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Blog entry by vipond33 posted 07-25-2012 02:10 AM 3525 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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None of the above of course, just trying to see if there’s a limit to the title length and the number of requisite buzzwords that I can fit in; rather, it’s been a grand first full year here at the silly name and place of Lumberjocks. Here’s my two cents worth of the journey (now discontinued in Canada) and other random uncollected thoughts.

When I first found this place real delight was the order of the day and it holds true still though not quite in the same way. I continue to be surprised by the modesty and bravery in other people’s woodworking adventures; I’m continually pulled back to when my own work was much less polished and true. When I see what guys and gals have posted after only a few years of trying I’m often embarrassed at the poverty of my early years in the craft. I work in this medium daily but it’s been a slow build to any sort of mastery. There are still lacunae here (big holes in my skills) you could drive a quarry sized dump truck through.

One way I have immensely benefited from being here is by resurrecting old projects, finishing them, taking them off the shelf and pounding a silver stake through their off putting hearts. Do now what you always meant to do. You simply don’t have forever.

Right from the beginning I found I had a knack for doing the write ups accompanying the builds. I try my very best with the stories, endlessly re-writing while trying to convey some of the spirit of working with this most wondrous of materials, and the spirit of why it was built at all.

I like to be careful with words but I also love a really good laugh. My obvious favourites in this regard would have to be “My Very First BANDSAW! Box” and “MDF?! Yes my friend, MDF”. A chunk o fun. Other projects are sprinkled with as much humour as I can work in without being too, too annoying. I’m delighted when other people do it as well and I know a kindred spirit when I see one.

Laughter is the best and wood is good but on the other hand I’ve been feeling oppressed by trees lately – they’re everywhere! – unbidden!, growing without regard for us, the wood choppers, the makers of both beautiful and ugly things. It’s not possible to imagine a world without trees and yet sometimes I wonder if they’re aliens – benighted, becalmed, bemused by us. We’re outnumbered quite a bit worse than General Custer.

I’m not one of the many who protest they never look at how their body of work is doing, I check all the time. I find it interesting to see what is click worthy but I despair at how shabbily some of my own favourites are snubbed. We’ll get back at you in woodworking heaven you know, when you’re not allowed to play with us till you say:

As I was in Arkansas I saw a saw that could out saw any saw I ever saw saw. If you happen to be in Arkansas and see a saw that can out saw the saw I saw saw I’d like to see the saw you saw saw.
—five times fast while sharpening a skew chisel and chewing gum.

My deepest thanks to those that regularly view my work and take the time to say something. I depend upon you in no small way. You know who you are.

Thanks to an aside that Rance made in one of his blogs. For some time now I no longer just simply buddy a member, I think about it and tell them why I’m interested in following their work in a PM. This has worked out much better for both parties I believe.

I’m writing all this here, in this very form, but excuse me, it’s pet peeve time. Easily the most ugly word coined in the digital age has to be “Blog”. It sounds as if you lost control of your lower lip and the word just leaked out, dribbled out and spilled something unmentionable over your shirt front. How bout Web-Log? Would it be too much to eschew contractions for a bit in the name of beauty? And BTW, they’re programs, not Apps. Rant over.

Being a woodworking maniac as you might have noticed, a compulsive builder, I’m felling a bit tired lately. I do a wide variety of stuff but I need to give LJ and building a re-think. There will probably be far fewer projects in the future.
Love you all.


edit: I did it, it got cut off. So: “entirely from weather beaten pallets, my very first project!!” finishes the title. Ha.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 03:01 AM

One fine rant Gene. Rick Mercer could have done no better.
We all enjoy your amazing projects and contributions so please don’t cut back too far. I for one will always be watching for the next vipond33 post.

Thanks for a great and inspiring year.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-25-2012 03:07 AM

It is great to have you here. I look forward to your projects, they are some of the finest here. Looking forward to more, thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 03:07 AM

Thank you Gene.

