20,000 LumberJocks Celebration #1: Day One

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 07-20-2010 10:36 PM 3235 reads 2 times favorited 83 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was dreaming about reaching 100 LumberJocks one day when I launched this website in 2005… Then, when it got going, 1,000 seemed likely but 20,000? No way! Fast forward to July 2010 and it’s party time once again in our family of 20,000 LumberJocks. I’m thankful and overcome with happiness that you decided to make this online community part of your life.

Sometimes I come across a post about ‘the good old days’. Yes, ‘the old days’ were really good but despite our huge growth I’m sure that our core essence is still intact and it will prevail. This woodworking community is still about creating, sharing, inspiring, motivating and learning. As a result, you can admire more fantastic projects and follow more successful woodworking stories every day.

I assure you that great news and updates are coming soon and that I will always strive to preserve our unique LumberJocks spirit.

So let’s all look forward to ‘the good new days’!

Also, I decided to celebrate this day with a special LJ shirt giveaway. We will have one new LJ shirt owner every day for the next 20 days. First ten will be randomly selected from 100 most active members while next 10 will be randomly selected from the remaining 20,000 members.

And here is the LJ Shirt Winner for Day One: jockmike2.


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#1 posted 07-20-2010 10:38 PM

I’m sure glad I’m a member.
Thanks Martin & keep up the good work !

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 10:39 PM

Congrats Martin !! I remember way back when it was less then 100 and now it is by far the largest woodworking forum anywhere .Thanks for doing such a GREAT job !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 10:41 PM


Good for you jockmike2, wear it proudly.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

View Bret's profile


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#4 posted 07-20-2010 10:45 PM

It’s amazing to me that a community so large can still feel so familiar and friendly. Goodonya, Martin, for doing what no one else on the intarwebs appears to be able to do. And this is just about the only web site for which I have disabled my AdBlock Plus plugin. :-)

You have every reason to be proud today. Enjoy the celebration!

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 10:48 PM

congratulations martin !

and well done jocks(ets) ,

this is the best ,
i’m proud to be part of this wonderful family .

way to go mike !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 10:55 PM

I look at this site several times each day, and I love it. The people are kind, the projects are great. Thanks to the whole Lumber Jocks team who keep it going! If you were all here I would give you a big manly hug…..

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 11:00 PM

Greatest site on the web…Where’s the kool aid???

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 11:01 PM

this is a great day and im happy to see that this site has grown so much…i think our craft is one of importance and by this high number of people who have joined, show’s me that wood working is well and alive…i will always believe that wood workers are the best people on this planet..and now we have over 20,000 of them here… is my toast to you martin and to all of us here…lets keep it going…viva le saw dust…......grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 11:03 PM

YAY!!! Congratulations on a GREAT site! Even though we are many, it is a very personal community we have here and it is so easy to navigate and find our interests. Although I am relatively new here, I have thoroughly enjoyed the people, projects and inspirations. Thank you for doing such a great job with the site!!! I love it here!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 11:08 PM

Congratulations Martin on a major milestone….......... WOW, 20,000 !!!!! As has been said before: This is the greatest site on the internet and it is comprised of the best people in and all around the world!

Look forward to another 20,000 in the future !

Thanks for all you do Martin !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

View Div's profile


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#11 posted 07-20-2010 11:13 PM

Congrats Martin, aaaaaall the way from South Africa. I feel honored to be part of this AMAZING online community!!
PS. I don’t think there are any LJ shirts in Africa. Just so you know…;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 11:16 PM

Congrats to Martin and a great bunch of folks
Enjoy your LJs shirt Mike wear it proudly

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 11:18 PM

I have been window shopping this site for a few months now and when I saw you were close to 20,000 members I figured it was time to join and push it over the top. This is a great site for insights and inspiration.

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Bob Simmons

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 11:23 PM

Martin…Thank you for your creation. One thought tho…if each of us tell 5 new people…we will soon be at 100,000. What a great site!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#15 posted 07-20-2010 11:24 PM

Congratulations Martin and congratulations Mike. Your #1.

-- 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 †

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