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08-22-2007 06:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumberjocks benefit business

I have an idea or two rolling around in my head for upcoming LJeMag articles and I’d like to start a discussion here and see if I can pull together some comments that will benefit current and future LumberJocks.

So the question is:

”What are the benefits of being a LumberJock?”


”How do you use to assist you on your woodworking journey?”

(feel free to include any mushy, over-the-top comments as well as objective, business-like benefits)

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

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#1 posted 08-22-2007 06:47 PM

What are the benefits of being a LumberJock?
The biggest benefit I have found is the wealth of knowledge in the forums, and the creative influence of the participating members. I have only been on the site 7 days, and have a whole queue projects lined up already.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#2 posted 08-22-2007 08:03 PM


I’ve particiapted in forum discussion on the topic of woodworking for many years. There are many forums where you can ask a question, get an answer and you’re done. Problem solved, life moves on. What lumberjocks brings is not a community by the general forum sense, that is, a collection of people with like interestes. Lumberjocks is different. Lumberjocks is made up of people, in my experience, that will help you with veneering, tuning your bandsaw, or if you lived close by moving your fridge. Lumberjocks is not a community of people with like interests, it’s a community of people that are becoming friends 21st century style.

Via the internet, and via this site, I have access to people that explain and teach their skills like David. Wonderful craftsman that are willing to explain how it’s done and answer questions like Lee. Amazing artists who give fantastic backgrounds and context to their pieces like Mark. The proverbial grandfather’s that are always seem to know the answer to the questions you are asking, like Dick and Karson. Guys/gals that can create a unique way of solving everyday woodworking problems like Niki. Woodworkers that share their passion for their particular niche’ like Frank and WayneC. Great box makers like Don. Woodworkers that have taken technology of design to a higher level and then reach their hand back to help the rest of us get there like Bob Babcock. You get professional woodworkers like Obi, Todd, Chris and Neil, interacting with newbies (term of endearment). You get organizers and contributers like Debbie, comedians like Douglas. You get great bloggers like oscorner and Dusty can go on and on and on. If you feel left off that list, please realize that it’s not a list…I’m just writing this in a few seconds to reply between things at work.

The benefit of being a Lumberjock is having a group of people that are willing to share, willing to help, willing to joke around, willing to communicate, willing to set aside differences of opinion and learn, willing to critique…The benefit of being a lumberjock is having a large group of friends.

Then there’s Bob have to have the bad with the good.

But then, take a look at the entire community here. It’s an impressive cross section of people from all over the world. That’s the benefit of being a lumberjock.

In reading this to eliminate spelling mistakes, I can think of 20 others to mention…I hope you all get my point.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 08-22-2007 08:17 PM

For me it’s the song! <vbg>
I wanted to be a Lumberjack!...
You folks are O.K. too.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 08-22-2007 08:46 PM

The benefits of being a LumberJock are of such a depth as yet to be discovered. As a recent participant I have been overwhelmed by the acceptance and encouragement regardless of skill level. I received welcome messages before I even finished typing my profile—- talk about feeling welcome! From my short time here I have derived benefit from interacting with a bunch of good folks who really like making stuff out of wood. If that were all there was it would be enough. But there is a distinct pleasure in viewing the work of fellow LumberJocks, like sharing a delicious meal. Then there are ideas —- too many ideas of things to build when there’s time (and there’s never enough time). The expertise is remarkable. The things I’ve learned in the past week are multitude and that’s not counting different ways of seeing just regular activities. The fact that all this is available from people who know their stuff and are willing to share is again worth the price of admission. And then of course, it’s all free. If them ain’t benefits, then shave my head and call me slick.

As to the matter of how I will use LumberJocks on my woodworking journey, well, I fully hope the participation will drive me further than I could have gone on my own steam. As it stands now, I am in awe of the skill and talent represented here and can only dream of a day when I can come close to that level. I already feel more confident merely by association and look forward to more quality in my own work as I absorb the artistry on display here.

I cannot say that I will use LumberJocks, so much as I will allow the interactive existential experience to mold my humble skills into that ultimate woodworker that heretofore has been dormant in the very bowels of my being. (Okay, maybe that was a tad over the top.)

In truth, LumberJocks has been the best thing I’ve found on the Internet.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 09:51 PM

Bob and that damn song. Don’t forget, you live close to me. I think I might get some loudspeakers and boom that outside your shop. LOL

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 10:45 PM

I wonder what the neighbours would think ;)

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

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 11:00 PM

Mot, there’s a free scone and tea if you come dressed up, <g>



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 08-23-2007 12:06 AM

That’s us, Web 2.0 at its finest! So much more than a forum, a q/a site, and a gallery,.. more like a “local” watering hole where we can all meet up, share, learn and inspire each other. Such a friendly place to be, neighborly, an oasis amid the cynical, spiteful and overly obsessed blog-o-sphere. Not that we’re without our own senses of humor and politics, we just leave the latter at the door.

