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Blog entry by BenZ posted 03-23-2007 04:16 PM 1121 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I always hear about blog this and blog that, but have yet to ever post anything of my own. This is more of an experiment on my part than an attempt to develop a reader base. I am not quite sure anyone out there wants to read my ramblings about life and how woodworking fits into mine.

Well here it goes…

Taking the shop class in high school changed my life in many ways. First and foremost it developed in me a love of woodworking, the process that goes with it, and the feel of accomplishment when you finish building your first piece of furniture, step back smiling and think to yourself, did I really just build this? I still get that feeling when I finish a piece, but I will always remember my first, I think everyone remembers their first (mine happened to be an Adirondack chair made out of pressure treated lumber that sat in my backyard for a good 6-7 years before finally giving out, not a bad life span for a first piece).

During this same time I also took an AP Computer Science class (much easier than it actually sounds) and this introduced me to the other side of the spectrum and the money potential that comes with it. Regretfully I now, still only 23, sit at a desk (a boring cubicle type, not even a nice arts and craft style like this ) here in SW Virginia staring at a computer screen all day while trying to save enough to pay off the student loans (big mistake getting those) and waiting for the weekend to arrive when I drive out to the country (Floyd, VA) to work with a great group of craftsman. These guys are amazing, they run the whole gamut (sp?) from dropping the tree in your front yard, milling it in theirs, air drying the wood for years, to fine tuning those pieces of wood so that they can then sell it back to you as a piece of elegant furniture that your family will enjoy for years to come…

This is the first entry in this blog-o-random-thoughts of mine and hopefully my writing style will continue to improve and eventually be somewhat tolerable by the majority of you guys (I have be told by Obi that “yall” is not acceptable for this site, so it has been changed to “you guys” for you yanks… haha).

Hope all goes well in the shop for you and appreciate your stopping by.

Signing off – BenZ

-- E.B.Z. Virginia

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#1 posted 03-23-2007 04:36 PM

Hey Ben,
Are you going to participate in the Thorsen table challenge? I’m looking for a strong showing from the 30 and under lumberjocks.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#2 posted 03-23-2007 05:46 PM

haha @ JP ..

that’s a great blog and I really enjoyed reading it!! You have a great writing style.
I’m looking forward to #2 already!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 03-23-2007 05:51 PM

Hey, JP…


Why not the 35 and under? Or the 40 and under? What’s the big deal with 30?

Except for that whole thing about forgetting my age, I still feel young. Most of the time. Not in the mornings, though, especially if I’ve slept in the same position too long. And I’m not recovering from my workouts like I used to, either. Oh, and there’s the whole bit about not being able to bend as easily at the knees (but hey, who doesn’t feel like that after 30, right?)... other than that, I’m feeling great!

Good luck with your blogging, Ben. Keep at it!

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 03-23-2007 06:30 PM

I only made it 30 and under because I only have one more year to go before I’m there. I’m holding on to that as long as I can. :) I hope I didn’t offend anyone. Regardless of age, I wish everyone the best of luck in this challenge. I’m just trying to stir up some of the younger crowd to get as excited about this challenge as I am. If you want to call it 35 or 40 and under, then consider it done.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#5 posted 03-23-2007 07:21 PM

age? what is age?
The one thing that surprises me over and over again is how “I” still feel the same as when I did when I was 25—I’m wiser and my body is definitely not in as good of shape, but the “me” is the same.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-24-2007 03:06 AM

Age, schmage all that is really important is that we’ve all been bitten by the same bug and we must commune in our…in our…misery?? If this is misery, then I don’t want to know happiness. So BenZ keep up the blogging and whatever else comes out of it.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#7 posted 03-24-2007 04:32 AM

Ethan…. you know the old saying, don’t trust anyone over 30… which is a big problem for us, eh?

I think the 30 somethings are going to trounce the young’uns! (he said, tounge firmly planted in cheek ;)

Benz, at least you can take comfort in this life revelation now, rather than waiting until retirement to do what you really wanted to do. I’m seeing that a lot of us are seeking woodworking as a nice counterpoint to the days in front of the computer…

You should make yourself some nice wooded desk accessories to feel a little more at home. (mousepad, organizers, and so on. I’ve even seen wooden mice and keyboards!

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

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