Too do or not to is the question... whats the answer?

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Blog entry by Dusty posted 04-14-2007 03:53 PM 1334 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many of you Lumberjocks have been following my feeble and wholly inadequate attempt at writing about my experiences that have lead up to the buying and ultimately the rehab of “This Old Crack house”.

The experience of doing this (it is my first attempt at writing and doing a blog) has been rewarding and over whelming.

The comments and encouragement I have received along the way has been very touching and a healing process for me.

I am humbled. To say thank you is so inadequate, however I don’t know any other way, except to share more of my works and my craft and passion as a woodworker and stained glass artesian for those of you that might be interested.

I have been blessed to be able to share this with you so far.

This leads me to my question(s).

I have several chapters left to write about the rehab of “This Old Crack House” along with several twists and turns there are a few surprises in store.

The question simply is: for those of you who have painstakingly taken your valuable time and slogged threw my endless dribble to the tune of 31 chapters and hundreds of pages over several months, should I continue to tell the story behind the rehab process or just jump to the end and post the final result pictures?

Many of you know I have designed and built well over one hundred pieces of furniture for this house. In fact every piece is hand made except the leather sofas.

My passion has been Mission and Arts and Crafts Style. However, I have many other pieces and styles that I have built.

Remember, “This Old Crack House” has almost 5000 square feet. This includes three kitchens, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, Home Movie Theater, virtual bowling alley, formal dining room, formal living rooms, hundreds of stained glass windows, formal library with a one of a kind stained glass ceiling that I built, featured on HGTV, hot tub, decks, and a peacock along with two basset hounds.

This project took so far has taken almost three years, and is still a work in progress.

There are other surprises also.

For those of you who know me I am a very shy and humble person. I feel like taking about this project is that I am being a showoff or bragger.

That simply isn’t the case.

I have for the most part remained very private and kept to my self.

The TV shows, newspaper and magazine articles, have all been unsolicited. In every case I have resisted having them showcased.

There are a number of things I share with my fellow Lumberjocks who I haven’t or won’t share with just the general public. They don’t understand like fellow woodworkers do.

I never felt the work I had done has been worthy of all the attention. I have always felt there are so many more talented and gifted woodworkers whose work makes mine look like scrap wood.

Simply put, not good enough to show off.

Each and every case I have agonized over showing my work. I had to be talked into sharing it. The attention is still very uncomfortable.

I will never get used to it. I just have learned to deal with it some what.

So you tell me, my friends here and fellow Lumber jocks.

What should I do?

Go on with my silly dribble and ramblings or go back into reclusion as I have been in the past?

I never want to be known as the Lumberjock who wore out his welcome with his endless posting of his projects.

I am a person who wares his emotions on his sleeve from those of you that have followed my writings, know this.

I trust you to tell me what to do. I will respect that.

What ever the majority of the feed back is, I will follow.

Of course it goes with out saying, that Martin is ok with me using up the memory of his new hosting service.

I await your comments.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 04-14-2007 04:08 PM

Keep the story going!!

Although the weekly wait is agonizing, it is very exciting. I have to admit that I love the wait, the anticipation.
I’m not one who reads the ending of the book first. I want the suspense, the personal growth, the journey.

The work shown at LumberJocks is all ART and, to me, art comes from the heart and soul. Your words, your story, although hopefully not a common story amongst our fellow woodworkers, symbolizes the heart and soul that people put into their craft.

I think that we all overcome something in order to meet our goals and to create our visions and on that level we can all relate to your journey.

If you choose to just skip the story and go to the end (heaven forbid) I’d still like to receive the story via email! :D

My two cents.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-14-2007 04:37 PM

If you skip ahead, we’ll only make you go back to fill in the missing bits!

I’m not one to peek at the presents under the tree… I like the anticipation, and the slow unfolding of whats to come. What will we have to look forward to once this book is done?

Please keep them coming – that is just my selfish wish. Take, and spend, your time as best you see fit.

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2007 04:38 PM

Keep at your own pace Dusty, Were with you until the end.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-14-2007 04:49 PM

The whole story Dusty! Please.
The longer the better. If it takes another four years that is fine with me…I’d hate to see it cut short. Our stories are our greatest gift…left unshared they just get lost in history, but shared the simplest acts become channels of growth and healing for us all. Many here have shared their stories in one way or another. This is what makes this place special.

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 04:50 PM

I was enjoying the journey and am in no hurry to get to the end.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 04-14-2007 04:58 PM

I wouldn’t mind if this was one of them unending stories. I’m not the type of person who’ll sit down, & read a book, but your story has peaked my interest in reading.

