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Forum topic by ShannonRogers posted 07-14-2008 02:49 AM 3621 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2008 02:49 AM

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So there were some fireworks over at the Wood Whisperer site today when a negative comment was posted and a sparring match started up. Marc Spagnuolo is definately no stranger to this site and I believe him to be very well respected in the online community, so it was intriguing to see some criticism popping up there. To their credit, Marc and Nicole responded in kind and a roar of support sprung up from the loyal viewers. In the interest of keeping on topic, Marc shut down the thread which I agree with since this all was going on in the comments section of his latest video. (starting at comment #19) Hence my post here.

I sent Marc an em earlier today asking a finishing question and he responded not only with an answer but an offer to help via his webcam. Jumping at the chance I logged on and got a semi private demo live from TWW shop. Now that is a stand up guy who is doing nothing but bringing good to our craft.

Thanks again Marc and…

Long live The Wood Whisperer!!!

Shannon “The Renaissance Woodworker”

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#1 posted 07-14-2008 03:53 AM

The NET is full of people like that, so is the world, people have bold and big mouths when they are not face to face with a person.
Ignor it, save yourself undue agony, better yet find humor in it like I do. (IS THERE REALLY SOMEONE SO IGNORANT HATEFULL AND ANGRY IN THE WORLD?) If you are Kill yourself.
Glad it’s not Me.
I have the greatest respect for what Marc and Nicole do for us WW’s
They help me alot and I apreciate it.


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#2 posted 07-14-2008 04:09 AM

that is very cool to hear that Marc jumped on the live webcam to help show you a process. The guy really does amaze me!

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#3 posted 07-14-2008 04:30 AM

Marc is a great guy and its great that he does all of this. i don’t get how you could recent Marc’s taking time out of his busy schedules to help his viewers. and if that person didn’t know its a live chat and all of us who are there have a great time and love the opportunity to be able to hang out with Marc and ask him our questions and learn something. its a really great thing he’s got going there and i think he should keep it up!

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#4 posted 07-14-2008 04:42 AM

I recently had a finishing question for Marc based on a post he made here on LJ’s. He responded a lot quicker than I would have thought with a very insightful answer…

I can’t help but agree with you Shannon…. One other point though; I think this site is full of equally great people willing to share both their knowledge and their time.

There will always be those with whom we don’t agree; The real measure is in how we handle those moments….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 07-14-2008 05:44 AM

I couldn’t agree with you more Chris. I cannot count the number of times I have gotten advice and more importantly inspiration from the LJs.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#6 posted 07-14-2008 06:46 AM

I like marcs show, its a nice break from traditional pbs style shows.

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#7 posted 07-14-2008 07:20 AM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Woodworkers are some of the nicest people I know. Thanks Shannon for the kind words :)

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#8 posted 07-14-2008 05:07 PM

Thanks Shannon and everyone else, I really appreciate the support. Like Chris mentioned, there is a huge supporting cast all around the internet that makes all this possible. It truly is a great community and that’s why, despite my supposed “internet savvy”, I am thrown off by situations like we experienced yesterday. But today’s a new day and I’ve got lots of work on my plate. Take care all.

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#9 posted 07-14-2008 05:21 PM

Marc and Nicole rock no 2 ways about it…..... don’t let internet tough guys get you ya !!!!

-- Hrolfr

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#10 posted 07-14-2008 05:26 PM

I hope that no one is giving you crap again?
Anytime I’ve emailed you you have always been prompt and curtious.
I truly wish you and Nicle the best, in whatever the future has in store for you both.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#11 posted 07-14-2008 06:37 PM

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. Benjamin Franklin.


I can only suggest developing a thicker skin because I suspect it will only get worse. Look at how much crap is written about Norm. If you didn’t know any better, you would you think he was Charles Manson of woodworking. You and I both know better.

The next time you are faced with something like this don’t forget that you have friends and supporters all over the world. Even more importantly, you have a wife that loves you – what more can you ask?

-- Festool4

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#12 posted 07-14-2008 07:45 PM

oh and Marc please remember 4xl shirt perferably in black…. white doesn’t look good on us fat folks :D

-- Hrolfr

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#13 posted 07-14-2008 08:59 PM

Totally agree! finally you have someone that takes the time and energy to produce free content for the rest of us – and in a positive and humorous way – it’s awesome. but you got to take it with a grain of salt- you’ll always have someone that either really doesnt like it, or jealous, or just wants to stir up some winds… and the best cure for that – is just ignore those… no need to add fuel to their flames and play along – as someone once said – don’t argue with an idiot – cause they’ll pull you down to their level, and beat you with experience! just ignore those splinters, and move on to the REAL woodworking projects!

Cheers Marc!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-14-2008 09:16 PM

I think that Marc does an amazing job and I love the show!


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#15 posted 07-14-2008 09:49 PM

I haven’t seen the post or the comments, but from my own personal experience, Mark is a real cool guy…down to earth and willing to help anyone, without attitude or making you feel like he’s talking down to you. It amazes me when I try to put together the stupid little blogs and project postings I do how much time it takes… have to plan ahead and take pictures as you work, then uploading and writing the blog….and thats not even 1/100th of the content Mark puts out there…for free! Some people are just jealous of his skills, or maybe his sponsors..who knows. But I for one thank Mark for taking the time to teach and get people excited about woodworking.


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