Perspective on the real value of woodworking

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 01-15-2007 08:23 AM 817 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just how importain is this woodworking thing? When I started this woodworking gig I signed up at the local jr. college. I had a wonderful shop teacher, KenTriplett. Very dedicated, hard working fellow. Part of his program was to involve all his student in the VICA skills competition. Well I won for the state of idaho! ( ya well it was just the kids in my class and I already had construction experence) Then I was given the chance to go to nationals in Kansas City. As we were walking in the building we heard the news about a terrorist attack in the middle east. A part of me knew. It was the Kovar Towers in Saudi Arabia right where my little sister was on tour with the air force. I did ok in the competion figuring I was about 5Th or 6Th. Well I ended up taking third! I medaled! Always pays to do a good cut list! Well something kept me humble and greatful. My little sister, on the same day, came away with a purple heart and an accomidation for valor. She was a real hero. I cut a nice board. I’m always seeing a human story behind what we do here. Fathers and sons, Loving spouses, Real teachers, Mentors and it helps me to know my work is for the families who live in my kitchens everyday not just part of a construction factory line. That is the value in what I do! My sister is now in the army reserves home safe from another tour in Iraq. About to finish getting her teaching degree. One heck of a woman!

P.S. I came away with a bundle of tools!

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#1 posted 01-15-2007 08:48 AM

Dennis, happy is the man who keeps his feet on the ground, his hands to the plow and his heart tuned to God.

I think you’ve summed up this philosophy very well.

Thanks and God bless!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 01-15-2007 08:54 AM

When it all boils down to it Dennis, it’s all vanity. I would just like to leave a mark on humanity. I don’t want to have a bad attitude. I want to help people, and when I’m dead and move on to whatever’s next, I’d like to leave something behind that will be some kind of reminder to other’s that I was here.

You must be proud of your sister. Doing more than most expect and getting less than they deserve.

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#3 posted 01-15-2007 02:27 PM

surrounded by the media’s distorted (and scary) view of world, it always brings a joy to my heart when I am reminded of the great people out there, doing great things (whether they are big or small).
Your sister is a guiding light for all, and, I have to say, that since joining LumberJocks, I am reminded every day, by every word written here, that great people fill this earth.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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pat sherman

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#4 posted 01-15-2007 05:33 PM

dennis, glad to read of your success in the woodworking field.
and very glad to know your sister came out of that bombing in one piece.

my grandson leaves today for iraq. his second tour. please pray for him and all the soldiers going and coming from that terrible war.

thanks. and keep up the nice work, and if you find you have too many tools, join the

-- pat,ohio...

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#5 posted 01-15-2007 07:23 PM

I’m happy to hear that your sister is home and am sorry that she had to go through such an event in Saudi. My younger brother served in the Marine Corps. during the first Gulf War and returned home without a purple heart, which we were all glad of. I seem to be in agreement with my fellow LumbeJocks in the fact that I too hope that my woodworking brings joy to whomever I make something for and leaves some sort of foot print of my existance. Pat, I pray everyday for our men and women in harms way and hope everyone here will join me in doing so. I will keep your grandson in those prayers, also.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 01-15-2007 08:36 PM

Thanks Everyone!

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