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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 07-10-2013 11:09 PM 1694 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends,

It has been a little while since sitting down to write a blog to share with you. Lately I have found myself in a small rut. I had involved myself in some social media wood working groups. Guess what? I really began to miss Lumberjocks pretty quick….lol. Not to say that I was leaving my participation from LJ’S … way. But I will gladly say that I began to really miss the inspiring camaraderie that I have always experienced on here. I was looking for that same good vibe while participating in a few of the other woodworking groups…I will be honest in saying it fell short.

I needed refueling, somehow my passion for traditional tools and projects was hazed over in some sort of disappointment. I think it was from not feeling that buzz of sharing my enthusiasm of woodworking and enjoying shop projects with others that had that great spirit that so many of you friends do. I really do appreciate your comments and questions. I am very thankful for this site and the good folks I have become familiar with while using it. Thank you!

So with that, I have returned thankful and excited to share stories, projects, and some spoons!

Now lets get to some good stuff,.....old tools!!!

This past Sunday morning was an auction day. Me and my Father had not made it out to the auction for a about 2 months and we thought we would say hello to our friend Ralph. In the blazing 90 degree weather I wanted to make the trip and just see if Ralph would be there, say hi and see what goodies he would have displayed on his tool table! We walked a bit, the hot sun was sure cooking with no let up of extreme humidity added to the journey. Well sure enough with a large yellow umbrella sitting in his beach chair there he was! Ralph is 87 years old and honestly he looked even younger than the last time I saw him….incredible. A few vendors much younger than him had already began packing up their goods and heading for home…lol. Ralph was happy to see us and say hello. He said he made out great with many sales the prior day at the other auction yard that he works. But he admitted that this morning was very slow with not many enduring the temps of this boiling heat. Well not to worry…you know that I was gonna fix that up…lol. I saw a few nice items, a nice old Millers Falls Eggbeater Drill, a wonderful old wooden Spokeshave…..etc..etc. Honestly with all of my spoon carving that kept me so busy it was really nice just to look at old tools and get the motivation for getting back to my bench!

My tally of tools to be bought were as follows:

An old Stanley Hammer with a nice octagonal handle, wooden spokeshave, Millers Falls eggbeater drill, Bell Needle Nose Pliers, and a True Temper Ball Peen Hammer.


Now all of these fine oldies were more than reasonably priced but even so Ralph made me such a nice deal with the whole lot of clean good tools going for only $30. What can I say, I know with ebay prices…this was a wonderful steal. But honestly I think more of a kind gift from a good friend.

Seeing Ralph and sharing some laughs was good for my soul and I think his as well. It reminded me of what had been missing in my recent unfulfilled woodworking journey. People like Ralph are becoming forgotten and I don’t like that. It is an important part of life to celebrate those interesting, experienced and good people that can touch your own life with a much needed wisdom from a much different time than our current one. Facebook cannot provide that. So much of the actual make up of the entire Facebook idea is so phony it can really leave you feeling silly sometimes. I am already silly as it is…lol.

The reality is that social media is an important road if you have a small online craft business like myself. These are paths we must travel to help show and grow web identity to the many that do not know your talents and business exist. Perhaps the paradox that I slipped into was falling too far into that world of computerized connection of creating and forgetting my hammer and nails.

Of course the most important part as I was reminded this past Sunday morning was the good people which includes the many of you here on Lumberjocks.

Those tools….I don’t even know if I will use them much, somehow I just wanted to have them and keep them as a good reminder of an important lesson. I suppose the lesson here for me is inter being with real things. Applications for phones and gizmos have our daily lives buzzing about like modern R2-D2’s lol, hell some phones are even called Droids now! If you were a kid in the 70’s watching Star Wars movies did you ever Imagine that the word “Droid” would become the name for a phone! I at times feel we are almost becoming force fed zombies bumping into walls texting someone about who they should text next…lol! I dunno…..I guess I will just take up my complaints with Yoda, he is little but seems to get things done…lol.

Here are also some of my latest spoons!

I did not want you to think I was slacking!

1 Plum Scandinavian Style Serving Spoon

2. Plum Swedish Serving Spoon IMG_1296

3. Birch Swedish Serving Spoon

4. Sassafras Swedish Serving spoon

For more info on this please message me right here on Lumberjocks. If you want to enjoy more spoon stuff you can also please visit here:__

Well gang I guess that about does it this time around. I thank you for taking a few moments and reading. I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying your projects!
Keep on choppin’ wood!

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 11:19 PM

Your forgiven Joe. LOL

I do like how you’ve accentuated the back “lip” of the spoons in pics #1 & 3. Your work is very good and everything you stated in the blog is right on the mark.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 11:31 PM

Joe, no one could ever call you a slacker. You can sure turn out some good looking products!!!! Nice find on the tools. Some day they will not be availalble and you’ll be glad you found them!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 11:35 PM

Nice Blog Joe…
Sadly, there are too few “Ralphs” left in this World…
but happily, a lot of them are congregated right here on these pages!

Apropos of nothing, last week at work,
the Bakers were using one of the holding ovens
to proof their bread….
The timer went off, but not with one of the buzzers I’m used to, it went:
No one was paying attention to it, so I commented,
“It sounds like we’re about to land on the Moon…”

Everyone looked at me like I had three eyes…
And then it occurred to me…
I was the only one in the kitchen
old enough to remember that…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 11:35 PM

Good news and good work,cool tools too.


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#5 posted 07-11-2013 12:23 AM

Nice work Joe.

Congrats on the new acquisitions.

Always a good read. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 09:54 AM

Yes Joe it is a great community very supportive.
It can be a solitary path but a spare 5 minutes on LJ’s
seeing what other folk are making, there is more talent
here than a lot of other places and some good old
fashioned politeness hard to find at times both on the web
and while going about our daily chores.
Nice tools Joe, I think they will all find a place in your tool box
and heart.
As always from you great spoons and blog.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 07-11-2013 10:47 AM

Joe, I don’t always comment but I love reading your stuff. It’s inspiring all by itself, the enthusiasm you reveal in these posts. Welcome back, glad you’re here!

The MF eggbeater is drool worthy, just sayin’. Nice pickup there!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 02:23 PM

We all need a break once in awhile Joe just to refresh ourselves. The tools look great. I especially liked that spokeshave. The spoons look great too! My favorite is the one with the crosshatch on the handle.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-11-2013 05:05 PM

Welcome back Joe, you dont need those other guys. :-).

Great tool scores and as always beautiful spoons!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 07-12-2013 02:05 AM

Thank you all! This is the reason it makes me so glad to be back and inspired again! Take care friends!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#11 posted 07-14-2013 10:30 PM

I play away from home once in while too Joe and there are a couple of other forums that I have found friendly and helpful. What drives me crazy though is the design of the forum software and the fact that you can’t just post a photo on the fly, you have to upload it to photobucket or similar first.

I chat on them and ask questions of some of the experts there, but LJs is the place I’ll be doing my blogging and posting projects. No comparison.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#12 posted 07-17-2013 03:23 PM

I have also been ofline for a while, life was to busy, so LJ had to be on hold, but also I missed it. ;-)
What wonderful tools you found, I love the Little handdrill.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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