Voting in the Winter Competition

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 02-02-2007 04:19 PM 1043 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow: I just cast my votes in the winter competition, and it was a pure joy. The programming behind making it happen was incredible Martin. You should have entered your “website” as a project. I am impressed.

I also enjoyed selecting from the two different categories. I would surely like to see a “Carving/Sculpture” category in the next one. Really great projects to choose from, and knowing something about the woodworkers behind them was also cool.

I was disappointed in the “almost” making it to “50” entries. Almost there, but not quite. Maybe for the Summer competition we can make a new goal that is a lot higher. One thing for everyone to think about is coming up with more prizes for the next competition. Martin can only self-fund these prizes for so long. If you think of a cool way to help raise prizes for the competition, email them to Martin.

I need to hit the shop again. Being out of money and a few days away from a progress payment milestone has kept me pretty quiet here for the past days.

I made a major mess up in my latest project that really caused me to think and read my past advice. I made my own wide crown molding, and made just enough for the Altars I am building. Then, I cut the last piece 1/4” too short. Crown molding is a nightmare in itself, and I had just made the mistake of trying to cut the length in one cut to save time.

Normally, I have cut in several “close” cuts, and kept shaving it down each time. I decided this one time to not do that, and I paid the price. I spent another whole day making another piece of crown molding and sanding it smooth, but I have it in place now, and I can move on to the next phase.

I took photos, and I am working on ideas for making it into an “Oops Article” as I went through a lot of emotions when I figured out what I had done wrong, and scrambled for some way to make it right again. I feel that the emotions and decisions I went through are pretty much the same as others would have in that situation, and I thought it would make a fun article. So, I will be working on a “bare-it-tell-it-all” article on what to do in such a case. I had to stop and remember a lot of words I have typed to other people in the past, and decided to follow my own advice.

As Don would say,
Gooday mates,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 02-02-2007 04:35 PM

I don’t think you’re the only one who came up short on making your own crown molding. I’ve done this more than once. I always seem to forget about the losses from the angle cuts.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 02-02-2007 06:30 PM

I’ve learned from personal experience that I’d rather have too much and burn the left-overs than not enough.

Also, every time I try to short cut, I’m taught the lesson, that while there is no Crying in Woodworking, there is also no place for short cuts when you know that there is a proper way to do something, and whenever I try to shortcut quality, I WILL pay for it later when I have to make it all over.

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#3 posted 02-02-2007 07:39 PM

Mark, you really made my day! I’m glad you found the voting process so pleasant. It seems like our contest idea has grown and matured. I’m already eager to see the results next week.

I also hope that we will be able to raise the number of entries in the Summer Awards significantly. And hopefully in the summer it will not be just me self-funding the prizes (Fine Woodworking is of course the exception now). There are some good plans forming in my head so I think we will have more nice sponsors or at least I will be able to sponsor the Awards from the money this site will generate. More categories, better prizes, international fame – that’s the plan ;)

You’re BIG part of this site so your testimonial means a lot to me. Thanks!

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#4 posted 02-02-2007 10:44 PM

Yes I think it worked out great! Thanks Martin! Mark us slop artist have a saying “cut it short the first time and you will only have to cut it once.” Heck its only a 1/4 inch.

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#5 posted 02-02-2007 11:29 PM

When I was a sider we had a saying “I’ve cut it 4 times now and it’s still too short, but that’s o.k. Chaulk will hide it and then the painters will cover that”.

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#6 posted 02-02-2007 11:34 PM

lol Obi – reminds of the “drywaller” who did our living room. He took a hammer and hit the drywall where he thought the outlet whole was .. and then hit it again to “get it right’—his comment was that “tape would cover that”...

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-03-2007 12:16 AM

It’s going to take me awhile to judge all these fine entries, in a way having only 47 in one event should make it easier, but there should have been more.
I entered one juried show once, & I’m going to pretend I’m one of those judges, & wander back and forth to examine all the entries.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 02-03-2007 12:56 AM

I’m taking my time as well with the voting. Glad there aren’t a bajillion to pick from.

As far as international fame goes Martin, your halfway there… we’re already “internationally acclaimed”

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-03-2007 06:18 AM

I really liked the voting process. I think you did a great job of coming up with a good way to have people vote. I’ll look forward to the final results!

Like Scott said, I’m happy with the number of projects entered. It was hard enough to pick through what we had! So many great projects, so few voting chances!

Good luck to everyone that did post a project in the contest!

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#10 posted 02-03-2007 06:25 AM

Martin, congrats on an awesome experience. You really had your “i’s” dotted and “t’s” crossed. You thought of everything. Very well done, and I am proud to be a lumberjock.

-- Ellen --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 02-03-2007 05:55 PM

I just read this short article in the Duluth News Tribune. Proxy voting, this can’t happen in our contest.
Ken takes silver

_Afro Ken, the Bichon Frise from Two Harbors, came in second in pet-products company’s search for America’s Most Pampered Pup, according to one of his owners.
Phoebe, a Yorkshire Terrier from Georgia, won the top prize, given by a luxury dog products company.
Michelle Torgerson, who owns Afro Ken with her husband, Adam, expressed concern before the end of the contest that Phoebe’s owners were using a proxy server to cast multiple votes in the online contest.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 02-03-2007 05:58 PM

And I love the way you keep people from “Accidentally” voting twice.

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