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Obi

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01-24-2007 06:19 PM

I’ve had enough of making “less the beautiful” pieces. I’ve found that I’m surrounded by GREAT woodworkers, that create ABSOLUTE MASTERPEICES. I can no longer submit pieces that can not compete with these beautiful works of art.

Time to step this up a notch … or three. I’ve been settling for “Just good enough” to please my friends, but they are not “Good enough” to please me.

With the latest additions by Marc (the woodwhisperer) I need to quit pissin around (excuse the …english) but I am no longer satisfied with the work I’ve been doing.

Thanks to all of you who have inspired me to “Step up the Pace”
Obi


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Dusty

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 07:27 PM

Obi,

I agree with you. I never felt so humbled and inadequate until I joined lumber jocks. I feel honored to be amongst talent.

It’s inspiring for me.
Dusty

-- Dusty

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 10:10 PM

and so the journey begins—each of us at a different level of skill and understanding, but each of us walking the path of woodworking..
Looking forward to seeing your next project, Obi

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

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oscorner

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#3 posted 01-24-2007 10:29 PM

Obi and Dusty, don’t feel that way. Yes, the woodwhisperer makes wonderful works of art along with so many other LumberJocks, but if a novice joins this site and sees nothing but professionally done work, not to say that yours isn’t professionally done, I’m speaking of my projects that have been posted, they may be discouraged. We must incourage our fellow woodworkers to strive for such creations while showing them that some of us are at that level of expertise that they are, thus giving them hope of future work that they can produce while giving them a place to post and share their work without being intimidated. By doing this they can ask questions freely and grow with all of the LumberJocks like one big happy family.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 01-24-2007 11:26 PM

How can anybody improve if you don’t have something compare with, & learn. After all, everybody has to start somewhere, and this is a good place for young, old, experienced, & inexperienced. Some beginner might have something new that no one has ever seen, or heard of before.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don

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#5 posted 01-24-2007 11:35 PM

Obi, I know where you are coming from. It’s so easy to fall into a standard that is ‘good enough’. And that mark may be well above what most ordinary people can do and may even elicit admiring comments from fellow woodworkers. In fact, for a while it may even satisfy us. But then we meet people that have taken the craft to an entirely different level, perhaps one that we hadn’t previously thought possible.

My initial reaction to this is a combination of awe, respect, and incredulity. But after a while I start thinking. Perhaps I could do that, or why can’t I do that, or I’d better get off my duff and get serious about my woodworking. I’ve fallen into a comfort zone and didn’t even realize it.

In my opinion, that’s what is so great about LumberJocks. The meeting of recreational woodworkers like myself with seasoned professionals willing to share their advice and expertise. I really respect the men and women on this site that take the time from their busy lives to coach, teach and encourage those of us that are a long way back in this woodworking journey.

So Obi, don’t stop showing us the progress you are making along the way. Like “Mark in the corner” has said, not all of us have attained the same level. In fact we are all a work-in-progress.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 01-25-2007 12:53 AM

good discussion, all around!!
My little lanyard is a perfect example of my journey: my first attempt (posted in my projects) is really quite impressive, to me, for my first attempt at using the tools. I was pleased enough to show it to others. It was good enough. Now, with the advice of others, I have picked up a little carving tool and after a few strokes, the original piece is now no longer good enough and I have to “step up the pace”, as you put it Obi. My next piece must be cleaner, smoother, more true to the form…
Once I get a handle on using the carving tools, these dollars tools will no longer “be good enough” and neither will the the carving skills that I will be developing.

Onwards and upwards. From a wannabee to … who knows!!

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#7 posted 01-25-2007 01:50 AM

whew, I feel better, I thought I was the only one feeling that way.

