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Blog entry by bayouman posted 09-19-2008 03:16 AM 1074 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One thing that I have come to appreciate about my woodworking is only indirectly linked to the wood, machines, projects, techniques, etc. – you meet new people. Maybe they are woodworkers themselves or maybe they are interested in what we’re doing and how we’re going about it or maybe they are polite enough to act interested. But there is always something to talk about.
Recently I started my clinicals for emergency services and I get assigned to “ride” with an ambulance crew for part of their shift. On this particular crew was a paramedic who, through casual conversation, revealed that he is a rabid woodworker. AND, I find out with a little more talk, a JOCK – daveffempt. Three hours later the conversation had progressed through several topics relating to woodworking, Lumberjocks, current projects, past projects, what machines each of has, and the machines each of us want as soon as we can safely maneuver our wives to our way of thinking.
Dave is also fan of a couple of dogs and he is in the process of building them, from what he described, the Taj Mahal of doghouses. He has already built one that would be a step up for some people I know. I have encouraged him to post it and the progress he’s making on the “big” house. Let him know that we are all interested in seeing what he’s doing.
Have others had this kind of experience in finding other Jocks out there?

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#1 posted 09-19-2008 03:27 AM

Nice story. I would like to see his doghouses. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 09-19-2008 07:05 PM

No, besides LJ I am isolated and have no one to talk about woodworking. I think part of the problem is, I haven’t really tried to find people to connect with. Maybe, I should start to try, but I don’t know where to even look.


-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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#3 posted 09-19-2008 09:21 PM

Pokie, Diamonds are often found in one’s backyard. Woodworkers are everywhere, although more of us are lumps of coal and not diamonds. There has to be some woodnuts around your local area. Seems like everytime I open my garage doors and start making noise and sawdust, someone stops by to see what i’m working on. You may want to inquire at your local lumber yard or “Big Box’ store to see if they know of any woodwhackers in the area. Or your could post an add in your local paper saying ‘Assorted FREE hardwoods to local woodworkers’. Of course you may be sued for false advertising. LOL. Good luck.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 09-19-2008 10:07 PM

Free wood!!!! Where?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 09-29-2008 07:40 PM

great story!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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