Juan Hovey

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Location: Chatsworth, CA

I'm a long-time journalist, now more or less retired and far more interested in working with wood than I am in writing. Indeed, these days I have to fight myself to sit down and write, in part because it's such hard work, and in part because I just don't have that much to say anymore.

But here's something about writing that may register with other woodworkers. I set out long ago to learn what it took to write the simple English sentence, and by and large I succeeded. But to my mind, words are lifeless things so long as I do nothing more than look at them. When I say them out loud, on the other hand, they come alive.

Let me explain. Shakespeare frustrated me when I was young; Hamlet was a mystery, the "dark lady" of the sonnets a mere blank in my mind. But one day the idea came to me to listen to recordings of the plays and read the text at the same time, and Shakespeare came alive.

To this day, when I write, I don't see the words I write. I hear them, and I know I haven't finished writing something until I've spoken the words out loud. No matter what I'm working on, I'm not done until I print it out and, with paper on the desk before me, I put my glass on, lean over and say the words, one after the other, listening for the voice in the words.

To work with wood is to struggle with things - with the concrete, not with the ephemera of words. It is to experience the world in a completely different way. When I'm at my bench in my garage, I see see and touch and feel. It's nothing like writing, and it engages me body and soul.

Am I any good at it? Who knows? I'm better at it than I was a year ago, and God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be better at it a year from now. I'll have had a good time of it in the meantime, too.

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 09:10 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 09:26 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 04:11 AM

Hello JVH,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 04:11 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 06:02 AM

Hi there,
I too am somewhat new to LumberJocks and would like to welcome you to the site. The folks here are great and the projects will absolutely blow your mind. There are some very talented people out there…
Sit back, enjoy the ride and be careful, this site is extremely addictive…
Welcome to LJ

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 06:27 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best to only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 04:24 PM

Welcome. Glad to have another local.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 11:16 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 08:17 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks, Glad to have you aboard. †

-- 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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