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Blog entry by miles125 posted 12-01-2007 03:51 PM 1124 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Theres good news for anyone who feels they don’t match up to “elite” status as a woodworker.
The song “Louie Louie” has three chords and is more recognisable than most acclaimed symphonies!

We shouldn’t confuse expertise in precision with the pinnacle of success. I could spend four months on a kick ass table, seeking out praise from my peers. I just probably couldn’t sell it for enough to be “successful”.

Woodworking, like life, is about tradeoffs and applied good judgement.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"



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#1 posted 12-01-2007 04:07 PM

I must agree Miles. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 12-01-2007 05:38 PM

Hows that saying go,”I do what I have to do, so that sometimes I can do what I want to do”

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#3 posted 12-01-2007 05:51 PM

Good quote Harold.

-- bryano

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#4 posted 12-01-2007 07:08 PM

Yes, what you said Harold. I agree with you too Miles.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#5 posted 12-01-2007 07:51 PM

Yup.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 12-02-2007 01:30 PM

if we spend our time wishing that we were something else, we’d miss the best part of life—living it.
Enjoy the successes (whatever they might be); be proud of overcoming obstacles (regardless of how pretty the outcome is); pay attention to each of the little steps (and before you know it, you will be looking back and saying “wow, look at how far I’ve come”)

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

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#7 posted 12-02-2007 11:43 PM

I agree.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 12-03-2007 12:29 AM

I hate good judgement. It gets in the way of the stuff I really want to do. But, Miles, you make a good point.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#9 posted 12-03-2007 12:39 AM

well said Mike

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 12-03-2007 12:48 AM

im with russel, good judgements has been a pain in my personalitys butt most of my life , on second thought since i was about 45 !!

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#11 posted 12-03-2007 02:50 AM

I don’t have a good definition of elite so I will just agree with you, Miles. Charles Loloma, one of the greatest Hopi silver and turquoise smiths who ever lived was asked by a stranger what he did. Charles answered, ” I grow corn.” A friend wanted to know why he said such a thing considering how famous he was as an artist. Charles replied,”Hopi men grow corn.” I don’t know about elite but I think Charles was a lesson in humility.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-03-2007 03:33 AM

I don’t consider myself “elite”, I just find myself blessed to be able to do what I’m able to do. I may please someone with what i do and I feel good for them that I’m able to bless them.

I like to hear praise, but I do what I want without worrying about that. I haven’t tried to sell anything in many years.

But tonight I got a phone call from the sawmill owner wanting to know if I’d be interested is starting a little business making items to sell he said he had the contacts to get them out.

I’m not sure!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#13 posted 12-03-2007 03:36 AM

email Karson@elitewoodworks.com?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 12-03-2007 03:39 AM

Thanks Dorje. But that doesn’t help making any decision.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#15 posted 12-03-2007 03:49 AM

You gotta ask youself Karson, do I want to make my hobby my work? I’m the same way, I have not sold anything I’ve made since I hurt my back in 03. I’ve had plenty of chances too. But I’ve given a lot of stuff away, much to my wifes dismay. I had a buddy that I used to work and fish with, he quit his job and got his charter captains license. It lasted two years and he sold all his tackle and boat and has’nt been fishing since. He loved fishing as much as I do, and I love it, just can’t stand the rocking boat anymore due to my back. Get my point. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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