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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 03-15-2012 07:21 PM 4172 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When it comes to woodworking, or really anything in life, I have many Inspirations.

This video is about inspiration, what or who inspires you? Inspires your ideas, your designs, your projects. What drives you to get out in the shop as often as you can and be creative?

Do the things you do inspire others? I Sure hope so! I hope that my projects, videos, and the information I provide inspires others everyday.
And hopefully this will help to further inspire a young woodworker who I have grown attached to.. His name is Matthew Agate of the Newfoundland Woodworker and he is 10 years old. A smart young man with skills.. Let’s take a look.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com



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doninvegas

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 10:44 PM

Very nice Lanny.
What always” inspires” me is when woodworkers pass on what they know and are willing to help others. About a month ago there was a post here from a LJ that needed a blade guard for a Delta contractor saw so he could keep his woodworking school open for disadvantaged kid. I have that saw and don’t use my guard (I took it off and added a ZCI and splitter). Anyway, He PM’d me his address I sent it to him. I asked for nothing in return I was just glad I could help out the school in some small way. Well, the other day I received a package and in it was a small cutting board and a clip board. No note or anything but the return address was the address I sent the blade guard to. He did mention in an email that he would send me something that the kids make. That inspires me.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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WoodJediNTraining

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 11:32 PM

That is an amazing story Don, And its the things like that that make the woodworking community such a great one. You may think it was a small token, but your generosity, I’m sure made a major impact on the school and the children. Thank you for doing your part in inspiring others.. You are a good man!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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daydrik

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 11:34 PM

I’m fairly new to wood working about two & a half years now. I only use hand tools so my first inspiration was Roy Underhill. My second is Robby Pederson who taught me for two years how to use the hand tool I love so much. www.rvp1875.com My third is Steve Ramsey when I found him on lumber jocks it. fourth is chris Quetico witch I found on you-tube.

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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doninvegas

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 12:06 AM

As far as woodworking goes I guess I have been inspired by the Woodwhisperer, because his podcast was the first I ran into but mostly Charles Neil. Charles is one of those that just wants to make every woodworker better. Roy Underhill and Chris Schwarz are cool to watch even though I’m not really into hand tools. But after seeing them I’m starting to lean that way. However, I just can’t give up my power tools.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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WoodJediNTraining

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 12:15 AM

Daydrik, thank you for commenting. You have a great list of people who have inspired you as well as taught you. It is so great when we have people like that who can help guide us along the way. With you being somewhat new, I am sure that you are, like the rest of us, learning new things each and everyday…whether it be a trick, tip, technique or just a way to do something that you may not have thought of… All of which, better us as woodworkers on an ongoing basis… I wish you the best in your woodworking and thank you so much for commenting.. I really enjoy learning what inspires others…and My hope is that one day, I may be an inspiration to woodworkers new and old around the globe…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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MichaelAgate

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 05:55 AM

Laney,

Inspiration, what a fantastic topic for your video. It is woodworkers such as yourself, Mr. Neil, Marc, Steve etc… that brought Matthew and I back into the “wood life”. Woodworking was such a huge part of our little family when my wife and I first met. I sort of fell into it.

When I met my wife, she had 3 young children, the oldest was 8, then 6 and the youngest was 2.

We were very poor. When I say poor, I mean poor. We had a chesterfield that rested on 4 mason bricks! My wife and I slept in the living room on cushions. The kids, they slept on a couple of single bed mattresses that rested on the floor. Perhaps a typical story of many young couples.

Anyhow, One night as I watched my wife tuck the kids into, “the floor” you could say, our oldest son said “Mom, I wish we had bunk beds.

Bunk beds…, hmm, bunk beds…. a vision danced in my mind. I was struck with an idea, or I guess you could say, I was INSPIRED. Inspired to give the kids a basic necessity, How hard could it be.

The next morning, I went to the Hardware store, picked up (and I can still remember this…perhaps cause it was so basic) 14 2×6x8 studs, 10 1×3x8 pieces of strapping, 32 carriage bolts at 2 1/2” equal amount of washers/nuts and a package of 3.5” deck screws. (thanks to my mother for the money to purchase the materials)

I started in, and built, from my heart, THE MOST HORRENDUS set of bunk beds you could ever imagine. I wish I could locate a picture to add to this post. They were BIG, BULKY, and un proportional to that of a standard set of bunkbeds. Though, as I sit here tonight and reminisce back to that day and that evening, I sat back and looked at what I build and thought wow, these are just perfect. I built them to match the size of the 2 single mattresses that the kids had on the floor. I popped the mattresses in place and called the kids in.

