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Blog entry by brunob posted 04-06-2008 02:21 AM 6932 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started with a woman at church asking me if I could help her fix up a doll house she bought at an action. She came to my shop one evening and brought a friend. They were interested in the tools and some of the projects I have around the shop so I asked if they’d like to try some. Bottom lins is the doll house is finished and I now have several women who come to the shop two at a time and I have a waiting list of others who are interested. We feature a new machine every evening and build a project with that machine starting with the scroll saw.

I had not thought of this, but it seems like a good way to get new people in the hobby we all love so much.

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

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#1 posted 04-06-2008 02:35 AM

Would be an advantage if you were single also.

Good deal! Keep spreading the word.

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

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#2 posted 04-06-2008 03:26 AM

My wife loves me dearly and trusts me fully. I just don’t see me having a girls night. NoNoNo…...... Have you ever seen a 6’2” woman POed. Not a pretty sight. I want to work in my new shop not live in it. Good Luck!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 04-06-2008 04:39 AM

It would be fun getting someone else interested in woodworking, but pretty soon your going to have to wait in line to get your projects done. I love to have people come into my shop to look and listen to me explain what the tools are for and what I am building. But that is on a very limited time frame. Keep up the good work, and keep them interested.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#4 posted 04-06-2008 07:19 AM

Do you like teaching?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 04-06-2008 02:13 PM


You have an excellent idea. You get to meet new people, help them better understand woodworking and get to demo a nice tool while spending time in the shop. What is not to love about any of this?

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 04-06-2008 02:41 PM

the more folks we help, the more woodworkers are there, and the tool companies will produce newer and better toys for us. Simple economics.. the more consumers, the more need for new and better.

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 01:53 AM

Yes I enjoy the teaching – particularly people who have necer really done woodworking before. I bring neighborhood kids into the shop in the summer as well. They and the ladies are like sponges – they really appreciate learning. One of the women helped her husband build their house but was only the helper – never used any of the machines herself.

Yep Scott and Mott et al – a couple hours invested each week brings a good return.

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

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#8 posted 04-07-2008 03:20 AM

I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while but…

1) I’m not sure how to get students
2) I’m a little nervous about fingers separating from the body.

Since you’ve now done it, care to share some insights?

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#9 posted 04-07-2008 03:38 AM

Hi Michael,

First, you’re not that far from me so you’d be welcome to visit.

My first student cam from a question at church but now I have a waiting list. I only take two at a time not only because my shop is small but also, I want to watch what they are doing.

The issue of fingers is always a concerne but I teach safety first. I teach safety on every machine they use first. I watch them like a hawk on the table saw and radial saw. They can’t use either of them unless I am standing by the machine.

Hope this helps – I’d be glad to discuss it further.

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

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#10 posted 06-15-2008 05:50 PM

Hey Bruce, I found you!

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