Tales of a Hack #5: A quick moment to say ... thanks.

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Blog entry by ajw1978 posted 12-21-2014 08:46 PM 1182 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Taking a break from a disastrous Christmas-present-making effort and wanted to just spend a moment saying “thanks.”

In my industry, I spend a lot of time online; Facebook, Twitter, message boards, blogs and so on and so forth. Long before I discovered the joy of woodworking and tool ownership, I was a gadget geek and spent a lot of time interacting on related websites. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, both professionally and socially, over the years, it’s that the internet is full of raging, sarcastic and smug assholes.

So when I first stumbled on this site, I was mentally prepared for “the usual.” And now that a few months have passed, I’ve got to say I’m pleasantly shocked, surprised and pleased to have learned that LJs is truly the exception to the rule.

Let’s be perfectly honest here, at first glance, this can be an intimidating site for a newbie. Just look at the beautiful projects that you all have posted, many of which are the fruits of many, many years of labor. It’s amazing work, from top to bottom. So many people, like myself, who would be posting pictures sloppy, mis-cut, uneven attempts at projects would be easy targets for internet trolls.

Yet, that’s not the case here. As much as it brings me great joy to share projects that, let’s face it, any kid in a high school shop class mastered by the age of 16, it’s even more rewarding to read the comments afterward, full of support, encouragement and well-intended advice.

Sure, there are some jags, as there are anywhere (I’m looking at you, guy who calls everything “Crapsman” ... I get it), but for the most part, this might be the most courteous and welcoming internet community I’ve ever experienced.

So, kudos, Jocks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate every tip, suggestion, and compliment—even on the most shoddy of projects. This has been a hell of a ride so far, and as I’ve said so many times before, I know understand how the rest of my family has felt so comfortable in their shops for so many years.

Thanks for letting me into your little neck of the web world, and thanks for helping all of us new guys try to get to your levels.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 08:59 PM

it’s very gracious of you to acknowledge your experience here on Ljs, Hopefully your future adventures here will be just as positive. I think I’m speaking for many when I say we are very pleased to have a member who enjoys our neighborhood and can express gratitude for this friendly, fun,helpful and educational Zone called Lumberjocks.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 09:33 PM

Glad that you have found & made LJs a caring and respectful community.
It is the sum if it’s parts….
And you sir, are a part of it. Soooo, kudos to you, for helping make this site what it is!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 11:00 PM

God, I love Classic Mr. Met. :)

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 01:36 AM

Great post, AJW.

This is a really welcoming and supportive community. It’s the kind of thing you might expect to find in real life if you were a member of a woodworking guild.

I think part of the reason that ‘jocks are as kind and gracious as they are is that everyone who posts a project here bears a little bit of their soul. I think people are aware of that vulnerability and wouldn’t want to insult someone by saying something negative about their creation. I think most people, whether they are conscious of it or not, go by the “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” ethic here.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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