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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 02-02-2007 04:25 PM 950 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning I was shocked to see that I slipped down the list so far in the number of postings. I decided several weeks ago that I couldn’t keep ahead of Dick Cain. Then, I just keep getting more and more behind.

Thanks to all of you that have given so much effort to this website, and the comraderie it fosters. I spent several months in a Wooden Flute group on the internet, and even though I met a few great folks there, I seemed to always head back to the shop angry and upset, and worried. Finally, I got so angry, I took all of the Ceremonial Pipes and the Wooden Flutes off of this website project postings, and out of my own website, and withdrew my membership from the Flute Group, and went looking for more green and fertile pastures, and people that don’t have a chip on their shoulders.

I am glad I found Lumberjocks, reading about it in a WoodShop News Website Posting. Logging into Lumberjocks is a pure joy each time, and I go back to the shop after each “fix” enjoying the words and inspiration that others have given me.

You are a great group of folks, and I am honored to be a part of the group…....even if I do keep slipping down the number of postings list.

Thanks to all of you. Thanks Martin again for all of your hard work, and sacrifice to get this site going.
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com



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#2 posted 02-02-2007 04:54 PM

Thanks to Martin and you Mark when I first signed up I don’t know if I would stayed on. Mark you gave me support, suggestions and encouragement that I needed, espescially the encouragement. I just had no self confidence what soever. You gave me that. Thank you. And thank you Martin for all my idiotic shenanegons that you’ve had to clean up after me. You’ve done it with patience and forgiveness and I owe you a lot and a lot of other Lumberjocks. It’s a great place to call home. mike

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

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#3 posted 02-02-2007 04:54 PM

I never really thought of this as a competitive thing, but by the way things are moving along on this site, I’ll be eating a lot of dust, behind all the prolific writers like Don, Debbie, Obi , Frank, Red headed Duck, & others, way to many to mention. The only thing I have in my favor is I have a lot of projects to enter yet, that’s if all of you can stand looking at anymore of them. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 02-02-2007 05:24 PM

Mark,

You should not judge your worth to this community based on the number of comments and posts and forums and blog entries you make. You always make such detailed entries, absolutely filled with useful information, that it adds up to way much more than 25 “great job!” comments. I look forward to your views and opinions on a subject and I if I don’t take your advice to heart, I at least give it great consideration and weight in my decision-making factors.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#5 posted 02-02-2007 05:36 PM

you guys have now brought me to tears!
Mike, your words say it all—“patience”, “forgiveness”, “home”. I feel blessed to be a part of this family.

Dick, lol, I hope you have tons more projects to post. You are an inspiration.

Ethan, I agree totally with your comments (and they fit for your feedback as well).

A big group hug to everyone!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 02-02-2007 05:47 PM

I agree with Ethan also. Your words make not your importance, your presence does. Your contributions as a woodworker. I spent 2 years in a chat room, so I learned to type quick, and make my comments brief, while your vision takes a little more thought and effort.

Oh, and I’m not sticking around, I was just here by accident and I’ll be leaving as soon as I get a t-shirt … NOT!

Most people spend a lifetime looking for people of like minds, and although most of you arent as hair-brained as I am, I still thrive on the “Unity” as a whole.

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#7 posted 02-02-2007 06:00 PM

We’re just a lucky bunch to have found each other… I’d never thought I’d have made as many posts as you Mark, and in a way, many of us haven’t. If you look at it one way, one of your blog entries, and many of your comments, are miles longer, than the rest of ours. And still plenty informative, supportive and encouraging.

And you can never be faulted (in anyones mind, not that you are) for putting your energies into your work. (I’m still scrounging pennies for your Nakashima table!) maybe someday I can afford a small model of it.) Ooh, that’s a good idea – a collection of Lumberjock projects as scale models! – we can put it in the Smithsonian!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#8 posted 02-02-2007 06:00 PM

Oh, and Obi, your right, we’re much greater than the sum of our parts!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#9 posted 02-02-2007 06:05 PM

Debbie, there’s no crying in woodworking.

Well, unless you cut your very last piece of custom molding 1/4” too short, that is… then, it might be ok.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#10 posted 02-02-2007 06:15 PM

Scott’s right, you’re in first place when it comes to word count.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 02-02-2007 06:23 PM

The only reason I have so many posts is the quality of the people and the quality of the work that so many others submit.

I want to learn,probably more than is possible. The projects are superb, the integrity and quality of the people make this my favorite place to stop. I’m still a rookie and there is so much to glean from the rest of you. Your skills and passion for the wood, the work, the finishes… even sanding are only good for me.

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#12 posted 02-02-2007 07:27 PM

Thanks Mark.. I’m very proud of the group we’re forming here. Each contributing LumberJock deserves highest respect. And it’s not just about the number of postings.. don’t view it as a competition.

Oh.. and I’m already thinking about adding words count to the jocks activity listing – in addition to the postings count. Funny how you, Dick, mentioned this as well ;) It would be really great to see the words count by each jock..

And now I totally contradicted my point that posting is not about competing LOL

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#13 posted 02-02-2007 07:37 PM

ya

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#14 posted 02-02-2007 07:41 PM

Now if you could only get a “Quality Word Count”, cause most of mine just seem to turn in to vain babbling.

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#15 posted 02-02-2007 11:44 PM

Yes, Martin, I second the comments in Mark’s blog. You are doing a great job – but most of all I appreciate how you have responded to all my suggestions by PM. Even when some of them are not workable, you always respond in a gracious manner. Salute to you, Martin!

As for the esprit-de-corps in the community, it is quite extraordinary. I have been an active member of a huge Australian based woodworking forum for over six years. But LumberJocks has received virtually all of my posting/blogging attention since I found it after hearing about it through the WoodWhisperer.

Three aspects of LumberJocks won me over.

1. The majority of the content has to do with serious woodworking.

2. There is a tremendous sense of (to use Debbie’s word) ‘family’ evident in the encouraging positive nature of posts and blogs between members, even between newby and professional woodworkers – a complete lack of class distinction.

3. Being a committed evangelical Christian (oh how I dislike labels), I especially relate to the ‘spiritual’ dimension of many of the members. It’s refreshing to read comments from members who readily acknowledge their spiritual side, regardless whether this reflects a formalized faith or just the reality that they recognize that they are more than mere flesh and blood.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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