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Blog entry by scottb posted 03-14-2007 03:49 AM 832 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Of the projects we post here, there is a good mix of ones we WANTED to do, and others that we HAD to do. These projects speak a lot about our style and craftsmanship, our influences and and even a little about who we are.

It recently occured to me, that the projects we choose to do – the ones we would make with an empty shop, as much free time as required, and no obligations – speak a lot more about who we are. Our interests, influences, passions and our personalites all rolled up into a project (or several).

To the lumberjocks that have posted several projects, we can see a style, and form our own impressions about their work, but as we’ve read in Dusty’s blog, we can find an entirely new and bigger story behind the work than we’d ever imagined!

A fair amount of my The List is inspired by work i’ve seen in magazines, here, and so on. Some of the more vague items on the list, come from a desire to try something new, or to re-invent something i’ve seen. I don’t know if I’ve found a “style” yet, and I can certainly say I haven’t found my “medium” and after lots of retrospection and insight I don’t know that I ever will. (And I’m fine with that.)

There have been other projects on The List, that have dropped off, loss of interest, or changes in circumstance (or technology) have made them moot. A built-in closet under the stairs to house the old computer for example. Now I’m happily working on a laptop. It’s all the computer I need. No longer do I need to chop a hole in the wall, build a rollout desk, hang a door, and get the wiring taken care of. I can focus on other things I need more.

So, fellow lumberjocks. What are your top projects that you would most like to do, if you were given a free block of time, wood, etc?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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darryl

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#1 posted 03-14-2007 04:11 AM

if I had the time and materials…

I’d like to make a dining room set. table and chairs to start, then complete the ensemble with a hutch.

...not sure if I’d use walnut or oak though.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 03-14-2007 04:26 AM

I’m feeling a real nice wall mounted hand tool cabinet. Filled with good quality antique tools of course.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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BassBully

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#3 posted 03-14-2007 05:32 AM

The project that I would like to do most if I had time is a sculpted rocking chair. The project that I would like to do most if I had a nice sized lathe would be any large bowl or vase. The last one would be a built in computer cabinet in my basement.

Great question. Thanks.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-14-2007 05:39 AM

A) Arch top jazz guitar
B) Cedar canoe
C) The rocker I promised my wife I’d make for her when we where first dating
If I had the time…

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WayneC

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#5 posted 03-14-2007 06:02 AM

Hmmmm. Dennis, you may want to exchange A and C. Could lead to a new tool if pitched right.

: ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Ethan Sincox

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#6 posted 03-14-2007 06:26 AM

I’d love to make one of the original laptops, Scott – a writing slope, as the British refer to them – complete with lots of brass and little secret drawers and compartments that require semi-complex techniques to open.

I also have some ideas in my head and on paper… I wish I had the time (and for some of them, the courage) to get in the shop and try working some of them out.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 03-14-2007 01:59 PM

and I’m still wishing for boxes… especially now that we’ve seen Roger’s carved sandpaper box and glue box. Yup.. I want beautiful little boxes all over my house, and my son’s house, and my daughter’s house (when she gets one) and my mother’s house.. and hehehehe that’s a lot of free time I need!! (and we can’t forget the skill).

Scott, when you wrote: I don’t know if I’ve found a “style” yet, and I can certainly say I haven’t found my “medium” and after lots of retrospection and insight I don’t know that I ever will. (And I’m fine with that.)…. I saw the Universe at work again. This has been the ache inside me for so long—trying to find the “medium” for my creative outlet. Earlier today I received a private message from a Lumberjock commenting on my “Spirit” behind trying new things. I always thought it was a curse, wandering, searching.. but take that message and couple it with your “and I’m fine with that”, I can see a new path unfolding for me. Perhaps my “searching” is my journey. Thank you for sharing that and for this blog. Wonderful idea.

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

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RobS

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#8 posted 03-14-2007 04:00 PM

First thing on my list is ur uh…. my list….thanks for the kick start.

Also I thought this quote that I just read just minutes ago fits MsDebbie’s comment and part of Scott’s message..

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life—facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and, in the process, discovering our own unique potential.” – by John Amatt

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 03-14-2007 05:08 PM

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scottb

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#10 posted 03-14-2007 09:20 PM

amen, and YeeeeHaaa!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 03-14-2007 09:32 PM

I have never had a list. If I had one I don’t know if I’d follow through on it. Right now I want to finish with the things I’ve already started.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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scottb

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#12 posted 03-15-2007 03:09 AM

I’m with you Dick, on wanting to finish everything else I’ve already started.
I only have the list to keep me forgetting the things I’d like to make… of course if I didn’t have the list, and i couldn’t remember them, how badly do I really want to make them, right?.. of course the other problem with the list, is when it reminds me of something new to start, and ever increasing the list of everything “in progress”!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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