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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 07-15-2013 10:22 PM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends! Once again I want to thank you all so much for your comments on my last blog. It was really great to hear from you all again. It was just what I needed to resurrect my soul full of ideas and woodworking spirit.

My last project some years ago…lol, well it felt like years, was going to be my Country Carving Throne. Well folks because I left that project on the shelf for so long I honestly decided to leave it on hold for for now. A few misfortunes of my mallet blows led to a cracked seat. I know….wedges driven into the leg tenons must be against the seats grain not with the grain…I knew that, but that particular moment my brain forgot it…lol. It was an obvious and very silly mistake, but I have had so little problems with most projects that I sure understand that it was my turn to be dealt a crushing halt. No worries, I will make a new throne or milk stool at some point again. For the time being I got sort of burnt out on the idea. But…I really learned a lot too so that is always a good thing.

But now I need to exercise a little, no ties, no huge plans for anything specific, just moves with the tools. I am very fortunate that my woodworking is not all craft business related, so I can afford to give myself time in my old wood shop that can simply be enjoyment, learning and investigation.

So I played with some quarter inch and half inch pine and came up with a small spice rack to hold all of my favorites when making a meal! Once more very little was planned beside some pencil sketches and a mind set of letting the pieces cut and chisel as I carve out my idea. I have many times reverted back to spoon carving talk and how this work has enabled me to feel more fluent in other styles of woodwork. This fun tinker of a job was found to supply me with those results. The planes, saws, chisels greeted me with more ease, more experience. Every time I was afraid of a pop….crack….or split….I simply stopped any self doubt and found positive gains. I made the work rough purposely to allow my instincts to take the lead and the measures to only be guides not over calculation or over examination. I realized that adding in a session of cabinet hammer and brad nails as my only execution to bond these pieces together without glue was a proper challenge for additional skill building.

Here are a few pics of my roughed out idea.




So this is just me readjusting in the shop….a very hot and humid

Ya know….as I was carving one of my spoons the other evening, laying out a penciled pattern and not sure if I would be able to make it work the way I would like. In my thoughts I recalled a voice. It was Othar Turner’s. Othar was a musician, woodworker, fifemaker, and a teacher of life. He is just one cool person, one that I had wished I would have met.

So as I began to get a little concerned with my own carving project I heard the old man’s brilliant words.
“Anytime that you want to do something, you can do it. But if you never try, you ain’t gonna try. Don’t nothing make a failure but a tryer.”

Othar was one of those wonderful people with wisdom that spanned our sometimes very ignorant and arrogant world.

That man lived, worked in his yard, and played music till the day he passed at the age of 95 years old. That very same day his daughter of 48 years old in a nursing home due to a bad stroke also passed away…..chills, the world is indeed a wonder, is it not?

My best advice for anyone is this. Motivation, education, care and love come from good people no matter who they are or what they look like. I sure wish this stupid media would stop and reflect on more good from all sides of life. Soul is soul, a tree is still a tree and life will carry on when we are probably resting in the stars. Amen.

I thank all of you for your good spirit and creativity.

More as always, more spoon blanks to crank out and saws to make pine dust!

Carry ahead friends with a sharp and trusty chisel!

Here is Othar “Otha” Turner:


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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 11:09 PM

You just have to try one project to see if you like it enough to make a bunch of them!! I’ll try anything once!!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 11:41 PM

I am with Jim. I will gladly build it once to trial it. If I don’t like it, I need Christmas presents anyway.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 12:22 AM

If I understand your blog…..One of my favorite sayings fits

Experience, what you get when you don’t get what you want.

No one ever got to be great with out a lot of experience.


-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 12:05 PM

If we truly enjoy the work, then the outcome is never a failure, as we either learn from our mistakes or get the satisfaction of a job well done. The knick knack shelf design looks great and you learned something from it, so you get both the learning and the satisfaction. Not such a bad return for your time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 12:25 PM

The spice rack is coming along nicely Joe. Great video to, pretty cool how he “drill” the holes with a hot rod.

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

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 12:01 AM

Nice rack Joe. Really.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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