Barb told me to say she’d be very disappointed if you didn’t continue. She’s one of your best fans.

Besides that you wouldn’t want to see a little Grandma cry now would you?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 04-14-2007 05:02 PM

We don’t just come here to see pictures of woodworking, We come to see the inner working of the heart and sole that go into the woodworking.

The furniture store down the road and an Ikea sale flyer have pictures of furniture. I want to know why something was made and why it’s important to the builder, and to the recipient.

I may say that I’m going to build something like that some day, but I probably won’t. Its not because I don’t want to its all about time and not necessarily about desire.

I also want the project builder to think and know that I like it so well that I’d like something like it in my home. We are not asking them to build 100 of them and pass them out to us. But we’d like to use our own inventiveness to build something like this in our shop.

That why I like the Thorsen Greene and Greene side table challenge. We all see the picture and the size that Popular Woodworking put in their article. But, now its our time to shine and how we want to make this ours. It’s our “Karsons Greene and Greens Side table” or “Dustys Greene and Greene side table” or “Dennis Greene and Greens side table”. It might not look like the original but then the PW version doesn’t look like the original either.

It’s our view of life that makes us what we are. and the things that we do are a part of us, never to be removed, and hopefully never forgotten.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 04-14-2007 05:18 PM

Dusty, my fellow Jocks have said it very well above. I’d be bummed if I quit getting that email update about the new posts. Truth be told, and I’m serious about this, your projects and posts were one of the reasons I decided to join this community. It’s not dribble where I’m concerned.

As long as you personally continue to derive joy and healing from the process of sharing is what really matters. ;-)

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#9 posted 04-14-2007 05:20 PM

I want the whole story but I would like to see the end results first. I want to marvel at your work and then read how you got there.


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#10 posted 04-14-2007 05:59 PM

I’m kinda new here, but certainly keep the story going! One of the things I value most in working with wood is the necessity of patience. Please take your time and do it as you see fit, I have no doubt it will be worth the wait.

-- Jeff, West Linn, OR,

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#11 posted 04-14-2007 06:03 PM

Diane, look at his project posts… you can see bits of the house in the background. It’s really quite remarkable.

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

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#12 posted 04-14-2007 06:38 PM

Keep the story going please and at your own pace…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 04-14-2007 06:40 PM

Dusty…I have been teaching for 10 years…I take pride in my work…and I am very passionate in trying to help young people…I am new to this site. And as a full time teacher with three kids (one just 3 weeks old) I wish I had the time to work and learn about the levels of woodworking that all of you have attained. However that being said—your story must be told! As I am passionate about what I do everyday—-it is clear to me that your story is important. We all have our stories, but some of us were given the gift to tell about it. When I saw this post I finally had to go back and take Dennis’ advice and start reading “This old crack house” I am only up to #5—-but with that far in the story I had to stop and come back to write this—-(with emotion on my sleeve): “Please dont stop!” Let the story come to you. Take your time. Enjoy the process (we usually forget that). But the process—like the journey is where the memory comes from. You are a gifted writer…and I only hope you decide to go on…thank you for including us on your journey…as I go on my own journey I look forward to posting my little projects…and learning along the way with my successes and MANY foibles to come. If we cant share that…I am not sure if it is worth it. Thank you to all for creating this community. We are all from different places…but it has been a very positive experience for me.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 04-14-2007 06:42 PM

I look forward to each chapter Dusty, you can’t quit now. The end results are great, but it’s the obstacle are what make a story worth it. I for one am willing and wanting to read about every twit, turn, and suprise.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#15 posted 04-14-2007 06:53 PM

Please do not stop Dusty. We want to hear the whole story. I think you should keep going as you have been. I picked up the story lately, so I have to go back and catch up. But, I would not like to see the end now, and then read more about it later. It is like watching the end of the movie first, and then going back to watch the rest to see how you got there.

I agree with someone else about the writing being a good thing for you as well. It will be a release for you, a chance to know why you did things, how you would have done them differently, what you have learned, and how you have grown as a person. It is about the journey, not just the destination.

And, just think, when the blog is finally complete, you will have your story already written for your book. Maybe by then Lumberjocks magazine and LJTV will be publishing and broadcasting your work as an inspiration to many more of us.

Keep going Dusty. There is nothing wrong with being humble, and yet telling your story. This is not for the fame, it is for passing on the learning experiences to others. Just like the old days when a master had an apprentice. We are the apprentices waiting for the knowledge of one who has been there.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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