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.
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.