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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 01-25-2008 10:07 PM 2091 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago, I was asked to run short workshops, with Mrs YS, at a local junior school. I centred it around the recycling of wood and provided masses of ‘specially made’ offcuts for the (enthusiastically received) practical sessions. At the end, we gave each participant a piece of wooden jewellery or a keyring.

About a year after, We saw a lady in the butchers’ shop wearing one of ‘my’ brooches. Being interested in which of the children had thought to pass it on as a gift, I asked where she had got her brooch from. She told us that her son had MADE it for her! What would other Lumberjocks have said in reply?

I didn’t disillusion her!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 10:09 PM

Pretty good story!

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

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 11:04 PM

Very nice jewelry Mr. Stewart. Actually very pretty. Gave me an idea for my Women in my family. 5 sisters, 2 daughters, 2 sister-in-laws, and least we not forget the grandaughter and wifey. mike

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

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 11:32 PM

Nice way to introduce young men and women into woodworking. I started the hobby forty years after my last highschool class. Another seed has been planted. Great job and nice projects.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 11:48 PM

Very cool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 12:08 AM

You were a true diplomat. Disillusioning her would really have served no useful purpose that I can see. I would have just smiled and told her what an interesting piece it was and hoped that her son continued to pursue the hobby.

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

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 12:31 AM

Nice of you to remain mum. Cool bling, by the way.

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 12:36 AM

Great bit of silence Stewart. Nice stuff.

-- 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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#8 posted 01-26-2008 01:49 AM

well Stewart you wouldn’t want to upset a nice lady would you. Great story.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 01-26-2008 02:51 AM

Right move. The kid always does it, no matter how much you help. Sometimes, they do it in spite of your help too…

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#10 posted 01-26-2008 03:44 AM

Nice story Stewart…..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 01-26-2008 04:11 AM

I’ld a yanked it off her neck and run with it…....<g>

you did the right thing, no doubt about it.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 01-26-2008 05:08 AM

Neat stuff and good yarn. Ya did right!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 01-26-2008 05:59 AM

Fun stuff there Stewart. Good of you to humour the proud mother.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 06:36 AM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 07:56 AM

Nice project – nice story and you have remained a gentleman in spite of some disappointing news about one of the youngsters in your area. I think that if you ever find out who it is, I might explain to him that what he had done was in poor taste.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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