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Blog entry by David Craig posted 03-19-2010 05:33 PM 1093 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a guy who likes a deal. I scan the flyers for discount coupons, special sales, and twofer specials. Yesterday, I got the best deal I have mustered in quite some time.

Two Lumberjocks for the price of one!

I went over Mike's yesterday to do some woodturning and Rick, another LJ member was there. At first I was confused as I didn’t recognize “Rustic” without his tuxedo when he greeted me and I thought Mike had some plastic surgery done to make himself look younger and more good looking. Sadly for Mike, that was not the case, but a joy for me to meet another lumberjock.

When I say “woodturning” that really means that I drink Mike’s beer and coffee, spend 15 minutes on the lathe, and then talk for hours. I am sure he wonders if I actually do anything or just claim this “woodworking” hobby because I am lonely. This time was different, as I drank Mike’s beer and coffee AND ate his powdered donuts, talked for hours, and spent a couple hours on the lathe. Rick was a joy to meet, learn about his love for the hobby (and I have to say that his appreciation for Mike is just on the earthly side of divine), and indulge in friendly chat and banter. Nice to know another LJ in Michigan that I can hit up for beer and coffee in the future.

Mike is initiating me in bowl turning. The piece I am working on (will do pictures in the future) had much checking in it. Not a piece I would have thought to turn. It was amazing to me to watch Mike’s process of applying CA glue, rubbing in some sawdust, then spraying it all with an activator, all to keep the piece from splitting apart. I finally started working on the hollowing and have a good portion of it done. While doing so, I got to enjoy such lovely banter as …

“Hey Mike, I think I am having some problems with this chisel. It keeps putting straight lines on the bowl.”
“Well Dave, it will do that sometimes, especially when you are holding that chisel upside down!”

Or

“Mike, I think I am going to have problems cleaning up the hollow with this scraper. I accidentally took the bowl off the chuck and it is out of center now.”
“Dave, did you try re-chucking the bowl so it would be centered again?”
“No Mike, if I did that, it would make too much sense…You know you could have said something…”
“Well Dave, I just wanted you to learn from your mistakes…”
“Yeah Mike, but if I wanted to learn from my mistakes, would I be here?”

Ahhh “Men Talk”. I think I finally arrived :)

Thanks Mike and Rick for a very enjoyable day. Next time, I will make sure I bring some beer so I don’t appear like a total freeloader :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.



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Rustic

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 05:53 PM

It was a pleasure to meet you as well. You can stop by my shop anytime. Mike is a really neat guy to hang with, and a great teacher as well. When I first met him I felt like I had known him all my life. The 1st time visiting his home I felt like I was home. Looking forward to finishing my bowl next week. (or the week after) LOL Lookk forward to getting to know you better too David

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 06:32 PM

You guys are having way too much fun!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Rustic

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 06:41 PM

of course that’s how we roll

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 07:33 PM

2 L J´s for one
that´s a bargain
that most people
don´t see the hole life
congrat´s with your
great day

Dennis

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Cher

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 09:11 PM

Oh lucky you. I would love to have an LJ in my town. My nearest is an hour and a half away.

-- When you know better you do better.

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OutPutter

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 06:55 AM

I aspire to clean my shop up so
.....I won’t be ashamed to have other
..........Lumberjocks over. Maybe not to drink beer,
...............Since I’m a teatotaler, but breeze shooting is one
....................of my most favorite ways to pass the time.
...............I’m also thinking of taking up typing
..........In a pattern like Dennis
.....and Patron do. I bet it’s second
nature to them by now. This was hard.

-- Jim

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nmkidd

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#7 posted 03-20-2010 07:15 AM

It’s always good to have a fellow LJer or two around…....helps build confidence…....have fun!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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David Craig

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#8 posted 03-20-2010 11:16 AM

Thanks for the comments all and fellowship among friends with common interests is always the ultimate (teetotaler or no). Woodworking can be a very isolating hobby. And since I also work from home, well that just doubles my isolation. Visits, like the one on Thursday are a real shot in the arm to me. And I love watching experienced woodworkers do their thing. Mike makes some items look very easy and natural, which is the magic that experienced individuals bring to craft and culture. Having two more experienced persons around me was a real treat. Rick was great company and my only guilt was the hope that I didn’t intrude on his turning time with Mike, especially since he was driving from Grand Rapids. (And I will try to work out a visit this spring Rick).

And Jim, I agree that Dennis and Patron both have a pleasant writing style. Patron’s words are poetic, sparse at times, but carries a wealth of feeling and information. With Dennis, I get feelings of such mirth and love of the craft from the short posts he makes, he really doesn’t need to go into detail. Writing styles are difficult to replicate, as they tell so much about the author. No need to imitate a process, just be yourself and the typing comes much more naturally :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 03-20-2010 01:58 PM

thank´s David for your kindly words I preciated them :-)

Dear Mr. CAT OutPutter once opon a time …..........no I can´t do it the way I realy wanted to do
I´M not the brilliant blogger as fx Eccohandle and Jim Bertelson is and doesn´t have the poetri as
Patron and some of the other have
I do wish I had those skill becourse then this wuolden take me so long to write this with a minimum
of spelling failere
but as it is I am praud of that at least I am cable to use this medium after I had the first of two big
crash in a car back in 1981 and had to start nearly from scratsh again with everything incl. spelling
reading and write words not to mention even had to learn speak and walk again etc.
that´s why I prefer to write in short line`s it´s esayer for me to say what i try to say and then
I just hope that people understand it and preciate I had something to say even thow short
it´s with a lot of thoughts behind
I hope you understood this rubish from a newbee with only two braincells that continiue try to
bang together infront of the brain and say overload all the time I try to express myself the way
I realy wanted to …................. take it for what it is, I´m just a simple neandthetaler trying
to experss some of my feelings and thought´s and not trying to make a laugh at people
I hope this get across becourse this is realy one hell of a haevy blast from me (1½our to write)

have a very nice day everyone
bee safe and stay tuned
give your beloved a exstra hug
and say you love them
you never know when it´s
too late

Dennis

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Rustic

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#10 posted 03-20-2010 05:09 PM

David you were not intruding. If anything I was intruding on your time. My door is always open for a visit the coffee is always hot and the beer cold.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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jockmike2

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#11 posted 03-20-2010 07:47 PM

Thanks Dave, I think, for the kind words, I think. You are very succinct and not at all too talkative. CAME FOR MY BEER, COFFEE AND DONUTS. Jeese louize, what’s done in the shop stays in the shop! Man, it’s like FIGHT CLUB, rule number 1. Never talk about shop talk!!!! Ain’t you ever heard Karson”s tutorial on that. Rule number 2. Never talk about shop talk. Other then that the rest is OK except I wasn’t in the room when you took the bowl off the lathe. Or was I?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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OutPutter

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 05:14 AM

David, thanks for your words of encouragement.

Dennis, thank you for your hard earned words. I always know when I read a Dennisgrosen post that I’m going to get quality. Now I know more about why. I’ve had health problems myself so I can appreciate relearning things others take for granted. I hope you know how easy it is to understand your posts. The spelling and other stuff doesn’t take away … it makes it all the more beautiful to read. That’s why I hope to develop a style like yours or Patron’s. Keep up the good work.

God bless,

-- Jim

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