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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2010 days ago 870 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

It is very exciting to watch the growth of others, especially knowing that I have contributed to their development.

It is very humbling when they honor you with a gift that is made with their own hands. My friend, a metal sculptor, pointed out that these are spiritual gifts. I think he nailed it with that assessment.

I want to share two gifts from two LJ members that I think highly of. Mike Shea sent me one of his custom made Shea Handplanes and Blake Weber made me a “leaf” box.

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I have run my hands over both projects many times in constant amazement at how soft they are. It is funny to find myself doing this to someone else’s project because I see others do it to mine. The difference is that when I finish a project I am already intimate with it. When someone else is introduced to my work they are establishing their own relationship with it through visual and tactile means. Now, I am establishing a relationship with someone else’s work.

Real time, effort, and emotion is captured in these projects. It has been encapsulated and given to me. It is a very profound and meaningful thing that I have affected someone else in a positive and encouraging manner so that they may create such beautiful objects.

This is a legacy, but it is not really my legacy. This is the legacy of others that have been generous to me with their knowledge and support and I have been given the responsibility to pass it on.

I thank Mike Shea and Blake Weber for the fine gifts. My wife especially is grateful for the leaf box because we can keep this one in the house. She fell in love with the one that I showed her in Blake’s gallery when he first posted it. For both of these guys I am always showing my wife their latest projects.

Thanks again, it has been a great joy watching you guys grow as artists.

Peace, Love, & Woodworking

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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 2010 days ago

Todd – you are a busy man, which makes the time and information you share with others all the more valuable. These gifts are wonderful tokens of friendship and appreciation.

Blake and Mike – in this world of “me first” a lot of people forget to say “thank you.” You’ve gone beyond a spoken “thank you” and given of yourselves. Beautiful work!

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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BarryW

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#2 posted 2010 days ago

exceptional gifts for an exceptional talent…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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motthunter

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#3 posted 2010 days ago

fantastic work

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2010 days ago

In my humble opinion I think that this post pretty sums up the basic premise on which LJs was founded. The basic foundation of this group is simply about sharing our individual gifts and talents with one another.

Thanks for the post, Todd. You, Blake and Mike have just made my day.

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

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Karson

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#5 posted 2010 days ago

Congratulation on your new gifts. You have given each of us gifts of knowledge and I an eternally thankful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 2010 days ago

:D

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

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2010 days ago

sometimes we think “they are a woodworker, they don’t need a woodworking project from me”... but perhaps it is the woodworker who most appreciates the gift!
I, too, have received gifts from fellow Jocks and they are TREASURED pieces in my home.

Spiritual indeed….. the thought, the generosity, and the love attached to the piece are priceless!

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

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2010 days ago

True treasures.

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SteveKorz

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#9 posted 2009 days ago

Nice. I always enjoy your posts, Todd.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Blake

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#10 posted 2009 days ago

:)

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 2008 days ago

Thanks for sharing Todd.

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

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