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Forum topic by thatwoodworkingguy posted 06-26-2010 11:06 PM 3249 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2010 11:06 PM

Today while i was showing at a craft fair one of the other vendors who claimed to be a woodworker but was there selling something completely different came over and proceeded to point out and show me all the things he hated about my pieces and then told me i mad horrible wood choices on all my tables and became shocked when i told him someone purchased one.
Its so sad that woodworking has to be like this. You would think a grown man would have enough respect to keep his oppinions that were very rude and unfounded i might add from an 18 year old just trying to make it.
Its sad that we cant just all be friends and appreciate each others work even if it isnt in a style we particularly like.
Sorry for the rant but i just had to do it.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 11:23 PM

I have had that happen to me also on several things not just woodworking. I had my antique car at a show and some guy comes over and starts telling me I had the wrong tail lights and headlights for that year of model A . I listened for a while and then ask him where his was of course he said he had sold it. My responce to anyone who try’s to show me how smart they are is bring you’res over and we’ll compare,Shuts them up pretty fast. Isn’t it funny how you’re rant became mine,Sorry for that I just had to do it…..............................Schloemoe

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 11:28 PM

I wouldn’t sweat it to hard, I looked at your projects and they speak for themselves. Good work!

-- Drew, Delaware

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 11:28 PM

There is all kinds in this world, you just have to let it slide off your back. He obviously just needs to make his opinion heard because of his own inadequacies. He needs to make himself feel better about himself.

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 11:34 PM

I have been lucky and have yet to have any woodworker tell me I was doing something wrong… stupid… etc. at a craft show. Usually it is comments on how nice things look, and amazement at how all my boards are from reclaimed materials.

I did have another person who was trying to sell corian (sp) cutting boards 2 booths down tell people how bad their purchase they just made was. Yep, I was selling reclaimed wood cutting boards. And we all know how unsafe wood cutting boards are!

He was very verbal insulting and very loud. It was kind of funny when I had the show organizers walk him out!

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 11:42 PM

Don’t pay attention to that kind of person there are a couple in Ljs that I get hate emails from but when you look at what they made they have two projects and one their father in-law made and the others a bird house like 3rd graders make. Do I have to say the “J” word. Do the best you can and shine on the idiots.


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#6 posted 06-26-2010 11:47 PM

Don’t forget … for every one of those … there’s another one of US.

Last craft show I went to … I spent hours (while my wife spent $$$) ogling, chatting, complimenting, inquiring, and …. when the booth owners were busy with ONE customer … helping to explain and sell their stuff to OTHER customers.


-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 12:12 AM

Don’t let people like this bother you. Next time a guy like this comes up and starts running his mouth just turn and walk away. Ignore the jerk.They are not even worth acknowledging. You do some nice work and don’t let anyone tell you different.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 12:28 AM

if this isn´t the site to make such a rant hen you are sad
I don´t know where we shuold turn our heads with all
those kindly L J´s here it is allways a pleasure to type a question
to get some suport and help, there is always a bunch who will stand up
and so will I
if it has been me he proppely wuold had his backbone red by now
from a green ashstick that had teached him some manners

I realy wuold like to have seen that, I gess you still laugh at him when you think of it

take care


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#9 posted 06-27-2010 12:53 AM

You were selling… he was talking.
so who wins!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 06-27-2010 01:09 AM

Sounds more like he had a case of jealousy and fear. There are people in this world who have to lash out at people they fear. He probably sees a great deal of potential and equates that to a loss of income to himself. He will say anything to discourage you from showing up at the next show.

Remember opinions are like gas cramps, we are entitled to have them but you just can’t release them any place you want. I really CLEANED THAT UP!!!! LOL

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#11 posted 06-27-2010 01:23 AM

I too am mystified by whatever it is that motivates people to criticize other people’s good work. I have to believe that this behavior springs from a person’s own sense of diminished self-worth. Just this past weekend, at a car show, there was a ‘55 Chevy convertible, semi-custom, just loaded with excellent craftmanship and attention to detail. It has even placed first in its category at World of Wheels. This car was rescued from a wheatfield, where it sat for decades, full of rust and loaded with bullet holes. But you’d never know it! I tend to linger over this car, enjoying the hours of hard work. You’d never believe the absolutely hideous comments and derisive words uttered by people as they walk by, comments about everything from color choice (it’s the original factory red) to the tuck-and-roll interior, and engine choice. Sheesh!! It’s not for sale, and the owner, a nice, unassuming fellow, simply walks away from it and stays away ‘til the show is over. Are people simply jealous over another’s ability to make something nice?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 01:25 AM

You did well to keep your composure. I’m afraid I would have said something I’d regret later….well done.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 06-27-2010 03:17 AM

he is an idiot and you over look idiots

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#14 posted 06-27-2010 03:20 AM

I think “UnionLabel” hit it perfectly- Jealously, jealously and more jealously. Kinda makes you feel good, don’t it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 06-27-2010 03:29 AM

As has already been said, a typical bully will try to tear someone else down because the bully cannot reach their level. You just have to make sure you don’t lower yourself to the bully’s level.

You do great work, it speaks for itself, and it speaks volumes!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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