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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 917 days ago 3442 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a1Jim opened the world of wood finishing by recommending Charles Neil to me. I’ve devoured all the free You Tube video’s I can find, and would like to get the A-Z series, once I can justify the price, plus I am not much for DVD’s, quaint little disks as they are. I prefer to use my PC for most video when I can.

Charles says a phrase a lot; “that’s just the way it is”, and every time I hear it I say to myself, but why?

He is a lot like me in that he has a natural aptitude for physics, but he stopped short of answering some of the ‘why’s’. Lets face it, if you’ve ever tried to learn physics the right way, you soon learn that it’s almost as tough as learning 7 foreign languages at once, however it’s still doable in layman’s terms.

So once in a while, I’ll post one of those why’s which almost always increases my understanding of the subject.

I highly recommend his videos. He does explain a lot of things we take for granted. Sometimes putting the reason out there causes you to think about it in new ways. Ways you would not normally be challenged to think.

For instance, the summer and winter growth of trees; summer being less dense than winter. We all pretty much know this, but how that applies to blotching with stains and dyes and weathering of wood isn’t always apparent, and it’s those little jewels of info that take the rough edges off our work.

Thoughts?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 917 days ago

Interesting,

We get our knowledge in many ways. Internet, Youtube, and books?, lol. lumberjocks is a very helpful place. Many of us are learning here because we have no one in our area, or our pockets are empty?

I have known Charles Neil only through internet, email, blogs, and a history of his DVD’s. He is a professional “finisher” as he likes to call himself.

It is interesting to me that we spend money on tools to get the job done, but do not see education that we have to pay for as equally imortant?

We are moving into a world that may not have oil type finishes anymore. Waterborne finishes and polys are here to stay? If we truely want a great piece for our efforts, we have to finish it.

Charles is gently dragging me kicking and screaming into the future. And I’ve learned to “Sneak up on it!” LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Jeff Waggoner

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#2 posted 917 days ago

If you ever get a meet Charles in person, he is one of the nicest and most genuine people you will ever meet. My kids and I had the opportunity to visit him in his shop last year and it would have been worth the trip from Indiana even if that was the only thing we did. I think I have 14 or 15 of him videos and I don’t regret one. I also like the feeling that I am helping in some small way to support someone that is doing so much for the woodworking community.

-- Jeff Waggoner, http://www.planeoldwood.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plane-Old-Wood/170375656316338

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 917 days ago

Hey Russ
Glad you liked Charles
Sometimes the best things in life are not free :))
We all have to make are on decisions as to if something will work in our budget or not.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 917 days ago

a1Jim- Yeah, I found out that Charles only has a few You Tube video’s, but I think I’ve got enough info to work with. There is a line between how much you can learn without actually doing it. I want to try some finishes with his Pre-Color Conditioner before I go on to learn anymore. I just hope it arrives soon, because I’ll be ready to use it with my current project.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 917 days ago

Russel, Last email I recieved was they are putting the conditioner orders together. :) (sorry Jim he was talking to you but I thought I would respond, :) )

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 917 days ago

DocSavage45- I have a couple bottles on order. I think they already shipped them. Cant wait to try it out.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 917 days ago

planning on a couple myself. He will help when people run into trouble, but he has a youtube on it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Bigrock

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#8 posted 917 days ago

You have to spend money to make money. The same applies to Finishing if you want to be a good Finisher you have to get educated.
I met Charles by internet abut 5 years ago and started asking questions. Went to New Market to a Finishing Class a almost three years ago. That was the best money I every spent to understand Finishing and have a hands on experiance with all the Finishing Tools. A Great Three days. He continues to get me out of trouble.
Charles has at least three Great DVD’s about Finishing. There is a brand new one that has just been released called Finishing Nightmares, which I am waiting to study. It’s about Finishing mistakes and Fixing them.
About Charles the person. He is what you see, a real Southern Gentleman. I count him a friend and he loves to help me and others and loves to teach all, so they can become better woodworkers and Finishers.
With all this said, work some over time and spend it on your woodworking Education you will not be sorry.

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Tootles

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#9 posted 917 days ago

One of my favourite sayings is:

“If you think education is expensive, try the cost of ignorance”

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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