Mirrors from my Website blog #2: The Master

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 09-21-2008 04:52 PM 3228 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Warning: contains religious history references:

Recently there has been a video floating around of Frank Klaus cutting dovetails (using bow saws) in three minutes. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link, but please note: all safety precautions need to be taken. Please fasten your seatbelt, look around you and find the nearest exit, double check your parachute, and make sure your helmet and protective eyewear are in place.

A very long time ago, before there was something called the “New Testament,” God used to show up to the Old Testament folk in strange and unexpected manners. He might show up in a burning bush, or on a mountaintop, or as a soft, gentle breeze, or in a valley of dry, dusty bones. In whatever manner God chose His current self-revelation, the ancient Hebrews knew they were in for something big, as in Charlton Heston and Cecile B. DeMille; something that they had no control over, something that would change their lives for the better and would last forever, and something that kind of set them apart from the other tribes of the Ancient Near East. But they also knew it was something they could only watch, because the Being they were watching was actually DOING things (rather than just talking, like a lot of the other gods,) and because they knew what was happening was just so far beyond themselves. Sometimes you have to watch stuff and spend the rest of your life processing it in order to understand it. Sometimes you never understand it.

I had a similar epiphany watching Mr. Klaus cut his dovetails. Just every now and then you realize you are in the presence of someone who early on discerned what he or she had been born to do, and acted upon it. I want to be that way when I grow up.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 09-21-2008 05:12 PM

I put all my protective gear on, now where’s the link?

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 09-21-2008 05:24 PM

Here it is. That is amazing. And he even took some time to clean up the tails as well.

Thanks for the video.

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

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#3 posted 09-21-2008 05:55 PM

Wow!! I have never seen anything like this before, that’s awesome. Thanks for the video!!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 09-21-2008 06:21 PM

Yup, Mack. There’s a definite transcendental quality to Frank’s ability.
I think the second thing I blogged when I joined up here was a castigation of myself regarding the distractions of trying to learn every possible type of method rather than sticking to one and polishing my techniques. ”If the whole time I had been experimenting with every new tool and process, I had rather stuck to a handsaw, chisel and plane, I very likely could be banging out handcut doves like Frank Klausz.”

Having time to reconsider, that comment was pretty brash. I would need another decade or so…

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

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#5 posted 09-21-2008 06:46 PM

Nice link.

Best quote “If it’s too tight don’t force it, just get a bigger hammer.”


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 09-21-2008 07:06 PM

(the sound of my jaw hitting the floor) Wow!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#7 posted 09-21-2008 07:29 PM


-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#8 posted 09-22-2008 04:31 AM

Wow. Simply wow!

-- -=Den

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#9 posted 09-22-2008 02:53 PM

That was really cool thamks for the link.

-- Hope Never fails

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