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Forum topic by mmh posted 01-03-2010 09:39 PM 1672 views 2 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2010 09:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 2010 winter contest competition professional amateur novice master craftsman

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

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 10:01 PM

Amen, Meilie!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 10:01 PM

mmh, I agree totally with you. I made a project similar to one of the entries in the latest contest but not even close to the same quality. I look at his as a goal for me to try harder, not give up and start knitting. It makes me dizzy to think about the time that was spent on his project,(and the skill and practice that he must have developed over the years) I am glad that we all start out equally and improve ( or not) at our own pace and our own desire. It has been said before that the ones on here with the most skill are usually the ones most ready to share. THANK GOODNESS FOR THE PRO’S

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 10:27 PM

I agree Meilie.

Let me start off with a contest is a contest, otherwise it would be an invitational.

I am thankful for all of the projects and knowledge here on this site from novice to professional. I pick up ideas, tips and techniques from both.

I am very much a novice with gaining experience. I have gained alot of information, knowledge and experience thanks to the many craftsman and professionals willing to share their gained knowledge. That is the one thing that I like about the woodworking community that everyone is so very helpful and friendly about it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 10:35 PM

Eventhough I’ve been woodworking for 20+ years, 10 years full time I’m still learning. That’s what sites like this are all about, it’s the learning and sharing.


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#6 posted 01-03-2010 10:51 PM

I’d like to go ahead and announce my admittedly rare move from professional to amateur ranks. Basing this of course on my past years income that can thoroughly substantiate my new official standing :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 11:00 PM

I like the people on here because I can nail two 2×4s together and somebody will complement it.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 11:02 PM

I wish to also state that you are ”Right on gal!”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 11:03 PM

Just couldn’t have said it better mmh…............... sooooooooooooo true!

I am thankful for ALL the LJ’s on this site, no matter there skill level…........... I learn from each and everyone of you !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 01-03-2010 11:18 PM

You have it right Meillie .

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 11:39 PM

for the eleventh time I agree too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 01-04-2010 08:19 AM

What you have said is very true but you are very polite to call yourself novice in this field. You are master in cane making and your canes of various designs have been praised by one and all on LJ and elsewhere You are a big motivator to learners like us. God bless you.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 01-04-2010 08:35 AM

Big time agree with you Meilie!

I am SOOOO thankfull for all the much better woodworkers on this site then me. Even the new guys and gals like me have something to share and we can all learn from it. Lots of new ideas come from those of us that don’t have the “tried and true” experiance to do it the “right” way.haha

That is why I am addicted! I try and read EVERYTHING! good thing I read fast.haha

Thanks to everyone for shareing their knowledge and tallents with all of us.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 01-04-2010 11:42 AM

Inspiration is received in everything we see, or we do ourselves, whether we are beginners or experts

there is always something else to learn and the day we forget this is the day we become worse woodworkers

i am glad Meillie that in the past you have taken time to explain to me and everyone else how, with poor hands, you achieve such a fine finish on your canes (this to me is inspiration)

thank you again for expressing the essence of this community that i am proud to be a part of


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#15 posted 01-04-2010 01:38 PM

Could not have said it any better. Thank you! I totally agree!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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