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Cliff De Witt

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03-13-2011 08:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor carving tool carving traditional

I am not sure if this is good or not.

My wife took a spoon carving class at the Homestead Heritage Woodworking School. Well she came home last night with a darn nice spatula, spoon, and Ladle.
I was in the middle of cleaning up my shavings from spending the day at the lathe, with no “Honey Dos to do” so she joined me and I lost my work bench, and while she was looking at the band saw, said that doesn’t look to hard to learn, is it?

Well this morning was spent cleaning one of the shelves that was piled with junk to clean everything off the work bench so she can have some room with a 9’ x 11’ workshop space it will be tight but, heck we will be together. I got everything cleaned up and she came out and suggested that after lunch we take a “quick run past Woodcraft. Oh, and by the way did you know that Lie-Neilson will be having a road show in Dallas on April 29th, they sure have some nice stuff!”
Not sure where this is going but Heck if she is looking at Lie-Neilson stuff it is a win win for me!

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 08:25 PM

Nothin better than having your wife join you in the shop.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 08:26 PM

did she used to be the kind that runs away or jumps up when you threaten to turn on any shop machine?
if so, then i may be in danger aswell!

though in reality i think we all like it when the other one shows interest in our passion.

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 08:33 PM

My wife is planning to join me in the shop. She’s very interested in scroll sawing now, but, can see that intrese expanding. I think when she starts working with me she’ll see the need for tools that I’ve bought.

You’re a lucky man. Give her the dagum workbench. It’ll be worth it.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 03:44 PM

I could think of many advantages to having the wife in the workshop as well as the disadvantages. One of the disadvantages I would keep one eye open for would be, the wife developing a higher skill level than you and taking over the shop. LOL On the bright side sharing the shop with the wife will give you that quality time together to nurture each other with. Who else would you want to plan expanding the work space with, and future tool purchases.

While my wife supports my woodworking and some of my enthusiasm, I would be a happy man if my wife were to join me in the shop.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 04:05 PM

Make your own “Honey Do” list for her, at the very least that has to feel like a small victory.

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 04:08 PM

My Fiance loves to work on projects with me, I have been teaching her the various tools as we go and she is getting pretty comfortable with most all of them. Its not only fun to work together with her but as others mentioned its a great way to show her why you need that $700 Festool outfit for sanding because the crappy Dewalt ROS is shaking her poor hand to pieces and covering her in dust :P Seriously though, it also gives her some perspective on the items she is putting on her honey-do list which helps as well.


-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 04:12 PM

Are you kidding me? If you get her on board, it will be easier to talk her into MORE SPACE since she will have a vested interest!

I am having trouble getting LOML interested in the shop beyond how clean it is… (she helps me sweep up and sort things). I would love to have her out there engaged in a project with me…

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 04:18 PM

This is definitely a “spouse gloat”.

-- Greg D.

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 04:32 PM

I got the wife interested in bicycles, and now we both have road and full suspension mountain bikes. We
have slowed down a little, no more TOSRV’s (Tour of the Swan River Valley) or rides up to Stuart Peak, a
mostly granny gear 8 mile ride up and being thankful for disc brakes on the way down, but we just finished
the spring tune ups and the snow is melting off. She has her music, plays drums, piano, guitar & bass and
I have my workshop. Spending time together is wonderful, and even better when you are both enjoying
the same hobby. Hope you have many happy years together.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 04:49 PM

Don’t get me wrong….I love my wife…..I’ve had to to stay married for 34 years, but I don’t want her nowhere near my woodshop…..We made a deal a long time ago….. You stay out of my shop, and I’ll stay out of your sewing and quilting room….. In fact, I don’t like anyone in my shop but me…....Too many distractions can get you in trouble. My wife is really good with her hands (she owns her own beauty shop, I guess that’s why), and does all kinds of crafts, but my shop is off-limits….lol. I’ve always been in there alone, and that’s how I like it…....So….. I gues I’m on the other side of the fence on this one…....

Edit: We do all sorts of things together, but I have my limits…...:))

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 04:57 PM

Make your own “Honey Do” list for her, at the very least that has to feel like a small victory.

This cracked me up!

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#12 posted 03-15-2011 05:00 PM

Oh, be still, my heart.

The END of EVER having to justify a tool purchase …...

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 03-15-2011 05:39 PM

Does she have a ”day job” to pay for all the new toys? LOL!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 03-15-2011 09:54 PM

you better start on a new fully equipt shop now
before you know it you ain´t welcome in the old anylonger …. LOL
it´s great to hear others have such suportive wifes and even better to hear
when you work together with them in the shop

take care and ejoy the time

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Cliff De Witt

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#15 posted 03-16-2011 01:00 PM

Greg, you found me out.

Bluepine38 I use to ride randoniers and last year she put her foot down and told me after 20 years of marriage, No more, you need to stay home more.

All in all I am glad, so far this week we have gotten two new spatulas and two new Kitchen spoons.

the only power tool she has any interest in is the band saw to rough shape her carving blanks. Although all of a sudden I have two or three plans for shaving horses on my desk.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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