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10-06-2010 10:52 PM

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You know, when it comes to posting my work for sale online I never thought twice about letting it be known that I am …. A GIRL. But you know, recently this girl thing has backfired on me a bit. It seems that because I am a “girl” as in, (if she’s a GIRL and can do it, then as a MAN I can certainly do it) I have inspired my potential customers to just go ahead and build their own stuff. Today- the guy who orignally wanted to buy a table from me- so I built the damn thing- sent me an email that said, “Since I sent my initial email and the storm hitting the south hills of Pittsburgh, I have cut my own pieces (attached) and I’m going to try to make a couple of coffee tables and/or stools on my own. I love your work and thanks for the inspiration. We are still looking to furnish our cabin in XXXburg, so if you have anything that could help, don’t hesitate to send me some pics or I’ll see them on Craigslist. Keep up the GREAT work.” Now this was after numerous emails back and forth (that included the girl comment) and following my email that said the bench is finished- you can come and get it. In this email, this guy also attached his pics of the round walnut slabs he cut for stool tops- I think we at L/J would call that a wood gloat LOL. :) So yes, techically this guy paid me a compliment, however, it is not the first time this has happened and it is not the first tiime that my being female was mentioned to me at one time or another. Now I don’t want to appear as a feminist scorned, because I know the “I will just build it myself thanks anyhow” has probably also happened to you. Now, did I send him my tips on how to dry the logs and slabs to prevent checking NO- and will I? NO. Now I wish him well, and also those others who have made similar comments but man I hate it when people assume that because I am “A GIRL” they can surely do what I do and as well if not better. I am trying not to pray for some catastrophic splitting (and I am talking about the slabs- not his ass…)

-- 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 10-06-2010 11:08 PM

Go Girl Go!!!!!! Yes I have had that too. Good luck peeps is what I tell them. Then they come up with green crosscut oak 2 inches thick LOL & then theres the not level delema & so on. Several times I have them back in a month or 2 ready to buy & never talk about our earlier topic. Keep on truckin. Your work is better than most mens attempts.
Thanks, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 11:12 PM

Hey Ted!!!!- Nice to hear from you!!!! I was wondering if you have any short odd ball walnut chunks laying around up there?

-- 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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#3 posted 10-06-2010 11:40 PM

rivergirl my daughter can use a chop saw, a jointer, a thickness planer, a scroll saw, a hammer and many more tools. At the same time she is a very good cook and she can use a sewing machine too.
She is a secretary at a High school.
Keep doing fine work like you’re doing.

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 12:03 AM

Well that guy just sucks! Hopefully he is out numbered by the “normal” people in the world.
I wonder if he ever heard of Kari Hultman.

-- RonWen

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#5 posted 10-07-2010 12:07 AM

Pray girl pray. And when he comes back charge him triple. From a father of two girls.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#6 posted 10-07-2010 12:09 AM

Rivergirl… I bet you can beat him arm wrestling too! LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 10-07-2010 12:10 AM

Kelly you are an inspiration.
You will get folk like that, may walnut eating ants descend. LoL


-- 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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#8 posted 10-07-2010 12:11 AM

My problem has been my disability. When people talk to me face to face, it is not hard to figure out pretty quickly that I have a disability. Because of that, they assume, “Hey, if this one legged gimp can build it then I can too”. They don’t actually say it that tactlessly, but you can see the wheels turning in their head and hear it on their tone of voice. I also even have the occasional person ask where they can purchase patterns to do various projects that I do. If it’s one I done from a pattern, then I’m happy to let them know where to get it. After starting it, they usually come back to me for advice, which I tell them to refer to the pattern.
My favrorite though is when a husband and wife team see my work though. The usual conversation something like this:
w-Oh honey, I just love that. Buy that for me.
m-I can make that. I aint spending my hard earned money on that.
w-You can make that?
m-Sure I can. I have all the tools to do it.
w-Well honey, sure you have the tools. Their out there in the shop. Problem is that the only tools you have used out there in the past year is the refrigerator handle to get your beer. Now buy me that.


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#9 posted 10-07-2010 12:28 AM

LOL! Sorry, but I have to laugh. First-he’s an idiot. Tell him your tutoring rate is $100 more than the purchase price. Second- because I’ve gone through that kind of stuff too many times. Funniest one almost got me fired. Owner was watching me carefully put molding on a huge breakfront. He said “this is how you do it, honey!” Then he grabbed the molding out of my hand, picked up a nailgun and promptly blew out the side of the cabinet. Don’t remember exactly what I said, but it was appropriate to the occasion. Foreman kept us apart after that… You do great, creative work. Keep it and don’t let the ‘em get you down!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 10-07-2010 12:32 AM

My wife and I do craft shows from June to Dec.Nothing tickles me more than when a someone stops by and marvels at her work and ask me “How do you do that”? Their jaw drops when I tell them to ask Judy , she makes them. She gets lots of praise from the guys for her work.

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#11 posted 10-07-2010 12:44 AM

So your a girl, and he’s just figured this out! What a clod! Did you bother to tell him girls do it better? Thats okay Rivergirl there are a lot of egotistical men out there like that. When it comes to myself I’m somewhat of a sexist myself. Why do I say this? Because I prefer to bring girls into the shop over boys. Why because girls listen better and take instruction well and are willing to use the right tool for the task. Boys tend to not listen and want to use machines that they’re not ready to use. In the past when given the choice to work with a female or male I tend to pick the women over the men. I’m also not above learning from a GIRL and fine they tend to explain things better to me. Yes, I have had this happen to me, thats why I don’t like to make things for sale. Keep up the great work and just think of that song This Ones For The Girls.

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

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#12 posted 10-07-2010 12:46 AM

I managed projects for a lot of years before retiring and I had a lot of women working for me over the years. (Heavy Construction) I never had a problem with any of them. They did their job (sometimes better than a male) and were usually more meticulos than the men.
I consult with my wife on a lot of projects that I build(she’s usually the instigator for building them) and she has kept me out of trouble several times.
I’ve been reading your posts for quite a while and I think you always have constructive input and you do not have to take a backseat because you are a GIRL. Keep up the good work and like someone else said,if they want your expertise there’s a slight upcharge of 100 bucks an hour.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 10-07-2010 12:53 AM

I had to chuckle when you said “this guy also attached his pics of the round walnut slabs he cut for stool tops.”
Here in Phoenix, we ask idiots like that “Did you check for termite eggs?”
I don’t care if you are a girl, boy or Martian, I like your creative works. Keep it up.

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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#14 posted 10-07-2010 01:12 AM

I was going the same thing Gregn and Howie said . I feel woman are superior in most avenues in life I guess that makes me prejudice :) Just shine jerks like that on and keep on trucking.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 10-07-2010 01:17 AM

(if she’s a GIRL and can do it, then as a MAN I can certainly do it)

lol! Does that apply to giving birth as well?!

Your revenge should be in the knowledge that at some point during his project he will be cursing the fact that a girl could do this and he is having such a tough time with it.

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

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