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2014 in review, hard but going in the right direction.

by Monte Pittman
posted 01-01-2015 12:45 PM

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Brent Golden

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 01:26 PM

Full speed ahead, Monte…...............good going!!!!!!!!!!

-- Brent Golden

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#2 posted 01-01-2015 01:52 PM

Congrats to you, Monte.
On so many fronts….
I hope that 2015 is all that you want it to be & then some!!!

My WW goals for 2015….
Besides, actually having the time and motivation to spend in “The Lair”....
Is to complete a few projects, working IN my shop….
As opposed to just working ON my shop.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-01-2015 01:53 PM

For all the awful in 2014, it turned out to be pretty good for you! Happy new year and best wishes for a prosperous 2015.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#4 posted 01-01-2015 02:12 PM

With your amazing talents and craftsmanship Monte, I have all the confidence in the world that you will have your best year ever!

My main goal regarding woodworking is to learn more and embrace the electric as well as the old school.
I thank you for your inspiration and support, all the best Monte, keep up the great work!

Happy and healthy New Year!


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

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 02:13 PM

Monte, You continue to be an inspiration to all of us with your work ethic and ‘never say die attitude’! Wishing you and Elena a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

I’ve sold all my rocker wood but it is still on my wish list.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-01-2015 02:25 PM

You’re well on your way Monte, keep charging forward. You are an inspiration to us all…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 02:26 PM

Happy New Year – it looks to be onward and upward for you from this point forward. We could all take a few lessons from you and your don’t ever give up attitude. Best to you in the coming year and all those that follow.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#8 posted 01-01-2015 02:39 PM

Great to see the motivation and drive still burning bright. Still rooting for you Monte!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 02:47 PM

Monte what you have accomplished this year is amazing.
Best of luck in 2015.
Are you woodworking fulltime now?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 02:58 PM

Everyone at LJ is undoubtedly rooting for your success, Monte. Happy New year!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#11 posted 01-01-2015 03:21 PM

When one door in life slams shut on you, others open up. You, my friend, are a survivor. I would never ever count you out. Good luck, good health, and good blessing to you and yours in this new year. I have learned a lot from you over the years and a lot of it wasn’t woodworking!

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

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#12 posted 01-01-2015 03:31 PM

You’re amazing Monte. Full speed ahead. Work/Play safe. Keep makin all that awesome stuff.

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

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#13 posted 01-01-2015 03:44 PM

Great story of determination and will power in the true American tradition! I have doubt you will achieve every one of your goals and even surpass them. Thank you for sharing your story—we can all find inspiration in your spirit.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 01-01-2015 03:54 PM

Goodness Monte

If I know about this I would have gave you some tools I have extra of. What do you need now?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#15 posted 01-01-2015 04:30 PM

Hey Monte…

You have proven what I have always believed…when a person wants to accomplish something and is motivated enough and has the determination it can and will be accomplished…No excuses…! You are definitely doing this.
2015 will be a fantastic year…..

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#16 posted 01-01-2015 05:56 PM

Monte, I read of your shop loss shortly after you posted it. Sir, My congrats go out to you and yours for an amazing 2014, & no doubt an even better and stronger 2015, my friend!! Isn’t it amazing how we can seek strength from such storms life throws at us, & we get back up, brush the dirt off, hold our chins up, & say “Who’s ready for round 2?” Keep truckin’ Monte! You’re doin’ an amazing job of winning the battle!! Happy New Year!!!

-- Sawdust703

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#17 posted 01-01-2015 06:24 PM

There’s a quote I’ve seen posted all over the interwebs (mostly on motorcycle sites I frequent) but I’d say that after what you went thru last year, you made me think of it once again…

”Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “HOLY CRAP….WHAT A RIDE!”
.Oh, and since no one else has said it, I will … Nice pic of you and your daughter! :-)
Happy (and prosperous) New Year to you and yours !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#18 posted 01-01-2015 08:53 PM

Go get ‘em, Monte! Your attitude and hard work are paying off, and I join the other LJs in wishing you and Elena all the best for 2015. Looking forward to seeing “The Phoenix” shop rise again.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#19 posted 01-01-2015 10:15 PM

You’ve made an amazing comeback since the loss of your shop. I’ve been impressed w/ what you have been able to accomplish. Best to you in 2015.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#20 posted 01-01-2015 10:23 PM

Glad to see your great attitude after all you been through. Not many could accomplish what you have in a years time.

