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Jordan

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12-07-2010 08:04 PM

When I left BC, I had to sell many of my tools because they were so heavy, or getting on in years, I suppose. Well, this summer I have been painting and diddling around, getting my wood edged at the place I buy it – which leaves huge gouges and not easy to laminate. Fortunately, the last of my carvings just went out the door which means I have to get busy!!!! So tomorrow I get to buy a new jointer and I just ordered a Merlin. A month ago I finally broke down and bought a dust collector. I have a Lancelot but the Merlin is only 2” which will definitely help me get into small spaces. Dremel just sent me the 4000 and as much as I’ve cheaped out on only buying the 100, I really think the 4000 gives me more speed. I’m really excited!!!! I’m pumped to get making more pieces and after two paintings, I think I’ve proven to myself that I can paint so now I seem to have lost the desire to do so.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 08:10 PM

It is great to hear of your successes, Jordan! Your paintings are just beautiful and I hope you do continue to paint besides carving. I know what you mean however about wanting to be challenged. It make the projects so much more fun when you are challenging yourself. Congratulations on the new pieces. I am sure you will create wonderful things with them! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 08:12 PM

I find that “I can so I don’t have to” fits with much of my woodworking stuff – ex. I can make a bottle stopper if I want to, but for now, I’ll let Rick make them because he is having so much fun.

It must feel like Christmas – with new toys coming your way, I mean work tools. :)

Now… what will be the next project?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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patron

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 08:12 PM

good for you jordan

tools always cheer us up

i know what you mean
i get to where my work works

and want to move on to something else

finishing my projects
is the hard part

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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MichaelA

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 08:13 PM

Jordan just like a little kid in a toy store.Such a wonderful feeling.
Well enjoy remember you can’t never have enough toys.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 08:31 PM

hey the master is still alive …LOL
great to hear from you Jordan ,
and you want new powermaschines my ooh my
whats gonna bee the next we hear , that you have startet as cabinetmaker hopefully not
you better stay in the creative busyness where you are hot

looking forward to the reveil of your new shoptoy┬┤s

take care
Dennis

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Jordan

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 08:49 PM

Patron, that’s exactly how it happens – almost like the thrill of the hunt and when it’s caught, it’s boring!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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longgone

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 10:58 PM

Jordan, the important thing is that you really enjoy and are passionate about what you are currently creating.
When all the dust settles, it is only you that knows what you really enjoy…whether it is continually honing and refining a certain area of interest…or moving on to a new area.
Whatever it is, enjoy it completely and that is all that matters…especially if you can make $$$ at it.

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reggiek

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 12:42 AM

Always nice to upgrade the tools. I really love my 8” grizzly joiner G0656 (they also have a “Polar Bear” series they are touting…that is supposed to have the same as I have but painted white and a cheap intro price). I replaced the knives on mine with a spiral…but to tell the truth…the knives always worked great (I just got too good a deal on the spiral head when I was about to replace the knives). The exchange is not easy though and I would recommend buying the spiral version rather then upgrading if you need it.

I have seen the Merlin, Lancelot and Geneviere (King Arthur Tools)....I have a galahad for my grinder…great for roughing out chair seats – it really goes through wood. I’d love to hear how the Merlin works out for you.

I have a dremel 4000….guy gave it to me because he never used it….wanted it out of his garage….I have it set up with sanding wheels and use it occassionally to sharpen garden tools – though I also have the plunge router and router table accessories for it which I use when making small boxes and putting profiles on smaller projects. I haven’t used it to carve as I am leery of dremel and it’s tendency to overheat…then as I also have a Weecheer flex tool, a Proxxon rotary…and a mastercarver detail and burner combo….I really didn’t need the dremel (but at a price of $0 – I couldn’t turn it down). The only problem now is I need the talent and skill that you have in order to make good use of them…

Keep painting for sure….the painting of yours that I saw was exceptional, just beautiful….you have been blessed with such an extraordinary amount of talent – it should never be wasted.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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ND2ELK

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 12:54 AM

Hi Jordan

Good to hear that Santa knows where you live. You deserve to treat yourself! I sure enjoyed setting up my new shop and getting all new equipment and tools when I retired. You and your lovely wife have a very Merry Christmas!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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TJ65

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 04:11 AM

New TOYS – Yay!!!! Oh sorry…’TOOLS’ Now you can go play!!! ;-)

Has this new dremel got variable speed? I know I use the variable speed on mine quite a bit especially when trying to do really small fine stuff, as it doesn’t fly as far away from you when you loose grip on it !!

So typical – proved to yourself that you can do it so what is left to prove!!!
I did that or should I say keep doing that. So many different craft projects using different mediums and it just happens that wood is my currnet medium! The only difference between this medium and the other crafts/hobbies is that this one just keeps coming back into play.
Hope you enjoy your new toys.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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jockmike2

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 05:50 AM

JORDAN, ANYONE WITH YOUR TALENT SHOULD CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN ALL AREAS. SCULPTURE, PAINT, WOODWORK ANYTHING THAT CHALLENGES YOUR MIND AND TALENT. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT, IN ANY MEDIUM, BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE GIFT!! THE GIFT TO KNOW WHAT ART IS, AND HOW TO DRAW IT OUT OF ANYTHING YOU WORK WITH. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND GOD BLESS.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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