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Jon Spelbring

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05-20-2010 03:52 PM

My shop is my “happy place”. I don’t get nearly enough time in it, but when I do, it allows me to be calm, and enjoy the experience.

Lately, I’ve begun talking to my shop – is that weird? Not running conversations mind you, just a “Hello, Shop”, or “Good Morning, Shop” when I go in.

Anyone else ‘talk shop’?

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 04:19 PM

yep everytime I come and go
and I talk to all my trusted handtools all the time when I take them in my hand
to start the job they are going to do


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#2 posted 05-20-2010 04:24 PM

i talk to my shop and my tools all the time, i am still waiting for one of them to answer me.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Jon Spelbring

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 04:27 PM

I tried talking to my tools, but my dovetail saw made fun of my technique, and my HA smoother got all snarky when I cambered it’s iron – claimed I was messing with perfection.

-- To do is to be

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 04:39 PM

not bad if they talks back , and you better listen to them
if they said they wont do a specific job you better listen
they have a nasty habbit of getting revenge when you donĀ“t expected it

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 04:40 PM

Too busy talking to myself while in the shop!
Good thing I’m alone!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 04:45 PM

Sometimes the wood talks to me. A few years ago I was trying to turn a difficult piece of redwood burl. The wood said, “Give up, you’re not good enough to turn me.” I set the wood aside for over 2 years. Then, after improving my turning skills I put the wood back on the lathe. This time the wood said, “That’s better” and it yielded a very nice bowl with a natural edge.

More seriously, I often put a piece of wood on the lathe with only a general idea about what I want to do. As I proceed, the wood seems to lead my into a particular shape.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 04:48 PM

My shop talks to me saying”Jim your really losing it” but I don’t talk to it. LOL
Just kidding around I think it’s great you express joy when entering your shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 05:23 PM

Jim Your shop says, “Buy more Routers, buy more Routers”. It’s got you right where it wants you. Soon there will be a invasion of Routers across the Great Northwest and it will be your fault!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 05:31 PM

I talk to my car so I don’t see anything wrong with talking to your shop.

Do you addresss the shop as a he/she? Does it have a name?

My car is Betsy but I don’t have a name for shop. Not sure if it should be feminine like boats and cars or if should be something manly since its full of tools? Muscle cars are full of power but still can have feminine names so not too sure Lol.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 05:49 PM

It already gets very noisy in there with all those routers talking at the same time, but my wood is much quieter
knowing at anytime it’s going under the knife (aka saw blade)

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Jon Spelbring

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 07:17 PM

My shop is just “Shop”.
My Jack plane says “Shhhhhhhhh” as it contentedly munches on some walnut.

-- To do is to be

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 08:26 PM

My woods shows me what it wants me to do as I’m turning, the grains appear and I see a pattern that might have to be reversed/flipped and the piece never comes out as I originally planned. NEVER! I also find myself humming in the shop so it must be communication of some sort between me the shop and the woods. I love where my shop is at, underneath the spreading branches of a huge Live Oak tree. I’ll be posting my shop soon and will include a shot of the trees all in a row for over a block between the 2 streets.

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 05-22-2010 07:46 PM

My shop is my mistress, of course I talk to her and she talks back as well. She tells me when to clean her all the time. She also hums and makes all kinds of wonderful sounds, unfortunately my wife talks to me as well without all the wonderful sounds. So don’t let your wife catch you talking to her. LOL.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 06:19 AM

Last year I bought an old wooden machinist toolbox with tools. I found that a man had burnt his name into the bottom underneath side of the bottom drawer in 1918. Whenever I use 1 of those tools out of that box, I say thanks to Johann. I have heard myself asking Johann for advice at times.

Every time I ride my motorcycle, I always do the same thing when I get where I’m going. I lovingly pat the gas tank, and say “thanks, Fred, good job”

If I start talking to my shop, I need to get help.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 06:45 AM

I sing to my wood shop. It likes that old Beach Boy tune called, “In My Woodshop.”

Goes like…There’s a place where I can go and tell my troubles to…In my wood shop, In my woodshop. And so on.

If you know “In My Room” you know how it goes.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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