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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 06-22-2011 at 04:43 PM 3302 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How does a $500 cash prize sound?!

It’s time to get busy again. The LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Summer 2011 are officially here and this time we again have a very creative theme that should result in many amazing entries. As always, the goal is to highlight the creativity of all of our members (regardless of skill level). Here is the theme:

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Birds of a Feather – Yes, we are talking birdhouses. Build a birdhouse, any birdhouse. It can be a decorative style suitable for indoors only or constructed for the birds to use. It can be big, small, chip-carved, scrollsawed, painted, and the list goes on. It can be made by (or assisted by) little hands, or built for professional purposes.

The sky is the limit – or at least tree tops and posts.

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PRIZES

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  • Winner – $500 Cash Prize
  • Runner-Up – $200 Cash Prize
  • Five Winners (random draw) – LumberJocks t-shirt

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The entry deadline is July 31, 2011 at 3 PM CDT and you can enter the Awards page here. You can help us Spread the Word by clicking on your favorite social networking button in the sidebar of the Awards page.

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Good luck and have fun!

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka



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Delta356

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 at 05:41 PM

Thats a dead line I should able to make, was going to try to make Gorrila glue contest but did not have time.

Thanks, For posting.

Thank you, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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Steven H

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 at 01:22 AM

We already know who is going to win this contest already.
Yep its john

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devann

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 at 01:29 AM

Maybe John will throw a party with the winnings and invite some of us other birdhouse builders to it.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 at 02:38 AM

I’m sure John will understand when I say, there are LOTS of amazing birdhouses out there …

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

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William

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 at 04:36 AM

I’m thinking about entering this one, but I have a problem.
Some of you may have heard this before, but here goes anyway.
Before getting into scrolling, I was starting in wood working by making bird houses. It was just something to do, but I got SICK of them. After I got into scrolling pretty heavy, I swore I would NEVER build another %$$^% bird house. If I can figure out how to afford the material to do what I have in mind though, I think I’m going to make an exception just this once.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 at 12:28 PM

decisions, decisions :)
Yes, sometimes you just have to break your own rules haha Good luck!

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

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Martin Sojka

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 at 01:44 PM

Well Steven, I dont agree. The winner is never known in advance and if you’re creative you can beat even the masters in their niche in this kind of contests. Just check out the results from the past contests.

Good luck ;)

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 at 02:23 PM

I’d like to wish everyone good luck in the contest. I will be sitting this one out.

I look forward to seeing some amazing projects as usual!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 06-23-2011 at 05:42 PM

that’s too bad, Gary. I would love to see what your creative mind would come with!! I have no doubts that it would inspire everyone in some way or another

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

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john

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 at 01:26 PM

I will be happy to sit this one out . It,s only fair seeing as i build them everyday :-)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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William

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 at 01:33 PM

I don’t think you should sit it out John. If you enter and win, it is simply because you deserve it. The theme is about birdhouses. You make birdhouses. I am planning on entering. As much as I could use the money, if by some miracle I won, it would feel like a hallow win if it was only because someone such as yourself did not enter on purpose.
Now I do understand if you haven’t got time or are tied up in some other way, but I hope you don’t sit it out just because you build birdhouses (as extreme as they are). That would be unfair to you. The last time I read the rules, the contests are open to all. If fellow Lumberjocks don’t think your entry should win, they can just not vote for it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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john

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#12 posted 06-24-2011 at 01:51 PM

Thanks Bill ! I am on a contractor site and a while ago they had a birdhouse contest and a lot of guys wouldn’t enter it if i was in it . I can understand their frustration too :-) I am building 4 or 5 houses every 2 days so time is really not a issue .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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William

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#13 posted 06-24-2011 at 02:02 PM

Well, I respect your decision, but would love to have seen what you’d come up with for the contest. I agree with Martin, that since member votes is what determines the winner of these contests, anyone has a shot at winning.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 06-24-2011 at 04:02 PM

Personally, I don’t like to see anyone choose to not participate, whether it is because they “do this for a living” or because they don’t feel that they could compete with more experienced woodworkers.

Enter because you are a LumberJock .. and let our peers decide who gets the Awards.

With this Awards in particular, there are so many qualities that could get a vote – creativity, precision, woodworking skills, effort, and so on, and I think little 5-year-old LumberJock-in-the-making could have just as big of a chance as those who have been making birdhouses for years.

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

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john

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#15 posted 06-24-2011 at 04:16 PM

You have a good point MsDebbie :-) Personally i would like to see Gary enter this one too ;-)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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