|Forum topic by mmh||posted 1568 days ago||1076 views||2 times favorited||21 replies|
1568 days ago
One of the things I love about the Lumber Jocks website is that people from all levels of woodworking and from all walks of life can enjoy each other’s ideas, thoughts and skills. The vast array of talent here is astounding and it makes it even more enjoyable when you see a small novice piece posted next to an extraordinary mastered piece of work. Where else can you have such a variety of work and talent in one place? Surely you would never have an exhibit with such variety as the physical showing of so many pieces would be hard to display.
I hope that the variety of these works will continue to be posted so that we can all benefit from them. Surely the highly skilled craftsman is not going to demand that the novice with much less technical skill not be allowed to display or compete with their work, nor should the novice expect the master craftsman to bow out of the same, as we are all here because we love wood and want to learn and share what we know or do.
I consider myself a novice in this field and I’m always challenging myself to new techniques or ideas and I appreciate seeing what others have done and how I can take that information and apply that to my next project. Keep pushing the envelope on techniques, design and have fun with the project. One learns so much from each venture, so don’t give up because someone else exceeds your knowledge or talent. Push yourself to learn and create something you’ve never done before. You only fail if you don’t try. And to ridicule or intimidate another to not participate in exceeding in their own project or venture is very petty indeed.
Be it large, small, simple, complicated, I hope to see many wonderful creations submitted in the LJ Winter 2010 Contest. Now go make some sawdust!
-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe