What's in a name?

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 02-07-2007 03:10 PM 1295 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the past week, a few people have suggested that I change my signature from “woodworker wannabee” to something more appropriate to my new, developing skills.

Following Frank’s suggestion from today, as you can see, I have changed my signature to “Sculptured WoodArt” by Debbie. I hope that my wood art will somehow because “functional woodart” but until I reach that point, i’m sticking with Frank’s suggestion of “sculptured.”.

It’s been interesting to watch my progress in thes past couple weeks—all I wanted to do was make a box and make some bowls. That was the driving force behind the woodworking venture. But now, as I start touching the wood, working with the wood, observing people’s work and their comments, my passion seems to be heading towards the wood art venue. And I’m very excited about what my future will hold!!

(Also, while I was in my account, changing the name, I also updated my profile in case you are interested.)

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

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 02-07-2007 03:18 PM

Well Debbie with the name change you better start planning your project for the summer contest…no way you can get out of it now!

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#2 posted 02-07-2007 03:20 PM

gulp !!

what have I done?? !!!

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

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#3 posted 02-07-2007 04:00 PM

Starting to take your own advice to heart. Put order in your life and now you find that you have lost lost control. “Gulp !! what have I done?? !!!” Now you are becoming a “LumberJock”. You better git it on the list, “You might be a lumberJock if . . “

-- 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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#4 posted 02-07-2007 04:05 PM

if… one project needs to another skill, which leads to another, which leads to another.. “

life is pretty exciting

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

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#5 posted 02-07-2007 04:35 PM

And what’s in a name? EVERYTHING. As a man (or woman) thinks in his (or her) heart so is he (or she). It’s proven though the years that negative feedback can be detrimental to ones “self-worth”. If you think you can’t, then can’t is what you’ll achieve. When attempting to pull his flying contraption from the swamp, Luke Skywalker said “I can’t, it’s too big.” When Yoda, Jedi Master, did it, Luke replied “I don’t believe it.” Yoda said “THAT is why you failed.”

Hypocondriacs think that they are sick, so their bodies produce the sypmtoms that they are sure that they have. If you tell yourself that you are a loser then your expectations are low enough that when you fail you can say “See, I knew it.”

Jesus said “Take heed what you hear…”

When you call yourself something less than what you really are, then you are actually less than what you are.

Scientific studies have PROVEN that the creative sub-conscience is capable of just about anything. If you think you never get sick, and actually believe it, you won’t. The body has an emmune system designed to fight off every sickness known to man. Your body was originally designed to not be sick. Sickness and failure is something that has been programmed into the sub-conscience of people.

A slogan I’ve adopted to my creative sub-conscience is “I can fix it.” No matter what goes wrong, some how, it CAN be fixed. I’m sure that there are some things that can’t, but so far … I haven’t seen it.

When i ruined my first Arched Raised Panel cabinet door, all it took was a nap, and a solution presented itself.

Way to go, Sculptured Woodworking Lady. This is just the beginning. Soon you will be Scuptured Woodworking Instructor. Don’t argue, just try the sound of it.

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#6 posted 02-07-2007 04:37 PM

actually, “sculpture” is probably a better word for you. I read an article awhile back in ChipChats Magazine about a guy that kept getting turned down for juried shows. He couldn’t understand why, since he would go to the show and see work similar to what he was doing, and he found work inferior to his own. He picked up some of the business cards from similar artists at the show and took them home to study the cards. What he noticed was that none of the cards had “carver” or “carving” on them, but rather “sculptor” and “sculpture”.

He then changed his business tag line and cards, to use the word “sculptor” instead of “carver”. What he found with the change is that he no longer was turned down for juried shows. It seems that in the “Art” world, it is considered to be “Craft Show” to be a carver, but a “Sculptor” is an artist. Eventhough the work is the same, Go figure. Anyway, after reading that, I have used the word “carving” less in my vocabulary and marketing materials.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 02-07-2007 04:45 PM

I was thinking, probably if all of us were really honest with our confidential counselors, we would have to admit that we are all “wannabees”.

Some of us can say it, while others choose not to for various reasons. There are few in the world of woodworking that can say they have “arrived.”

I found in Sam Maloof’s writings and lecture, that he does not speak as if he has “arrived”, nor does he call himself an “artist”. He calls himself “just a woodworker.” Of course, it is cute for the little old master that he is to call himself that, but it does teach something to those that will listen.

I took your old tag line as a sign of humility and teachability, not a description of your work. You are doing some fine work, and I have enjoyed having you in the lumberjocks group. I have found over the years that women were the most creative woodworkers I have run across. They dream up things that are not “bound up” like many men do. Hang in there, you have my full support!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 02-07-2007 05:02 PM

I believe that too, Mark women are more creative than men, just looking at turnning show pieces you see so much more variety and difference in thinking than what the men do it’s really evident and actually quite extreme in many cases, yes MsDebbie your work is improving by leaps and bounds. jockmike

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

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#9 posted 02-07-2007 05:38 PM

and there goes those tears again :)

Obi – I’m not arguing… questioning but not arguing. Signed, Scuptured WoodArt Instructor.

Mark, you are right about my name of “wannabee” – it was a name of hope, of vision, of my goal, of respect for those who “have gone before me” and a longing to learn. My journey has just begun. No longer am I “a shop sweep”.!!

Mkes, thank you for the kind words of acknowledgment. I think of my first project, the Treble Clef, and my last, the Kokopelli. quite a difference, if not in the end result, definitely in the process. Confidence level definitely has grown. (And I have to say that much of this confidence comes from the support that I have received here from you LumberJocks. You definitely have kept me at it (all of these past 2 weeks hahaha)

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

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#10 posted 02-07-2007 05:40 PM

Ethan already told you “There’s no crying in Woodworking!”.

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#11 posted 02-07-2007 05:52 PM

I’m glad to see that you’ve built some confidence in yourself. It’ll be all downhill from now on.

-- -** 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 02-07-2007 07:08 PM

haha thanks Dick :)
I’m working on something with straight lines – ha… the curved Kokopelli was EASY compared to a nice straight line… I liked the learning CURVE much better!! :)

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

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#13 posted 02-08-2007 04:41 AM

Debbie, thanks for refreshing your profile. It’s open, honest and revealing. I feel that I know you better as a result. I commented elsewhere on the tag line change – Go Girl!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 02-08-2007 05:28 AM

Like Mark, I saw the openness and willingness to learn, but not anything remotely self-depricating. In the context of Sam Maloof, that would be humility, an endearing trait for such an icon.

Someone noted, and I’m sorry I don’t remember who, perhaps here or on NPR?... I forget, anyhow the quote pertained to writers, and was something along the lines of “some people say they want to be a writer, others say that they want to write. Only those among the latter actually go on become published. Because it is the work they seek, not the romanic image surrounding the lifestyle.

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

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#15 posted 02-08-2007 07:53 AM

I only know what I am … I’m a child. I play with power tools and I turn big sticks into little sticks. THEN, I take the little sticks and make big sticks again. My dad was a carpenter, and it was (or so it seems) an accident that i took on the family tradition. Some things are pre-destined from the beginning to be what they are.

I love this occupation and I refuse to bend to what people think I should be. I am an artist. There is no humility in this. I do what I love to do, even if I starve while doing it. Welcome to your destiny.

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