From a modest beginning, 5/9/2006, I signed in to a new web site www.lumberjocks.com. That was what it was called. It was identified in Woodshop News as a new woodworking site. I signed in to check it out. I was number 28 of those who have signed in.
Other than Martin who was #1, we have Ellen who checks in every so often. Phillip Edwards who is a woodworker in England who make some superb wooden planes. We then have Mark DeCou who is a frequent contributor to this site and if you look at the bottom of the page Mark’s picture is the link to the LJ Store. All of the others that are the early jocks have seen to have disappeared into the “woodwork”.
I can remember signing into sites, posting a question and then forgetting where they were, what they were called. LumberJocks was the same for me, except I remembered the web address. Coming in so early in the evolution of this site, not much was happening. You could check in every couple of days and see the same posts on the first page.
After a few active posters, the site became more active. But for me the first LumberJock Contest was the item that made me more active. There were some very nice items entered into the first contest.
I was blessed that I was able to win the first contest.
The activity here has really expanded. The contests and woodworking challenge that we’ve done in co-operation with some woodworking magazines and also the cross linking with the Woodwhisper has caused the LJ site to become very active.
It has been a great privilege to be a part of this great woodworking site.
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