An introduction to who I am #1: Anything and everything about me. Not always woodworking related.

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Blog entry by CharlesDearing posted 07-16-2011 11:15 PM 3709 reads 0 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am brand new to this site so I hope I am even doing this correctly. I’d like to use this series to give my opinions and such about day to day life, etc. I am choosing this first post to let you inside the inner workings of who I am as a person. My shortcomings, my passions and my character. Of course I will get to posting more site-related topics in other series (if I do this correctly)l.
I pride myself in not keeping secrets about who I am, how I tick and how I feel. I chose to make this my first topic post so that everyone knows all about who I am. It is not my intention to alienate, disrespect, offend or break any rules.
I’m a single 41 yr old man living in Hamilton, Texas. Population around 3000. I love small towns. The only thing wrong with it is that it isn’t a good place to meet single folks ;)
I’ve been in the scrolling community a little over 10 years. Through those years I have learned (sometimes the hard way) what seems to work and what doesn’t. I still fail often at being who I want to be. When I first began I honestly wasn’t too impressed with the quality of patterns I was seeing. I mean no disrespect to pattern designers from that era or any designers in general. It seemed to me that almost all designs were aimed at beginners. Yes, I was a beginner, but they all looked too simple and too “undetailed”. In looking at my own growth in designing I sometimes laugh at my own patterns from way back when. Anyway, that’s what made me decide to try to make my own patterns. I strive for as realistic as possible most times.
The methods I chose to get my name out there weren’t always well received or well thought out for that matter. I basically spammed everybody trying to get my designs out there. I wish I could take that back, but of course I can’t. I got better about not spamming but then my personality ran some off as well. Let me explain my personality.
Most of my life I was bullied, talked down to and was never really able to speak my mind without some kind of negative consequences. Due to that, in trying to grow out of that mindset, sometimes I go overboard. I vowed I would never allow myself to be “stepped on” and would speak my mind. In general I am a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. I almost never get upset unless I feel I am being disrespected. That disrespect can be in words or actions. I never lie and never set out to deceive anyone so if it’s implied that I am either of those things…I get upset. I mentioned all of that because Lord only knows some of the rumors that could be going around about me lol.
I am on disability for panic disorder. Basically, that means the chemical in my brain that is produced during over productive. Being in disability is sadly why I rely on pattern sales so much. I also suffer from depression, but to me, it isn’t clinical. My depression is usually situational. 9 times out of 10 I am down because I’m alone and because I’m pretty much always broke. Like I said, I live in a small town and hardly know anyone so I DO see the online community as my family and the place to vent and reach out. I believe that’s why there may be some negative feelings about me floating around. I believe, to some, I am seen as a whiner among other things. Guilty. I vent and complain about my constant bad luck and such.
In admitting those faults I also feel like I am a very helpful person. If I can help someone with a pattern, scrolling advice, etc. I will. ANYONE. I’m not sure if it shows online, but when I am around people, I love to make them laugh. I am known for my big heart and sense of humor. Being single and thinking that the ideal relationship to be in would be a woman who is into woodworking/scrollsawing I sometimes flirt. Being that I’m imperfect…sometimes I flirt too much and may even cross the line. I assure you, that isn’t intentional. Some may not be able to tell, but I truly do care how people perceive me and what kind of image I cast of myself.
As a final topic in this introduction into who I am I will do a quick rundown of my family and growing up. I am the youngest of 4 kids. Youngest by 11 minutes. I have a twin brother and two older sisters. My parents have been married for 46 years. My dad is retired Army (Special Forces- Green Beret). He was in for 23 yrs. I was raised VERY strict. Mine and my dad’s bond has been rocky at times but now my bond with him is tight and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have a very close knit family.
Ok, well that’s the peek into me. Now onto some scrolling/designing talk when I can come up with enough.


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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 07-16-2011 11:27 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks and thanks for the bio.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 11:36 PM

welcome and hope you enjoy it here

-- gagewestern

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 11:36 PM

Hi charles, i recognize things of your story. Nice to read your personal story . And welcome :)

-- -Thomas -

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#4 posted 07-16-2011 11:37 PM

Thanks guys


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#5 posted 07-17-2011 12:37 AM

Welcome Charles. I have followed and used several of your designs over the years. I was very supprised to here you have not shared your designs on this site before. Not alot of us scrollers here, but it is growing.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 07-17-2011 12:41 AM

Glad to be here. Honestly I didn’t know about this site before today. Not even sure how I found it. My personal life and it’s constant downfalls tends to also make my participation fluctuate as well. I still haven’t figured out how to make a gallery of my work, where to post potential free patterns, etc.


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#7 posted 07-17-2011 02:50 AM

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
When I seen the name CharleDearing, I had to see if it was THE Charles Dearing.
I’ve cut a few of your patterns. You are very talented. Glad to see you here.
I read in your post about you being called a whiner. I know where you are coming from. I worry sometimes that I am seen as such because it seems like, at times, every time I look up I’m posting something with explanations that are related to my health and my varying degrees of physical abilities (and sometimes mental as well). When I’m able to put things in perspective though, I realize that most here understand it. There are others here with health problems. Also, they know already about my health problems. It isn’t necessarily whining. It is just part of my life, part of my work, part of who I am.
I understand though. Even though I understand all this, I still feel guilty of whining sometimes. So you’re in good company I guess (or bad depending on how you look at it).
I know how to do most things here, but aren’t good at explaining it. So I hope others can help you there. I can’t wait to see your work here.
I’d love to see your website in your signature line though. If you don’t know how to do that you could just give it to us as a response here (hint, hint).
Again, welcome to Lumberjocks.


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#8 posted 07-17-2011 03:19 AM

HI Charles, I think you will find that a lot of us you know from Steve Good’s site check in here fairly often as well. good to see you here!

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 03:46 AM

Welcome to LJ, there are many who do scroll saw work here, me not so much but my wife does much better than me after a few weeks. I consider her to be an expert scroller but she will deny this!

There is also Scrollgirl, Sheila Landry who is also a pattern designer and a good one, you might want to look her up.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 07-17-2011 04:11 AM

Welcome Charles, Glad to see you finally made it to the best Woodworking site going. I have a admired your talent for cutting and designing for a long time. I know you will fit right in here, good bunch of people.


-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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#11 posted 07-17-2011 04:15 AM

I’ve had to give up my website due to not being able to afford it. The best way to see my cuttings and patterns these days is on Facebook. That’s why I haven’t added a signature yet. A link to my Facebook profile is: Everything is in the photo section.


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#12 posted 07-17-2011 04:15 AM

I appreciate the welcome folks. It means alot.


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#13 posted 07-17-2011 04:40 AM

Welcome Charles, its Chief from scrollsaw.blogspot. Its good that the best scrollsaw pattern designer is now on here.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#14 posted 07-17-2011 04:44 AM

Howdy Chief. I appreciate the compliment, but I’m not the best or I’d have book deals, catalogue entries and sales lol. To me, the best are the ones who cover many avenues of patterns and have patterns everywhere ya look. That would be Sue Mey and Sheila Landry. I DO appreciate your compliment though.


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#15 posted 07-17-2011 04:52 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Charles. Very rarely does anyone lay everything on the table as you have in your introduction. We all have strengths and weaknesses, so I’m sure you have an extended family in waiting here. I can’t wait to see some of your work. Now, make us laugh ! ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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