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My Esperanto Woodworking Book Project #1: Some Thoughts

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 07-23-2015 05:15 PM 713 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve finally figured out some direction for the ‘Book Project’ which I’ve been thinking towards for some time. I’m writing the book in my second language, Esperanto, so unfortunately it won’t be much use for Lumberjocks directly. However, I’m going to have to progress a bit in my woodworking journey for the content of the book. For example, I’m going to have to get my dad’s jack plane working and expand my joinery techniques a bit. Not sure I’m necessarily going as far as dovetails, but definitely finger joints.

I’m going to have a section for starting out woodworkers, but include upgrade tools, I.E coping saw to handheld jigsaw to band saw or scroll saw.

I fully realize this book is more of a curiosity than anything useful, even to Esperantists. I can foresee selling about 2 copies. ;-) I presume there are woodworking resource books in other national languages, but it’s something I want to do. Nothing like it exists in the world of Esperanto (Esperantujo).

The projects I’ll put in the book will simple, but (hopefully) useful to most people, especially to those of the frugal frame of mind. I figure a few shop projects would be good, simple bench, clamps, etc. then basic furniture, seating, tables, shelves, maybe also some miscellaneous projects like toys and rhythm instruments. We’ll see.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 07-23-2015 09:43 PM

I had never heard of Esperanto before and had to look it up. Other finding out it was created around 1880, I do not really understand why it was created. Perhaps, a little explanation would be good and why you decided to write in that l language.

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 12:00 AM



I had never heard of Esperanto before and had to look it up. Other finding out it was created around 1880, I do not really understand why it was created. Perhaps, a little explanation would be good and why you decided to write in that l language.

- Redoak49

I guess the best way to put it is that Esperanto was created to make it easier to communicate across language barriers. Ideally, instead of us learning (fill in the foreign language of your choice here) or they learning English, we both would learn Esperanto and thus neither of us would have an advantage over the other. We’re not in an ideal world, but people do learn the language and mostly on their own. The languages main strength is that it is grammatically regular, no lists of exception to memorize, and it is pronounced exactly as it is spelled, no silent letters, etc.

I chose to write in the language more or less as an intellectual exercise, and because I like integrating it into my hobbies. No one has written any kind of book about woodworking before in Esperanto, so it might as well be me. I hope I somewhat answered your questions. I tried to be brief.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 01:04 AM

Hi Dave,

Esperanto sounds like a great idea! Too bad more people don’t know about it.

Writing a book, any book, sounds like a pretty big undertaking. You have more energy than I do!

Charlie

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 01:11 AM



Hi Dave,

Esperanto sounds like a great idea! Too bad more people don t know about it.

Writing a book, any book, sounds like a pretty big undertaking. You have more energy than I do!

Charlie

- CharlieK

My last book too 10 years, but there was a lot more research involved in it. It was a history book about the railroad stations on the Sussex Branch of the Lackawanna Railroad. I got lucky that a lot of photos surfaced towards the end of that project.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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