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Blog series by Texasgaloot updated 01-26-2009 04:15 PM 7 parts 37772 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: A Community of Believers

07-31-2008 04:40 AM by Texasgaloot | 5 comments »

This is again a mirror of my Website blog, www.thewoodshepherd.wordpress.com, which I wanted to share with my Lumberjocks friends… One of the glorious things about being a woodworker today is our ability to be served by the Internet. Through this amazing channel of funneled electrons, we can blog and Twitter and post websites full of our projects and join together with others in songs of praise over the latest Veritas or Lie-Nielsen acquisition, or remind one another to be wary of t...

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Part 2: The Master

09-21-2008 04:52 PM by Texasgaloot | 9 comments »

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 th...

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Part 3: So What's Wrong With Being a Luddite, Anyway?

09-30-2008 07:57 PM by Texasgaloot | 5 comments »

Warning: the following is written in my blog’s wierd, arcane style… read at your own risk. Once again the literary blog of Chris Schwartz has stimulated my own (somewhat cranked) chain of consciousness toward the philosophical side of woodworking. “The Schwartz” recently offered a very positive review of Roy Underhill’s newest book (the link is here), which wasn’t fair because I can’t go out and buy it yet, and pre-ordering it only makes me feel like I’m 8 years old and it’s t...

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Part 4: As the stomach turns (over)

01-05-2009 09:25 PM by Texasgaloot | 0 comments »

I should have posted this back in late October, but this gives me time for a little reflection, sort of a three-month checkup. I’m supposed to be all busted up, worried, angry, frustrated, and all five stages of grief all at once. About two weeks ago the stable owner of the stable company I was working for called a bunch of us together and told us that we could come in the next day and get our stuff, or we could take it with us as we left, along with our barely adequate severance packages...

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Part 5: A Lesson in Business From an 11-year-old

01-05-2009 09:29 PM by Texasgaloot | 0 comments »

I’m trying to keep it all in the family, and it seems to make sense, at least to a degree. You see, in an effort to take a part of my woodworking business to the internet, I decided to pick up a pen turning lathe, a bunch of kits, and some padauk and rosewood. Good start, then I could get a feel for it, and perhaps hone my business skills. I shared all this great thinking with my bride, who thought it was great thinking and was therefore intrigued by the whole idea. Little did I know… ...

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Part 6: A Lesson in Business From an 11-year-old

01-05-2009 09:29 PM by Texasgaloot | 8 comments »

I’m trying to keep it all in the family, and it seems to make sense, at least to a degree. You see, in an effort to take a part of my woodworking business to the internet, I decided to pick up a pen turning lathe, a bunch of kits, and some padauk and rosewood. Good start, then I could get a feel for it, and perhaps hone my business skills. I shared all this great thinking with my bride, who thought it was great thinking and was therefore intrigued by the whole idea. Little did I know… ...

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Part 7: Politics, Religion, and Woodworking

01-26-2009 04:15 PM by Texasgaloot | 5 comments »

Now that Obama has been inaugurated, I figure it’s safe to say that we might have a new president. I’ve perceived that he’s rather controversial despite the fact that I’ve tried really hard to ignore current events these last few months. I think I’m to where I care a lot more about a thin, wispy shaving coming off of a well-tuned vintage Stanley plane than what people are predicting about the future of our country. My country, dagnabit, sweet land of liberty! So far, I still have the libe...

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