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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-14-2008 07:11 AM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy From Big Sky Country!

I can finally say that since I got home Saturday night about 11:30. It was so great to see my wife, Rita, and my dogs.

I have been unloading and unpacking for only about half of the day the other half I spent going in the house to nap. I still will be a couple of days putting the shop back together and getting my life back in order here at home. It is great to be back in my own shop.


The images of the western country are just so easy on the eye to me. I just love the open country, mountains, and big sky.

South Dakota

LumberJocks Are Great!

I drove 15 hours a day for 2 days to get home. Omaha, Nebraska is exactly half way. I was excited to stop in Omaha and to meet one of the “Top Jocks” Douglas Bordner and his wife Pam. I also had the honor of a wonderful dinner, some great conversation, and an absolutely nice time. Doug (and Pam) is just as genuinely nice in person as on LJ.

I got to see his work in person too. That ought to make you guys really jealous – and you should be. He makes some nice pieces!

My favorite is his “Incense Box” that he has posted in his projects. (I would link you to it but my attempts are failing right now.) I just couldn’t help but cave in to my desire to touch his work. That sparked a conversation about the tactile experience that wood projects are, you can’t just look at them, you have to touch them.

His wife, Pam, is a talented artist too. I saw her practice board for pyrography. WOW! I think they need to do some collaborative work.

I have to admit at this point I am an idiot for having my digital camera packed away but Doug’s wife took a picture of us together. Maybe we can convince him to share.

Once again, thanks to Doug and Pam for making my rest stop a pleasure. I was able to drive the second leg of my journey well rested, fed, and energized from meeting a fellow LJ.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 07:20 AM

Glad you got home safe and sound. Bet the fam was glad to see you back as well. Get some rest.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 07:21 AM

its always nice to get home…glad your safe…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 07:37 AM

Home is the best. Enjoy it. Great adventure.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 10:11 AM


Lumberjocks preparing to dive in. Nebraska Beef…it’s what’s for dinner; with oven-roasted winter vegetables in a goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, garlic and rosemary sauce, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Todd had water, I had the special Peter Oxley coffee with Spanish Cedar sawdust.

It was great to have you over, Todd. I’m glad you were able to get some rest on the couch. I was afraid we would have to pry you out of it after being stiffened up by 15 hours on the road. I get the feeling you will be heading back to The Cooper Residence in Ohio before too long. We will be sure and have the “You are special today” plate ready for you. Our home is the logical midpoint in the journey, and you will always be welcome.

Todd gave me a stack of re-sawn spalted apple lumber, that will be on the next project. What a great opportunity to talk about Lumberjocks, design, fine woodworking, finishes and my limping tablesaw. Glad you didn’t give away the secrets of my slovenly shop. You’re a true gentleman.

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

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 11:19 AM

Whoops. I forgot about Pam’s apple pie in the dinner low-down. Have to make sure all the chefs get equal billing.

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

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 12:06 PM

What a great story. Glad you are home safe, Todd.

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 12:48 PM

Todd it’s good to hear that you’re finally home. Enjoy your family. And I’m going to come up with a reason to go to Omaha. It sounds like people really eat well there.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 12:59 PM

Glad to see you home Todd and that you got to enjoy some hospitality on the way.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 01:06 PM

First of all did the dogs remember you right off or should I have asked who greeted you first? LOL@!!!
I’m glad the trip went well for you and now a couple weeks for you to just do what you want.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 01:07 PM

Better give me the heads up Russell, otherwise it’s ramen noodles for three! LOL

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

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 01:36 PM

welcome home—in your 3d home as well as here in the 2d world.

LumberJocks sure are special aren’t they?? Providing pit stops. How wonderful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 02:53 PM

Glad you’re home safe, Todd. I think I need to find an excuse to get to Omaha. Pam’s cooking sounds great. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 01-14-2008 03:16 PM

Welcome home and get some rest. :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#14 posted 01-14-2008 04:56 PM

The power of being part of an online community of friends. Nice post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#15 posted 01-14-2008 05:24 PM

Hey Tom! I cooked the meal, Pam did the baking. And we’d do the same for you any day you name, old buddy.

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

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