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Blog entry by noknot posted 04-12-2009 05:49 PM 1133 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are times in our lives where we either hold what we got or change everything. The past few weeks there has been a change in my way of thinking I have gotten away from my O.C.D and havent taken the time to organize and plan, that ladys and gentle men will be my workshop focus. Changing everything and cleaning up my act making it new and nice or at least cleaner and newer.

-- GO DAWGS!



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RBWoodworker

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 06:01 PM

Well..I gotta laugh because I was just crying in my beer ( and I don’t drink..lol) about the very thing you just posted..I was telling one of the other LJ’s about my woes of trying to market my pieces to feed my family and the struggles Im having doing so..this is one post I’m going to watch closely..

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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jcame

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 06:08 PM

I here ya, I am in the biggest slump of my career. Noknot, I commend you on your efforts, you are a kind man. We need more like you.

-- Jed,Ala,jmwoodworks057.com

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 06:19 PM

Thanks for posting this, that’s great to think in others in need, specially our LJ’s.
I do woodworking (finish Carpentry) to pay the bills, but have now three monts unemployed so i’mnot sure whats next…....

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 06:21 PM

This is a nice post that I totally agree with.

I do not know how many times I have said that I am glad that I do this only as a hobby. I simply could not feed my family and keep a roof over their heads if I had to rely on my skills as a woodworker and a business manager. I have always had a great deal of respect and admiration for those who have been gifted with the skills and drive to pursue woodworking as a profession. It involves considerable personal, and at times financial, sacrifice and even when “successful” they are not compensated enough for the skill, time and effort that is necessary to complete a given job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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noknot

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 07:19 PM

well if anyone has any lumber extras or turning blanks I know someone who needs material. Rb needs someone to trow him some links to get his peice sold anyone got any ideas?

-- GO DAWGS!

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noknot

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 07:25 PM

I’m sure some of the LJ that have crazy skill might trade some one on one skill building projects or consulting for things they need. Take stock of who you know or what you have to help these folks.

-- GO DAWGS!

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RBWoodworker

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 07:48 PM

Hi ..back to post again..had to wait the 60 minutes..lol Scott..I think what noknot is trying to do is get the information highway unclogged and if anyone has great ideas or knows of someone who knows someone to try and help each other out..it couldn’t hurt those that truly believe in their craft and feel that they are “the little train that could”..I have been in the construction industry since I was 13 and have intensive experience in this field, and while the economy is doing terrible.. I have given my ability as a woodworker a try as a means to feed my family.. and I for one am not too proud to admit it’s been hard.. I love what I do and the encouragement and praises are nonstop, but it doesn’t put food on the table, and any help I can find is more than greatly appreciated..I think that’s where noknot is trying to help..if you have stuff that you have made..and have posted pictures of it with intent to sell.. you just never know if someone here at LJ’s might know of someone who’s interested in that sort of thing..

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 07:57 PM

I know that LJ’s in Michigan have a few resources available. If you need veneer check with Tearen and most of us have stuff to trade. Times are tough, I know. We all need to pull together and help each other out.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 04-12-2009 08:13 PM

The good thing about a life devoted to quality woodworking is the incredible amount of aquired skills that comes with it. Any good woodworker can easily phase into and excell at about 50,000 other job descriptions if need be. I count myself as fortunate to have chosen a field that prepares me for so much.

You can test this. Try giving an experienced woodworker a ceramic tile job for the first time in his life. It’ll look better than 90% of tile work you’ve ever seen. Its in our DNA to figure things out and pursue quality.

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

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Francisco Luna

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#10 posted 04-12-2009 08:57 PM

I would like to start doing wooden Handplanes, so ifsomebody has a spare chunk of birch, I can pay for the shipping costs…..

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#11 posted 04-12-2009 09:06 PM

or how bout when people post their projects note more often that they are FOR SALE in the project title?? i think more of us woodworkers need to buy each other’s work, build each other’s #s, get the ball rolling for each other more…I know I have asked others if they would sell me their work for a gift or something in the future (even though I can’t afford their work right now), if you know someone can do something better/faster than you and you need a gift and like their style, and got enough in the account, then why not right? lol

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#12 posted 04-12-2009 09:13 PM

on that note i’m going to be posting some small gifts (<$100) soon with very attractive prices, i’ve been unemployed for 2 months now and living in SoCal it’s pretty hard…also, if anyone wants to BUY some maple/oak/exotic dimensioned wood or maple/olive/exotic turning blanks at great prices please let me know. I won’t list prices cuz it would be so specific to each order, but I promise you, find me your best price elsewhere and I’ll go a good % cheaper….i need to pay bills! Might be willing to meet up with people in nearby proximity as well…pm me if interested Thanks guys! best of luck to you all in these hard times…

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noknot

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#13 posted 04-12-2009 09:30 PM

RB thanks Im not good with expressing my veiws without yelling so this is a effort in patience for me. Chris If you have anything moai needs post it now and maybe one of us will come up with a trade for him.

-- GO DAWGS!

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noknot

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#14 posted 04-12-2009 09:34 PM

I have some mamosa I told keith about yesterday I’m going to send him some anyone els need free wood Ill send you some Its going to be green and the tree is only 3”thick and 30 ft tall so if it will help someone that needs it ask.

-- GO DAWGS!

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RBWoodworker

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#15 posted 04-12-2009 10:54 PM

Anytime noknot.. thanks for starting this blog..I know its hard out there and bills are piling up to our necks as we speak, but we all have to pull together and support each other..it’s all about survival now and I think if the ship is going down..the crew would do everything they can to save each other and pray we all get to safety..by that..i mean people in general.. not just close family and friends.. this is the worst I have ever seen our economy and I have lived thru 3 or 4 bad recessions, but when our financial institutions are crumbling and stock markets are failing as well as everything esle.. believe me when I say this, that this recession is different.. so on that note.. lets all pull together.. rack our brains as fellow woodworkers.. help each other out by taking a few second more in our lives to ask people if they might be interested in products we all have to offer.. I was checking Mark Decou’s website and saw all the beautiful canes he has made.. when i go to a gallery or store that I think sells stuff like that..I will be sure to mention to the owner that I know this guys who makes these beautiful hand carved canes.. and so on so forth.. did you all see that Beautiful turned bowl in the newest project?/ My Lord!! we all know someone or someplace that can sell something like that if he wanted to sell it.. so lets all start talking and “Networking” for each other.. my speciality is Maloof Rockers.. and furniture.. I will keep a reference of what others sell and try and market them as I go places.. this is it boys.. time to rally the troops!!!!

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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