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#4 posted 07-25-2012 03:15 AM

Congratulations on your first year. And welcome to the Wide-Wide World of LumberJocks.

-- 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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#5 posted 07-25-2012 03:28 AM

Well I will miss your humor as much as your projects and thus I hope you will not wander too far away nor for too long. Maybe if you take a few laps in the little squirt and explore the treasures of your bandsaw box…you will
get drawn back to us like a hot dog to a table saw. Love ya man, enjoy your time off.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 03:36 AM

I too love seeing the vipond33 projects and hope they still keep coming. Love your imagination and creativity. How many fellow woodworkers would consider having coloured fairy lights hanging in their workshop…......and a seat to sit on. Sheer luxury!

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#7 posted 07-25-2012 03:39 AM

It maybe your first year on the site but you are a well season vet in the art of woodworking. As with all large puzzles another added piece only makes for a better landscape, welcome aboard the hardwood train…Blkcherry

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 03:51 AM

Love the header. I really appreciate your humor, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and other subtleties you insert into your postings. You were one of the reasons I signed up for LJ’s. You were also the first person I started to follow as a “buddy” and your postings inspired me to include details I may have blown past in my rush to tell the story. Thanks for being on the other end.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 03:51 AM

Gene, you have our permission the take a break , thats all, then we need you back in action to keep teaching us some of your amasing tech’s & tricks.
take care friend

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 04:34 AM

Gene, it is far and few folks that can come aboard this big ship for just a year and make an impact such as you have. I would be surprised if anyone here would not be running to see any new project you posted. You also post your faults as many of us do. But I believe in my heart that your desire would be to inspire and help anyone that asks. Thank you for your first year here. Its ok to slow down a little sometimes, just don’t fade away. I look forward to future banterings my friend.

Edit: Oh, and your secret decoder message befuddles me. P819V88045C1124F1057DTT33BI88BO71E1? Seriously?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 05:06 AM

Okay, your title drew me in but the write-up kept me reading. I’ll have to check out your project posts, now! Thanks, Gene.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#12 posted 07-25-2012 05:56 AM

thanks gene for the story , always amazeded at your wit as i have talked with you a few other threads on here like that one moment had going got many good laught at yalls wit , but then looked at your builds you have a very high one at that masters level of this craft far far more than 365 days always look forward to your post when the show up and thanks for sharing with us .and if i try the Arkansas thing while im cutting or sharping ill cut myself :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 07-25-2012 08:59 AM

We all need brakes, sometimes to stop us, sometimes to find the time and energy to keep going.
As you can see in the title, there is a limit to all…
Always a pleasure.
Enjoy your work, but most of all your dovetails.
Here the summer is over us, so I will go now and take a tour in the kayak on the sea, this tend to brighten up my soul, after all there are no trees out there.
Best thoughts and a big smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 07-25-2012 11:45 AM


I was beginning to think you were a machine (no ref. to “the Gong Show”). For the past year your contributions have been precise, profound, proficient, prolific, and best of all playful. My disappointment at learning you may be taking a break, or at least cutting back your activity is only mitigated by the discovery that you’re human as well as Canadian. “Trimming out” was one of the first projects on LJ that made me stop and think “whoa”; and you brought back that reaction time and again. Many thanks for the past year’s encouragement, support, enlightenment, inspiration, and entertainment. Once you’ve caught your breath, hurry back.


PS. “Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination”. IK

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#15 posted 07-25-2012 12:05 PM

Perry and post? My morning nbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb( my cat’s keyboard comment, LOL!) As i was saying morning coffee and creative kick to inspire the day. Thanks for your words, visions, and fantasies.

Lived in Arkansas for 5 years! Was befriended by a farmer who was a carpenter in Roosevelt’s Civilian Corps during the depression. He gave well used phrases character! I’m remembering “A man’s gotta do, what a man’s gotta do!” Didn’t know then that he was my Zen Master. :-)

You sir are a master, and I am hopeful that I will apply our words and visions as well.

Thanks. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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