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Forum topic by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-18-2007 02:39 PM 999 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark A. DeCou

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09-18-2007 02:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mark decou awards woodworking ribbons

Hey Lumberjocks. This past week I blogged about my State Fair experience here in Kansas, and I couldn’t help but wonder who else in our community has won ribbons, awards, grants, cash, etc. from events and shows this year.

So, last night as I was laying in bed thinking about lumberjocks, the “site” that is, I thought it would be a good topic to start where all of us could list out our awards, show the photos, etc.

So, please start listing for 2007. We can start a new Forum Topic for 2008 later. Since this is a 2007 list, awards from last year (2006) don’t count, but if someone wants to list them in another Forum topic, that would be great also.

Enjoy, and congrats,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com


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Tony

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#1 posted 09-18-2007 02:55 PM

Great Idea Mark. It would be interesting to see who is winning what. It would also help to show what styles are in the public eye at the present time

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-18-2007 03:22 PM

Good Idea, Mark and Tony. I don’t show but it could be a gauge of the public like Tony said. Good thinking.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Obi

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#3 posted 09-18-2007 03:22 PM

That excludes me… I can’t win a t-shirt. let alone some kind of ribbon or award. For this year or any year. But it IS a good idea

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mot

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#4 posted 09-18-2007 03:27 PM

It’s a great idea. I couldn’t win, even if I was going up against Obi, but I’ll be happy to read who is doing great things out there!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 09-18-2007 03:52 PM

Glad you like the idea. I don’t want to be the first to list my little ribbons up here, but as soon as someone gets this going, I’ll add mine.

I heard a book report on a biography about the artist Late-Grandma Moses at our local art guild about a year ago. Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until her later years, and she decided to paint on whatever she found laying around her farm, mostly scraps of plywood and hardboard. She gathered her courage and hung some of them up in the local rural-drugstore and put prices on them, I think just a few dollars. A guy who owned a gallery in New York City was traveling through to somewhere important, and spotted her paintings. The rest is history.

Another pivotal thing for my work this year was entering my woodworking in the local County Fair last summer (2006). I picked up the large church commission this year from that entry.

So, after my experience, and hearing about Late-Grandma Moses’, I have decided to try and show my work, even at things like the County Fair and the State Fair, and regional carving shows, etc., in the hopes that someone will discover my work.

If nothing else, I get a lot of good feedback at these shows, things I need to hear about my work…......mainly, that I am toooooooo expensive. But, I already knew that.

So, be encouraged to show your work!

We still love you Obi.

Trying to reduce my costs in Kansas,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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gizmodyne

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#6 posted 09-18-2007 04:22 PM

Great idea:

My 2nd place winning cabinet now installed.


Award still hanging.

Story here

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 09-19-2007 01:47 AM

It’s knd of like the lottery…

You have to play to win.

I haven’t shown any of my work, and just plain don’t have time to.

I guess I’ll continue to use the barometer.. if the client pays me, it’s a first place win! If they pay me most of it.. a second place win… and so on.

Using this barometer, I win almost every time.LOL

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 09-19-2007 02:07 AM

You’re right Lee, The public vote with their checkbooks. That was always George Phippen’s take on it. But it’s still fun to get a ribbon. Must be the 4-H kid in me.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Sawdust2

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#9 posted 09-19-2007 05:28 AM

Marc, don’t wait.
Start out as Top gun and let people shoot at you.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 09-19-2007 06:33 AM

I’ve only won one but it’s one of my proudest accomplishments….at least in woodworking…:).

http://lumberjocks.com/awards/summer_2007/results/3

HHmmm….I think I like Lee’s barometer. I’ve never been paid for any of my work. Unless you count the trip to Maui to install the gates…:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Roger Strautman

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#11 posted 09-19-2007 01:24 PM

This has been a very good year for awards and ribbions and it all started here at LJ’s with winning the Winter 2007 Best Creativity Award.

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I also entired my carvings in the Converse IN. Woodcarving Show and was very lucky.

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I entered the Apostles Creed linen in a UK Carving Magazine which was an international competition and took a Third place. I was also lucky enough to have the linen published in the Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine and Woodcraft magazine. WOW! What a year it has been so far and I still have two more carving shows to go.
By Lee’s barometer scale it hasn’t been a very good year but by the smiles scale it couldn’t have been any better.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 09-19-2007 01:31 PM

my son loves my skateboard deck; he gave it a smile, a look of being impressed – and a request for other items. Does that count? More than a blue ribbon for me!

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

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Roger Strautman

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#13 posted 09-19-2007 01:58 PM

There’s that smile I was talking about Debbie!!! What a feeling that is.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 09-19-2007 06:09 PM

and now the only thing I can do is build that snowboard that he wants! hahaa oh my, my, my. :)

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

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Bob Babcock

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#15 posted 09-19-2007 08:48 PM

OK Deb now you’ve done it. Building a snowboard is now on my things to do list as well.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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