awe inspiring. I love it here and hope to see many more hours, days, weeks, years of LJ time!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 01-01-2011 04:04 PM

Compared to some of the folks here, I am a real “noob”.

For me, Lumberjocks has provided the inspiration to try new woodworking ideas and to strive to improve on my abilities. Through this site, I have met so many really nice folks- both in cyberspace and face to face. Reading about their ideas and projects or getting a PM about their personal lives is like getting a letter from the relatives. It is so great to have such an extended family!

Thanks to MsDebbie, Martin and all the folks behind the scenes for making this the best woodworking site on the Internet.


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

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