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Forum topic by Mark Kornell posted 10-14-2015 03:09 AM 5990 views 4 times favorited 284 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Kornell

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10-14-2015 03:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: swap

Alrighty, then. The votes are in and we are doing a shop art swap. Here’s the important stuff:

Basic Details

If this is your first swap, the way it works is everyone makes one of the category, in this case shop art. Then, a few weeks before the mailing date, everyone will receive the name of another participant to whom the completed item will be sent. Postage is the responsibility of the sender. We usually have a few folks from outside the USA participate (me, for instance), and I will attempt to keep the cross-border shipping to a minimum.

Rules for this swap

- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pics until after the reveal date.
- A progress pic (sent to me) will be required one month before the reveal date. We want to make sure everyone is working on their item so no one gets disappointed.

What is Shop Art

I think Art falls into the category of “I know it when I see it”. Which probably means that everyone will have their own expectation from this swap. I looked at several dictionaries for a definition and they all say something a bit different. Not contradictory, just different. The one I like best is from the OED: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”.

As far as the Shop aspect of the swap, I’m going with “produced in your shop, and/or intended to be displayed in your shop”.

I don’t want to get into the definition any more than that, except to make two points:

- I think most of us would consider something like a bronze Lie-Nielsen 4 ½ to be a work of art of the highest order. But I also think most of us would recognize that the primary purpose of a 4 ½ is to be a tool. Keep in mind that the primary purpose of what you are making is to express your creativity is an aesthetic manner. Your item may be functional, but unlike previous swaps, shouldn’t be a functional tool. This is the anti-tool swap.

- The possibilities are endless. Use your creativity. And if you think you don’t have any, get lost in Google for a few hours looking for inspiration!

How to sign up

Post below letting me know that you are in and then send me a PM containing the following information:
- Real Name
- Email address
- Shipping Address, including country

I’ll confirm your entry into the swap by email, but it may take a couple of days.

Important dates

In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make one of the dates, please make sure to notify me via PM immediately so that I can update my swap spreadsheet.
- Register for swap: December 21, 2015 (edited)
- Progress picture: January 11, 2016
- Ship date: February 1, 2016
- Reveal date: February 8, 2016. No final pics until this date. Let the recipient post a pic or two before the sender posts their “formal” pics and project entry.

(Thanks to Ripthorn – some of the verbiage in this post was plagiarized from his post on the previous swap)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design


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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 03:12 AM

The topic of “What is shop art?” is open for discussion, btw. I’ll put my fireproof suit on now :-)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 03:18 AM

Just for clarification, February 1 is the ship date, when is the “reveal” date? Or is it just “as they come in, after Feb 1”?

I’m in, thanks for hosting Mark!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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Mark Kornell

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#3 posted 10-14-2015 03:20 AM

Good point. I think a week for shipping ought to be sufficient, so lets go for a reveal date of Feb 8. I’ll edit the post…

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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Rick M

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#4 posted 10-14-2015 03:23 AM

Google, Bing, and Yahoo are unanimous that shop art is an attractive young woman in brightly colored clothing; so I’ll be expecting something along those lines.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Mark Kornell

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#5 posted 10-14-2015 03:29 AM

Rick, you can try here :-)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 03:31 AM

I shall ponder on this.. timeframe cut in 2 and thats what i have..

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 04:05 AM

PM sent. Once I get this murphy bed out then I shouldn’t have anything that has a deadline after that. Hopefully.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 10-14-2015 04:07 AM



Rick, you can try here :-)

- Mark Kornell

No thanks, already have one bride ;)

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 10-14-2015 09:29 AM

Can we clarify

unlike previous swaps, shouldn’t be a tool. This is the anti-tool swap.

We meant ” unlike previous swaps, shouldn’t be a functional tool”

I’m in.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 10-14-2015 12:43 PM

Thanks for your efforts thus far, Mark!
I’m always in…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 10-14-2015 01:12 PM

I’m in! Message sent. This sounds like it could be fun! Now to find out if I can create like Michelangelo’s chapel and make an elaborate piece of shop art or Picasso’s soup can and end up with a six inch piece of 2X4. Guess it’s search google time.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 10-14-2015 05:31 PM

I really missed participating in the last swap. Now that I have moved and taken care of several home improvement projects, maybe this is the kick I will need to get my shop set up.

So, count me in.

-- Regards, Norm

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Mark Kornell

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#13 posted 10-14-2015 09:09 PM



Can we clarify unlike previous swaps, shouldn’t be a tool. This is the anti-tool swap.

We meant ” unlike previous swaps, shouldn’t be a functional tool”

I m in.

- Don W

Don, to be pedantic, I’d probably argue that if it isn’t functional it isn’t a tool, regardless of what it might have been at one point. But I’ll edit the original post to clarify.

Although there’s this niggling thought that pretty much anything can be used as a hammer :-)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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Mark Kornell

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#14 posted 10-14-2015 09:12 PM

Terry, got you on the list, PM me your email please.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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Mark Kornell

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#15 posted 10-14-2015 09:13 PM

Don, got you on the list, too. PM me your contact info when you have a chance, thanks.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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