They were overjoyed.

You can only imagine how excited they were. They didn’t notice the ugly, heavy, basic look. All they seen were bunk beds.

That night, while my wife tucked the kids in their “new” bed. I stood in the door watching and felt myself begin to tear up. Mind you, not like a pathetic fool, but an emotional pity cry. Seeing the kids so excited over something so basic, Something they shouldn’t have been excited over, something they should have just taken for granted as many kids do. Heck, it was just a bed. It was just too much for this soft hearted fool.

Anyhow, This is what began my love of woodworking. This is where I got my inspiration.

So, Laney, back to the future and your video. Fantastic topic and great guest :). All the support Matthew, receives, keeps him motivated and inspired. He truly feels special and is just thrilled to be doing the woodworking videos. There have been major, positive changes in Matthew since beginning this venture. We look forward to the continual growth of TheNewfoudlandWoodWorker and its followers. If you haven’t subscribed to our youtube channel, what are you waiting for. Thanks for all the continuing support

P.S.

Matthew is preparing a project to Auction off somehow and have the funds donate directly to the Childrens Hospital Telethon. This is held on June 2nd, this year. Right on Matthew’s birthday. We will be sure to update everyone on the auction as the day draws closer.

Kind Regards,

-- Michael and Matthew

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WoodJediNTraining

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 06:11 AM

Michael, what a great story.. I am so happy to have been able to provide Matthew with such educational information as those videos… Your instinct to provide for your family, led you into a wonderful world of woodworking. which in turn has led your son to follow in his biggest idol’s (his dad) footsteps.. And now look at him, he has become a part of a great community of people. Many of whom will help guide him and advice him as he takes his journey. And as he grows, so will his skills.. and who knows what the future holds for Matthew, he may one day be a leader of men and women..and inspiration to others, a role model.. and the things he learns from you, from the world, and life.. He will be able to pass onto others.. as you passed your love, knowledge and passion onto him…

I applaud your parenting, and the inspiration and guidance to give to your children. To encourage them to follow their dreams, their hearts and make life what they wish it to be.. You are a good man.

Be sure to keep me updated on the auction.. If there is anything I can do, let me know..

Happy Woodworking
and best wishes my friend.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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MNWOODWORKER

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 06:41 AM

Great video and topic. On the homefront my inspiration is my family. I can make our lives easier. I LOVE working with my kids in the shop, they are always coming up with thhings for us to build or things they want me to build for them-they bring me to a new level and teach me to look outside the box. As for woodworker inspiration, Sam Maloof is a biggie. Others are Rob Cosman, Marc, Schwarz, Roy, and of course the man that got me started-Norm. Look forward to seeing more of your videos and everyones comments.

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WoodJediNTraining

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 06:58 AM

MNWoodworker, I think Family is the greatest of all inspirations. It is family who stand beside us, and behind us helping drive us to bigger and better things. As you put it, help us think out of the box!... that statement can’t be more true. One of my greatest inspirations is Family.. My Great Uncle Leonard, was a woodworker, and I as a young lad watched him make beautiful furniture.. and all with a limited collection of tools. His small shop, is the very shop I work in today. And his spirit is all around me… He is and will always be my first and foremost biggest inspiration..and the reason I fell in love with this craft.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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Roger

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#10 posted 03-16-2012 12:40 PM

You’ve got a heart o gold Laney. I’ve been following Matthew also. He’s going (already is) to be up at the top with all the gr8 ones (way too many to list) involved in woodworking. I posted the same question/s here http://lumberjocks.com/topics/35471 a while back. It’s inspiring hearing how and who does the inspiring.. Does that make sense?? Keep on keepin on Laney. You are what good people are all about

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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WoodJediNTraining

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 06:38 PM

Thank you Roger, I just posted a comment on your post. My Great uncle Van is my biggest inspiration.. Here is a piece he made that is over 30 years old and is still with us. Thank you for commenting and the nice words. I really to appreciate it :O)

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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MichaelAgate

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 06:47 PM

beautiful piece Laney, Very nice indeed. :) What was the wood used?

-- Michael and Matthew

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