thought of the day #1: vidoes, blogs and mentors

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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 12-28-2012 07:18 PM 1258 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am sitting here honestly slightly bummed because I would love to be in my shop but my 4 year old and wife (who works nights) are sleeping and my shop happens to be directly below them. I am however thinking about a project that I have been fighting to get started and with other projects and well life getting in the way I have only built it in my head (probably look a lot better if it stays there).

This project however has a few things new in it, as I am trying to implement new aspects in to most of my work and as a newer woodworker this isn’t difficult (the including not the actual application). It got me thinking though about were we all get our advice and I don’t mean in general as we all get advice from everyone I mean the real go to “man if they say it I will try it even if I doubt it” advice.

Now I pull a lot of info and answers to my queries off the internet and have a few places I trust and a few Lumberjocks I trust (shout out to Jim and Don) but all in all I look for inspiration from the internet more than solutions when it comes to my projects, I will admit a lot of that comes from the fact I like to problem solve and I am stubborn. What I miss as a woodworker that I am jealous of others is that mentor or person who either taught us as a kid or we can go to and pick their brain.

I know that it is nice that my Father and children enjoy my projects and that my sister loves it when I make something for my niece but don’t we all secretly crave to have a person to learn from hands on? I think that wood guilds are a resource that are definitely a help in this area. Although I live an hour away from mine and with five kids, a job and a wife it is unrealistic that I can make it up there and if I could honestly shop time is the area of life that would haft to be cut back.

Anyway off my way more whinny point than originally expected, I am curious where we all get our answers and ideas that we trust as much or more than our own intuition.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 09:59 PM

I’ve picked up a lot of things just browsing the Projects tab daily. I end up saving clever jigs to my favorites if they can accomplish a task well, even if I haven’t had occasion to try it myself yet. Same goes for the Blogs, especially ones with lots of process photos or videos.

Apart from that, Don W and all the regulars in the HPOYD thread are a fantastic source of info. I love the general shop improvement ideas that Stumpy comes up with. And when Charles Neil pipes up about anything I listen.

-- Brian Timmons -

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Don W

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 10:05 PM

I believe a real go to “man if they say it I will try it even if I doubt it” person would be a little scary. And unless it was a father figure before you figured out he was human, I wouldn’t recommend looking for one. My father not only became human, he…...well, lets not go there.

If you believe that you must give to receive, and if you give you will get back 2 fold, you’ll be good. It just takes a while to figure out what direction to give in.

Never ever become jealous.

And if your not having fun, either your direction or your perspective is off. Its up to you to figure out which.

My advice is free, and I’ve been told its worth every penny.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 11:18 PM

Don, I’d have to say it’s priceless!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 02:33 PM

great blog i have no one in particular thats my go to guy.i just pay attention to this site and try to figure out the things i can do and the things i can’t do.i myself am in general to scared to try alot of new stuff so having a “mentor” would be helpful.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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