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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #10: Do you have a gift list, things people can get for you? I do, and it says I am a......LJ

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This is the first year, perhaps ever, that I made a gift list. Meaning what I would like, meaning stuff for me. Not what I am going to give to others, the loved and needy souls in my life…..

What’s with this….......?!

This is a list for Sherie, my wife, who agonizes about this…..things she can buy for me, and get a true, genuine, smile out of me. But I think it probably says a lot about someone…....you know…...the items on a gift list…......what you would like that you might not just jump out and buy yourself.

You look at the display shelves, envy someone’s really neat gear, fantasize about something kinda unattainble, out of reach,

......but you would never dream of, never dream of just….laying down the cash for, not without a moment’s hesitation, not without guilt, and then walk away with it under your arm, humming a cheerful tune, waiting to unwrap it and put it to use….

A true gift, something you wouldn’t buy for yourself, but something you wish for, or perhaps didn’t know you need…............ ......................... ..... ... .

I digress, I always digress…...

Gifts that I didn’t know I needed are about 99% useless, inappropriate, and sad. I have counted…..314 gifts…..only 3.14 were something I use, and appreciate. Actually 3.1415926535 gifts were something I appreciate…...you know I figured it out, we all know about my OCD, and that I always am always talking in circles….....well…....you know that this is a sad truth. So let me reword my last statement…....

A true gift, something you wouldn’t buy for yourself, but something you wish for, and know in your heart that someday you might..er…...will…....use, and need….................yes…..(-: better.

My wish list:

Relief Carving Set , set A.
Relief Carving Set

Basic Sharpening Set
Sharpening Set

Block Plane, DX60 Block Plane, the NX60 instead would be nice, but is probably overkill
Block Plane

......and then of course…...I sidled up to my true love, as she was trimming the tree…....and mentioned the block plane, and said, well….....I know…..you would want to save a few bucks, the NX60 would be over the top….....so…....the DX60 would be just fine (-:
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Guess I am truly a LJ…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 1714 days ago

you know you’re a LumberJock when ….

and you know you have OCD when…..... 3.938943843723 lol :)

I never even thought about a wish list … actually, I never even thought about “receiving” .. but now that you mention it.. hmm … let me see!! :D
wood… I want wood… nice long planks of beautiful wood; short stocky chunks of beautiful wood… yes, that’s my list. Wood please! :)

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

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SPalm

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#2 posted 1714 days ago

I have come to believe that gift lists are really a good idea. Things that you want, but never would buy, or things that would really make you smile for years to come. I really appreciate such lists from my kids and my wife. I have some really nice shop tools that were given to me and every time I use them, I think of the giver.

Things like a dovetail saw. I route all of my dovetails, but I will never hand cut one if I don’t have a good saw. I don’t know, maybe.

I have asked for wood for years. Any wood, domestic or exotic. But non-woodworkers don’t get it. I have never received any. Seems simple to me, but complicated to them.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 1714 days ago

I think the carving sets would be a great gift.

Although I’d choose a different variety of chisels.

-- -** 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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cabinetmaster

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#4 posted 1714 days ago

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM….............what a great idea. Now let me see. What do I want and need? ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 1714 days ago

This is a list I’d choose from.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Family/2001290/PFEIL-Swiss-Made-Professional-Carving-Set.aspx

I really like Pfeil tools.

Woodcraft has free shipping right now.

-- -** 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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dbhost

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#6 posted 1714 days ago

Yes, I have a wish list, I use Amazon’s wish list, with the Universal Wish List button for stuff Amazon doesn’t carry…

My biggest wish is for time to spend with my wife without having to worry about the day to day junk of running the house… I would LOVE a simple weekend trip to the River Walk in San Antonio, maybe stay at the Hyatt overlooking the Alamo… We stayed there for our honeymoon. I’d really like to take her for a carriage ride through down town San Antonio…

Of course for tangible gifts… 50+ Board Feet of Walnut would go a long way….

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 1714 days ago

Dick
Thanks for the info, I’ll pass that along on my list. Those really look like nice tools.

dbHost
Yah, I understand the get away from it deal. We are going to Hawaii on January 7 for two weeks. An annual thing for us Alaskans up in the North. Its a straight shot down to Maui, 5 or 6 hours. We rent a condo in the same building every year, and we have done it about 20 times before, back into the ‘80’s

All
My wish list is tool oriented because I have some real holes in my tool collection, and I wouldn’t buy the things I asked for myself, at least not soon.

