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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 02-17-2011 10:02 AM 1651 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So you’ve seen the jewelry boxes, the whittling in bed, and the hardwood floors. During this time we passed through her 180 day checkpoint which was good timing since she does not like Valentines Day. I waited until 183 days had passed and delivered her gift … pointing out it was NOT a V-day gift it was a 183 day commemorative event.

Oh – the gift, since that question will come up. She likes peppermint patties, so I found a candy wholesaler and drop shipped her a 25lb case. Course I couldn’t do that w/o some sorta game involved so I dropped a few comments about things not legal in NJ that are legal in PA etc etc … so when I mentioned a heavy box would be arriving she seemed to figure it was going to be full of ammunition or something. Hehe, just chocolate … of course the box turned out to be stamped all over with their logos so it wasn’t going to be as covert as I had planned it.

Anyway … Figuring 180 days was the checkpoint, waiting 3 days past that got me past any attorney review periods or rights of rescission clauses. So – at that point she was officially stuck with me. So what comes next? Well it makes sense now that Miss Dana has to put up with me that she puts me to use so the new shop girl decided she wants a deck, so that’s what comes next.

Playing with Trex’s website and geeze for free this thing cranks out a full materials list, renderings, and schematics all ready to go to submit for permits, home owners associations, and for quotes. We’re hoping to break ground by May, we’ll see how well the weather cooperates.

A little more time w/ Trex’s tool and I got the knotch and everything all planned in, door placement correct, etc. Just have to get approvals on the 21’ 6” x 18” dimensions and some other minor differences from the associations standard requirements!

Check out the report Trex’s tool generates – amazingly thorough!

http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/ems/Dana_Deck_Design_II.pdf

In the meantime – Dana’s continuing work on a few more jewelry box designs, fostering kittens, and keeping warm during all the snow storms. She’s expressed I thank everyone for her and say she’s definitely flattered by some of the comments she’s gotten off Lumberjocks … but she is still insisting I make the point that although she does like to play with wood, she’s not all nail guns, power tools, and knee pads.

So while we’re on a construction interlude Dana had the opportunity for some Dana time … Of course when that happens and Eric is let loose with a camera anything could become forever captured in digital format. So this shall serve as further evidence that this girl is dangerously cute … She obviously cleans up quite well!

OH – of course we have to submit a reminder that we are fostering kittens through the Trenton Animal Shelter – there’s lots of these critters out there looking for new homes. In fact the one clinging to her head, not to hang on for dear life but purely out of love I might add, will be up for adoption in a few weeks.

Please contact me if you are interested in adopting her … (The kitten NOT the girl … I’m keeping the girl!) Contact your local animal shelters and SPCA to adopt a cat or dog in need of a home!

The critter above is Ziti – she may look like the result of shocking wet pocket lint until it springs ferociously to life in this image, but this was after a much needed bath with Dana. She wasn’t expressing the same appreciation that I had for being part of that event. She’s actually one of the most outgoing and sweetest kittens we have had to date, she’s tiny and young but already extraordinarily affectionate. A few minutes after this photo was taken she was in my lap purring away and chewing on her share of a shrimp.

Notes and disclaimers: Obviously this is a G rated post – anything on Dana, Noodler, and Ziti which could be construed even with the furthest stretch of your imagination as adult content is clearly obscured by bubbles! Oh … and No kittens were drown in the making of these photos.

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



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#1 posted 02-17-2011 03:07 PM

Eric be careful, try not to break the ground. I heard the warranty is really poor.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 03:16 PM

How much for the duck?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 05:05 PM

On one had I always appreciate seeing photos of a girl taking a bath but I’m also bugged by the other notion of finding it very odd to post something like this on a woodworking web site.

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 05:30 PM

@Brit … Interesting … that could be a great fund raiser idea! We can auction off ducks that bathed with Dana! I was also thinking of taking a few of the not as G rated ones, covering them with bubbles, and then doing a “Paypal” payment plan to bust the bubbles; of course she wasn’t so found of that plan.

@Jack … yeah can’t be as messed up as GM’s warranty, and at least I can always fill in the hole I dug for less than $5,800!

