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Forum topic by Russel posted 08-13-2009 12:19 PM 1868 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2009 12:19 PM

In my old email, I have a message welcoming me to LumberJocks dated August 13, 2007. That means that today marks two years that I’ve been hanging around here. In that time a lot has happened.

First, the number of people here has exploded. I once counted how many people were registered with LumberJock when I joined. I determined that there were 1,340 people making me LumberJock 1341 which I’ve noted on my profile as LJR# or LumberJocks Registration Number. Since that time, over 10,000 people have joined LumberJocks.

Wow, that’s a bunch. And, it makes it a different place; still addicting as ever, but even more diverse.

Second, I’ve encounted numerous people that are helpful, encouraging and downright nice. Having wandered the web for quite some time I can say without hesitation that the LumberJocks community is a shining example of what can go right when people get together.

However, the most important thing that has changed is me and my woodworking. Early on in my time here I posted a music stand … this one:

At the time I was rather pleased with myself and received a bunch of encouragement from the folks here. However, looking back, I can clearly see that it was obviously flawed in many ways. First, the feet are a tad, well, wrong. Eventually, they came to be known as “rocketship” feet because they have an Abbot and Costello Go To the Moon feel. There are also some balance issues among others.

Still, it was where my skill and knowledge were at the time.

Then by associating with LumberJocks and seeing the projects posted and reading the blogs, I learned a few more skills, experienced different styles and began to understand the value of the annoying stuff (like sanding) and I can honestly say that I’ve improved.

Now I am much more likely to produce something along these lines:

Which, to my eye, is worlds better. But, it’s only better because I now know things I didn’t know before. And I know them because of my time here on LumberJocks. Because I have been encouraged and gently pushed in the right direction as much from example as anything else.

So, today is two years and it is clear that I have benefitted by being here. What more can be said other than Thank you.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 12:36 PM

congratulations , russel !

just in the time i have known you ,
your work has shown a confidence
and openess .
how you have done this is a joy to see ,
i think the good Lord teaches us slowly ,
so we can enjoy the learning .

you are very steady and patient ,
thank you .
happy aniversary !

-- 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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#2 posted 08-13-2009 05:13 PM

i could not agree with you more in the short time i have been here the vast knowledge i
have taken from the site has improved my skill set farther than i thought i would be in the short time i have been working the wood i am still a newbie (just over a year) in woodworking but i have a confidence i don’t
believe i would have if it was not for all the help i get from all my friends here

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#3 posted 08-13-2009 06:06 PM

Russel Congratulations on your anniversary. I believe that we have all extended or skills and abilities from having participated on this site.

It’s great to be able to see and participate to our hearts desire.

Keep on a chuggin and a posten.

-- 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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#4 posted 08-13-2009 09:50 PM

Congratulations on two years, Russel. For the record, I still think the music stand looks great!

And I really think you need to clean out your mailbox more often if you’ve got stuff in there that is two years old. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-13-2009 09:57 PM

I like the rocket feet.Sometimes you got to experiment to make your own distinct mark.I think they are fine it’s not falling over is it?Then if not design is a matter very much of taste no! I rerally like the music stand,I really do.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 08-13-2009 10:04 PM

Hey Russel….Congrats old timer! I have 1 year and can appreciate how helpful this site is. Cmon Scotsman….I agree with Russel that the “rocket feet” could be improved! Hey Scotsman…I have an idea for you… that you are into pen turning perhaps you could make a display for your pens that incorporates the rocket feet!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 10:06 PM

I second all the above entries….and as a fairly new member….I have learned alot of helpful items here….and what a great place to get answers to questions that only fellow woodworkers can understand/answer…...I look forward to the evolution of my skills over the next few years….and I am grateful for folks like yourself that take the time to add a comment, suggestion or experience to these discussions…Congratulations!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 08-13-2009 10:13 PM

Ditto all the above and Russell just think how spectacular your work will be after another 2 years wandering around the site.
Keep learning keep having fun and enjoy the journey.
Larry for the land downunder.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 08-13-2009 10:55 PM

Thanks to one and all.

David (patron), I could not agree more with CessnaPilotBarry, your posts are always a pleasure to read. Your encouragement is compelling. It has been nothing but good for me to encounter you and your work.

Eddy, this place is great for learning. So many things I wouldn’t have even considered if I had not come here.

Karson, you’re input here is invaluable from my perspective, you are Mr. LumberJock.

Charlie, the stand was good for then and I like being able to look back to see what I’ve learned in my time here. And, as always, I appreciate and enjoy your comments. (As to the email, I am, sad to say, a bit of a pack rat).

Alistair, there was bit of a balance issue unfortunately. Though I’m sure in the right context the rocket feet would look good.

Reggiek, there is no place like LumberJocks … Inspiration to spare.

which brings us to

Larry (degoose), Your work gives me something to aim for.

Once again, thanks to all LumberJocks.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 08-14-2009 01:30 AM

LOLOLOLO . . . rocket ship feet. That was funny. Almost spit my spaghetti all over my laptop . . . that would have been messy.

Congrats on the 2 yrs. I really enjoy your posts . . . you are one of those nice people that makes LJs the shining star it is. I hope that someday DW and I will be able to meet you and GandmaT in person.

-- BLOG -

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#11 posted 08-14-2009 01:46 AM

Thanks Zuki. It may be best to avoid LumberJocks while eating in the future.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 08-14-2009 03:22 AM

Nice post. I like this place too and also appreciate the comments especially the ones that make you better! Thanks.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 08-14-2009 03:26 AM

Good Luck an More

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 08-14-2009 04:10 AM

Russel, you’ve been a good friend and always an inspiration. Always wise and very pleasant. Keep it coming, pal.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 08-14-2009 12:04 PM

Thanks for the kind words Thos. You and your gentlemanly manner are a good example of the character of LumberJocks.

Jack, it’s a hard place not to like and it is as much about the people as anything else.

Thanks Jim, I appreciate the encouragement.

-- Working at Woodworking

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