Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #8: Good To Get Back

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Blog entry by William posted 09-09-2010 06:13 AM 1117 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 09-09-2010 07:03 AM

Welcome back!

Good luck with the pain.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 08:22 AM

Not a good way to enjoy your weekend. But happy to hear you could manage to get back in the worshop again. It is good that you are able to work in the shop even if it is only to get out of the house sometimes.
My Husband has a deteriorating spine disease and he also goes thru the tough times. Mostly tho he manages life quite well, but when those bad times come it certainly isn’t fun! So I know only too well what you and your wife experience day to day! :-(

keep making that sawdust! :-)

-- Theresa,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 12:25 PM

Gee, William. I am sorry to hear of the pain you are going through. It sounds like you had a rough week. I am glad you got some time back in the shop though. I bet it felt good to be creative.

I wonder if you have ever tried doing segmentation? In looking at how precise you do your work, I think you would do a beautiful job of it. Unlike intarsia where you need more shop time and moving from sander to sander. You could do segmentation sitting (comfortably) in one place. I throw a sheet down and the little dust that I make from the finish sanding with the dremel is minimal. I do smaller stuff, but that part of the process seems to take the longest. I sometimes can put a movie on and enjoy that while I am detailing it out.

It just may be something to do to be creative when you are not up to moving around the shop. I also paint and that is a good creative outlet. Just some suggestions.

I hope you continue to feel better and have more good days. You take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 08:36 PM

Sheila, thanks for the suggestions. I usually have a few things I can do when I’m down. Sometimes though, like this last time, the vertebres (sp?) in my back get compacted (they say now I have four degenerative disks), and I can hardly sit up for more than twenty or thirty minutes at a time. When I’m down is usually when I do portraits because I can do those sitting down. Also, I’ve made up my mind that except for custom orders (quick cash money) I am refusing to do anything else until I can finally get started on my church clock.
My reason for that is I’ve got a few photos of the church clock I done once before, but not real great ones. It was made out of mahogany and you know its hard to get good photos of dark woods. I usually take those photos outside in the sunlight. Well, I finished that clock late one evening just after dark. A few minutes later, a woman showed up to pick up an order I had made for her. She seen the church clock and fell in love with it. She loved it so much in fact, that she rode back to the ATM machine at her bank and purchased that clock that same night. So, I didn’t have it long enough to take good photos.
So, I’ve got a few things to finish up today, and tomorrow I hope to start on my clock. I’m going to try to take plenty of photos and do a work in progress blog on it. So be looking for that.


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#5 posted 09-09-2010 10:04 PM

William, you are an inspiration. best thoughts to you!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 12:08 AM

William, I am sorry you were down.. but so glad to hear you are on your way back up. :) Glad you got all those picture frames done.. I have heard it said that extra money sometimes helps relieve back pain. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 09-11-2010 05:16 AM


Godd For You Sir!!! I’m very happy to know that things are getting better for you. That’s a LOT of Pain! But your dealing with it! Hats Off to you!

Regards: Rick

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

View William's profile


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#8 posted 09-11-2010 05:23 PM

Well, things do change, as we all know. I was dead set on not doing NOTHING intill I could start on the church clock. Well, that has changed.
I ordered a new plan and I do enjoy projects I’ve never done before over a repeat. Now even on the repeats, I changed little detail. It just aint the same as doing something completely new though. I ordered this patter a couple of weeks ago and it had completely slipped my mind. I had never ordered from this company before. I am used to pattern coming in within a few days. These took about two and a half weeks.
So now my next project will be the L’il Skipper Rocking Boat. You can see the ad for the plans at
While I’m still sore as hell, I did get to get out in the shop yesterday and picked out most of my lumber to start it. I don’t know how much I’ll get done this weekend. Monday though, Monday is my birthday. While I don’t make a big deal about that usually, I think this year I’m going to stress that a great birthday present would be for everyone to leave me the %&#@ alone and let me just work in the shop all day without interuptions.


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