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10-04-2010 08:17 PM

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Is anyone else besides me developing the slows? I was doing really good there for a while building and building.. then the rains came… and soaked my work yard… ho hum… and I sold all my finished tables.. and started more.. and the rains came… and I drove to Michigan and back in the rain. I started working again on a big slab stool today- need to finish it up as there is a potential buyer.. but the rains came… and I have a maple table that needs the legs leveled.. but it is raining and it is cold and my old joints are complaining. Hey I did have a thought though… when I was in Ann Arbor I noticed that those people are really really insane over their University of Michigan football. (Ohio State is crazy about their Buckeyes too,, but you can’t mention that if you are in Ann Arbor) So I was thinking, I might put the ‘M’ “big house” logo on the top of my rustic stool or table – maybe paint those log legs blue.. leave the top natural except for the logo and see if those lunatics freinds of mine would like it enough to pay money for it. I thought Penn State fans and Pitt fans were crazy.. Michigan is definately over the top. What do you think about my idea- maybe something new would re-energize me and rescue me from my slowitis.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 08:24 PM

You too? I just can’t get motivated to get back in the shop. May have something to with the 48’ retaining wall I built last week, the 5 yards of dirt I had to move into the backyard (175’ carry) to repair and re-seed the lawn back there, and the concrete block tree rings I built around our shade trees. Thank God for Tylenol … otherwise, I’d just be laying bed groaning.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 08:36 PM

I’ve been in a dry spell myself lately. I just started a new small box this weekend…. maybe that will get the juices flowing again.

I think your idea is a good one. Lunatic college football fans will buy anything with their team’s logo on it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 08:54 PM

I’m back to daily hedaches :-(( that seems to give me slowitis :-) Did good before I got them to go away for a while. Good thing or I wouldn’t have done a darn thing in the last decade!

I’m sure anything will school colors will sell at a footbal game, especially if the home team wins!! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 08:58 PM


Just curious are you getting any rain out your way? ha. We haven’t had much rain here lately thankfully. We had more than our share all summer and I was ready to just move to the Mojave and pitch a tent.

On your sports logo idea, yes I think sports fans are much more likely to buy stuff with their teams logo compared to something similar without it. Especially something as unique as a one-of-a-kind River Girl Custom Wooden Stool.

I’m not much of any kind of sports fan since it has become so commercialized, but when I buy gifts I often buy sports stuff because most of my family are a Cowboy or Maverick or Stars or Ranger fan or any combo thereof. So yes I believe you are on to something.

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 09:21 PM

Oh dear.. the dreaded cowboys… everyone here is a Steeler fan… despite Big Ben :( Like you, I don’t do the sports thing, so I was really suprised to see the high excitement in Ann Arbor. I think the collegiate big ten fans get more excited than the pro team fans. Really amazing.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 09:37 PM

Great Idea Kelly,
Go Girl Go Go Go

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 10-04-2010 09:38 PM

My slow-itis has been caused by the back problems. I am feeling too good when on the meds, so no power tools for me, ESPECIALLY when taking the Tramadol… This has left me with a goodly amount of cleanup, which honestly is WAY overdue… I should have done this 2 years ago…

I am about halfway done cleaning the right side of the shop, once that is done, or at least done enough, I will be able to FINALLY pull the canoe off the ceiling, and lock it down to my concreted in steel lock hoop in the back yard…. That will free up a LOT of headroom which I have been sorely lacking for 2 years now!

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#8 posted 10-04-2010 09:48 PM

Being a die hard Uconn basketball fan … i think your stool idea is great.

As a matter of fact rivergirl you can build your first one for me lol. Nothin fancy just some legs and a top with the UC logo (not our terribly lame mascot, Jonathan the Husky), ohh and if you wouldn’t mind you can inscribe “Not A Dime” for my man Jim Calhoun on it.

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#9 posted 10-04-2010 10:07 PM

I live din Michigan back in the 80’s … it was almost nauseating how the guys in my Rotary Club in Saginaw wanted to sing “The Victors” (U of M fight song) and go around chanting “M Go Blue”.

But you haven’t seen sports logo/team color mania until you have lived in Green Bay. I swear … the Red Cross there has to maintain a supply of Green and Gold blood or the Packer faithful wouldn’t accept transfusions!

((Full Disclosure: I have been a Green Bay Packer fan since Scooter McLean was the head coach.))

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 10-04-2010 10:49 PM

My Slowitis has almost come to a stop and am looking for some umff to get me going. Its those priorities of responsibility that can really slow things down. I’m a caregiver about to be at the end of my charge soon. It will be a bittersweet blessing in the end but a loss to be sure of. Today I set things ups for Hospice to come in and start helping in this process of a passing for one and a moving on for another. Normally I don’t have a problem of peoples passing, but this one hits close to home for me. In 2003 in the same day I lost my mother and my best friend. I found my friend passed away at home when I got word of my mothers passing. I was also the one to tell this woman her son had passed away. We both bonded and have had a mother / son relationship. Now the time has come for her to go. Her family has gone on before her and now she will join them. For myself it allow me to spend the time getting my new shop wired and finished and back to my woodworking, without having to feel guilty taking the time to pursue my passion.
As for those rainy days I enjoy them myself, especially while being in the shop.

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

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#11 posted 10-04-2010 10:58 PM

Greg, I am sorry to hear that you will be losing a friend. That is always difficult. Christeff- I will build you a nice fat stool with UC- bad news is the shipping of one of my heavyish benches to Mass last week was about 50-60 bucks plus the price of the stool. But – It was a helluva stool and definately worth it- since a stool anywhere else is way more than I charge- so even with the shipping you are still under the going rate. So shall I make the UC stool the test case? A round U/Conn stool finished with spar would look great next to that FIREPIT of yours. :) But… should it be a round stool or a rectangular bench? Now about that Michigan fight song… I was at a wedding last weekend.. and YES.. they did sing that song at the reception.. not during the mass however,, but at the reception- repeatedly. Every TV in every bar – make that every TV in every building in Ann Arbor had the Michigan game on. The wedding was planned to be sure Michigan was playing out of town on that day. and so on…........... And thank you Alba for the encouragement.. you always make me smile. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 10-04-2010 11:02 PM


-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#13 posted 10-04-2010 11:27 PM

Hey RG, It’s 87 degrees & sunny where I live… ;-)

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#14 posted 10-04-2010 11:54 PM

For me, woodworking is a fall and winter thing. Now my workshop is air conditioned and, in theory, I can work year round. However, I could not get motivated to do summer work. Now I am getting up to full speed.

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

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#15 posted 10-05-2010 12:07 AM

So with all that rain you are a real rivergirl now!
My blood is now a stream of energy, but my body is really the upper side… My brain boils, so I can’t sleep at night, and that makes my body even more tired…
But life is like that we are oceans of energy, and my dear ‘your Tsunami has just been there’ – now it’s just time for some little tide waves, making patterns in the sand, enjoy while it last, before you know, wood will fly all over, and football fans beat each other with those chairs.
Alba / Jamie, once wrote me: ‘there are no rain, only liquid sun shine’ this I will never forget, and ever since those words I smile at the rain.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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