A BIG Thanks to SketchUp Guru DaveR!

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 11-15-2009 08:13 PM 2009 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A New Skill

I have spent more time the last few days in front of the computer than in the shop. I am currently learning SketchUp to use for my design work and presentations. (I have owned the pro version for 2 years.)

I have been watching the many online video tutorials for SketchUp, and I like the Missing Manual series of books, so I have the one for SketchUp.

There is a lot to absorb and I dived right in.

A Timely Offer for a Life Preserver

Well, I may have dived right in and I can’t say that I was sinking, but I can’t claim I was swimming either. I seemed to be in that moment where you can’t decide if you are making it or not.

I had a generous offer for help from DaveR and I took him up on it yesterday. He spent quite a bit of time in an online meeting to help me sort things out. He really knows what he is doing and I can say he is a true “guru” of SketchUp. He is also good at communicating the knowledge.

I had a good time with Dave helping clarify some things for me, but I had a great time with some of the personal chat time that we shared, where I got to know him better.

He is a busy guy with a family, a job, providing SketchUp rendering on a professional level, and his work has even been published. I have not received special attention as he has helped many others and you will find him on various forums sharing freely.

Although he is very knowledgeable and skilled in SketchUp, my greatest admiration for him is in his generosity to share that knowledge.

Hall of Fame

While DaveR is not the first person to help me along in my skills, he is among the group of generous individuals
that spurs me on to share so freely with others. He is in my Hall of Fame and it is because of people like him that I came up with my personal motto of “Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge.”

Thanks Dave!

DaveR Shares the Love & Shares the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

14 comments so far

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 08:40 PM

Todd, I could not agree with you more. Dave has helped out a lot of people and always seems to be willing to give up his personal time to provide individual help as well. It is fine to post comments and information when someone poses a question but to take the time to provide help on an individual basis whether it be via a call or offer to look over a Sketchup file to offer suggestions goes well beyond what could be expected. It puts Dave in a category all by himself.

(And to tell the truth you belong in this same category, in my opinion)

Thanks to you both for “sharing the love and the knowledge”.

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

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 09:49 PM

Yes, DaveR has helped me too with a quick (for him) sketchup drawing. Thanks again Dave!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 10:44 PM

Me too – he is very generous with his offers to help.

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 01:36 AM

He spent 1 1/2 hours on the phone helping me one afternoon! Dave certainly deserves all the praise we can heap on him!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 05:29 AM

Well…add one more…DaveR called me on his dime a last weekend to discuss my potential boat building endeavor…and Todd you are so right—-his knowledge is A++++ but it is his delivery and desire to help which make him such a good person to talk to…

And…his knowledge is well known—-as I drove to the SAc Woodworking show with a new LJ and local friend (Rabbet) he brought up DaveR and his great sketchup ability in our conversations!!!

Thanks for taking the time to acknowledge Dave…it is people like dave—-and you that make this such a great place…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 05:30 AM

oh—-and the phone call…on his dime…2+hours…!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 04:28 PM

DaveR…on sketckup…...always willing to help, very generous, has good knowledge, quick to respond, always ready to post helpful comments, very generous, has good suggestions ,overall a good person, this is what this LJ site is all about and he is a member that understand that 100%.....Thanks DaveR

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 07:30 PM

Todd I gotta say man, not a big fan and I’m a bit dissapointed. Sketchup rubs me about like a c&c router. Our world is already run by the computer. Sketchup is one more step down the road of woodworking becoming just another anchient disipline that has become fully automated. Woodworking is about hands and wood. There is no leaning with a computer. I have spent years working on my drawing skills so I could earn the right to design. I am currently at the begin of my carving journey. If I can’t put the time into learning a new skill then I don’t deserve to practice that skill. Honestly, if you wanted to be a keyboard and mouse jockey hang up you tool belt and become and accountant they make more money anyway. If you want to be a craftsman pick up your pincel. Thats the only sketchup I respect.

-- Rogue

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 07:35 PM

Rogue – Everybody needs to determine if SU fits their business model and some will find that it is not for them.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 08:45 PM

Ouch Rouge…..why the hatred for SU, or computers in general for that matter? I’m not exactly sure of the point you are trying to make…are you saying that designing a table, or bookcase with a computer is somehow a cop out compared to if you had drawn the plans by hand? The outcome is the same…a set of drawings visualizing a concept to be built. I have been a drafter/designer for many years, starting when I first picked up a t-square and triangle back in Jr high school. I put in thousands of hours sitting in front of a drafting table, and when Auto CAD and Sketchup came along I saw that as a more efficient means to the same end. I can see the difference when you are talking about hand crafting something as opposed to a machine turning it out, or maybe a painting that was done with brushes and not with a computer. I can remember taking hours to set up hand drawn two and three point perspectives . Now with the aid of a computer I can get even better results faster and without the setup time. I guess its a matter of taste….kinda boils down to personal preference…some guys would rather spend all day pushing a hand plane across a board, where I would rather push it through a power planer and spend the time getting the details right where it really counts. When it comes right down to it most buyers of fine furniture and woodworking like hand crafted details, but I don’t think they will care weather your plans were hand drawn with a pincel, or computer generated.


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#11 posted 11-16-2009 08:57 PM

I would tend to concur with Todd and Brad. I understand where Rogue is coming from though….my grandfather was a true craftsman….everything by hand….designs in his head instead of on paper…..but with the advent of specialized power tools and computers for design…I think they make us more efficient rather then reduce the craftsmanship….it is still the talents of the woodworker that makes the project snap….you can have all the tools and computers in the world….they won’t make the project….the craftsman does that….and he/she must decide on what tools and skills they will rely upon…but isn’t it worth modelling the design out in a computer seeing the errors and correcting them?....Wood is too expensive and some of the more exquisite pieces are irreplaceable….to allow the project to be made in wood and then discovering the errors in design…..just 2 cents from me…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 11-17-2009 02:45 AM

Yeppers Todd, DaveR is the sketchup guru and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I just have to sit down one of these days and learn sketchup my self.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#13 posted 11-17-2009 07:18 AM

This is what makes this site so great! I find it incredible that such talented people are willing to devote so much time with no remuneration to help us rookies enjoy woodworking. It is obvious that they are so selfless that they are not concerned that someone might steal the show. (We all realize their skills are so exemplary that we could never steal their show!)

Our gratitude to all of you who have been so helpful—and, yes, DaveR is at the top of the list!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 12-17-2009 06:02 AM

I’m jumping on this bandwagon a bit late but I agree Dave has been super generous with his time and skills and he is a great teacher. Thanks again for the one on one assistance with the dovetail plugin Dave!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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