It’s hard to believe that I hit another milestone. 600 days a member of LumberJocks.
What a change. We used to spend all night looking over the same projects and blogs and chatting with each other and giving each other a hard time. It was truly a time for hijacking other peoples blogs. Lots of off subject comments.
Of course we still do that today.
The biggest change is the quantity of the quality projects. We always had quality and we always helped the beginners. Heck we were family. And we like one another. We made friends without ever looking at them. Everyone was a beautiful person, of course it was a picture about 1” square. Some people were real dogs, but we never brought that up. We just accepted them as they were.
People with all kinds of handicaps came on board. Dull chisels, dull planes, saw blades covered with rust and pine rosin, working in living rooms, half of a one car garage. But still the great projects were posted. People with problems, got help. People without tools got sympathy. People looking for answers to their problems got more that they requested. We got people working in different media, Stained glass, turquoise, leather, fabric.
We’ve made items with glues, nails, screws, wood, but we also made things without any of those things except the wood.
We got boxes, bowls, letter openers, pens, oven tools, spoons. We got cradles, dressing tables, cribs, rocking horses, toys. We got coffins, pulpits, gavels, communion tables, music cabinets, music stands. We got kitchens, living rooms, basements, garages, shops (New and converted). We got beds, night stands, closet doors, mirror stands. We got pictures and no pictures (No picture didn’t happen, doesn’t exist). We got videos, music, people stealing other tools through our cyber share network. We’ve built jigs, shooting boards, bread boards. We got midnight visits to our workshops by MsDebbieP, with ample support by Douglas Border.
We’ve celebrated in new births and we’ve had the loss of a very dear friend. The best of highs and the deepest of lows. But we know and trust in the abiding love of our almighty Saviour.
We’ve invited friends, other LumberJocks, children, grandchildren, neighbors and Boy Scouts into our shops so that we can become teachers to others. We’ve had beginners, and seasoned galoots. We’ve had carpenters, pole climbers, computer programmers, dentists and even professional furniture makers who make a living out of doing what we enjoy. Board creators (lumber Sawyers) and board users. We’ve had people from A to Z. America, Australia, Canada, England Many European countries, Japan, New Zealand. We’ve had English speaking, and foreign language speaking people. We welcome all. We are equal opportunity LJ’ers.
We’ve used pine, fir, cherry, walnut, Ipe, Lignum Vita, maple, Houron Pine, Native timbers from all of the countries represented. Some call them imported and others call the same wood local grown. We’ve had accidents in our shops and we’ve been able to work safely. We use the safety slips to be learning tools so that others don’t experience that same hard way learning curve.
We’ve build dust collectors, sanding tables. We try to keep the dust, chips, wood scraps under control. We make big pieces of wood into smaller pieces. We take smaller pieces of wood and make them into larger pieces. We’ve mixed woods, colors, grains, and we’ve even painted walnut (Right Chip).
We’ve made things with stain, natural, with and without finishes. We’ve found new ways of applying finishes and sanding sealers. We’ve build Rustic, Modern, Mission, Victorian. We’ve seen things that we say we’ll make but we know we won’t, (but we’d really like to). We’ve seen things that others have made and we make them exactly the same and also different.
We’ve had paupers and millionaires join us. We’ve had picnics, where we can share the fellowship of people that we have met online. People that we would never have met, even though they may only live a couple of miles away. We have traveled across town, across state and across the country to meet other LumberJocks. We have the private e-mail addresses of some, phone numbers of some, addresses of some. We have people that we only know by their handle, not even their names, but they are friends.
We’ve had lurkers and participators. But we are being a teacher when you browse and don’t post any comments. But, we’d really like to know what you thought. We want you to teach us, help us to do something better. We don’t get mad because you point out a mistake, we thank you for your sharp eyes, because we saw that problem earlier. But, we really want to get better, so if you know of an easier way or a better way or a safer way, we want you to tell us.
We post projects so that we can show what we are/were able to accomplish. We feel good with what we are able to accomplish. But, we don’t do it to boast, we do it so others can learn, so others can stretch, so that others can go outsides of the box, so others can expand their accomplishments. We are being teachers when we do this, so that you can be our students. We can all learn from others, We may have been there before and we may be there again. But we revel in the things that we are all able to accomplish.
It has been the best of trips. It has kept me out out of the workshop many hours, but it has made the hours there more enjoyable. This has been one of the greatest of trips I’ve ever taken.
May this site exist forever so that others can join in the fun we have.
God bless you all and Welcome to LumberJocks. We are glad that you are aboard.
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