One day there was light #1: I'm everyone's apprentice and everyone's my teacher.

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Blog entry by TheGov posted 05-29-2008 04:19 AM 917 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greetings, All

My name is Joseph and I’m new to the community. I’m 29, Male, FL. I was originally born in Haiti but raised in Florida. I love art and i love wood. When i brought them together 2 years ago i fell i love. I currently hold a position as IT director at a local hotel chain in Miami. I’m taking carpentry classes at a local adult school. When I joined this class I realized there was a huge difference between carpenters and wood workers. I would like to one-day call myself a woodworker but today I’m just a newbie. Wood is my passion and it’s what i do whenever i can. I’d leave my job and do it all day if i could. I joined lumber jocks so i could one day call myself a certified lumber jock and share the knowledge that I’ve gained to those who seek it. I’m hear listening to, and learning from everyone i make contact with. I’m everyone’s apprentice and everyone’s my teacher. Thou we are strangers now i hope to create long lasting relationship with my fellow wood lovers.

Thank you EVERYONE

-- What can i say i'm just doing what i love.

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#1 posted 05-29-2008 04:32 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! It’s a great place to learn and grow.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#2 posted 05-29-2008 04:32 AM

Well we’re glad to have you aboard! Passion will take you a long ways.

-- Eric at

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-29-2008 04:34 AM

You are most welcome, Joseph. Again I want to welcome you to this community. We all have the opportunity both to learn from and contribute to the success of this community and you certainly are no exception. You bring a unique set of skills and abilities to this group that are as important as anyone else’s. We are simply glad to have you on board and I am looking forward to seeing some of your work.

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

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#4 posted 05-29-2008 04:38 AM

Well, this is the place to be. Any questions and I’m sure you will find your answer(s) here.

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

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Raymond Dersch

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#5 posted 05-29-2008 05:43 AM

Welcome to LJ’s! I too am a newbie and I’ve found that at LJ’s you’ll find mature, enthusiastic and helpful people to lend advice when asked for. You couldn’t have come to a better place. Make yourself at home.

-- A King, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A Father can do neither. -Marlene Dietrich

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 05-29-2008 06:16 AM

Welcome, I hope you find LJs as enjoyable and informative as I am finding it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 05-29-2008 09:01 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 05-29-2008 03:42 PM


All you have to do is ask and someone her will be able to help you!


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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 05-29-2008 09:46 PM

OH man have you got “it” bad! You came to a great place for sharing in your love of woodworking.

I loved reading your background story. Yes, there is a difference between woodworking and carpentry, because I am both. I know carpenters that are not woodworkers and I know cabinet shop employees that are not woodworkers or furniture makers. They are just worker bees. Here at LJ you will find a great community that covers the entire woodworking spectrum.

I am a carpenter (remodeling contractor) by trade and I loved art too. Everything clicked in a moment of epiphany when I realized that it is all related; art, architecture, and furniture making. Regardless of the medium or the discipline, it is all based on design and the principles of design are universal. It sounds like you have hit that moment of enlightenment. YAAAY!

So you can consider this my formal welcome to the LJ community since I missed you earlier. I am looking forward to watching you grow in your skills, just as I have with so many others. It is such a great journey to take and too good to keep to yourself! I look forward to seeing the projects and posts.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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