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Blog entry by Rustic posted 1722 days ago 860 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well last night was my second meeting with the West Michigan Woodworkers Guild. I had the time of my life. I brought a few of the things that I have done and the guys were actually excited about what I had to say. I even have a prospect for some cribbage boards. (and that was from the guest speaker). A fellow LJ was there too Jim Jaksoh. I have found a great group of people here. I will be paying my dues next month if they can remember the paperwork. At last months meeting I had even offered to start doing some business cards for the guild. As well as start getting things done digitally so we can be more proficient. And the best part is that we meet at Johnson’s Workbench, a Rockler affiliate store. I am in heaven now. Finally a group of guys that has sawdust in their viens.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI



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jockmike2

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#1 posted 1722 days ago

Man I feel hurt, I thought us guys at the Lumberjock Picnic were a great bunch of guys with sawdust in our veins. Naw, I’m glad you got some kinship close to home. You know, johnsons workbench ain’t far from me. Maybe one day we could plan to hook up there. I love that place. It always costs me too damn much money though. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Joedcatman

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#2 posted 1722 days ago

Rick, I know how you feel. I just hooked up with a wood turners club. They have a 6 hour sawdust session on the weekend following their monthly meeting. The do a lot at the meeting but the 6 hours is where you can really learn. My brain was leaking out of my ear at about the 5 hour point last month but I’m looking forward to this month’s meeting. I’ve been saving up questions to ask.

It is a pity that some of the projects shown here don’t have better descriptions. It seems like a lot of folks just want to say “lookey what I did, ain’t I good?” As a relatively new guy to woodworking, I always want to know “How did you do that?” What skills, what tools, what finish? How long did it take. Is this the first one you made or have you built 200? Maybe the project description should be a minimum of 300 characters so that we can all learn a little with each posting.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 1722 days ago

excellent :)

(Joe—just ask. The majority of people will fill in the blanks for you and everyone else benefits from the question and answers!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Kindlingmaker

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#4 posted 1721 days ago

Outstanding Rustic!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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lew

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#5 posted 1721 days ago

Yes, Rick- there is a Santa!

I’m really happy for you!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Rustic

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#6 posted 1721 days ago

Hey Mike We do have a connection We need to get together for coffee and shop talk. Sounds good for a Charlotte Johnson’s hook up. Maybe after the holidays. I know that I am planning on going to the Woodworking show in the Detroit area in Feb. Wanna Carpool?

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Rustic

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#7 posted 1721 days ago

you are too funny lew

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 1721 days ago

Sounds good to me Rick, we’ll talk by landline. OK?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Rustic

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#9 posted 1721 days ago

yeppers

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Rustic

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#10 posted 1721 days ago

going to woodcraft tomorrow to do some jointing and planing

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Moron

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#11 posted 1721 days ago

I personally never use the word “Guild” lightly and I object when the word “Guild” is substituded for “Club” and not to mean that those that belong to a “club” are any less then those who belong to a “guild”.

Clubs like the “Rotory” club and the “Kewanais” Club and the “Shriners” club raise huge amounts of money for communities, not just their own, but around the world…....................but they are not “Guilds”

“Guilds” are craftsmen with a common cause, a common principle, a common goal, to preserve and maintain a level of craftsmenship that is acceptable to the “master craftsman”. ................and a “master” “craftsmen” is never a self appointed title nor is given to someone by lessor means, rather, only the master craftsman and not the apprentice, can call one to the table. .......the beginnings of such guilds are as old as King Aurthors sword.

and yes

they still exist.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 1720 days ago

Don’t take yourself so seriously. I don’t think any disrespect was intended.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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cabinetmaster

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#13 posted 1720 days ago

Congratulations Rustic. Wish I lived closer to such stores and fine people in clubs.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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