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Spoon carvers diary #5: Something in the spirit of better days

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 367 days ago 861 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After the recent events of the Boston marathon in some way there is a feeling of guilt I have continuing to share ideas and projects involving woodcraft.

But I also think of things this way, I am a musician and woodworker. Whenever there is some tragic thing as national as all of this is for everyone to endure as a country, I can only do what I do best to help anyone feel a little normal again. Even if it is just for ten minutes.

I don’t understand this time we live in, it is pretty scary. I love this country and I care for everyone from all countries that I have made great pen pals with (Or should I say social media friends…lol). My whole love of spoon carving is my great respect for the craftspeople all across Scandinavia as well as all over the globe.

We need to remember to stand together, and I also believe in our rights to protect ourselves. I love making friends with any and everybody, whatever your style or culture. But step on my lawn showing me any harm to my family and I can only recite the great words of John Wayne in the movie The Shootist….“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.” Dam right.

Please be very careful viewing stories about this on the internet, especially if you have children with smart phones. There is a lot of horrible pictures up and still viral that you really do not need to see.

It’s a sad deal, and my prayers and best wishes to all of the victims in this horrible act.

So, when things as I have written in the past get to much to understand. I walk the woods, I go to the grain, and attempt to craft something in the spirit of better days for all of us everywhere.

I hope this might be something you enjoy watching.

May there be better days for us all,

Joe

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



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 367 days ago

I understand your point about sharing enjoyment at a time of tragedy. We don’t want to appear uncaring. However, it’s times like this that we need reminders that there’s still beauty in the world and not just darkness.

-- 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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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 367 days ago

Ahhhhhhhhhh….....the video of the masterpiece spoon. You are right about the ways one can feel the wood. With my eyes and fingers, I can often do things that no computer or machine could. It’s all about the feel and look of the wood. I think you know what I mean and your skills are getting better and better and better.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 367 days ago

Thank you for posting this today, Joe. It was so relaxing to watch you create. It was a difficult day (and night) for many of us, I am sure. I woke up several times during the night thinking of the victims and how horrible things were. Fortunately, I don’t have TV (yes – I really don’t have TV! My choice!) and I stayed away from the stories and pictures and computers as much as I could today. From the little I read, I knew how tragic and devastating things were. I didn’t need to see pictures or hear stories over and over again. It was one of the few days I didn’t blog because I had an early appointment to get my car fixed and was away for the morning. My afternoon was filled with work to make some deadlines, and one of the first things I saw when I finally settled down here today was your blog. Again – thank you for your video of your creating. I also feel that way when I am at the scroll saw, or painting one of my designs. It is good and healthy for us to think about positive things and to share our creativity with others. It is like a good dose of medicine for many.

You can tell by they way you talk about your craft that you are creating from your heart – and that makes every piece special and gives it life. I am happy to have ‘met’ you here at Lumberjocks and enjoy seeing you succeed and grow in your love of woodworking.

Take care, Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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derosa

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#4 posted 367 days ago

Nice video, you made it worth watching.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 367 days ago

Nice one Joe, video & spoon that is
Connecting with the spoon within the wood is a joy
There is something special about a wooden spoon |I think it is nurturing , it goes to the root of our being a gift from Mother Nature
May you & your family be well
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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jjw5858

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#6 posted 367 days ago

Thank you all for viewing and enjoying it!

Be well,

Joe

http://www.spoonscarver.com/

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

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