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The best $25 I've ever spent on woodworking...

12-22-2006 07:25 PM by Ethan Sincox | 7 comments »

My yearly membership to the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild is $25. For that small investment, I receive an amazing and immediate return by way of contacts, mentors, resources, lectures, lessons, assistance, knowledge, instruction and opportunities. Contacts: I now have a friend just 10 minutes away who owns his own sawmill (one of those 1950’s hydraulic mills) and kiln. He sells wood for a fraction of the cost of one of those big box stores and sometimes offers woods for sale ...

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RusticWoodArt

12-22-2006 02:44 PM by frank | 1 comment »

Getting Better and This Is Great!!!....Wow! Why would I ever think of stopping my blogging here, when the features offered at: www.lumberjocks.com just keep getting better all the time. Blogging is a great way to express just who you are and goes beyond the posting of that great project you have just finished, to the opening up of your human side. As a worker of wood and artist who creates RusticWoodArt for the enjoyment of all lovers of wood, I have found that in my past, I could be cut a...

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Constructive Criticism

12-22-2006 12:57 PM by Ethan Sincox | 17 comments »

Funny enough, I’ve been “connected” for many years and, being in the software industry, I think I do a pretty good job of staying in the mainstream of technology. I’ve been actively woodworking for about two years now, but it didn’t dawn on me to combine the two until very recently. With that realization, I pulled up some woodworking forums a few weeks ago and started plugging away at them. I must say, so far I haven’t been too impressed. The first th...

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The beginning of a beautiful relationship...

12-22-2006 12:42 PM by Ethan Sincox | 1 comment »

I love to write. And I love woodworking. I think a woodworking blog has got to be one of the best ideas since bandsaw-sliced bread boxes! In the development of my own website, the establishment of a blog is something my webdesigner and I were soon going to tackle. (By soon, of course, I mean “some time within the next six to eight months…”) With the discovery of lumberjocks.com, however, I think we can easily plan on skipping that step and maintain our focus on other ...

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RusticWoodArt

12-21-2006 03:44 PM by frank | 2 comments »

“Noah’s Ark” ....and so I’m sitting here this morning cleaning out my leftovers, ‘detritus of mind’, yes that’s right, defragging, fragmentizing all the extra baggage and clutter one gathers from hanging around the ideas and opinions of others…. After all how can my imagination contrive to survive at working wood, when all around me I filter my thoughts of wood and how the ending essence should be, according to those others….? Hav...

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The Irony of Bush Fires

12-21-2006 09:42 AM by Don | 3 comments »

It’s 104 in the shade today. I still can’t get used to temperatures like this, particularly at Christmas. The only white Christmas we are likely to have is from the ash bowing in from the bush fires. Sometimes the visibility is down to a few miles as the sun burns through the smoke haze turning everything a yellow-gray color. 1.9 million acres have been blackened in the past few weeks and the prediction is that it will get a lot worse before it gets better. Interestingly, many ...

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“What do you do with your free time?”

12-21-2006 03:23 AM by Don | 5 comments »

I retired a few years back. The most frequent question asked of me is some version of, “What do you do with your free time?” When I answer that I’ve taken up woodworking, non-woodworkers respond with a blank stare. They can’t imagine what I’m talking about. This week I was reminded of this, when viewing a DVD from Taunton’s Fine Woodworking about Tage Frid. Tage has been a woodworker for over fifty years. He still worked in his own shop turning out beautifully creative pieces. I was so imp...

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The throw away society

12-21-2006 03:19 AM by Karson | 6 comments »

I just bought a new HP Color Laser printer for Christmas. To print off all of the color woodworking plans that I find on the web. The printer cost $299.00 at Sam’s Club. It’s model 2600N. It comes with 4 full toner cartridges (not the starter pack that some printers come with). However: to buy new HP toner it will cost $350.00. So I guess I just buy another printer and throw the old one away. I save money that way.

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RusticWoodArt

12-19-2006 01:27 PM by frank | 0 comments »

Art-Full Gazing: ....working wood with my hands has become the wood working delight of my heart, where I am lost within the details of the wood grain and exposed by the outcome of the finish…. She was a wooden beauty, and I loved her for that, and so my heart ran after you, longing to touch your soulish heart, as many before had tried and failed. Yes I knew when I came upon you, how you had tossed your looks, to the many that passed your way, but with me it was different, since...

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New Carver on the Scene 12-18-2006

12-18-2006 07:54 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 8 comments »

In February of this year, my wife and I made our annual trek to Kansas City to visit The Woodworking Show. This is just about the only date we take each year without kids, and so it is looked upon as a great weekend for more than one reason. My wife puts up with the woodworking show for the chance to get into the big city, stay in a real hotel, and go to the Outlet Mall. She will spend about 2 hours holding my hand walking around the woodworking show looking pretty and acting real supporti...

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