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Forum topic by CompleteRookie posted 09-11-2009 09:02 AM 921 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CompleteRookie

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09-11-2009 09:02 AM

I just read on finewoodworking.com that James Krenov pasted away. Given that Sam Maloof has also recently pasted, this has been a bad year for woodworking icons. These were fantastic woodworkers and did a lot to advance the knowledge of woodworking. They built incredible pieces that inspired numerous people and their pieces will inspire even more. However this made me start to think…

How will you be remembered? Is that was you want?

If you are a woodworker (and I hope you are if you are reading this), what will your pieces say about you? Are they sloppy or works of art? Are they expressions of your heart? Do you blog about your learnings and give back?

Given the loss of these icons, it gave me pause to think. So…

How will you be remembered?

-- I can make firewood with the best of them!


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#1 posted 09-11-2009 04:00 PM

Most likely I will not be remembered at all but if I can pass along the little bit of knowledge that I have and knowledge that I will learn and pass on then maybe someone else down the path of time will be remembered and their knowledge passed on…

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

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 04:05 PM

Well to be honest I don’t think about stuff like that, I just like to work. I wish Mr. Krenov’s family well in this time of sadness.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 04:22 PM

I will probably be permanently confused with another fellow with the same name as I that is a well known sculptor, or perhaps the other fellow with the same name as I that is a baseball player. I get phone calls for both of them. I was an art major in college, and was fairly well accomplished with a brush, and canvas, but was the proverbial starving artist doing advertising work until I was literally borrowed by an IT director to do some IT tasks that I showed some inclination toward… The sculptor being well known and already established made me selling my materials actually quite a bit harder than it should have been.

My online presence may actually be what I am remembered for more than offline as it is a bit more unique. I figure I will be remembered as someone that was helpful, inquisitive, and long winded…

At THIS POINT in my woodworking, not much can be said for it aside from my earlier successes which were quite artistic, and what is now pretty obviously somebody trying to get back into the craft. WIth the time and effort I am putting in, I am aiming for truly artistic…

At this point in my life, I am not sure I care to be remembered by my colleagues or anything like that. I am far more interested in leaving a family legacy of love, and hard work. That the arts and crafts (not the style, but the practice thereof) are not something that we should let die, but are something worth keeping alive. That creating is something deep inside the soul, a part of us that should not be repressed by modern convenience, but instead enhanced.

I think nothing in this world would make me happier than to be able to look down from on high on my great grandchildren’s families, as they gather for a meal with their friends and family, around hand crafted pieces of history, and the legacy of family.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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