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Blog entry by Sam Shakouri posted 09-17-2011 01:45 AM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems to me Australian Wood Workers Front of Lumberjocks is in an activity recession. I used to find tens of emails from L J notifier every time I went to my computer. Now, hardly to find even one.
Topa, from WA, works double shift a day and spends the rest of the time with his family. God, help him.
Degoose, from Queensland, looks very busy with sending his boards overseas to compete with China. Wish him all success.
Bob Collins, from Queensland as well, is about to take his piercing bussiness to Recovery Ward because he spends more time in the hospital than at home. Wish him all the best and speedy recovry.
Leo, from Victoria, is watching but not showing. I dont know why.
Sam Shakouri, from NSW, has to slow down his wood turning to save electricity after he was hit by $600 bill, and his wife never stops complaining while she watches the bloody smart meter.
I’m not sure where this situation will end us up.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....



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rance

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#1 posted 09-17-2011 03:23 AM

It will all work out. Hang in there. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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degoose

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 05:18 AM

I am actually still here… bit busy… and trying to run 2 other websites, and be involved with several social media network sites, and go to shows, and still have time to increase inventory, and complete several commissions…when I have a few minutes to spare.. I will post something… oh and I have a demonstration of the TWC tomorrow at a local woodworkers open day…
BTW… my electricity bill dropped from $880 to $660 and I was still using all my machines… go figure… maybe they actually read the meter this time…
Larry

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

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Tootles

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 06:42 AM

I’m afraid I don’t have any particular project on the go either, though I am slowly trying to sort out my shed to turn it into a more suitable work space. At least I did have some fun with my bench yesterday.

I know what you mean about the power. Since our new meter was installed, my wife has been checking it regularly to see if we are generating as much as we are using. The approaching summer is a double edged sword – more daylight to generate power, but we will need to run the air con.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 09-17-2011 07:46 AM

Make a treadle lathe Sam. I think it will be a lot smoother than a spring pole.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 11:04 AM

Hey guys! Mind if a Yank living in Melbourne for a while joins in? Living in a hotel and not finding any stores that sell woodworking tools and wood plus the added bane of workling on the afternoon shift the last four months has me in great need of sawdust and shavings. Last weekend MickeyD and I did drive to Canberra and had a wonderful visit with Richard Raffan. Oh to trash the hotel room with wood chips!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Tootles

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 12:36 PM

Kindlingmaker, I was just looking at your last blog and it looks as though you have been over here long enough to be one of us.

Send me a pm if you are heading over to Adelaide.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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Sam Shakouri

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#7 posted 09-18-2011 10:21 PM

Welcome to our country, Kindlingmaker, and hope you enjoy your time in Melbourne. I’m from Sydney, ask me if I can help in any way. I will be there.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 12:26 AM

I’m still at it Sam. I have the solar panels to make that power bill a lot cheaper. Getting ready for Christmas, making a few things for the hospital stall.
You know the wombats habits. We only come out at night time. LOL
and welcome Kindlingmaker. You met one of the best turners down under in Richard Raffin, other than Sam of course. He is something special.

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

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Kindlingmaker

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 04:47 AM

LJ “Big_Bob” is also here from the US and is having wood withdrawals. The Victorian Woodworker Assoc. is in North Melbourne and contact will be made soon. If they have not heard of the wonderful folks at LumberJocks they soon will.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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MickeyD

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#10 posted 09-22-2011 02:02 PM

I could bring some saw dust next time I come to visit and you could just sniff it once in a while.

-- -Willing to try

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 09-28-2011 03:18 AM

Sam, I’m back from the op. knee doing Ok and will be back soon, in fact I will post one today. Correction to your memo I am from Central Victoria, and of our reidential or visiting L.J’s are welcome to use my shop if they can’t cure the withdrawals.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 10-01-2011 12:24 AM

Sam, send that smart meter back if it’s not too late. They just read mine yesterday so I will get the bad news next week. The solar panels do help though. About $1200 a year.
The Queenlander’s are probably in hiding after the Broncos lost their chance. LOL

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

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