My goal for the new year is to find that person in the shop that sneaks around moving my things around when I’m working on something. Every time I turn around it’s not there, someone keeps moving it. They’re a goner if I find him.
Best of luck for the New Year Monte.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#21 posted 01-02-2015 03:23 AM

It will only get better, s keep positive and have a great year.

-- George Coles,

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#22 posted 01-02-2015 03:36 AM

never say never
you have proven this to work well

thanks for all the inspirations

enjoy your new life
and a blessed new year to you both

-- 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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#23 posted 01-02-2015 04:00 AM

Happy New Year, Monte. Wish you the best.

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#24 posted 01-02-2015 07:55 AM

Good story Monte, I have no doubt you’ll double your sales in 2015 vs 2014. The amount of work you can churn out is ridiculous. All the best to you and Elena and I hope to read about your brand spankin’ new shop in a year. :)

My goal is also to increase my sales for 2015 and get me some of those sweet Veritas handplanes and some other cool handtool-toys.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#25 posted 01-02-2015 03:16 PM

I feel your pain. Sometimes its easier to see crosses then blessings, but to move forward I skip the crosses and count my blessings.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#26 posted 01-02-2015 03:55 PM

They can’t keep a good man down Monte….

Best wishes getting your new shop set up…. and for a great start with your new partner.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#27 posted 01-02-2015 05:08 PM

hope you reach and exceed all of your goals Monte. best wishes for 2015

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#28 posted 01-02-2015 06:36 PM

Monte, it’s been a pleasure ‘meeting’ you here on line. I look forward to the face to face meet-ups with you and Elana in the Spring and Summer. I pray you will exceed all of your goals ten fold. My goals for this year are to get started on (and finish) rehabbing all the vintage tools I’ve been collecting and continue to learn from you and all the other LumberJocks!

-- God bless, Candy

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#29 posted 01-03-2015 04:05 AM

You are LJ’s ”Comeback Player of the Year!” Best of luck this year!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#30 posted 01-03-2015 04:20 AM

I sure wish I could come and help you build some weekend, but you’re more than a weekend away. Well not exactly. I did just drive home from Vail today, but I wouldn’t have any time to actually help.
Enjoy teaching your “help” to help.
I’m looking forward to the pics of progress. Will you build the shop with BKP?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#31 posted 01-03-2015 06:08 AM

I’ve been here for about 10 months, and I’ve enjoyed seeing your projects. And, having seen those, I would have never known that you lost the shop. Nice comeback. Hope you have an excellent 2015.

As for me, I do this strictly as a hobby, (maybe an occasional request) . So, I usually have the same woodworking goals every year. 1. Learn something new, or do something I haven’t done before, and 2. do a project that’s been on my bucket list. For instance, I’ve always wanted to build a rocking chair for no other reason than it seems like fun. And having seen what my fellow LJers have built, that list has become a lot longer.

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#32 posted 01-08-2015 11:47 AM

Monte, I somehow missed this when you posted it last week. Glad to hear that the year ended on a high note considering the start. You are an inspiration. Wishing you the best of sales with the upcoming show and all of those after. I look forward to seeing the pictures of the display.

My goals for this year is to also get my business up even more and launch a few new items. As well as keep up the weekly blog I started here.

May 2015 bring great things.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#33 posted 01-08-2015 02:41 PM

You are an inspiration to us all Monte, nice to hear that you are moving forward and were able to recover from your setbacks, keep building I so enjoy watching your progress, can’t wait to see the pictures and build of the new shop please keep us blogged on that.

My goal is to continue buying upgrades for the shop as they are needed, once the weather turns a bit warmer I plan on expanding my shop with a new 8’ x 12’ addition making it from 192 SQ FT to 288 SQ FT that’s all the room I have left in my backyard to work with but every little bit helps and I know it’s going to be a great addition for my current cramped shop, I’m no longer doing the monthly shows and have already sold most all of my booth equipment, I’ve been successful with sells online.

Right now I have the doors to my shop shut due to the cold, us Texans don’t like the cold aside the fact I’m just taking it easy and enjoying another avenue of my retirement, I plan on reopening back up here pretty soon though.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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