Amongst all the websites and blogs I’ve bookmarked and try to read weekly, if not daily (even ones written by “real world” friends and family), Lumberjocks is the only one I actually manage to keep tabs on. Got to know what we’re all up to!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 08-23-2007 12:22 AM

For the last ,Oh so many years, I have felt alone. I had no one to talk shop with unless I went to town to do business. As you can imagine there are no woodworkers here. I get to talk shop with a few saddle makers for the third weekend in May(The Big Loop Rodeo) when they come from all over to try to take away what little local business there is. I get to visit with the gang at Woodcraft and the lumber supplier but that is limited. The last 32 days have been great. I have started to develope some great relationships here and no longer feel like I’m talking to the wall. I could name names but I will just say that this is one of the greatest groups in the world. I don’t check this every day, I check it at least three times a day. I wish I lived in a town with each and every one of you. Oh crap, nobody would get anything done but gab.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 08-23-2007 12:39 AM

Lumberjocks is just like family, that you can’t touch , but they’re there when you need them.

If anyone has a health issue, they’re right there to give you support.

I don’t sell anything, most everything I make is for a gift, or for our own pleasure, so it’s kind of nice to be able to show things to people like you. I haven’t yet even touched the surface of projects to show off.

I enjoy trying to help find a solution for anyone who has a problem. If I don’t have the answer, I search for it, which is a lot of fun, & I learn something myself in the process.

I also learn a lot, just from you Lumberjocks, & of course it’s nice to see your projects also.

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

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#11 posted 08-23-2007 03:50 AM

scottb said: Not that we’re without our own senses of humor and politics, we just leave the latter at the door.

Amen, brother Lumberjock. I’ve said it before and probably will again as I have a proclivity to repeat myself…Lumberjocks is conspicuously missing the regular forum knuckleheads that have to criticize and detract from conversation, rather than contribute and add to it. Scottb said it better.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 08-23-2007 04:14 AM

Why am I a lumberJock. Because I like family. You are my only family that shares my common interest. I’ve got my wife and children. I starting to get Dan and Dave involved in woodworking projects and taking classes, because gosh dang it I want to talk woodworking with family.

The visit I had with Marc DeCou was great It was like we always knew each other. Joel and Kev and Joel’s wife and Marc wife, we all sat down in Marc’s home and had a great visit.

I’ve had Greg3G and Lance (Bob) visit in my shop and Zipsss stopped by with his wife and we shared some time together. We’d never have met without the internet and Martin’s LumberJocks web site. I have some more visiting up my sleeve and plans for enhanced meetings with LumberJocks. Why, because we want to share,. Share skills, food, talents and look for the assistance from others that we are also able to give.

I mean Rachiel, Marc’s daughter invited me back for her birthday, that’s family. And yes sometimes we have to bite our tongue and go on to another subject. But, when we see something like this we just have to share it with our friends.

-- 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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#13 posted 08-23-2007 09:47 AM

What are the benefits of Lumberjocks? Hmmm.

It started out with a recommendation from Marc Spagnuolo’s site, and I visited to see what I could learn. I had been to several other sites that featured woodworking topics and was turned off by snarky, officious answers and one-upmanship. I never got the sense that there was that sort of thing going on here, and after a bit of time began to have favorites amongst the members. I was interested in the projects they made, or their depth of experience, or the fact that they were honest enough to give gentle criticism, in small doses without beating the showcasing member with the jawbone of an ass. Then I saw that there was a way to be a buddy.

I think the buddy system here adds another dimension to this site. The feeling that someone felt you were special enough among the others to subscribe to your blogs, project and forum topics. You wake up in the morning, get coffee and check the mail, and see so-and-so posted thus-and-such, and you have to see it, ask a few questions and pass out the attaboys (attagirls too). It adds to the sense of community.

I really like what Mot said, in that this community has and sustains it’s archetypical characters: the Grandfathers, the Poets, the Teachers, the Engineers, Artists and Jesters. And it’s Cowboys, Bushrangers, Bikers and Wiseacres. So I came for the knowledge, stay for the sense of community and revel in the fact that I can “play” with a few good buddies – organizing something behind the scenes, or keeping some running joke going for days.

And to sum up I have to tip my hat to Martin. He is constantly buffing up of the interface, bring more relevance to the site with the personal home page, the pulse and shuffle features, the e-Zine and the roll the dice splash page. The fact that the advertising is discreet, without animated gifs and rollover Flash silliness is another blessing. Thanks for making this happen Martin, and thanks to all of us that make this a family.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 08-23-2007 09:39 PM

thanks everyone.

I’ll be quoting some of the above in future LJ “stuff”.

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

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#15 posted 08-23-2007 11:28 PM

Once again, I have to jump in.

I’ve visited many forums. I’ve rarely participated. All the things said here, by MY family of friends and woodworking collegues, either the professionals, or the ones working on their first project is inspiring, not only in the obvious way of causing one to achieve higher levels of woodworking abilities, but in a personal way. A way of making others feel important and welcomed.

As you can see by the number of posts I have made in the past 50 days, I’m here often. This is easily ten times the posts I’ve made in all other forums in the last ten years!

As Tom said, I don’t check it once a day , it’s more like five or even ten times a day. And I’m not really looking for woodworking tips, although I’m finding them, I’m looking for the family style relationship I witness here everyday. I’m looking for situations where I’m able to help others, in a way that’s not usually available. Where specific answers are available to everyone, instantly, without anyone being treated like they are less of a person because the don’t know everything. This is the group for me!

I can honestly say that I agree with all the positive comments made by my friend here, and that I am proud to be associated with all of you!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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