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Blog entry by hunter71 posted 02-03-2010 01:33 PM 1290 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As an electrical contractor I taught many young people my trade. Some stayed with me many years and I got to see them become accomplished journeyman. Now in my 60’s I didn’t think I would teach anymore till yesterday. We met a new couple to the area some time back and I made them several things, we got to be friends and they visit my shop occasionally. I knew he was having a new shop built but not what for. Yesterday they stopped to see a glider /cradle I am building and John mentioned he was going to try his hand at woodworking in his new shop, he wanted some advise. I made an offer. He jumped at the chance and today will be his first day in my shop. My age, and as eager as a 1st year apprentice this will be fun. I am NOT a master woodworker, just a Master Electrician but I will pass on all I can. I hope to help him set up his shop and hope all of you LJ’s will too. BTW He is watching LJ’s now and hopefully will post after we make our first project today. A toy of course, for his grand kids.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 01:56 PM

This does sound like both of you are going to have a good time. Sharing your knowledge and love of woodworking is a small recompense for all the joy it has brought into your life.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 02:31 PM

That is great that you are passing your knowledge on to someone else. For the last 8 months I have been teaching someone as will. John has got the wood working bug bad! He had a bigger new shop built and is equiping it with bigger and better equipment. We help each other and have become good friends. I am on call 24-7 and his wife complains alittle bit about him spending too much money. Not that any of us had never heard that before!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 02:58 PM

Sounds like fun! Passing on the things you have learned to someone that wants to know!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 03:09 PM

What a great endeavor for the both of you. One of the greatest gifts we can give to one another is knowledge. This is a win win for the both of you. Have fun!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 04:43 PM

That is what this site is all about! I like hearing stories like yours and others. I have been helping my neighbor as well. Congrats! I even went as far as taking a woodworking class in a collage this semester “Intro to Wood” which is required to take any of the advanced class’s offered. Once the instructor quized me and looked over some of my projects I brought in, he asked that I help some of the students with him. Helping is fun and rewarding.
Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your projets are great posted here.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 06:59 PM

I teach and it’s very rewarding.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 07:25 PM

congrat´s with the aprentice in the shop:-)
enjoy and have fun when you talk laut with big letters to him :-)
maybee in 20 years from now I can do the same
wish I cuold do it now :-(


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#8 posted 02-03-2010 08:43 PM

First day went well. I have a student that is very new to woodworking and very excited to learn. I hope can measure up to his needs.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 09:21 PM

You are blessed to be able to pass on what you have learned no matter what skill it may be. I hope someday I would be able to pass on things I have learned also. As a woodworker I learn everyday and am always willing to try new and exciting methods to better my skill.
Glad to hear the first day went well….Thats exciting!
Please keep us up to date as he progresses
Thanks for the post

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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