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Blog entry by oleCB posted 01-24-2011 07:54 AM 1439 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know where to really start as this is really my first blog here on LJ!

I have been looking as as much of your work as I can and still get some few things done around here. I am way out of my league or better yet, Your work is fantastic!!!!!!!

I’ve considered myself a craftsman and done carpenter work for over 45 years. I started as a teen building houses with my dad. After I got out of the Navy, (carpenter there too) I joined the carpenter’s union and did mostly highrise concrete forms and spent many a day hanging from the outside of the top form on a 20+ story building. I’ve even designed and built 3 houses. I know the best way to calulate the rise and run of a stair case, I can equal space fence posts for 100s of feet.

Most all of you make me realize that I donno anything about making beautiful pieces of art from wood, especially the joints! I look forward to learning a c#$p load in here, FROM ALL OF YOU!



-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 07:57 AM

Welcome to the club! I learn something new or get inspired every time I look around here.

-- 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 01-24-2011 08:22 AM

I have the same feelings Ed. I am constantly inspired by the exceptional craftsmanship and incredible knowledge base to draw from. Just when you think you have seen it all, BAM, you see another spectacular piece. You ask a question and before too long an LJ or several has the answer you have been pulling your hair out over to figure out. Great blog.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 08:22 AM

Glad your here, but you’ll find that most of us are learning too. This is the best place to be.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 08:27 AM

Welcome Ed, it’s a wonderful place with so many friendly, warm and helpful folks.


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#5 posted 01-24-2011 11:03 AM

Welcome, and believe me you will learn HEAPS HERE!!!
Just look at where I have come from, and that is only in 12 months. Admitidly I have dabbled in woodworking previously but nothing to this extent!
Above all - have fun making that sawdust!!

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 01:25 PM

Ed, let me add my welcome as well. I have said many times that all of us can play both the role of student and teacher here. Everyone has something positive to contribute to the group. So just dive in and have fun. :)

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

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 01:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words! Looking forward to your posts!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 02:41 PM

CB, we all have to start where we’re at. I’m just a mediocre woodworker and am 60 years old. I’ve done more metal working and maintenance than woodworking in my life. I’m in the process of teaching myself the art of fine woodworking. It’s sort of like teaching an old dog to do new tricks – the only difference is that I’m the old dog. Hey, you’ll fit in just fine here; Welcome to lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 05:22 PM

Welcome brother, LJs is the best site on the net. Great friends and helpful as well. You say you’re not an artist. If you’ve designed buildings, you are an artist. Art can be found in any form, a chair, a building, a tree, log, leaf, plastic, or any other avenue you chose. Just look around you, art is everywhere and everything. What you may not perceive as art, someone else may see a masterpiece. All of God’s creations are art. So do what looks good to you and post it. You may surprise yourself. Welcome friend. Jockmike2, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 01-24-2011 10:59 PM

Thank You All!

-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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#11 posted 01-24-2011 11:51 PM

Its a great place to learn and I’ve found people here open and helpful.

Don’t underestimate your experience though. I used to be an electronic, then computer engineer and still use knowledge I gained there in my woodwork. ie. From the computer world I used to install large computer systems and use the modular approach I found there in breaking down complex patterns for my wall art and boxes to their simplest repeatable form. You may be pleasently surprised when your knowledge from the construction industry comes in useful for your current woodwork project.

Anyway welcome to LJ’s. I hope you enjoy it, I know I do.

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

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 03:29 AM

Don’t think of just the change in skills, but of all the different tools you can justify for some of the projects posted here! A lot of my carpentry tools and skills don’t really get used in my shop, but they gave me a good foundation to build on. I never needed an Incra miter gauge for 1/2 degrees changes!! Welcome and keep your brain limber!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#13 posted 01-25-2011 08:03 AM

Welcome Ed. I kind of know where you’re coming from. I spent my working life building somewhat larger stuff as well. Now I’m a hobby furniture maker / experimenter / student and I have found friends, guidance and inspiration here. We’re all out to learn something new every day aren’t we?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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