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Blog entry by BillyJ posted 08-12-2010 03:53 PM 1783 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I approach my first year as a Lumber Jock, I consider myself so very lucky. As a weekend DIY-er and wannabe woodworker, I am fortunate to have seriously injured myself only once. However, I am even more fortunate to have met SO many great Lumber Jocks.

I’ve been involved in many different hobbies and sports, but have never formed friendships as I have through woodworking. In particular, those involved in Lumber Jocks are so willing to share advice, assist in teaching, and more importantly, sympathize with other LJs.

Such is the case with my purpleheart Purple Heart. A recent buddy – Michael (ShopDogs) Smith of Tulsawoodsmith – sent me something I have to share. Below is a purpleheart Purple Heart. Not that it should be viewed as an honor to wear, but rather a reminder to not be careless.

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In Michael’s letter to me, he said the little known saying was penned by a “gentle” brother of the more famous Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson.

Well, we did water the Tree of Creativity with our blood – from carelessness.

As I have read many times in the blogs, there are many great Lumber Jocks out there that have done similar things. Nonetheless, it is an honor that a fellow LJ-er would created something like this for me. This will hang in my shop as a reminder of never to spill any more blood!!! Thanks Michael.

ps – before any of you Lumber Jocks think of taking this idea, Michael is working on a plaque that you can purchase for your missing finger or other parts!!!!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.



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ShopDogs

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 05:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Bill.

I wish I had not needed to make one for you, and a matching one for me. It is a dangerous sport we all suit up for, so we really need to keep our heads in the game and our hands out of the tools.

Let’s NOT collect these PH PH’s

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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Rustic

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 06:16 PM

very nice hope i never have a need for one

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 06:31 PM

We always jokingly considered a Purple Heart with no accompanying valor citation to be a “I forgot to duck” medal. I think we should take a similar view of these, since there’s no “Distinguished Sawing Cross” to my knowledge.

BTW, I’ve been awarded this one with a cluster in lieu of a second medal!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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BillyJ

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 06:38 PM

I hope I never receive another, to be sure.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 07:22 PM

Very nice words…Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 10:34 PM

Beautiful reminder buddy. I was careless six months apart. I’m slowing way down and starting over and using every safety device I own. A great picture you created with the purpleheart by the way. My father had the real thing. Let’s not loose any more parts or get anymore stiches, deal? I know our wives would appreciate it. I just got my shop privileges back a month ago, I don’t want to loose them again. LOL GB mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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ShopDogs

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 11:23 PM

Yes, Mike, I was grounded too. Now I have a new Table Saw on the way and I had to promise to be smarter.

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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BillyJ

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 11:44 PM

I’ll second the above. More at stake then a scrapped project.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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