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

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 05:40 PM

@Chuck – I’ve learned to always appreciate such things in life! ... yes it’s a woodworking website and of course it’s an anomaly. Blogs are random – if you follow the string of this conversation it starts out featuring someone new to our shop (my life) starting this summer. After a bad crash and burn with my last attempt at a relationship it was refreshing to have this cute creature hanging around.

I’ve been posting a bunch of shots of her covered in dust and dirt wearing stained shop clothes of course eventually earned me reminder that she doesn’t always want to be portrayed as being dirty! So … I figured I show her “cleaned up …” ... I’d have posed her in a tin in the back yard with a hose but given it’s been like 25 degree’s out I didn’t think she’d appreciate it much.

One of the things I’ve found fun about this site is that it has the ability to go beyond just projects, tool reviews, and how too’s. Everyone interacts and feel’s comfortable with a little ribbing back and forth – social networking for people with a baseline interest in wood.

I’ve also found that any random cute shot with a kitten – and the mention of fostering and adoption – ESPECIALLY those that are eye catching are very likely to get us interest in adopting one of the kittens we’re fostering.

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

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 05:46 PM

There was a girl in the pictures!!! I didn’t notice, I only saw the cat. ROFLMAO! I don’t see anything wrong with those photos. There is nothing salacious or prurient about them. They also fit in perfectly with the blog series.

Keep up the great blog Eric.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 05:49 PM

Right that cats … I took them and I only recently noticed there was a duck! ...

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

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 07:20 PM

Dana is a brave girl, cats, claws, bare skin, and water don’t mix well.

-- When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water. Gfolley, Ohio

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 06:05 AM

Actually I’m intentionally being interesting, raw, and honest. Our journey in woodworking is not just about the wood – it’s about the woodworker. We evolve in our skills, personality, experience through many factors. People are obviously one major influence we all intertwine ourselves with.

Dana is now in my life and thus an influence on various factors of woodworking. Finding her this summer was actually a great help, I was barely back in the game. Going through the breakup of ‘09 put a huge dent in my creativity and motivation. When someone who you are building the business and future with bails on ya, it sucks to say the least. Most people have hit a point in their life where they lose touch with their passions – it sucks, but it’s unfortunately something we all will experience.

By January of 2010 I was about sick of myself – so was everyone else around me. New things came online – on/off with a girl who got me back to cooking again after a six month hiatus early that year. I bought a new Canon 50D and suddenly got much more into photography than I ever was before. (Not to mention a new Camaro, but that’s for another blog entry!) There were many random shoots before with different girls, animals, furniture, nature, bands, and other random subjects. The “Cats Need Baths Too” photo shoot on Superbowl Sunday was the source of the shots in this blog entry.

Getting the creativity going again with photography was quite helpful in getting back into woodworking. Having a new shop girl around who wanted to goto the shop and learn tools, figure out finishes, and design her own jewelry box made it interesting again.

In fact I really didn’t write anything new until I did Dana’s brochure for her jewelry boxes – took a good solid year gap in creative writing, no articles, blogs, a few less than up to par posts on lumberjocks may have appeared in the interim. Dana’s passionately cute interest, OCD obsession in fact, with developing her designs, focus on new hobbies, etc … well it seemed like a fun thing to write about. So I started posting blogs like this, getting back into story telling mode as I have done for years. (IE SALES PITCH CAPABLE – … make sales, make $ – pay mortgage!)

So at this point, and it’s a good thing I am, I’m getting back into the whole game. As I’m ramping up a fast track project for a TV show (covert still – under a gag order), had a meeting at the NJ State House today and kicked off some contracts for some things in the capital complex, establishing new relationships with insurance companies for restoration leads, a few pending commissions and private restorations in the contract phase …

So – if you wanna follow my adventures in woodworking … you’re gonna have to put up with some of the story about the woodworker, and that plot includes the girl … it all intertwines.

Additionally, Blog #6 here is announcing the deck project that’s pending. As this project embarks, Dana will be pictured with hammers, drills, saws, levels, a 12” power auger for the post holes, etc … she’ll once again be in mud, dust, and dirt. Females may enjoy these projects, they may feel productive, creative, empowered, etc.