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

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#8 posted 01-25-2007 01:53 AM

Not just you Mark… I’ve been making plenty of firewood!... (kidding, but the projects are outstanding! Great to have to raise the bar… we all win!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Obi

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#9 posted 01-25-2007 02:24 AM

After thinking about it all day long while working on my latest “not as bad as some of my other stuff” project, I came to this realization. I framed for years. Rough carpentry; and I was told that you can never turn a framer into s finish carpenter. What a bunch o’ hooey. Next thing I came to realize was that I bought my first tablesaw, router, sander, 1 year ago. Designed my first cabinets 1 year ago. Made my first arched raised panels 1 year ago. That mahogany pulpit was my first project and when you stop and think about it, it wasn’t that bad. It only becomes that bad if I slide on into a comfort zone where mediocre will do. Well I’m too much of a perfectionist to continue to stay in the land of Mediocrity. I love Marc’s work. I admire Mark’s work too, and Don’s. Actually I like anybody who pushes themselves to the limit. EVERY one of my pieces are flawed. Well … (thinking, thinking …) yeah, everyone. But each piece gets better. For a Rookie craftsman, I do better than anybody else I know personally, and surrounding myself with ALL Y’ALL will make me strive to be better. A better craftsman, a better friend, a better human being.

May the Blessings of the Most High be yours.

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Dusty

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#10 posted 01-25-2007 04:53 AM

Long ago I accepted that there would always be someone better than me – in woodworking or what ever you choose for that matter. The key for me is – am I as good as I can be. That is where all of you come in,and do your part.

You inspire me and challenge me to be the best I can.

Thank you.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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Obi

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#11 posted 01-25-2007 04:55 AM

WHO IN THE WORLD SAID QUIT? I DIDN’T. I WAS SIMPLY SAYING THAT I’VE HAD ENOUGH MEDIOCRE WORKMANSHIP IN MY FIRST YEAR, AND I WASN’T GOING TO TOLERATE ANYMORE FROM MYSELF. I’M TOO DAMN GOOD TO SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRE. I’M A LUMBERJOCK. IF THE WHISPER DUDE CAN DO IT, THEN I CAN DO IT. Y’ALL HAVE SPARKED THE CREATIVE GENIUS THAT DWELLS INSIDE OF ME, AND NOW I’M GONNA KICK SOME ASS. QUIT? I HAVE TOO MANY TOOLS TO QUIT. QUIT? I’M THE BOSS ! THERE IS NO QUIT. THERE IS NO TRY. THERE IS DO AND THERE IS DO NOT.

I’M SORRY IF I LED PEOPLE TO BELIEVE THAT I WAS GOING TO QUIT. I PLAN ON TAKING THE NEXT WOODWORKING GIG FIRST IN CRAFTSMANSHIP AND FIRST IN CREATIVITY. YOU WOKE UP THE MONSTER. AND I’LL PROBABLY HAVE THE HOTTEST FIRE.

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Dusty

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#12 posted 01-25-2007 05:01 AM

Obi,
I hope you didn’t think I was suggesting that of you. I was merely making a general comment was tempted to quit many times when I first started. I didn’t quit, and encourage others to stick with it.

I’m sorry if you thought that, because that thought wasn’t even in my mind.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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Obi

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#13 posted 01-25-2007 05:06 AM

Not at all. I got several e-mails and I was just setting the record strait. I was settling for less than my best, and the worlds deserves better.

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Dusty

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#14 posted 01-25-2007 05:09 AM

:)

Go for it.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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Obi

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#15 posted 01-25-2007 05:14 AM

I’m an extremist. A perfectionist. And my work was NOT showing it. I was diagnosed genius when i was 8 years old. I got a “B” average grade point average just for showing up. I did what was required. JUST what was required. This is MY arena. I don’t do this because i have to, I do this because this is what i love to do.

family members have told me to go back to some b.s. ... a truck driving job. building computers. a temporary agency. Sorry. I wont do it. I’ll sleep in the bushes before i quit doing the one thing that I was meant to do. Make stuff out of sticks I’m a lumberjock, like my father before me. He was seduced by the dark side. hahahaha

This place is more of a family to me then most of you can even begin to imagine. I got mentors in here. People who can inspire me just by posting their best stuff. They deserve my best in return.

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