Winning is not everything.....

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Blog entry by degoose posted 06-12-2010 12:55 AM 2346 reads 0 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Remember the thrill of discovering that people wanted to pay you to make things from timber … the first sale… how gratifying that was..

Last year my good friend and compatriot, Col, entered a few boards in the local Caboolture Show… and won first, second and third prizes

This past week, while working in the shop, I realised that the Caboolture Show was looming… How good would it feel if I won a prize?

Hey, that would be a great buzz..

Enter a few of the things I had still hanging around…and maybe win a prize…

Several pieces were dropped off last Wednesday to the show society office, and then the waiting began… to see what happened..

The judging was conducted on the Thursday, and Friday afternoon, Adrian, from next door came over to the workshop and told me he had been to the show with his school and that I would be surprised by the results… I asked not to be told… and yes, when I went later on Friday… I was Stunned…

Three Firsts, two Seconds, one Third and a Highly Commended..

Of particular interest was the fact that my Woven Platter in pic #1 was made using a router in the TWC and was up against platters and bowls turned on a lathe…as you can see it won First Place.. go figure…

The woven trivet in the last pic was not entered but I just had to include it in with the prize winners… Oh and the honourable mention was for the Dohickey aka boot jack… in the Novelty category..

My Stingray bandsaw box was up against Col’s jewellery boxes… he won first and second…and his Aussie Dunny candle box was first in the novelty section…

So we both came out winners…

Now winning may not be everything, but it is such a nice feeling…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 06-12-2010 01:06 AM

I do believe we said these were winners !!
Great job Larry : )
Hope the feeling takes you on to even more
extraordinary work !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#2 posted 06-12-2010 01:09 AM

Modesty never knows its own virtue.

Good on ya’ mate.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 06-12-2010 01:13 AM


-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#4 posted 06-12-2010 01:36 AM

Congratulations Larry. You can now update your resume to include Prize winning elements..

-- 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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#5 posted 06-12-2010 01:38 AM

I have had praise for my work .. now I have prize for my work…
Thanks go to all of you for your continued encouragement and support…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 01:40 AM

nice job Larry its nice to be on top every once in a while.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#7 posted 06-12-2010 01:43 AM

Congrats! Hoo-yeah. Love the funky chess board!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 01:49 AM

What would be a surprise is if you didn’t win a talent like yours with an outstanding work ethic an a guy that eats, DRINKS (LOL) and sleeps design. Could only be the winner we know your are. Congrats M8


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#9 posted 06-12-2010 01:53 AM

nice job,
your boards are outstanding, you deserved it

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#10 posted 06-12-2010 01:57 AM

I can’t think of anyone more deserving of these honors.

Congrats, Larry!!


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

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#11 posted 06-12-2010 02:03 AM

i think you should be forbidden from entering competitions, like NBA players! its not fair!!!! now i can see many sad woodworkers in Australia lay down their tools and switch profession to accounting….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#12 posted 06-12-2010 02:10 AM

Way to go Larry. copuoldn’t happen to a better guy or more original.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 06-12-2010 02:18 AM

Now winning may not be everything,
but the agony of defeat ,
isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either (LOL) !

way to go , larry ,


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 06-12-2010 02:20 AM

Winner Winner Chicken dinner!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#15 posted 06-12-2010 02:29 AM

i believe it was lombardi who said “winning is’nt everything – it’s the only thing” – learned that from my grade school football coach – great advice for 13 year olds——-

-- -erik & christy-

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