As great as those feelings are, I have observed that in these situations what women do not feel is feminine. If you keep portraying them without that one element it takes something away from them. They start saying you think of me as one of the guys. So – having learned from past mistakes in this arena I’m making sure that I’m putting Dana out there how I see her … and ummm … ain’t nobody gonna say Dana doesn’t look feminine in those photos!

So, this woodworker’s story today: Eric intentionally made his woman feel like a woman, and therefore he is not spending tonight playing with his wood alone.

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

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 01:43 AM

Chuck C, Autumn:

Blog postings are not limited to woodworking; they must be “related to”. The following is taken directly from Martin’s post 109 days ago

Postings are to be woodworking related and family updates only.

Eric’s blog entries all deal with Eric’s woodworking journey. Dana is a major part of that woodworking journey. We have seen Dana actively participating in woodworking activities. She was sweaty and covered in dust. She wants her own workshop. Now Dana and Eric are going to build a deck (again woodworking). I see nothing wrong with a picture of Dana’s face, hands and shoulder as she cleans up from woodworking. I think its great that we all have had a to meet this woodworking muse named Dana.

Additionally, Dana is in a relationship with Eric. That means that posts involving her are family updates.

Eric: On a separate note I volunteer my duck for the auction, of course, right after the bath ;-) only kidding.

I think you are very lucky to have found some like Dana who is willing to be involved in your woodworking and who apparently has a great sense of humor. Looking forward to reading about Dana and Eric Banging on the Deck.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 02:20 AM

I found nothing wrong here. The other day I saw a “PROJECT” that was about a fellow woodworkers dog that past away, if that was ok then why not this.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#12 posted 02-20-2011 04:58 AM

My comments were not to insinuate that there was an infraction of the rules. I just found it odd, still do.
Best of luck with the new relationship. A woman with similar dreams helps us reach ours.

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#13 posted 02-20-2011 09:08 PM

Technical Notes: I updated the images above to reflect the notch out. I also added a link above and here again in the comment if anyone wants to checkout the actual reports generated by the Trex design tool. I’m kinda fascinated, it’s a bit tricky to get the dimensions in as you can’t enter #’s you have to just slide around the points. I did get it to work out I think pretty well!

http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/ems/Dana_Deck_Design_II.pdf

Back to the relationship:

Yes – I definitely got lucky finding a Dana.

Ya know some of this fun with her floors and doing the deck plan and other projects working together to me when you do that early in a relationship it gets a lot of the required tests out of the way quickly. We’ll see how the next six months goes, if we survive it we have a good foundation. Projects create stress, so it’s a good way to see if a couple can work together successfully.

We have a few kinds to workout – neither of us are perfect. Amazing huh I’m not perfect? ... at least us guys have females to remind us we’re not when we get that false sense of self!

Dana does have a twisted sense of humor, she’s also quite a sarcastic b*tch at times! I find that funny though. I don’t think someone without those characteristics could tolerate me for very long.

Most of the time she’s very docile, non-confrontational but occasionally something does set her off. She threw me out of bed Monday night and made me sleep in the basement, I wasn’t allowed to come back to her house until I saw a doctor and did something about the post nasal drip that’s making me hack up fur-balls all night and keep her up.

So Tuesday I went to the doc – and now I’m off all allergy meds and on steroids for a week to prep for that horrible prick test again. Last time I did it, it was inconclusive, I was allergic to everything so they couldn’t help. Maybe there is something new out it was a long time ago. The steroids are helping some, but this is killing me to keep coughing half the night.

Anyway – more on the deck project as it progresses. More on Dana’s box projects pending … and I’m picking up a few more restoration projects, the TV show thing, and other restorations going … there will be some new stuff posted soon in projects. I think I’ll stick to the blog with the deck though.

Thanks for the feedback and interactions – as usual it’s always interesting around LumberJocks …

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

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#14 posted 02-23-2011 10:31 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/EricMSaperstein/blog/21517

Make sure you all vote for Noodler (featured w/ Dana above!) – He’s running for Bissell’s Most Valueable Pet award of $10,000 for the Trenton Animal Shelter!

Check the link above for more details on how to vote!

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

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