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Blog entry by RusticJoy posted 05-16-2008 07:09 AM 1222 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I guess I should start off by telling you all a little about me. I am 31 and have been in the army for 12 years now. I am in Korea right now and I have 8 months left on my 1 year tour. I have been interested in woodworking all my life. My grandpa and I would go down into his basement workshop and just enjoy for hours and hours. He passed away right before I joined the army and I stoped woodworking from that point on, it reminded me of him to much. I started back into it about 2 years ago, started off small and then it grew and grew. I have a full shop now and I am planning on starting a small woodworking buisness “RusticJoy” (all my grandpa’s friends called him Rusty and my grandma’s name is Joy). I brough some of my tools over here to Korea with me and I was lucky enough to have a place to set them up and get some work going. I have not really been able to find any good wood to work with so far so I have just been useing 2X4s and 1X6s for the most part. they seem to clean up nice, but I am not sure how strong they will be when all is said and done. Most of the work I have been doing over the last 2 years has been for friends and people I have met through the SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronism, WWW.SCA.ORG) an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. I have made period boxes and chairs and beds and other things like that. I would really like to get into more of the custom wood working that I see on some of the woodworking podcasts and on some of the webpages I see. I know it is going to take me a long time to get the skill to compair to the people that I have seen on here and some of the other places I have gone and looked at but I am enjoying the learning and the work I have put into it so far. Well that is a little about me for now, I will try to have something here maybe once a week or so. Thank you


-- Dave Wert, U.S. Army

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#1 posted 05-16-2008 07:27 AM

Hi Dave

Enjoyed reading your story about your Grandpa and woodworking. I just wanted to thank you for serving your country. May God watch over you and protect you and bring you home safely.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 05-16-2008 08:22 AM

Dave – I second Toms thank you for your service to our country. Hurry up home.

The SCA looks interesting. I’ll have to check them out.

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

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#3 posted 05-16-2008 08:29 AM

Enjoyed reading your article, I know what you mean & how you feel. I lost a lot of people important to me but time heals. Woodworking, my Dad started me on it. I cherish the tools that i either got or inherited from him. Each time I pick them up, I can feel that he knows & that he is somewhere close by, watching. Gives me pride in my work.
In my career as a Pipefitter, I had to learn a lot of the trades because the craft goes that way. The more you know the easier it gets to do the job.
It’s nice to know that when you work with wood, that you are creating something with your hands that may have started out as a lousey 2×4 ibut, s now something very useable & desireable to someone else.
As a ex-grunt, there were a lot of times that I had to create “honey out of , shit.” Excuse my French but from spending that time in the service I know how it is.
That’s it for now. Just keep up the good work. Remember to keep your head down low & your armor on & zipped up.
Take care.

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#4 posted 05-16-2008 08:53 AM

Hey Dave!

First, thank you for your service. The world continues to peacefully go ‘round and ‘round because of the fine servicemen and women like you.

My Grandfather was in WWII as a mechanic. Up until he passed 4 years ago, he would still be in his shop every day tinkering on some project. It took me a long time to get to where I could work with his tools, I still miss him terribly.

When I would build anything, pole barns, porches, sunrooms, whatever.. for my family, then he would ALWAYS be there in a lawn chair to keep me company. He called himself the “Stupidvisor.”... lol. When I frame anything up, I usually make it much stronger than it really needs to be. I hate sags and bows. So he used to say that I would make things, “Hell for Stout.” I have a sign up in my shop that says, “Hellferstout Construction Company, Inc. Carpentry and general woodworking.” He impacted my life in a major way. I can relate to your post.

I’m looking forward to hearing more from you, please be careful overseas. I pray for your safety and your family’s well being. If you need anything, ‘holler.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 05-16-2008 10:58 AM

Hey Dave,

When I was in college I thought that the SCA was only about getting dressed up funny and mock fighting with swords. But I’ve since seen some project plans for stuff like a rope bed that look pretty cool.

I’m a one-term vet who did a stint in Korea. Good times, good memories. Enjoy yourself and be sure to get out and about in the city – don’t be a barracks rat!

Looking forward to your future posts.

-- Eric at

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#6 posted 05-16-2008 11:42 AM

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the introduction and your personal story. It is through the collective efforts of individuals like yourself that the rest of us are able to enjoy the freedoms that we have. You do not receive enough recognition for the service that you are providing and the sacrifices that you are making. A simple thank you seems insufficient but that will have to suffice for now.

I appreciate the story line about your grandfather. I think many of us can relate to this. My father, a third generation carpenter, tried to interest me in working with wood early on but I simply saw no reason to pursue woodworking as a hobby. Now I do not have the opportunity to rely on his expertise and talents. I am sure that the woodworking foundation that your grandfather helped you build is serving you well today.

By the way even though you don’t have access to hardwoods you might be surprised at the wonderful projects that lie hidden inside a simple 2×4. Here are a couple of projects that have been posted here:

I am looking forward to seeing some of your projects. Thanks again for the post and good luck in your future woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 05:17 PM

Thanks for the great story Dave, wish you all the best with your coming ventures. Love the name, RusticJoy, on so many levels! A great tribute!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#8 posted 05-16-2008 05:45 PM

Dave Welcome to lumberjocks and again Thank you so much for your service to your/our country …i know it is not easy to be away from home for long periods of time ….
I spent time in Germany and know the feeling ….
I am sure your grandpa would be proud of you as you are of him …and as you can see what he taught you has and will last a lifetime ….
We would love to see pix of your work and

again thanks

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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