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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 05-18-2011 08:57 PM 4873 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it has been one long and hard winter. Not that the weather was very severe.
I’ve been rather poorly and underweight. I’ve had no notion at all towards woodwork, even other folks work left me disinterested.
My LJ buddies were there though, keeping in touch and offering encouraging words. It was good to know that friends were there. We have chatted about lots of things and very little about wood. Amazing the things that we may not be aware of that we can have in common with our LJ buddies.
It is not to say that I made no attempt at getting back into the shop. The trips that I did make only seemed to confirm one thing. Stay out of the shop while on strong medication.
On one trip, I had just to put a few brads into the back of a frame. The wee brads 1/2” just to hold the backing on. Well it turns out there was a 2” brad left in the gun, I think on CSI they call it a through and through. How could I have been so silly? The frame was covered in blood and I’m sure the customer would complain. I could always put a picture of Dracula in it and sell it on eBay.

So to all the LJ’s

Thanks for being there for me


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 09:02 PM

better straight brad then a drywall screw – trust me (and don’t ask me how I know) ;)

glad to hear you are getting back together and focused. cheers mate

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 09:07 PM

Big worldwide family FTW. Cheers Jamie!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 09:15 PM

Hang on Jamie, I have been sily on many occasions.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 09:20 PM

Hang in there boet! I know that feeling of apathy towards the woodwork only too well. I think we all experience it from time to time, some maybe more than others. Hope things improve real soon!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 05-18-2011 09:42 PM

We all have those ups and downs, some people more than others. See a lot of seasonal depression here in Alaska, and you are in the far north latitudes as well. I have learned not to fight apathy when it developes, there is usually a reason for me, such as stress from work, in particular.

I for one write about a lot of things unrelated to woodworking, more so in PM’s than in blogs and comments. I find LJ’s to be supportive as well. I also have been able to form close online friendships with a few LJ’s.

So I agree, good buddies here, and its my home on the web.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 05-18-2011 09:55 PM


Better than the 3” ring shank common nail I put in the palm of my left hand a few years ago:

Now that hurt!

What is it about my left hand that makes me continue to injure it???

Good to have you back, just remember

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 05-18-2011 10:08 PM

keep the faith jamie

like all merry go rounds
your turn will come again and again

good friends are hard to find
enjoy them all you can
give all you have
and take what you need

be it wood stamps sports or knitting
it’s the conection
that is important

and the laughter

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-18-2011 10:52 PM

The good news is you can still find your way around the old keyboard! Take care buddy.

-- Hal, VA,

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#9 posted 05-18-2011 11:15 PM

I will be there if you need or not keep up the wood working it help the mine heal

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 11:24 PM

I hear ya Jamie. I found out yesterday, I’m stuck in a wheel chair for at least another month. LJs is a good way to take your mind off of the day to day stuff and to figure out what you want to do when it is time again.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 11:46 PM

Nail guns are covered in The Four Noble Truths. :)

-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 05-19-2011 12:19 AM

Jamie, May the road rise at your feet & the wind be at your back, I can remember drilling a piece of timber resting on my knee and doing a through & through into the knee (it as only a 1/8th drill so not too bad) but silly all the same
Lang may ya lum reek
from the opposite side of the globe

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 05-19-2011 01:28 AM

I have learned the hard way about the longer length nails being left from before changing sizes. I now shoot about four nails into my el cheapo work table before proceeding when I change nail sizes. It sure beats finding out I had just ruined a project with two weeks of work already into it from making a through and through shot like you described, right through a piece of scroll work that had just taken eight hours to complete.
I also know how you feel about Lumberjocks being good at passing time though. It has been a rough few month for me as well. I’ve spent more time in my wheelchair over this past winter and into the spring than I have in a few years. Because of this, I have spent quite a few hours on Lumberjocks. Because of pain, I have spent a lot of hours the past few months in the wee hours of the morning just going through and reading unanswered forum topics just to see if I could help someone. It isn’t woodwork, but being able to reach out and communicate with others, even when it has little to do with woodwork (on a woodworking site), it still is a big help to us with health problems.
So, I’d like to join in with Jamiein thanking the Lumberjock community as a whole for just being there. I for one (and Jamie makes two if I understand his intentions correctly) greatly appreciate those of you who are there for us. I don’t say it enough, but thank you all. I want to also express a special thanks to the concerned friends that send the PMs. I can’t speak for Jamie on this one, but I know that sometimes I get so disinterested that I become completely absent here. In those times, it is rare that I don’t get at least two or three PMs or personal emails sent to me concerned with my well being. It doesn’t seem like much, but it kicks my butt in gear to do something even if it isn’t nothing but to be active on the site.
Thank you all.
And thank you Jamie for being an inspiration and for reminding me that I needed to recognize all the friendly communication I get here as well for the gift that it is.


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#14 posted 05-19-2011 01:32 AM

hang in there Jamie the spring is right over you and the summer will make you good

take care

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#15 posted 05-19-2011 04:02 AM

Jamie We all have those times when life gets us down. Your elephant really brightened up my day. And my granddaughter loved it! Even tho my wife thought it was an anteater! Smile, people will wonder what youve been up to. Regards

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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