Sawdust Is Our Friend!

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Blog entry by airfieldman posted 12-24-2007 05:27 AM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

20 years ago, or so, I started something that I had no idea would be such a life changing event. I’m sure, in retrospect, I should have foreseen the power of this, but didn’t.

20 years ago, my wife (of about a year) announced we were pregnant. Now, being the young (VERY young) man that I was, I really didn’t see “US” as pregnant. However, being committed to the union I was in, I didn’t argue the semantics.

What does this have to do with saw dust, one might ask…well, everything. When the gestation period was over, I was the proud papa of a fine young boy. A few years later, he joined me in my basement workshop, and I taught him his first lesson in woodworking…Sawdust Is Our Friend!

Unfortunately, I was unable to maintain a workshop. I was military and moving around the globe is not very conductive to this endeavor. However, now that I am retired and settled in one place, I have a pretty good shop started. My son, now a strapping young man himself, to this day reiterates the sentiment. This tells me I have done well by him, teaching him the appreciation of our art.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 05:31 AM

Well done! I hope to very soon teach my son the same appreciation for woodwork.

-- Living on the square...

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 05:38 AM

Well airman. I’m hoping that my son’s will follow. I know that one of my sons-in-law has the habit. Both from his father’s side and mine.

He’s the one who has helped me very much reorganizing my shop.

His only fallacy is he wants to throw everything away, where-as I’m more of a gatherer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 05:38 AM

Very Good! Do you guys currently work on anything together?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 05:52 AM

I have grandkids now that I am looking forward to teaching.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 06:00 AM

“Do you guys currently work on anything together?” Yes, and no. The other day I needed to cut a sheet of plywood, and needed a catcher. Knowing Nick (my son) had taken woodshop in high school I asked him to assist.
Of course, the first thing I start with was a discussion of safety. Dad is going to pass some pearls of wisdom. However, as the discussion progressed, it was I that became the listener. If that sounds like I was embarrassed, or put off in anyway, I should re-word it. I was very proud of him. Not only does he know the safety principles, but he embodies them.
This is what living is all about.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 12-24-2007 07:39 AM

You got that right, airman.
Looking forward to the grandson coming of age. My stepson wasn’t tremendously enthralled by the shop and there is precious little in the way of manual arts training in school. He doesn’t mind lathe work though, so perhaps there’s time…

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

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#7 posted 12-24-2007 08:15 AM

your lucky airfieldman

my two stepsons r useless

i hope and remain eternally optimistic that one day they will b useful…..........but i doubt it?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 12-24-2007 09:12 AM

Good for you Airman. What a proud moment that must have been. Keep the fire burning and get busy with him.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 12-24-2007 11:43 AM

Great news. Another generation of craftsmen coming.

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#10 posted 12-24-2007 01:21 PM

awsome post ! sounds like a mess of future lumberjocks are on the way.

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