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Blog entry by patron posted 12-27-2010 10:23 PM 3489 reads 0 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well another year is almost at a close and i have been thinking about all the kind
and talented people i have been blessed to know in my journey here in LJ’s .
all the amazing work shown the progress evident with each day
the sharing attitude and help freely given

i have been thinking about us woodworkers and what makes us reach for and try new
and more difficult projects for ourselves
and then can so freely give them away to others

WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE

this gift we all share come to us in various ways
slowly at first somewhat mysteriously

some at the hands of father or grandfathers
some from a challenge to save money
some from study and observation
some from a simple curiosity and wonder

the difference i believe from most others
is that DOING builds character and confidence
as we make our mistakes we brush off and work harder and learn more

so different from mainstream where most hoard things
that they work so hard to acquire
it is hard to give things you have to buy away
but when you make them it becomes an opportunity to not only give freely
but to continue in an even better way

the knowledge , the spirit , the learned in hand experience
just keeps growing nothing is lost in the process

when you spend money you wind up with less

when you cut wood you somehow wind up with more
(check your scrap bin) lol
all ready to make even newer and more challenging things

if i don’t give something back the tap shuts off
and i get stagnant
there is a point for me
where i have to finish and clean out the shop
so i can be ready to receive new ideas

i am very grateful for all of you kindred spirits
i have learned so much
and seen so many grow thru this sharing here
just in this year alone the work displayed and grown upon
is monumental
everyone is advancing to newer and better heights

i am proud to be a part of this family
and cherish each and every one here

have a better new year
i know i will
even new mistake will mean i am still learning
so i welcome them too

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

-- 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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ellen35

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 10:29 PM

Well thought out and well stated, David.
And Happy New Year to you and all my LJ friends.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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NBeener

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 10:33 PM

Thank you, David … for your words, and for your deeds.

Wishing you a prosperous New Year !

-- -- Neil

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SPalm

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 10:35 PM

David, you are a Man above honor.
I truly am proud to call you a friend.

Let us keep giving. It makes us whole.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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DaddyZ

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 10:36 PM

Happy New Year !!!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 10:40 PM

David, these are wonderful words that you have spoken here and you have helped sooooo many people here that I know the words ring true. You are a blessing to all of us and I know that God will bless you for being so. Yet, as you say, you have also received as well so it’s a very good thing for all.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Russel

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 10:42 PM

Your perspective is always refreshing, always encouraging and always worth the while. Thank you kind sir, and may the new year bring you nothing but good.

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

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janice

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 10:44 PM

Very well said. That was very nice.
Hope you have a Happy New Year too! I’m going to. The weather is going to give us a break this week and I get to ring in the New Year at the River with good friends. Can’t wait.

-- Janice

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janice

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 10:46 PM

It was so nice, I had to read it again.

-- Janice

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 10:54 PM

Very good David!

Thank you… and the same to you and yours!

Have a GREAT one!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 10:54 PM

Wonderful words from a great guy. Lumberjocks would not be the same without you .

Happy New Year to you also

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 10:55 PM

Thank you, David. You said it all so clearly and so well.

Happy new year!

Now lets make some more sawdust….............

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 11:19 PM

DAVID, YOU HAVE EXPRESSED MY FEELINGS FOR THE LUMBERJOCKERS ON THIS SITE SO MUCH MORE ELOQUENTLY THEN I EVER COULD. YET YOU CAPTURE MY FEELINGS EXACTLY. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU. YOU ALONE, TO ME, HAVE ENRICHED THIS SITE MORE THAN ANY OTHER MEMBER THAT I CAN THINK OF. NEVER HAVE I HEARD ANYTHING FROM YOU BUT PRAISE OR ENCOURAGEMENT. THIS IS THE TRUE SPIRIT I’VE ALWAYS LOVED ABOUT THIS SITE. YOU EMBODY THE LUMBERJOCK SPIRIT. GOD BLESS YOU IN THE COMING NEW YEAR AND SHOWER YOU WITH MORE FRIENDS AND BEAUTIFUL PROJECTS. LOVE, MIKE AND KRIS WURM

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

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degoose

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#13 posted 12-27-2010 11:27 PM

I can only add my sincere thanks to you and so many others.. they know who… that have enriched my life here…
May we all look forward to a new year even better than the last…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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patron

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#14 posted 12-27-2010 11:32 PM

gosh
i’m all

CHOCKED UP

must be time for my Heimlich manuvers

then some more full bodied sawdust

THANK YOU ALL !

-- 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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blackcherry

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#15 posted 12-27-2010 11:43 PM

Well stated and how true each and ever word printed David, woodworking is a gift,a journey and a state of satisfaction. Thanks for all your amazing contribution to this site and inspiration you have set in motion over the years. May you and all your love one share in a wonderful New Year and plenty of new project, your friend in woodworking Wilson…

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