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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 504 days ago 1134 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately I have been very fortunate to connect with many important artisans. All of this spoon carving business, website, and wood crafting has not only shown me things about myself, but has begun to show me the interest and support that other people can supply back onto me and this work I have been doing. I am very grateful for the positive communication. Thank you!

It is nice to leave the daily news turned off and make some of our own positive headlines I think. Far too much negativity and violence shown all of the time. So I try like many of you out there with our skills to connect with people through the love of woodcraft.

My wish is to get more younger people involved, especially youths that have next to nothing growing up. They need this in their lives, a positive path to earn and learn skills through honest hard work.

I feel the push for excellence in youth sports is extremely out of control in our current times. Athletics can be a great experience but one that I feel is becoming too important while kicking away the arts and crafts young people benefit from as well if not more than sports.

Competition is all well and good, but in art there is expression and everyone has their own style and place where their creative ideas have a stage to be represented.

I feel it is an obligation of all of us older people to keep the spirit of craft work alive and well, especially traditional woodwork.

Woodworking with traditional hand tools was the first time in my life where I understood that if I wanted something…..I had to make it all on my own as well as do the work. That is not the worst lesson to learn at 39…lol. Now soon to be 42 I feel my life has been enriched by these lessons in the grains of mighty timber.

Once you pour your blisters, sweat and soul into making shavings at the shaving horse there is no other way of making something that can satisfy you in any other way. Your muscles with each row of the draw knife grow sore but your spirit is destined to carrying the ideas until the last shave is had. That feeling of looking down the grain, feeling its shapes you made with it and knowing the job was well worth the grit you mustered to make it is what this is all about.

I think it is a primal revival that many more than a few people crave to take on in this life of touch screens and computer tablets.

It is a visit to surviving your own ideas. It’s finding the paths to take with each tool to tame the knots of pine and wrestle the stubborn oak. Once your path makes these footsteps to the past of craft work, your realization is that this style of making things is your forever future.

At the end of the day this is just my version of making some sense in a fast pace world. Everyone has their own road to walk, I am thankful mine has brought me here.

When things get too complicated I would suggest to enjoy short moments and find the good in simple things.

Thank you for enjoying a little time with me here in text.

Keep making shavings and enjoy the video and some blues giiiiiiitarrrr.

Be well,
Joe

http://www.spoonscarver.com/

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/spoonscarvercom/440771882678340

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB



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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 504 days ago

Good words and great video.

I think you will like this one too.

Boom boom boom from the 60’s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOyj4ciJk34

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 504 days ago

Your instructions are wonderful. Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 504 days ago

Always enjoy watching the creation of shavings. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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clieb91

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#4 posted 503 days ago

Joe, Really cool video and great words to go by. I love having my daughter in my shop with me and being able to relate daily lessons she has learned back to the shop or use them in contrast. She seems to always be able to relate. It really is something that is in all of us that we seem to be getting far away from.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Brit

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#5 posted 503 days ago

Well I don’t know what I enjoyed more, the video or the soundtrack by Rev. Blind Lemon Joe. :o)

Thanks for sharing.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Roger

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#6 posted 503 days ago

Very well spoken.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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murch

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#7 posted 502 days ago

” primal revival” – yep, sounds good to me.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Dave

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#8 posted 500 days ago

I agree it is good to get the youth involved.
Keep on pickin.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

#9 posted 497 days ago

Nice article, my good and young.

I hope you’ll forgive my small smile as I read that you are among those who are “older”. Since I’m almost twice your age I can only think how nice it would be to go back to 42.

My own experience started with a love for the graphic arts, drawing with a number 2 pencil on the white cardboard that comes out of new shirts. It was just at the end of the Great Depression and the expense of a pad of real white paper was something to take seriously. Watercolors came along later with pastels and oils, silk screen printing and pen and ink all coming in time.

And somewhere in the passage of time there was my first contact with wood, a “scooter” made from a wooden orange crate, a plank and a pair of clamp-on roller skates. It was crude, yes, but there were many hours of fun in the result. And fun has always been a part of woodworking despite the work, the mistakes and the frustration, there was the fun and joy the came from a completed project, not only for the finished product but for the things learned, the satisfaction of seeing it through and the happiness of others for whom it was done.

I’m happy to say, you and I are on the same wavelength in our regard for the art of woodworking. While making a repair to a broken chair may not be as artistic as carving something beautiful, there is still Art. I always refer to the definition of art as Skill. Something learned and refined with work and maturity.

May our “young” come to learn just how satisfying it can be to make something from wood. It beats playing a computer game any day.

Respectfully,

DDWWB

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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drlamb

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#10 posted 497 days ago

jjw5858,
I love the thought behind your piece here, and I completely agree with the sentiment. I think a lot of people today, not just the youth, are in need of a “primal revival” – learning to value the fruits of manual effort. I’ve tried many things over the years, and find woodworking to be one of the best means of satisfying that need. What I would love to see, (and be a part of) is the development of a place where our youth could go and hang out, and learn what they can accomplish with a little hard work, imagination and acquired skill. I see this as a place where each person learns at their own pace, and helps guide others not yet as accomplished. Competition, other than within themselves, must be forgotten in this sort of place. Teamwork and sharing are a necessity.

-- Dan, Calgary

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