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Blog entry by mikeacg posted 08-12-2015 08:18 PM 1574 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently discovered the Lumberjocks Forum and signed up but then spent the last couple of weeks going through all the previous entries to see just what the forum was all about… Wow! There is a considerable amount of talent floating around this place and a whole lot of good (free) information being shared. I hope that I can give back as much as I expect to be getting from all of you!
Last summer I was attending a local Farmer’s Market, selling my wood products and making new friends (I moved to the UP from sunny North Carolina about 2 1/2 years ago to take care of my 89-year-old mother. I bought a wonderful old house and have been ‘fixing’ on it in addition to building a business in the area). I started carving a chain as a good way to get people to come to my booth, start conversations and network a bit. On the day I finished the project with the hook on the chain I received an email telling me that my uncle had passed away.

Uncle John was a carver as well so I packed Mama up for the long ride down for his funeral. When we arrived at the funeral, they had several pieces of his whittling on a table in the entryway of the church – one of which was a chain with a hook on the end. I was hit with the idea of doing a memorial piece to him to give to his wife at Christmas as I knew how hard her first Christmas alone would be (Mama had a hard time after Daddy passed about 3 1/2 years back…) I talked to his son about the kind of carving knives he used and he emailed me a picture later of Uncle John’s favorite knife. Here’s what I came up with to honor his memory. Hope you like it!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#1 posted 08-12-2015 08:23 PM

Sorry about your loss. He really did some nice work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 12:09 AM

Very nice tribute to your uncle—I’m sure your aunt will appreciate it.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 08-13-2015 12:16 AM

This is phenomenal Mike! Sorry to hear of your loss. You’ve got some gr8 talent there. Look forward to more of your projects.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-13-2015 12:32 AM

The pictures are of my work, not my Uncle’s (though he did do some fun pieces), but thanks for the Welcome to Lumberjocks! Much appreciated!

One of my cousins hand-delivered it to my aunt before Christmas and she cried – but it was a good kind of cry. I got a very thoughtful note from her which made it all worthwhile!

Thank you for your kind words! I look forward to spending a lot of time on here with all of you guys! I have already learned a bunch reading through past posts and hope I can bring something to the table as well.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 02:53 AM

Welcome, glad to have you, don’t be scared and/or bashful, great group of woodworkers willing to share

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 03:59 AM

Mike, welcome aboard. Just when you think you have this site figured out and know what is going on, someone adds something new. If you hit the wall and get stumped on any ww idea, jig, piece of equipment , just ask, someone will have the answer. Great group of people here.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 08-14-2015 11:30 AM

No one has ever accused me of being bashful, I can assure you that! Thanks for your kind words!

I think the thing I find most amazing about Lumberjocks is the variety of projects and skills demonstrated! I have already learned a lot in my short time here and everyone seems to be willing to help! Thanks for the welcome my friend!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#8 posted 08-16-2015 07:49 PM

I was looking for something in my storage area and came across a bag of old pictures. Here’s a great one of Uncle John back in 1994 with one of his carved pieces…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 08-23-2015 02:47 PM

Wow Mike,

That’s some seriously fine work! I’m very envious.


-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#10 posted 08-23-2015 05:47 PM

Thanks for your kind words Les! Once I figure out how the Gallery works I’ll try to get more stuff up…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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