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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 11-29-2010 07:05 AM 1484 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So – some of you have put me on your buddy list and have followed some of the saga (sitcom) of my life. Others have no clue what the history is and probably don’t care. I’ll give a quick background just to set the background plot for the story.

I was engaged, that took it’s turn towards dissolving last summer. So where possible I’ve cleaned out most of the stories and pictures involving my ex. Unfortunately in newsletters that’s just history, it’s written and it’s articles documenting our story. At that time, our story included Teri; she’s moved on to pursue other interests and thus going forward she’s not going to be making any future appearances.

What’ll be interesting now is to see what our new shop girl can do. I found Dana back in August, we started dating and she expressed her desire to spend some time in the shop to work on some of her own projects and to learning some new skills. Dana is a bioengineer by trade, and she shows a lot of artistic prospect … I just need to see if we can keep her attention and interest.

Below are some photos of Dana’s first carving project – my father (Stanley) taught her to carve a gnome. She was a quick study and has moved on to some tiki’s and jewelry box projects. I’ll post a few more of those shortly; including some off the normal path projects such as the use of a Dremell to clean and polish feet and nails. I’ll also have to post a few pictures and maybe little blurb about whittling safety including some testimony from Dana on why it’s a bad idea to stick a skew into your wrist.

As this started in August – and it’s now approaching December, I figure it’s a good sign that she has not yet moved with no forwarding address, changed her phone number, or filed for a restraining order. In fact she seems to be marking her territory, there is now a new shower shelf containing a variety of mixtures and potions, she’s taking over more drawers, and her projects are often left in the shop to continue next time she’s over.

Well – on with life, let’s see how this all plays out!

Eric M. Saperstein
Master Craftsman
Artisans of the Valley
www.artisansofthevalley.com

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 11:27 AM

isn’t life interesting – it brings people into our lives so we can learn something about life and about ourselves and then we move on to discover something new, to become a fuller, wiser, healthier person.

The leaving unfinished projects in the shop for next time – is a very good sign :)

(I hope we get to learn more about the carvings!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 12:20 PM

Well, I sure do hope that it all works out OK. She sure does look like she’s interested in carving. She shows a lot of concentration and determination in that pretty face of hers. Congratulations to the both of you.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 03:55 PM

One thing that I might add. She really needs to get here a thumb/finger protector and carving glove. When carving that sort of thing you can really get some nasty cuts and you will eventually cut yourself, IMHO.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 04:04 PM

the pictures are blurry..we need close ups, ok. don’t be mad but we need proper pictures to give you proper feedback—-yessssssssss

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 04:57 PM

@Debbie – yes I think she’s starting some nesting procedures. When she first started coming over she also noted that there’s no way there was any other female nesting in my house the way I was setup. She seems to have taken pride in the fact that she got me to move the meat slicer from its storage location on my dresser back into the kitchen. I don’t personally see why there’s a problem storing this machine in the bedroom, but apparently to a female is just not appropriate. Keep in mind here that carving with hand tools and a dremell in bed is completely acceptable to Dana, so …

Regarding cuts and abrasions … Oh yes – she needs a chain-male glove! ... some photos of her wounds and mishaps are pending. The worst of which is how I got to meet her parents!

Here’s a couple more photos!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 05:13 PM

THAT’s a million dollar smile !

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 05:37 PM

I’ll store anything anywhere. I like “stuff” so there is always an overflow :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 05:48 PM

Yeah I have my piles around too … but she’s a bit (completely and totally) OCD … when it comes to where things go and that they go back there. Strange that she does carve in bed though w/ that … and fosters kittens so they make a mess.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 05:53 PM

the carving in bed is a little peculiar for someone with OCD tendencies but I guess the “clean-up” is very meticulous when she is done :)

Oh to have someone organize my home for me.. sigh .. :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 06:56 PM

a very nice shop add…lol

congrat´s and if she carves in the bed its only meen she had been bite by the WW-BUG
you better add a cornerroom to the shop tooo ..LOL

take care of her she seems to bee a winner

Dennis

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 07:22 PM

Well, I’m not a fanatic when it comes to neatness. Now, my wife is a different story. However, carving in bed doesn’t seem to be all that big of a deal. After you carve a while just yank the sheets off, go outside, and shake. That seems pretty simple to me. :) Now I realize that someone is going to have to make the bed up again. Since she’s the one that carves in the bed I suppose it is only fitting that she makes the bed after the sheets are shaken out. So maybe your problems will be over with – that leaves you off of the hook. :)

Of course, all things considered, maybe you wouldn’t mind lending a hand to remake the bed after all. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 07:47 PM

OCD seams to have specific fixations. She cleaned my fridge the first night she came over for dinner … then later there was a tuperware party. She also proclaimed I should figure out if I’m moving in or out and go with it … WTF was the deal with me living out of crates and bins when I clearly had dressers and closets?

Then – she does carve and dremel in bed and there are commonly woodchips everywhere. Somehow the relaxation of the project and fixating on the carving (extremely intensely) supersedes the desire to keep things neat. She does clean up, shake he sheets out, and she does tend to use a box or bucket to carve over to catch most of it. More of the story line will be posted later – w/ some photo documentary shots of the carvings!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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mtkate

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 11:52 PM

This is a hilarious blog post. And I am SO JEALOUS that you let her carve in bed. I’m not allowed.

Just never write or post anything that you think you might need to remove in the future. Makes life easier.

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 11:59 PM

Yes she generally remakes the bed – I personally do not believe in things like neatening a bed I will only mess up in a few hours. Nor do I wash dishes before I wash dishes … and anyone who thinks I will EVER wash garbage is just flat out detached from reality … forget that.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#15 posted 11-30-2010 12:09 AM

Well – some things just had to change, I can’t really post “Hey I’m engaged!!!” in a current profile when well, that just isn’t happening now. It kinda puts a damper on a new relationship when the girl reads about your “current” status as being happily with someone else. Such is life!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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