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Forum topic by ShawnH posted 04-06-2007 03:13 PM 1335 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2007 03:13 PM

I was just going through the projects from the members of this board. I am blown away by the talent of you all. Dick Cain’s great carvings and other project and Todd Clippinger’s Cooper house jump out at me the most. The Cooper house , although in a different style reminds me of the Gamble House, because you are filling the inside with art also. Great job. I didn’t know talent like this existed anymore. I realized 2 things while looking through the projects. 1: What I thought was woodworking is really just turning good lumber into sawdust, and 2: I might be on the wrong board. Seriously though, with my amateur status confirmed, I looking forward to learning from those of you who truly know about the art of woodworking. (Todd, can I come live in your shop for awhile?)

The Novice

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 06:11 PM

Many of us would like to apprentice with someone like Todd, or Karson, or Dennis, or Dick, or Don or….the list is almost endless. Since that is not always practical, we can at least do it here through this site.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 10:54 PM

Thanks a lot Shawn.
I don’t consider myself as a high ranking Woodworker, but you sure made me feel good.
My problem is that I never stick to one thing to get real good at it, but I’m fortunate enough to have lived long enough to try all those things.

Everything I’ve ever done has been a learning challenge, & fun too.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-08-2007 04:28 PM

He’s kidding of course, Dick has forgotten more than what most of us will ever learn. And that is no exageration. What amazes me about Dick, is his mastery of the computer. Most people his age, (please don’t take offense Dick) don’t want anything to do with a computer. But besides that he is a fantastic carpenter and carver. Just my 2 cents. Jockmike

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

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#4 posted 04-08-2007 04:30 PM

I agree totally, Mike!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-09-2007 03:17 AM

I appreciate being lumped in with great woodworkers.. We are all LumberJocks and we can all want to improve our skills with adding additional talents.

I find that if each new project I do something a different way, maybe with a different tool, different woods, different accents. I can expand on my skills. Whether or not I’ll ever be proficient (Time will Tell)

One of the LumberJocks who lives by Mickey’s House said in his Profile. “His wife accuses him of being in the hobby of the month club”.

I’ve done a lot of things in my life also. plastic casting, stained glass, (my wife signed up for the class – but I went 1/2 the times), woodworking. welding, automotive repair. Anything that you can do yourself and do it cheaper.

The talents add on and the skills are sharpened. maybe master of none, but I get by. And I’m not afraid to tackle anything that I have the strength to do.

And if anyone want to come and spend a week with me working in the shop I’d love it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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