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Blog entry by Andy posted 02-08-2008 04:05 PM 2148 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The contest is over and I am already looking forward to the next one.I feel that those who won this round earned it.There were a lot of excellent entries and it was hard to sort out the “best” but I am happy with the results.Well done,and congratulations!

Art is subjective,so if you won or lost in this contest,its just someone elses opinion.It doesnt mean your work is bad,just that others prefer coffee over tea.I personally had a hard time deciding on how to divvy up points because there were way too many great projects to choose from.There could easily have been 10 winners.

But….dont take it all too seriously,and dont change your style just to suit what seems to be popular now.

I want thank LJ for all their hard work and everyone that participated in these contests including those who took the time to look at all the entries,then took the time to vote.This really is a great community that helps all of us grow and mature as woodworkers.

The most important thing is to have fun and march to your own drum! Who knows…..maybe next time!:-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 04:24 PM

Great words of wisdom, Andy!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 04:39 PM

well put!

in my opinion EVERY entry was amazing. Voting was really, really difficult. Every time I thought I had my choices I’d go back and look at all the boxes and I’d have to start at square one again.

And.. the prize, for me anyway, isn’t the goal of entering. It is participating, challenging myself to try, and to post it for the world to see. The kind words and the voting is just icing on the cake.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 05:04 PM

I wish I would have stumbled upon LJ when there was still time to build something to enter. It would not have been a winner (Don’t have the skills yet) but I would have enjoyed the challenge. I hope to be able to give whatever contest comes next a try. I enjoyed viewing each and every entry.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 05:05 PM

Actually I believe that we all were winners in this contest. Not only did we see some really inspirational works both of art and woodworking but it gave us something to aspire to and work towards as well.

Kudos for everyone involved.

On to the next contest.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 06:18 PM

Excellent point Andy, art is subjective. After looking thru all the entries, it really was amazing how many directions were taken, all starting with such a simple beginning. Although I didn’t participate, I am so proud just to be part of the community here at lumberjocks. So well done! and thank you all.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 06:28 PM

All I know is that I saw some breathtaking pieces made for the contest. Great attitude about it Andy! You’re right, all of the pieces could have been winners in my opinion. They were just that good!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 08:24 PM

Nicely said!

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 08:46 PM

Very well said!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 02-09-2008 02:14 AM

Well said Andy.

I for one will be only entering the boy scouts woodworking contests in the future. There’s just no living with you guys!

I would really hate to have to judge a contest like this.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 06:21 AM

well said, andy

I love to see online contests it brings together a lot more variety and talent. when i see a design I like it gives me inspiration for my next projects.


-- woodturners keep things spinning.

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