Work continues to demand time, and it seems like I spend a significant amount of time just recovering from work. That is an age issue. Hope to get some work done on my Sketchup revision of my sled today, we’ll see. I am on call and these days are unpredictable.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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stefang

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#8 posted 1713 days ago

My Christmas gift from my wife is already in the shop (sad isn’t it?) I “needed” it to do the woody gifts this year. I will get other gifts from the family and some stocking stuffers too. My new scroll saw was a surprise in that my wife encouraged me to get it, but not otherwise. However, I am over the moon with it and I couldn’t be happier. This tends to happen every Christmas and I admit, it is rather strange behavior, but it works for me.

The worst part of Christmas for me is trying to find something the wife wants. At our age (69), the choices tend to be more limited. Her main hobby is taking care of everybody else, including me. That doesn’t generate any obvious choices. I guess it will have to be clothes, but then how do I know if she will like them or if they will fit comfortably. It takes her forever to select clothes herself, so how can I do it without her being there? Jewelry is out. She hardly ever wears what she already has. A trip is out since she is still recovering from her hip operation. How about a new kitchen appliance? Nah! Good books? No, she gets that from our oldest son. What do women want (aside from a man who constantly fusses over her and does the dishes after meals? To be honest, I haven’t got a clue. Can one of our female LJs help? Probably not because they just want tools like the rest of us! This beginning to look a lot like (last) Christmas.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 1713 days ago

how about a pedicure / massage .. some pamper package? Does she like that kind of stuff?
and she needs another hobby!!
Everyone needs some hobbies they can do when they are 85 and perhaps less mobile… get her a “hobby kit” – include a bunch of little things that she can dabble with and find something that she does enjoy doing. (ideas: puzzles, painting, embroidery, woodworking :) gardening, ... )

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 1713 days ago

Mike,
Maybe she could try wood burning. Barb enjoyed it until she developed allergies, then the smoke bothered her.

-- -** 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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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 1713 days ago

All right!!

Now we are talking about the real problem….......what to buy the spouse. I solved my wife’s gift problem, but she hasn’t solved my problem )-: I have all kinds of things that I need to go into the shop, shops are gadget city. But right now, and I am the culprit, she is in fat city with her hobbies. She doesn’t really need anything, doesn’t like gadgets, has all the major machines for her quilting, knitting, weaving, spinning hobbies, many of which I gifted to her.

There is a lot of psychology embedded in this thing, and I am sure it varies wildly with the people involved.

Mike
Brainstorming. If she spends her time taking care of everyone else, does she need anything to organize herself in the gaget-techie world? A netbook or computer for the kitchen, new cell phone, etc. I know you said the kitchen stuff is out, but we finally put those things in bounds in our family, since we didn’t have many good choices in other realms. Day out to do some activity you both enjoy, even if it is shopping or the movies, capped off with dinner out someplace. Gift certificate for some classes to learn something she has thought of but never got around to learning. (encouraging new hobbies is dangerous, my wife pushed me into woodworking as a hobby, and it is going to cost her (-: )

You are real brave buying clothes….....wouldn’t dream of it. But then, my wife doesn’t hesitate to buy me clothes….......go figure.

All
Got to go clean the large stainless steel bird palace. Kermit lives on it more than in it. I took the door off of it a couple years ago, because we never closed it. Very predictable bird, watches TV when we are not home, and sits in or on his cage. At night he is locked in a small sleeping cage next to us, flock thing, cause we don’t want him flying over to the bed, very dangerous for him if we are asleep, you can roll over on your bird and kill him. But he really makes a mess of that big cage….....minor clean up every day – Sherie, major clean up every week – me.

Later.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1712 days ago

So after I cleaned Kermit’s cage, and we took my car over for some maintenance, and as we were driving home in her car I say to her…....”You know, why don’t you make me your wish list.” And she says, “You mean a list, like the one you emailed to me complete with links?. Nice, I am all done shopping for you.”

And I says, “Yah, just like that.”

And she says….......................”No way, I want you to suffer.”

&^$&^%$#%^&^&^^*

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 1712 days ago

What did I say about psychology?....................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 1712 days ago

and there you have it—it’s not about the “things” but about what is behind the giving—do you really know her?? have you been listening, picking up on the clues? Yup—it’s the time and thought put into the gift that is what matters :)
And then, for some, it is the actual item :)

My favourite gift from Rick was a CD by “The Guess Who”. He had remembered from a conversation in the summer that my favourite song was “Taking Care of Business”... he remembered and took the time to track down a Cd with that song on it. THAT was special.
hmm I think that was the last gift he bought me—he doesn’t do Christmas and birthdays.
Anyone want to fill the void, feel free to send me thoughtful gifts!! :D

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

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