A LumberJock offered to me a most wonderful gift. Some time in his shop.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 07-31-2008 01:09 AM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No it was not an offer of free wood.

A posting on one of my blogs last night was a offer of most immense proportions. The offer was to allow me to use his shop and his time to work on a project for my wife. Here was his offer

I immediately responded yes. The LumberJock was none other than our respected Lee Jesberger

I mean here was a LumberJock that built 36 kitchens for one customer. Here was a LumberJock that built a $100,000 kitchen for another customer. He was allowing me to be his student for this creation. I’m not a novice, I built a kitchen for my wife while we lived in New Jersey. We are now in Delaware and she wants another one. I thought the hotplate on the kitchen table fit in for local Delawarians.

Of course I responded ”YES”

But later I got to remembering a post that he made previously on another blog of mine and I got to wondering if he was trying to fill out his portfolio with my kitchen that is ”In my estimation” going to put his jobs to shame.

So it might not be him being the teacher and me the student, but, the other way around.

But I don’t care. We have a great time together when we meet once a year, and when we talk on the phone. He is just as friendly and personable as he seems online.

I just hope that I’m not taking his time away from a real paying job. But then again maybe this will be the interview for a new job as his partner.

Nope never back to New Jersey again. Been there done that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 01:24 AM

Wow. Isn’t that great. Where else but on LJ.

Now be sure you get pics Karson. :-)

-- BLOG -

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 01:38 AM

The collaboration of two craftsmen can only mean some fantastic stuff is in the making. This should be good.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 01:42 AM

That truly is a wonderful gift. I was given a similar gift by by Lumberjock Terry. I met him at my first local wood turners club meeting back in March. I only had my lathe for a couple of weeks. He invited me to his shop and learn the basics of turning wood. It was truly one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 02:10 AM

man…thats why i love this place! no one gets it (non LJ’s) when I tell them about this place they dont really get the connection of woodworking and the internet—-but I am telling you…I am a woodworker in part to this place…

I love wood working…but it is the sharing aspect that makes it extra special…

Lee and Karson…what a great combo…I cant wait to see what comes out of this shop…this is going to be an AWESOME kitchen!!!

Good luck…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 03:27 AM

Great opportunity. You guys have fun.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 04:31 AM

Hey Karson;

Who was it? lol

Actually, I don’t mind being the student, and I slowly learn pretty quick!

Lance, you’re welcome to come help us out!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 05:30 AM

I would be pretty excited to spend some shop time with Lee. That should be a great time.

Have fun!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 06:21 AM

I’m envious. It’s a good thing I’m west of the Mississippi, or I’d have to volunteer to sweep up after you two esteemed gentlemen.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 02:22 PM

That is awesome! This spirit is what makes LJ as great as it is, you can’t find so much positive attitude, and “togetherness” on any other (woodworking) site online – or at least I haven’t found any other place that shares the same support between it’s members

Good luck with the kitchen, the machines, and Lee!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 02:34 PM

Oooh, Delaware and tax-free shopping. I grew up in Hockessin near Newark and now my parents live in Bear near Lum’s Pond, sorry still north of the canal.

I am sure you will have a great time and it is always good to get to collaborate on a project.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 03:07 PM

I’m with you Douglas… I’d gladly be the shop sweep!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 07-31-2008 03:42 PM

I’ll hold the dust pan !

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 07-31-2008 04:16 PM

Keep me on the loop, I may jump on a weekend and give you a hand (and learn fro you). I am working on my second sculptured Rocking chair and I can use a break with something that has at list one straight edge.

-- Zipsss

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#14 posted 07-31-2008 08:17 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys and gals. Ze’ev I’ll let you know what is happening. maybe we’ll have a second LJ picnic of 2008,

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#15 posted 07-31-2008 08:21 PM

This should be good!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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