well today is my first year on lumberjocks , and i must say THANK YOU to you all ,for all the inspiration and help i have received here .
i recently recieved a PM from my buddy ’ LUMBERDUSTJOHN ’ ,asking me , who or what is lincoln morinaga ?
on my homepage .
he was my master ( teacher ) in prison .that taught me carpentry and woodworking .that was 45 years ago !
because of the laws about that , i was not able to correspond with him , but did manage to get some help after my first job , from a FBI agent in Washington D.C. , to send some pictures back to the prison to mr morinaga . they had to be screened in their bomb detecting equipment first . later i hired a guy to help finish some work , and he asked me if i had been in a course in prison , i said yes , and he said that he was there in the same class when the pictures arrived . and that mr morinaga was showing them to anyone that he could find to look at them ( including the warden ) , even told the students , ” you can do this too , just pay attention and learn ” ! . i tried for years to find mr morinaga , and even looked for him in the net , when i first got my computer , no luck . well last week , john , found him for me ! THANK YOU , JOHN ! http://lumberjocks.com/lumberdustjohn
I SPOKE WITH MR. MORINAGA THIS LAST SUNDAY !
He is 88 years old , and hard of hearing , and a little muddled about the past .( who isn’t ) ?
his wife relayed some of my story to him , and i asked to maybe come and thank him in person this summer ,
and in true lumberjock form , he said , ” come on by any time , i’ll give you any tips on woodworking you want ”!
he doesn’t have a computer , and never heard of lumberjocks that i know of .
for me this is like finding the father i barely knew .
i plan on sending some picture of my work , and making him a box to say thank you , that i will take in person .
my year her at LJ , has had it’s up’s and downs , i have made many friends here , and have almost 200 buddy’s .
the things i have learned here are priceless , and have brought me many hours of joy ( yes , it is addictive ) !
i was ’ virtualy ’ wined and dinned here twice , once for 3 months in many PM’s about going to asia and teaching and running a wood shop and getting RICH ! WHAT A FLOP ! that was the box that got away .
The other was recent , more PM’s and lots of phone calls , from a central american country , about teaching about the use of the bandsaw in a furniture factory . MORE BULL , BIG NADA ! it seems all these offers fell through because i wanted them to send me a round trip air fare to show faith on their part !
As things stand , i have you all , my family to share and learn with , THANK YOU ! i love you all ( well almost ,i can do without the control freaks (LOL) !
i had always thought i would just move through life quietly , as all the work i have done has been pirated by anyone that could take the credit for it , somehow my name never showed up on it anywhere .
when i came here to LJ’s , i decided that i would give my knowledge and work tips away , thereby saving anyone the trouble and guilt of stealing it . i have taught many people over the years , but until i came here , have wondered if it really meant anything in the real world , as i don’t hear from them .
Through you all , i know it does . and for the first time , i have provenance in my work . and sharing is the best , knowing that we all prosper through it .
while i have waited for the clock to strike 365 , i have re-read some of the comment you have all left on my posts ,
and am a little teary from the love you have all shared with me , and even though i live alone , my heart is filled
to the brim with happiness at having found you , and being a part of this wonderful family !
So to all , have a great Easter weekend , and lets come back relieved , relaxed , refreshed , rebuilt , or reborn !
-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle