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kolwdwrkr

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11-29-2010 12:40 AM

Well, I’ve finally made a decision that’s relatively life changing for me. I’ve been woodworking for 17 years or more and have to say that it’s been quite the adventure. I’m not saying I’m done, as my day job is cabinetmaking, but it’s not the same. I’m pretty much “done” being a woodworker, at least for a while. I’ve come to realize that it’s a great hobby, but is leading no where career wise. So I have pushed woodworking aside “literally” and am going to focus on Jiu Jitsu. It’s my goal to become an instructor, and teach the art. MMA is always going to have interest, the same as any physical fitness. So I think it’s more job secure then the declining wood industry. (I’m not selling my tools though). I still have a few years before I’m ready to instruct, but I have some upcoming tournaments to train for.
I’m going to finish my lamp blog and it’s base, and that will be it I guess. Take care everyone.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~


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Gary

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 12:58 AM

I hate to hear (read) this Keith. Are you going to stay in touch? Check in once in a while?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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ND2ELK

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 01:11 AM

Hi Keith

I wish you all the luck and happyness in your new endeavor. You are one of the best woodworking craftsman I have seen. I truely understand where you are coming from, as far as trying to make a career/living out of cabinet building these days. I have been honored to have been one of your buddies.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 01:13 AM

ooh there you got me thought it was for good
good luck in the tournaments :-)
and I realy hope you get your goal to be an instructor
ceep in tuch from time to time

take care
Dennis

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BarbS

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 01:19 AM

I, for one, will miss your contributions here. I’ve enjoyed viewing your work. Maybe the bug to be ‘creative’ will hit you and you’ll be working wood again just for fun. Good luck in your new endeavors.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Dennis Fletcher

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 01:20 AM

Well, good luck as an instructor. I really hope that you can find a balance between that and some “hobby” woodworking.
As far as making money in this industry, your pretty dead on with the thought process you are taking, but I think it is a very therapeutic hobby, just expensive.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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richgreer

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 01:31 AM

I will only say that I wish you the best regardless of what the future holds for you. I hope you will stay in touch.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 01:32 AM

Since it isn’t close to April 1st, I guess you are not kidding. Good luck, wish you well. I have been there in some of my activities when i come to a point where I have had enough of that for a while. Some timees it is a recess and sometiimes it is nealry permanent. With hnousing the way it is, you are probably making a smart move.

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

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Steven H

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 01:35 AM

Many industries are slow now, so it is good time to learn something different. Good luck to you.

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Bob42

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 01:43 AM

Sometimes you need to take some time off, My hope is that you return soon. Good luck on your new adventure.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 02:06 AM

Keith, I wish you nothing but the best and hope you can realize your dream of becoming an instructor, if that is the goal you wish to pursue. During my working career I found that changes, despite raising my anxiety levels at the time, ultimately proved beneficial over the long haul.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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grizzman

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 02:16 AM

hey keith, i know you need to follow your heart and do what is best for you, as others have said its been an honor to be your buddy and every time i use my clamps, i will remember you and that great contest…lol..you most certainly have the artistic talent and are one of the bet wood workers i have seen…maybe the time will come down the road, you will have the desire to make some dust again…i pray gods blessings onto you and your family…enjoy raising your children…kids need there dads more today then ever before…hope to hear from you sometime….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 02:29 AM

Good Luck in whatever endeavors you engage Keith!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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kcrandy

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 02:38 AM

Both woodworking and martial arts have a soul. It’s the soul we seek, no matter the path.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 03:00 AM

Good luck.
- JJ

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Dan'um Style

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#15 posted 11-29-2010 03:27 AM

good ruk grass hopper

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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